The flagship in Shimano's low-profile baitcasting reel line-up, the new, US version of the Shimano Antares Reels offers the ultimate in long distance casting performance, smooth retrieve and quiet operation. For years American anglers turned to secondary markets and online Japanese retailers to find the Antares Casting Reels. A reel with as much of a storied history and tackle enthusiast following as any on the market today, the Antares has finally arrived stateside. Although re-imagined slightly for the US market, the Shimano Antares Casting Reels maintain the same level of quality, in both components and performance, that established the Japanese models among the finest in the bass fishing game.
Among the features worth highlighting, Shimano's new SVS Infinity Braking system tops the list. This technology provides easy-to-manage spool control and consistent braking force which affords improved casting accuracy with a far lower frequency of overruns and noticeably improved lure placement; this is especially true with light lures that are often a real pain to fish. In addiition to the SVS Braking System, the new Micro Model Gear System is quite intriguing. Japanese bass fishermen are perhaps the most detail oriented in all the world as tackle manufacturers and anglers alike reflect Japanese society as a whole which has a tradition of adopting new technology quickly. The Micro Module Gear System utilizes a greater number of and smaller gear teeth which provides more contact points between the drive gear and pinion gear. As a result, the reeling process is smoother, more efficient and very quiet while also offering improved durability and precise alignment. While this may appear seemingly insignificant, once you fish the Antares, you'll completely understand the benefits of this technology.
In addition to updated technology, the Shimano Antares Reels also display a lightweight magnesium frame that is slightly lighter than the JDM predecessors. Anglers such as Aaron Martens actually use the Antares because they prefer a more solid feel than the lighter weight alternatives. It would be fair to say, the industry as a whole is marketing lighter as better, but as is the case with just about anything in fishing, anglers' preferences are different and some put more importance on reel weight than others.
To each his own.
We offer the Shimano Antares Casting Reels in two gear ratios: 5.6:1 and 7.4:1 - in both left and right hand models. Reel specs can be viewed in the chart below.
The Micro Module Gear System creates a smooth retrieve. The new gear set makes use of smaller teeth and more of them. This means that there are more contact points between the drive gear and pinion gear. The result is a more efficient gear train with less gear feel.
Shimano's newest innovation in brake system technology, SVS Infinity provides easy-to-manage, consistent spool control and brake force. With brake weights that use inner friction against the raceway during the cast, SVS Infinity controls spool speed for precision casting especially when using lighter lures. The external adjustment knob provides for quick, precise adjustments for either the conditions or when you switch baits.