The Citica has long been the workhorse reel of the Shimano baitcasting lineup. This year it got an upgrade, and I was pumped to test the new design. I took the Citica, along with one of Shimano’s new Zodias rods, and headed to my fishing playground—a 40-acre, private lake in northern New Jersey that’s chock full of largemouth bass, slammer pickerel, and walleye. I have a friend who lets me to access the lake, and it’s where I go when I need to bend a rod. On the fourth cast, I caught a 5-1/2-pound largemouth—and got an instant demo of the buttery smooth drag on this reel. And there were plenty more fish to help test the Citica. I didn’t put the reel down all day, and it handled everything—spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, jigs, and soft-plastics—flawlessly.