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Shimano TEK800 Tekota Reel

Shimano TEK800 Tekota Reel

Price: $209.99
Model
TD Code
Line
Retrieve
Per Crank
Line
Capacity
(lb/yds)
Max
Drag (lb)
A-RB
Ball
Bearings
A-RB
Roller
Bearings
Gear
Ratio
Weight
(oz)
Price
TEK800
SHM-0299
33''25/530
30/450
40/370
24.0314.2:129.8$209.99 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 33 reviews
By Rick
VA
Excellent reels
December 23, 2016
Well worth the investment for trolling rods. THe level wind makes it easy to guesstimate line out to help with depth estimation when your trolling for stripers. These are my second tekota purchases, totalling 10 in all.
By weldonk
San Diego, CA
Perfect Reel for Deep Water Bottom Fishing
December 5, 2016
I have mine paired with a stout 6 1/2 ft boat rod for deep water (250 ft and deeper) for big rock cod or lings in SoCal where a 16 oz sinker is a must. Great cranking power with 65 lb Power Pro braid. Get rid of those old big Penns and get one of these.
ProsVery solid reel mechanically and yet not too big/heavy and with a level wind line lay on the spool is no problem
ConsWhile it has an excellent handle I got an after market 5 " handle w/power grip for deep water cranking.
By Weldonk
San Diego, CA
A Solid, Well Built Reel
December 5, 2016
Paired with an 8ft Seeker Inshore rod with 20 lb mono leader + 50 lb braid it's my go to outfit for fishing for calicos in the kelp with bait off SoCal.. If I want I can also cast a 1/2 oz-3/4 oz jigheaded swim bait a mile it's that smooth running of a reel. If I also get a pickup on a 20 + yellowtail or schoolie Albacore it can handle that too.
ProsSmall, solid, smooth drag and casts a flylined anchovy or sardine with no $#%@&* overruns. I like that I can freespool and let the bait swim around and then on the pickup engage the lever clutch,let the circle hook do it's thing and it's "fish on." Handles braid well.
ConsNone
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.
ConsNone
By Dan
Pa
Shimano!
February 20, 2016
Very nice reel used a few weeks ago for tog. Performed well.
By Tom
Guam
Great reel
February 12, 2016
I have owned and used two Tekota 800 reels for six years. I bought them as strong reels with levelwinds as I often take very inexperienced people wahoo and mahi fishing. They have held up GREAT. I run 65 lb. braid on these reels and they hold miles. This because we could always tangle with a marlin. Hasn't happened yet, but we did land a 168 lb. sailfish recently. Surprisingly, these Tekotas knocked out my Saltist and Accurate bottom fishing reels. These Tekotas are just so smooth and strong, and I found it much easier to drag up the big grouper and snapper with these larger Tekotas than on the somewhat smaller but higher gear ratio Saltist and Accurate reels. And not having to use your sore thumb to levelwind abrasive braid all day is a plus. The levelwinds are strong and have never been challenged by big fish and big weights 800 feet down. I maintain my reels very well, soak in rainwater after every trip, partially disassemble and grease often, and these reels are still functioning like new. There is enough plastic on this reel to get scobbed up in hard use, but none of that stuff is structural. They still look good. I would not choose these reels for marlin or really big tuna, but these reels have the power and capacity to handle anything swimming up to maybe 200 lbs. And not having to constantly remind kids and rookies to thumb the line on retrieve is worth a lot.
By Frank
Longport, NJ
Great Reel!
December 21, 2015
This reel is a workhorse! It is light, has plenty of drag and a nice low gear ratio. The low gearing allows you to easly land big fish without pumping the rod like a mad man. The levelwind is a bonus when dropping and reeling for seabass in 100' of water. With a levelwind, you don't need to worry about line lay and IMO it helps prevent backlash. I've owned the Tekota TEK500 for 4 years now and have nothing but good things to say about it.
ProsReliable, low gear ratio, light weight, levelwind, line capacity, ect..
ConsNone.
By Rodrigo
Easton, PA
GREAT REEL
November 17, 2015
U USE TWO OF THESE REELS TO TROLL BUKER SPOONS ON WIRE WITH TONY MAJA RODS.... WORKS GREAT
ProsVERRY SMOOTH
By Rodrigo
Easton, PA
GREAT REEL
November 17, 2015
GREAT REEL BUT RETURNED MINE FOR THE 800 TO TROLL WIRE
By Tim Salisbury
Inverness, FL
Great small drop reel
August 18, 2015
Very smooth and strong. I'm very happy with my purchase of 4 of them. Very user friendly.
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 John
Lake Saint Clair
Great Reel
May 6, 2015
Great trolling reel. Smooth gears.Very happy with the performance of this reel so far.
ProsSmooth gears Quality Design
ConsPrice
By Tommy
Dixon, Ca.
Great Reel
April 22, 2015
This is one of my favorite reels. No Reel does everything, but this one comes close for what I use it for. It's a great general purpose boat reel...
By Michael
Boynton Beach, FL
Great reel
January 28, 2015
Good reel for casting heavy lures for snook fishing
By andre
boynton beach, florida
great for casting
January 13, 2015
This reel is designed for trolling. I have been using it to cast lures as light as 3/4 ounce. Many online reviews say this reel doesn't cast well but I reccomend this reel for casting
By Zak
Jackson, NJ
Recommend for fluke fisherman
January 6, 2015
Robust reel, use for striped bass & fluke
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 John
California
Shimano TEK600
September 20, 2014
Very smooth fishing reel from a reputable company. Very easy to cast with this reel. I use it primarily for mooching for salmon.
ProsSmooth retrieve, cast well, durable.
ConsLine capacity may be limited for other applications. The drags are not quite as good as some other fishing reels of the same class.
By Darrell Lim
United States
good deal
September 18, 2014
very good reel for its price.
By chris
ARLINGTON, VA
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 DARRELL LIM
United States
great reel for trolling for samon
August 7, 2014
easy to keep track of depth of lure
By Jack
Brooklyn, NY
Great Reel!
July 1, 2014
Top notch level wind, smooth as butter! Can't get a better reel for the money.
ProsQuality, Price
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!
By Matt
Where the fish are. Lake Erie
Shimano Tekota
May 22, 2014
Very nice reel and the drag system is smooth. I would have to say it is one of the best line counters out there
ProsSmooth drag system. Every turn of the grag has a click so you can set it just right.
ConsNone
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