The Shimano Tekota is a great solution for anglers who troll for both fresh and saltwater species. Great Lakes anglers will appreciate the palmable line counter, and saltwater enthusiasts will appreciate the durability and strength. Paired with the Star DLX8/0WL Wire Line Rod, which is made with premium E-glass, you have a tough trolling combo that is ready for the challenge.
Nice combo, but a Tekota 700 would have been a great option.
January 11, 2017
The Star rod works wonderfully for bunker spoons (I suspect equally well for most wire lining crankbaits). The Tekota 800 did it's job smoothly. I give this review 4 stars because the 800 is larger than I needed, the 700 would have been a better fit. Unfortunately the 700 isn't available as a combo and the price reduction made it hard to pass up. With 100 yards of 40 lbs Dacron backing and 300' of 40 lbs monel I filled the spool only about half full. I'm going to reload the backing in an effort to bring the wire closer to the top of the spool.
ProsWire line combo that works well together. Price point will save some serious $ compared to purchasing separately.
ConsThe Tekota 800 is bigger than my application required. The 700 would be a superb reel for bunker spoons with 300' of wire. I'm sure the 800 works better under the right circumstances.
By John t.
September 7, 2016
this reel is great . it is super smooth and has a great quality feel to it