Shimano Talica 2 Speed Lever Drag Reels
High Speed and Power, Compact Design with Excellent Live-Bait Castability
$499.99 - $1,199.99
|Mono Line Capacity|
|Power Pro Capacity|
|Full Max Drag||Strike Max Drag||S A-RB Bearings||Gear Ratio High||Gear Ratio Low||Weight||Price|
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
- Topless Design
- 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
5 Stars based on 28 reviews
July 16, 2016
One of my top two favorite reels.
I first used this reel while on a shark fishing trip down in Islamrada Fl. Without any difficulties we were pulling in 200 to 250 lb lemon sharks. After that I was hooked just on the power this reel had. Needless to say, I went out and purchased 3 diffent model sizes and fitted them on matching Terez rods.
ProsPowerful , light, and smooth.
ConsNeeds a bigger Handel on the larger reel options.
July 29, 2015
Went Fishing out of San Diego CA . Tuna, Yellowtail and on live bate 30 plus pounds. Reels worked great.
ProsGreat drag control. Lots of power with the two speed reel.
Aliso Viejo CA
July 9, 2015
great little reel with backbone
its my to go rod and reel combo when fishing kelp patties offshore.
By Richard Hinrichsen
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
April 30, 2015
The best reel I own!
I have used this reel on several fishing trips and replaced all my reels with the talica reels.
ProsThere are many!
April 7, 2015
Best 2 Speed Reel
Smooth drag and quick gear switching from high to low when reeling in your fish.
April 5, 2015
Smooth as butter!!
Recently purchased 16 2 speed Talica and I must say that the reel is beyond smooth and lighter than I expected.
ProsBest out there!!
January 1, 2015
Excellent Tilefish and Tuna Reel
Very smooth operation and drag. Plenty of power and plenty of line capacity.
January 1, 2015
Excellent Tilefish and Tuna Reel
Very smooth operation and drag. Plenty of power. Plenty of line capacity.
October 9, 2014
I pair these with trevala rods and use the 12's and the 8's for albacore off the coast of Washington as well as lingcod. I also use the 12's for halibut. Smooth with plenty of drag, the Talica ii is now the only lever drags reels I'll use. Yes they are pricey but you really do get what you pay for.
ProsSmooth Drag Weight Handle
By John C
October 4, 2014
Excellent tuna reel
Took my new talica tac1211 2 speed lever drag on my new Phenix my rod and I was amazed with its power. Excellent Drag system! Great reel balance for casting live baits. Caught a bunch of wft and skip jack on my first trip without any glitches. Looking forward on using it again soon.
ProsNice looking reel, excellent drag, light, great balance for casting live bait
St Petersburg, FL
September 24, 2014
This is a great reel for anything that swims on the westcoast of Florida. Its smooth, lightweight and compact for its power, and casts great. We use it for everything from flatlining for kingfish, jigging for blackfin tuna and amberjack, and bottom fishing for grouper and snapper. Whatever you can throw at this little reel it will handle it with ease. Highly recommended!
ProsLightweight and compact for its power, great freespool, fast retrieve but very powerful low gear too
Long Beach, CA
September 17, 2014
Shimano Talica 16
Very nice 2 speed reel but you get what you pay for. Any reel that costs $500 should be awesome and this is no exception to that rule. The 8, 10, 12 and 16 are great but not a big fan of the 20, 25 or 50. Over priced for the amount of drag you get.
June 30, 2014
Nothing bad about this reel.
Well balanced and the two speed is great for hauling in the big fish.
West Hills, CA
June 21, 2014
Super powerful and very smooth.
I love this reel, a little on the heavy side but it compensate for the drag power. I am thinking about getting another on the single speed size 8.
ConsNot made in the U.S.
April 29, 2014
This reel works great for both tuna and tilefish
ProsVery smooth operation and drag, plenty of guts to handle big fish.
By Keith A Diebold
April 25, 2014
Very smooth drag and smooth operation with plenty of power.
March 18, 2014
this is my most used and abused reel. it has handled everything ive ever thrown at it. I have used it on everything from commercial grouper fishing to a 250lb Bluefin tuna. I'd love to know the amount of fish this little reel has pulled over the rail.
Prossmall and light for its strength. durable. its a shimano
February 8, 2014
great overall reel
replacing all of my 50's w/ this reel. tons of power in a small package.
December 2, 2013
This as an awesome all around 2speed reel!
This is a great 2speed reel that is small and light but can bring in big fish!
By A. Gari
Red Sea- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
November 10, 2013
Top Reel From Top Store
The reel is perfect for all kind of fishing. Nothing in water can beat this reel. You never need another one maybe for the rest of life. I have purchased previously Penn rod. TackleDirect sent me both brand new ones fast shipping, reel is in sealed box. They even earned me a discount points for future purcheses. Thank you TackleDirect. Always my favourite store .
ProsSealed brand new and fast shipping.
ConsNothing to mention.
Solana Beach, CA
July 22, 2013
Nice tuna rig
Just got the reel out for tuna in So Cal. One 40lb blue fin later I am very happy with the rig. The powerpro line let me get my bait out past others and to the feeding zone. Only 3 tuna caught that trip. Tuna lit up the reel a few times. Very smooth drag. Had it paired with the 8" terez rod. The combo gave good give and helped offset the braid to floro shock transfer. Rod a bit mushy for a jig but for live bait it tosses the chovie very nice. Put 65lb powerpro and 6 ft leader of flouro on it. Might have been a bit heavy on the line for picky yellow tail but with a bite on the 40lb floro worked good.
July 19, 2013
May 29, 2013
Strong looking and functioning reel.
Great reel, really happy. Lever drag works well, very smooth, easy setting indicators. Feels great, good weight, looks really good too. Smooth operation all the way around.
December 2, 2012
Shimano TAC16II 2 Speed Lever Drag Reels
Good 2 Speed Lever Drag Reels for fishing in Northern countries.
Cape May, NJ
September 18, 2012
Talica 20 and 25
Bought both reels and paired them with Trevala jigging rods. They appear to be a really quality item. Used them once so far on and overnight tuna trip. No tuna, but they handled a huge thresher shark and a big hammerhead with no difficulty at all. Drags are smooth. Setting drag is easy. I have other quality offshore reels and these match up favorably with the best of them. With braid line you can load them up with enough capacity to handle just about anything we find on the east coast short of a true giant blue fin
July 15, 2012
I received this reel from Tackle Direct in lighting fast time. I could not ask for a finer reel for its intended purpose. I will buy from Tackle Direct again!
ProsLight weight and excellent free spool
12 Questions & 13 Answers
from CT asked:
May 16, 2017
Would the talica be good for jigging?
John, Hello yes the talica would be a good reel for jigging.
on May 17, 2017
The Talica series reels can be used for jigging.
on May 17, 2017
from Manasquan, NJ asked:
March 6, 2017
Would this reel be a good choice for trolling the canyons? If so What Shimano rod would work well to fit this?
The Talica is an excellent choice for offshore trolling. The Shimano Tallus or Terez trolling rods are the rods you will want to pair one up with.
on March 7, 2017
from NY asked:
March 3, 2017
is the 20ii or 25ii too much for tile fishing? I already have the 16ii .
The Talica 16 would be a useful reel for tile fishing in NJ. Thank you for considering TcakleDirect for your fishing needs and have a great day.
on March 3, 2017
from Georgia asked:
January 23, 2017
ARE TALICA 8 AND 10 SAME SIZE OF REEL BODY BUT DIFFERENT LINE CAPACITY? I NEED ONE FOR BOTTOM FISHING SPEICES LIKE SNAPPER, GROUPER AND FUTURE AJS. WHICH SIZE OF TALICA WOULD GET THE JOB DONE. THANKS
Yes, the body of the reel is virtually identical and i would recommend using the 10 for more line capacity.
on January 24, 2017
from firstname.lastname@example.org asked:
January 2, 2017
What is line size and capacity for 10ll.
The mono specs are 15/380 20/270 25/215 and the braid specs are 40/540 50/535 65/335.
on January 3, 2017
from Torrance, Ca asked:
December 18, 2015
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.
on December 21, 2015
from santee, ca. asked:
September 19, 2015
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.
on September 27, 2015
from dallas, tx asked:
July 17, 2015
What would be the best rod for a Talica 25 II for standup fishing?
Depending what you are fishing for, there could be a number of different options. An example is the Shimano Terez series.
on July 20, 2015
from Long Island asked:
June 15, 2015
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!
on June 15, 2015
from BC Canada asked:
April 1, 2015
Is this reel suitable for halibut fishing?
Bert, The Talica series would be an excellent reel for Halibut fishing.
on April 2, 2015
from Miami, Florida asked:
February 26, 2015
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!
on March 10, 2015
from new york,ny asked:
January 5, 2014
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.
on January 6, 2014
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