Shimano Tekota Levelwind Reels have been designed with Coreprotect water resistance for the ultimate increase in corrosion resistance. These reels are a trollers dream and the perfect cross-over reel for both freshwater and saltwater species, from walleye to tuna.
Very smooth, light & compact with enough drag for larger fish in LI Sound
March 13, 2019
Very nice reel, exactly what I ordered!
January 27, 2019
Smooth and fast
This is a nice addition to my fishing arsenal. Very smooth and fast.
By Darrell L.
January 25, 2019
Great reel for salmon trolling
January 19, 2019
I love this reel, itâ€™s really smooth on retrieving and very light and also low profile
ProsSmooth and quiet retrieve, lightweight
ConsCan?t think of any
January 3, 2019
Top of the line, line counters
Life is short buy the best .
ProsHigh retrieval ratio,light weight, compact and smooth.
October 4, 2018
I love this reel. It has a compact design with plenty of power.
September 6, 2018
I have 4 for stripers and blues around Cape Cod. They handle it all.
ProsGreat drag. Very smooth
ConsAfter 5 years had the level wind mechanism blow up on a huge shark hit. Took it off, plug the holes and it keeps rocking!
Long Island, NY
August 24, 2018
Reel used for saltwater trolling and jigging mainly, but fine for all types of fishing. Reel is very smooth, solid built and compact. Shimano quality.
February 29, 2016
Great Reels !!!
I have two for west coast fishing. The Mdl 300 (got the optional Shimano single knob crank handle) with 50 # PowerPro w/25# floro topshot which is great for flyling sardines/anchovies for calicos in the kelp to schoolie yellows/albies in open water on a f/t-h/d 8ft Seeker trigger rod. The mdl 700 w/an after market long shank power handle with 65# powerPro tied right on to a 2 hook ganglon and a 6 1/2 heavy rod is great for deep water (300ft) rock codding. Both great reels and unlike many I like a level wind especially when cranking up 16 oz + of sinker and 10lbs + of fish from way down deep.
ProsThey work and are well made with no problems encountered so far after two seasons of use. But then again again they are Shimanos.
East Lyme, CT
May 14, 2015
Excellent Reel !
One of the best reels I own, Bar none! The Tekota and the Torium are bullet proof reels.
Boynton Beach, FL
January 28, 2015
Good reel for casting heavy lures for snook fishing
West River, MD
January 3, 2015
Wreck Fishing Reliability
Great reel for wreck and reef fishing. Holds a lot of braid so you can reach the deeper wrecks and reefs if you like fishing in 150-250 feet of water. Has the drag to lockdown on big tog and those monster blues which seem to love to hang out over the wrecks. Also capable of handling big stripers as well. Easy to maintain, have had no issues with birds' nest or any braid issue for that matter.
West Hills, CA
October 22, 2014
The line counter is great for bottom fishing.
This reel is not great for casting but is my favorite reel for bottom fishing. Agree with other reviews, best application is when the captain announces at how many feet from the bottom fish are.
September 11, 2014
Love my linecounter
Got a linecounter 500, which is great for bottom fishing. The linecounter is great, when the captain says fish at 80 feet. No more trying to count how many pulls of line to guess depth
Can you specify which model is right hand and which is left hand by model number? To be clear I am assuming the left hand means the handle is on the left and line counter on the right with the level wind on the front. Thanks.
Left hand models will end with a "1" right hand will end with a "0"
Am looking for a reel that I can use in Long Island sound for Blackfish Seabass porgies blues and stripers what would be the best one in size and line capacity
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Submitted by:Andrew Montagna on May 23, 2019
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from CA asked:
November 19, 2018
These reels look similar in construction and design to the Torium series. Is that accurate regarding the build and size? What sizes of the torium would you compare them to? Thinking about picking up a couple for rock fishing ganyons and jigging. Thanks!
Tekota 500 compares to Torium 14. Tekota 600 compares to Torium 16. The 500 holds 240 yards of 65 lb test braid, same for the Torium 14. The 600 holds 330 yards of 65 lb test braid, same for the Torium 16. The Tekota's will work for your application.
Submitted by:Rebecca on November 21, 2018
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from NONE asked:
November 18, 2018
What is the best rod to use with the 600 for trolling a rapala or a planer board?
Trying to make a nice setup for my 6y/o son. We do mostly saltwater fishing anywhere from trolling for tuna, mahi, wahoo to jigging for snapper or groupers. Will the Tekota meet my needs? Also which rod will work? Thank you!
I've heard not having a large amount of line on the reel can make the line counter inaccurate. How much length of 50# tuff line would I put on a Shimano Tekota 500 LC to make sure the line counter is accurage from 0 to 125 feet? Tim
You are able to spool up to 440 yards of the 50lb braid/tuff line.
I own the tekota 500 reel what would be a good rod to go with this reel.....fluking ,blues and striper fishing on a boat thank you tom
If you prefer foam grips I would go with a Shimano TVC66M Trevala Jigging Casting Rod. If you prefer cork grips I would go with a Shimano TMC-X70MH Teramar Inshore Southeast. Both of these rods will serve as excellent rods for targeting northeast inshore species like stipers, blues and fluke.
what is the difference between the 500 and the 500LC ?
The 500LC has a built in line counter.
Submitted by:Customer Service on August 5, 2012
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500LC stands for line counter. Another difference is an "auto engage" feature on the line counter model. Turning the handle will engage the spool after casting. The standard 500 model must be manually engaged to take the reel out of free spool.
Submitted by:Michael on June 14, 2013 from Pontiac, IL 61764 USA