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Shimano Talica TAC8II 2 Speed Lever Drag Reels

Shimano Talica TAC8II 2 Speed Lever Drag Reels

Price: $499.99
TD Code
Line Retrieve
Per Crank
Mono Line Capacity
Power Pro Capacity
Full Max DragStrike Max DragS A-RB BearingsGear Ratio HighGear Ratio LowWeightPrice
20.0lb13.0lb66.2:14.1:118.2$499.99 USD
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
  • Clicker
  • 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
By Robert
One of my top two favorite reels.
July 16, 2016
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.
By Mike
norco CA
Fish Beware
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.
By jean
Aliso Viejo CA
great little reel with backbone
July 9, 2015
its my to go rod and reel combo when fishing kelp patties offshore.
By Richard Hinrichsen
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
The best reel I own!
April 30, 2015
I have used this reel on several fishing trips and replaced all my reels with the talica reels.
ProsThere are many!
By Brian
Best 2 Speed Reel
April 7, 2015
Smooth drag and quick gear switching from high to low when reeling in your fish.
By Andy
Bronx, NY
Smooth as butter!!
April 5, 2015
Recently purchased 16 2 speed Talica and I must say that the reel is beyond smooth and lighter than I expected.
ProsBest out there!!
By Keith
Belford, NJ
Excellent Tilefish and Tuna Reel
January 1, 2015
Very smooth operation and drag. Plenty of power and plenty of line capacity.
By Keith
Belford, NJ
Excellent Tilefish and Tuna Reel
January 1, 2015
Very smooth operation and drag. Plenty of power. Plenty of line capacity.
By BaH
Woodinville, WA
Awesome Reel
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
Orange, Ca
Excellent tuna reel
October 4, 2014
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
By Xiaoyi
St Petersburg, FL
Fantastic Reel!
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
By Loren
Long Beach, CA
Shimano Talica 16
September 17, 2014
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.
By Brian
Nothing bad about this reel.
June 30, 2014
Well balanced and the two speed is great for hauling in the big fish.
By Jose
West Hills, CA
Super powerful and very smooth.
June 21, 2014
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.
June 3, 2014
By Keith
Belford, NJ
Great Reel
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
New Jersey
Excelent reel
April 25, 2014
Very smooth drag and smooth operation with plenty of power.
By jerrry
clayton, NC
awesome reel
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
By chris
great overall reel
February 8, 2014
replacing all of my 50's w/ this reel. tons of power in a small package.
By Dustyn
Kealakekua, HI
This as an awesome all around 2speed reel!
December 2, 2013
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
Top Reel From Top Store
November 10, 2013
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.
By David
Solana Beach, CA
Nice tuna rig
July 22, 2013
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.
By stephen
United States
Amazing Reel!!!!
July 19, 2013
Amazing Reel!!!!
By Brian
Westport, CT
Strong looking and functioning reel.
May 29, 2013
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.
By Sergey
Shimano TAC16II 2 Speed Lever Drag Reels
December 2, 2012
Good 2 Speed Lever Drag Reels for fishing in Northern countries.
1 Question & 1 Answer
from L.I. NY asked:
March 5, 2017
I would like to purchase a 2 speed reel for Black Sea bass and porgy fishing. Is the Talica II a good match? If so what model do you recommend?
The TAC8II would be a great fit for the type of fishing you will be doing.
on March 6, 2017

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