Shimano Charter Special Lever Drag Levelwind Reels
Lever Drag Levelwind Reels
Can you walk and chew gum at the same time? Okay, that one was easy. But when trolling can you grab the rod, fight the fish and reel in your downriggers at the same time? Ah hah. That gets a little trickier. Sometimes it's not such a bad idea to have a levelwind feature on your downrigging reels so all you have to think about is winding frantically. Nor does it hurt to have a solid, one-piece graphite frame, a large drag surface and your choice of lever drag on Shimano's Charter Special or star drag on Shimano's TRN. And you can even use both reels for light saltwater applications. Overall, it just makes the whole process a lot less complicated.
4.5 Stars based on 10 reviews
By Loosey Lucy
Cape May, NJ
June 12, 2016
Awesome little lever drag
Spent a half hour on this reel spooled with 20lb and hooked to a big drum. These little Shimano lever drags get the job done. That's why I have several of them
By Kevin Parkerq
April 22, 2015
what a great reel
the shimano charter special what a outstanding reel for the money, lever drag and leverwind, you can't ask for more it has the best of both worlds...
Proslevel wind and lever drag
March 28, 2015
Great reel: good price , multiple use, lightweight,smooth,portable,..etcetc
September 26, 2014
great reel for the price
Bought this reel on the last day out at port a texas it performed great the 50# line broke with no real strugle from the reel
ProsPrice the drag says it all
ConsNone that I experienced the day I used it
September 25, 2014
for the price you couldn't ask for more
Seems to be a pretty good reel bought it on the last day of fishing hooked up a few times the reel handled great only problem was the 50lb line broke next time out I will be trying 100lb braided I plan on buying another and spooling 80lb just in case 100lb is to much for the other one
ConsNo line counter
July 28, 2014
Great All Rounder.
I have a few of the Charter Special L/D L/W Reels for use when fishing for Gummy Sharks. They are level wind which is great for those that are not that familiar with over head gear, other great features of these reels are they have a generous line capacity and a fantastic drag system. Great All Rounder.
Campbell River BC
January 25, 2014
Last year I used my 2 x Charter Specials and 2 x Shimano TDR trolling rods to fish for Salmon. I occasionally used them to bottom fish as well and they worked great for both applications. The levelwind and lever drag makes it almost feel like you are cheating when you start to reel in your catch.
ProsLevelwind and lever drag are a great feature especially for a new person to the sport.
December 28, 2013
I have three of these reels and the all work great! Never had a problem with them. They have plenty of drag and are very smooth. They are light weight and I love the level wind lever drag ... it's a great combination that works very well. I use these reels for trolling, drifting live baits and bottom fishing, although the ratio is not great for bottom fishing deeps water. This is not a great casting reel nor is it my first choice for jigging ... overall this is a great reel. There is at least one on the boat every trip out.
December 22, 2013
Shimano Charter Special
This was my first lever drag reel, and I've used it for years for seabass, flounder, and striper. I like the reel, and it gets the job done. It's easy to use, and it spools line very nicely.
By Capt. Skip Berry
May 31, 2013
Awesome Reels For Downriggers On Lake Michigan
I run a charter boat and use my equipment more in a summer than most weekenders do in a lifetime. I needed to replace my old downrigger reels and bought these. I LOVE THEM. The lever drag lets me consistently set the drag for strikes while in the holder and I can see if the clients are messing with the drag. I have had lots of clients move the drag with star drags, either on purpose or their sleeve of their coat catches the drag and rotates it. No move with these lever drag. Now if Shimano would just make a lever drag linecounter reel my life would be complete LOL
6 Questions & 6 Answers
from Smyrna, TN asked:
November 9, 2015
Do these reels come with a rod clamp? If not, could you provide a product number for a rod clamp that would work with this reel? Thanks.
This reel does not come with a clamp, and from the information that I have received it is not designed to fit a clamp.
on November 10, 2015
from New Jersey asked:
May 9, 2015
Is this a good reel for trolling large stripers?
Vincent, That is a excellent reel for trolling for large stripers.
on May 11, 2015
from Napa Ca asked:
September 15, 2014
Can this reel be had with a line counter? If this has the quality of the TLDs, line counter and levelwind- THAT IS A REEL THAT I WOULD BUY. Several of them!
Unfortunately, Shimano doesn't make this reel with a line counter. You can use color metered braided line with it though.
on September 15, 2014
from Rock Hill, South Carolina asked:
June 15, 2014
Will this reel fit on an ugly stil tiger rod, specifically, the BWCA/O220270?
Yes, the Shimano Charter Special will fit on the Ugly Stick Tiger rod nicely.
on June 17, 2014
from Alaska asked:
May 29, 2014
Difference between the 1000 and 2000? I am salmon fishing in Alaska and on occasion hook into a halibut while trolling. Also what line should i use.
The difference between the two is line capacity, The 2000 holds 300yds of 20# mono while the 1000 holds 300yds of 14#. As for what kind of line to use, braid is more sensitive and has no stretch. Mono will stretch a bit and is less sensitive. Pound class depends on what you are fishing for.
on May 30, 2014
from Largo, Fl asked:
October 10, 2013
what is the Max Drag at Full w/ Freespool (lbs) what is the Max Drag at Strike w/ Freespool (lbs) Thanks for your help
In full = 33lb in strike = 22lb
on October 12, 2013