The Shimano Talica 2 Speed Lever Drag Reels are high speed, compact lever drags with powerful gears and drag curves. These reels were designed for fly-lining live baits or chunks into the chum line on Long Range stand-up tuna boats, utilizing PowerPro with short top shots. Small Reel - Big Fish! The TAC8II and TAC10II were designed for fishing 40-50lb PowerPro with a 30-40 Fluorocarbon leader (up to 13 lbs of drag at strike and 20 lbs at full), whereas the TAC12II and TAC16II were designed for fishing 65lb-80lb PowerPro with a 60lb-80lb Fluorocarbon top shots (up to 22lbs of drag at strike and 40 lbs. at full).
Shimano Talica II Lever Drag Reels Features
Compact, High Speed, Castable Lever Drag, with High Capacity
E.I. Surface Treatment for extreme corrosion protection
2 year warranty with online registration
One-Piece Cold Forged and Machined Aluminum Frame with E.I.
Machined Aluminum Handle-Side Sideplate with E.I.
Cold Forged Machined Aluminum Spool with E.I.
Lightweight Spool with Greaseless Support Bearings for excellent live-bait castability
Oversized Carbon Drag Washers for Ultra-High Drag Pressures
Waterproof Drag (when engaged)
Silent Twin-Pawl Anti-Reverse
Ergonomic Power Handle
Ratcheting Drag Lever
Preset Knob with Click
2-Speed HEG (High Efficiency Gearing)
S A-RB (Shielded A-RB Ball Bearings)
Aluminum Rod Clamp
Approved for use in Saltwater
Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
Pros2 speed great workmanship top of the line mechanics
ConsSmaller than I thought
Ocean city Maryland
January 21, 2021
I bought 2 talica 16 2 speed and have them paired up on 6ft Connelly fishing rods. Great light trolling setup.
Talica 20 2-speed is a tank
December 30, 2020
I bought a pair of the 2-speed Talica 20s and loaded them with 80lb braid. This baby had no problem hauling in a big-boy Goliath grouper and the low gear was key. It's impressive how much drag and power this has, especially given the relatively compact size and light weight. Love this reel.
December 13, 2020
I bought the 50 just because of the in per turn but it turned out to be one of the best offshore reels I have. Not only does it have great inches per turn but it is light and has great drag. The line capacity is the only bad part but I managed to put 400 yards of 130lb jerry brown hollow with a 150yd topshot of 130lb mono.
ProsDrag, In per turn, weight
November 16, 2020
I own an 8, 12, 16, and 20. Total quality throughout. Absolute tanks, can overpower any fish in the Gulf. Depending on your rod, the 8 and 12 casts easy. 2-speed is a definite plus for pulling fish quickly off the reefs.
Pros2-speed is a huge benefit. Smaller reels are easy to cast. Strong drag.
August 21, 2020
Reels sideplate and frame began to Corrode after 3 months of fishing. Handle came loose and I lost fish. Not happy.
ProsSmooth at first
ConsDon't last long
By Steve C.
Excellent smooth reel
July 9, 2020
I have several TAC12II reels. I decided to purchase a TAC16II for the added line capacity, I'm fishing Southern California waters for Bluefin tuna in the 100-200lb class. I have caught several large tuna on this reel and I'm very happy with the reels performance. The TAC16ii is the same diameter as the TAC12II but it is wider.
ProsQuality components and smoothness when fighting a large fish..
Incredible lightweight but heavy duty reel.
June 3, 2020
I was very surprised just how good these reels are. Theyâ€;™;re very lightweight for their class yet machined precisely and have no backlash. Itâ€;™;s like the next generation of reel which makes the old International and Tiara reels feel like antiques.
April 10, 2020
This thing is stunning to behold and is a winch! Nothing but a positive experience. But don't brag about it too much or act like your love for it is what it is, or you will weird out your friends. Just fish with it and enjoy it!
By Tuna A.
Best of the best...
March 24, 2020
This thing is the smoothest reel I have ever felt! Not to mention it's excellent castablility and power! Sell everything you have and just fish Shimano!
ProsLight, powerful, smooth, high capacity, and comfortable
ConsNothing, worth the money!!!
By Emilio V.
This reel is a beast!!
March 2, 2020
I have this reel set up with a hundred pound PowerPro and a 300 pound wind on leader crimped to custom 500 pound deep drop leader. The rod is a Shimano talus bent but 150 to 250 class Rod. I hooked a 85 to 95 pound Warsaw grouper with a five pound weight on my deep drop leader in a water depth of 350 feet and I had the fish up with within 4 minutes. The low gear on this real feels like a tractor.
February 9, 2020
I have owned several of the Talica variants in the 12 and 16 sizes. They are extremely well made with phenomenal performance in a lightweight package.
New Braunfels, Texas
January 17, 2020
I have four Talica 20 reels. They have been flawless. I have used them on tuna, marlin, wahoo, and mahi. I have used 40 pound mono - 80 pound braid and everything in between with excellent results. Smooth and consistent drag. I love them. Lots of power in a small lightweight reel.
ProsSmall, lightweight, ergonomic
By G M.
Panama City, Florida
Powerful & very smooth drag
January 12, 2020
My new Talica 25 2-speed has a powerful and very smooth drag for bottom fishing as well as for trolling.
November 19, 2019
This is an amazing trolling reel, the 2 speed feature really helps when a fish charges the boat or when you need some crank power from low gear
I plan on fishing a Calstar 800 50-80lb, rod for tuna . Which two speed lever drag reels would be best for that application. Easy casting and distance is important to me.Of course the smoother the drag the better. I currently have a 20 Trinidad and Torium 30. Thanks
There are a lot of options for that application. I would recommend taking a look at Avet reels with the Magic Cast feature. Another very solid option would be the Shimano Talica II.
what is the best way to set the drag on a talica 10 2 speed reel ?
First, you only adjust your preset drag while the lever is in free spool. You can cause damage to the reel otherwise. You will need to use a spring scale in order to know how many pounds of pressure you would like to have applied when the drag is in strike position. You want to set the drag worth to 25 to 33 percent of the lb test of the line you are using. The most common percentage is 33 percent. But, 25 percent is recommended for trolling for bass or other fish in that class range. You will adjust your drag setting while in free spool, then test it by tying a loop at the end of your line and pulling on the line while the drag is on strike, the reading of the spring scale on that pull will be the setting of the drag.
I am looking to by the Talica 2 speed 25, to troll tuna in the canyon, what rod would you recommend?
Hello Ken. Take a look at the Terez slick butt rods seen here: http://www.tackledirect.com/shimano-terez-slick-butt-stand-up-ring-guide-rods.html These will be perfect for your setup. Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
Hello, Is the Talica 2 speed 50II's jump in price from the smaller Talica 25 due to line capacity or is it a different reel altogether? Is the frame alloy the same as the Torsa? Thanks -Jon
Hello Jon. The price difference is for both reasons. It is a significantly larger reel with a much stronger drag system. It is of aluminum construction as well. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
hi would the talica 16 2 spd be a great reel for tilefish and other wreckfish and also pollock
I think it would be a good choice for that. It is very light and smooth, which is a good choice when stand up fishing. It also has a high line capacity for medium-heavy line weights, which is always a benefit when deep bottom fishing. Overall, this is a great reel to choose and will give you much success through out the years.