A trollers dream ? the Shimano Tekota is the perfect cross-over reel for both freshwater and saltwater species, from walleye to tuna.
Diecast Aluminum Frame
Stamped Aluminum Right Sideplate
Aluminum Braced Graphite Non-Handle Side Plate
Manual Clutch (excluding 300LC, 500LC and 600LC which are Auto-Return)
A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings)
Oversized Cast Control Knob
Septon Handle Grip
Oversized Clicker Button
Double Paddle Handle (300, 300LC only)
Counter Balanced Handle (excluding 300, 300LC, 700 and 800)
Adjustable Handle Shank (700 and 800 only)
Non-Disengaging Levelwind System
Palmable Linecounter with Maintenance Port (500LC and 600LC only)
Crossbar Forward Design
Tekota® Feature Details
A-RB® Bearings Stainless steel ball bearings that have been through the A-RB treatment process which makes them at least 10 times more corrosion resistant than standard stainless steel ball bearings.
Super Stopper® Super Stopper uses a one-way, stainless steel roller bearing that eliminates backplay. This provides the angler with instant hooksetting power.
Assist Stopper® This is a back up system to the Super Stopper that consists of the traditional pawl and ratchet. Should the Super Stopper roller bearing slip due to cold weather or over-lubrication, the Assist Stopper kicks in to provide a solid hookset the instant the roller bearing begins to slip. Most of the time the angler will not even know when this feature engages, because by quickly stopping the backwards rotation of the roller bearing, the Assist Stopper greatly reduces the chance of permanent damage to the Super Stopper, allowing it to continue to function as designed.
Dartainium® Drag This drag material provides a wider range of drag settings, along with the smoothest Shimano drag performance ever.
Oversized Cast Control Knob Comfortable and easy to use.
Clicker When engaged, the clicker increases the tension in freespool and activates a clicking alarm to alert you when a fish bites.
Septon® handle material This handle grip material is soft to the touch and does not get slippery when wet.
Oversized Clicker Button The button is larger and makes it easier to turn on and off.
Counter Balanced Handle These single grip handles feature an extended shank with a counter-balancing weight on the opposite end of the grip. This reduces the amount of wobble during high-speed retrieves.
Adjustable Handle Shank For deep water situations or for anglers needing more leverage, the handle shank can be extended to increase the amount of power that can be applied to the retrieve.
Non-Disengaging Levelwind System On wide-spool reels with a non-disengaging levelwind system, the levelwind remains engaged during the cast allowing the levelwind to track back and forth with the line as it flows off of the spool. This eliminates the drastic line angles caused by a disengaging levelwind system that can cause extreme friction which can lead to short casts or frustrating backlashes. By doing this we have increased the efficiency of the cast, allowing for more distance less effort.
Palmable Linecounter with Maintenance Port Comfortably rests between the thumb and forefinger when palming the reel, providing depth readings in feet. The reset button is strategically located for easy, onehanded resets, yet prevents accidental resets. Inserting one drop of lightweight oil into the sealed maintenance port keeps the linecounter performing in top condition.
Crossbar Forward Design Allows more access to the spool for better line control, and provides more comfort when palming the reel.
Metal Series The metal construction showcased in some of our finest reels now appears throughout our line of Metal Series products. Metal frames not only keep moving parts in precise alignment, they also feature the use of the latest anodizing, plating and painting techniques for beautiful and durable finishes.
Paired with an 8ft Seeker Inshore rod with 20 lb mono leader + 50 lb braid it's my go to outfit for fishing for calicos in the kelp with bait off SoCal.. If I want I can also cast a 1/2 oz-3/4 oz jigheaded swim bait a mile it's that smooth running of a reel. If I also get a pickup on a 20 + yellowtail or schoolie Albacore it can handle that too.
ProsSmall, solid, smooth drag and casts a flylined anchovy or sardine with no $#%@&* overruns. I like that I can freespool and let the bait swim around and then on the pickup engage the lever clutch,let the circle hook do it's thing and it's "fish on." Handles braid well.
Los Angeles, CA
August 31, 2020
This reel is my go to for rock cod fishing. My wife will use this reel for Yellowtail fishing. The line leveler allows here to focus on the fish and not the reel.
Great job again for Shimano.
ProsDrag with level wind
August 17, 2020
Great reel for Halibut
Shimano Tekota 300LC
May 10, 2020
One of the best out there!!!
April 2, 2020
Great reel, pretty to look at, tough, with Shimano quality
ProsStrong with good looks
March 30, 2020
nice multitasking reel. a great reel to have on board as work horses.
March 23, 2020
I run these for kings on lake Ontario. They are fantastic and the drag runs perfect.
March 23, 2020
I have over a dozen Sealine reels. They have served me well but the Shimano is several steps up in smoothness and quality. I now have 10 of the Tekota reels and should be set.
ProsSize, drag, Price, smooth and quality ?feel?
Great Reel for the price
March 1, 2020
Good features and smooth operation for the price range.
TEK800 is a great reel for long lines
September 12, 2019
Plenty of room on the spool for PowerPro backing and 500â€;™; of 45lb BloodRun SuperCopper.
By Jon A.
Cape May NJ
Shimano Tekota 800
January 30, 2019
I made my first time purchase of the Shimano Tekota 800 reel from Tackle Direct in the winter and it instantly made me want to go fishing! We got striper fever off the NJ coast and bought another reel. Ya don't necessarily need this reel but if ya want to up your game and the fish to prove it -- go for it ! It is a beaut reel and will take care of business! Thank you TD for taking care of my tackle needs!
Great Reel with versatility
August 30, 2018
I have had one of these for several years and wanted to add another one so I did. This is a terrific reel for striped bass and blue fishing. You can use it for all types of fishing , trolling, jigging, live lining or chunking. Love the smoothness of the drag and crank. Love the level wind. Great when casting bait when chunking or eeling, Great value of the mone.
i love this reel
July 27, 2018
I was catching 6 ft bull shark off bridge 2 that night with 40 lb mono reel was screaming but held up nicely
By Joshua G.
San Jose, CA
Very reliable 10+ years no issue
May 15, 2018
Had this particular model for a long time had to review it since itâ€;™;s been through so much. Handled bay rays in SF bay to 65 pounds, tons of sharks to 20-30 pounds; also got my bigger salmon up to 18 pounds on this reel as well. Not exactly what itâ€;™;s intended for but Iâ€;™;m sure the larger models will fare for a lifetime. Lol pretty much used it as a beater and loaner reel. Canâ€;™;t kill it, wonderful reel.
Cons reel handle little small to grip
E. Longmeadow, MA
November 1, 2017
Great quality. Very strong and smooth. Large line capacity and consistent performance