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Shimano Antares Casting Reels

Shimano Antares Casting Reels

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Price: $599.99
- Shimano Antares Casting Reels
- Models (4): 100 (RH), 101 (LH), 100HG (RH), 101HG(LH)
- Gear Ratio: 5.6:1 (100 & 101) - 7.4:1 (100HG & 101HG)
- Weight: 7.93oz

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Shimano Antares Casting Reels

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.

Model Spool Size Mono Capacity Inches Per turn Gear Ratio Weight
ANT100 37/22 6/200,8/140,10/120 26 5.6:1 7.93
ANT101 37/22 6/200,8/140,10/120 26 5.6:1 7.93
ANT100HG 37/22 6/200,8/140,10/120 34 7.4:1 7.93
ANT101HG 37/22 6/200,8/140,10/120 34 7.4:1 7.93

Shimano Antares Reel Features
  • Micro Module Gear
  • SVS Infinity Brake System
  • X-Ship
  • Shielded S-ARB Ball Bearings
  • Super Stopper II Roller Bearing
  • Gear Ratios - 5.6:1 - 7.4:1
  • Cross Carbon Drag Washers
  • Escape Hatch
  • Cold Forged Aluminum Handle Shank
  • Septon Grips
  • Recessed Reel Seat Foot
  • Magnesium Frame with Aluminum Side Plates
  • G Free-spool III Magnesium Spool
  • Not Recommended for Saltwater
Micro-Module Gear Shimano Micro Module Gear System

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.

SVS Infinity

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.

  • Shimano Antares US Reels - X-Ship provides improved gear durability. By supporting the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, the pinion gear maintains precise alignment with the drive gear. This means the gears will stay in the same position under the heaviest loads. The added benefit is that friction between the spool shaft and gear are eliminated. This will enhance the casting performance of the reel with lighter lures, and allow for longer casts.
  • Antares Casting Reels - With the Platinum Service Plan, when you register your warranty you will receive coupons for discounted clean and lube services ranging from half off to free. All Platinum service plan reels are assured a 48 hour turnaround time from Shimano or any Authorized Warranty Center; shipping excluded.
  • Antares Reels - By flipping a switch, the sideplate swivels downward, giving the angler quick access to adjust the VBS weights. The switch is located in a position that is easy to use, yet remains out of the way to prevent accidental opening. The sideplate is smooth for comfort when palming the reel.
  • Shimano Antares Casting Reels - The Super Free bearing-supported pinion gear system (SF) was designed to eliminate friction on the spool shaft during the cast. In standard baitcasting reels, when the clutch bar is pressed down, the pinion gear is freed and can actually drag on the spool shaft, creating friction and limiting the length of the cast. With SF, the pinion gear is supported by a ball bearing, and when the clutch is disengaged the pinion gear and spool shaft are kept in precise alignment. The result is zero friction on the spool shaft for increased freespool.
  • Shimano Antares High Speed Reels - Super Stopper II anti-reverse uses a one-way bearing that eliminates backplay.This provides the angler with instant hooksetting power. In some reels, the Super Stopper II can be turned off to allow backreeling for special techniques and situations.
  • Shimano Antares High Speed - These bearings have been through the same process as our A-RB bearings, but feature shields on both sides of the bearings that reduce the possibility of salt or sand inhibiting the bearing's rotation.

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