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Shimano Tekota Reels

Shimano Tekota Reels

Shimano Tekota, a trollers dream, is the perfect cross-over reel for both freshwater and saltwater species, from walleye to tuna.

$179.99 - $269.99
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TD Code
Per Crank
Drag (lb)
12.0314.2:113.3$179.99 USD
12.0314.2:114.3$189.99 USD
18.0314.2:115.3$179.99 USD
18.0314.2:116.3$189.99 USD
18.0314.2:116.0$189.99 USD
18.0314.2:116.9$199.99 USD
24.0314.2:128.8$209.99 USD
24.0314.2:129.8$209.99 USD
24.0314.2:130.0$259.99 USD
24.0314.2:131.0$269.99 USD
"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
  • Aluminum Spool
  • Rod Clamp
  • Manual Clutch (excluding 300LC, 500LC and 600LC which are Auto-Return)
  • A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings)
  • Super Stopper
  • Assist Stopper
  • Dartainium Drag
  • Oversized Cast Control Knob
  • Clicker
  • 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
  • Metal Series
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.
5 Stars based on 7 reviews
By Weldon
Poway, CA
Great Reels !!!
February 29, 2016
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.
By Don
East Lyme, CT
Excellent Reel !
May 14, 2015
One of the best reels I own, Bar none! The Tekota and the Torium are bullet proof reels.
By Michael
Boynton Beach, FL
Great reel
January 28, 2015
Good reel for casting heavy lures for snook fishing
By Andrew
West River, MD
Wreck Fishing Reliability
January 3, 2015
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.
By Jose
West Hills, CA
The line counter is great for bottom fishing.
October 22, 2014
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.
By chris
Love my linecounter
September 11, 2014
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
By Sean
Farmingdale, NY
First Shimano Reel I Owned!
June 3, 2014
One of the best reels I own, Bar none! Handling the Tekota 500, was my experience with Shimano Products. I was on a party boat, fishing for Fluke, and the fella next to me had the 500 on a 7' Compre Rod. I noticed how well the combo he was using was standing up to the 6 oz lead we were using to hold bottom that day. And what little effort he used when reeling in a plus 20.5", or better, Fluke. I asked him if I could use it, and my Peen Reel days ended right there on the deck of that party boat. Compared to my Penn, this rod/reel combo was super light and with superb balance to boot. I actually hooked a decent size Fluke on that cast. I was amazed how smooth the drag. And I was exerting a lot less effort compared to the Penn. Not that these are large fighting fish. None the less, I felt a big difference. The levelwind was also very smooth. No grinding or sticking. And this reel was a few years old. I was just as taken with the over sized knob. I could tell right away I was handling a high quality reel in which a lot of thought and detail was used to design it. The next day, I bought a Tekota 300 and 500. That was about 3 years ago. And I have since replaced all of my tackle and gear, with predominately Shimano Products! If you are as passionate about fishing as I am, you to would want to use a quality product. Not to take away anything from Penn Products. They are very well made reels. And they have been around forever! After handling that reel, I simply preferred Shimano.
ProsSmooth drag, less effort exerted when reeling, very light, of high quality, durable, levelwind, superb casting, oversized knob
ConsThe one issue I have with Shimano is when they discontinue a reel, I find it very hard to find parts. Fortunately that is few and far between!
10 Questions & 11 Answers
from new york asked:
May 2, 2012
Which model is recommended for striped bass and wire?
The larger models with the Line Counter like the TEK800LC!
Customer Service
on May 2, 2012

Andres Belardes
from California asked:
December 4, 2016
how much 30#braid can i fit on the 300 model
Andres, Hello here is the braid line rating. 255/30 • 210/40 • 205/50
on December 5, 2016

from Columbia River Washington State asked:
October 20, 2016
When the spec state so many yards of something pound test. Is that mono or braid?
The specifications on our website are for mono filament line.
on October 21, 2016

from McCleary WA asked:
August 19, 2015
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.
on September 4, 2015

Darren nguyen
from Freeport tx asked:
July 15, 2015
Is the tekota 800 with 80 pound braid good for mid size amberjack and large red snapper and also mid to large size king mackeral
The reel would work fine for that application.
on July 17, 2015

from trinidad asked:
September 14, 2014
can you use braid line on these reels??
Yes. These reels handle braid very well.
Customer Service
on September 15, 2014

from san francisco, ca asked:
September 25, 2013
where is the reel made in???
This reel is made in Japan
Customer Service
on September 25, 2013

from west palm bch fl asked:
November 9, 2012
Is this reel able to handle 50lb mono or high quality line
These reels can handle 50LB mono. If you plan on using that size mono i would highly recommend purchasing the 800 size reel in order to get adequate line capacity.
Customer Service
on November 12, 2012

from elmwood park nj asked:
October 2, 2012
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.
Customer Service
on October 3, 2012

Pete Trask
from Boston MA asked:
August 5, 2012
what is the difference between the 500 and the 500LC ?
The 500LC has a built in line counter.
Customer Service
on August 5, 2012
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.
on June 14, 2013
from Pontiac, IL 61764 USA

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