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Shimano TLD-20 Triton Lever Drag Reel
TD Code
Line Retrieve Per CrankMono Capacity
PowerPro Capacity
Max Drag
at Full w/Freespool
Max Drag
at Strike w/Freespool
32 in20/700
23 lb17 lb4BB3.6:123.6 oz$169.99 USD
You don't need a big boat to catch big fish. In fact, there's absolutely no reason why you couldn't catch a 250-pound thresher shark from your 20-foot center console boat. Unless you left your Shimano TLD at home. If you own a small fishing boat, or you often find yourself elbow-to-elbow with your angling compatriots on the large party boats, you need a reel that's both nimble and versatile. The Shimano TLD reels are light in hand, so easy to shift they're almost mindless, and they're adaptable to any number of bluewater species from tuna to striped marlin. And because they're built by Shimano, durability is an inevitable part of the package. A large, private, ocean-going vessel may be neat, but it's not necessary. Just match the tackle to the situation. And let the fish fall where they may.
Lever Drag
Freespool or the perfectly dialed-in strike drag. With Shimano's lever drag reels - including Tiagra and all Shimano TLD reels - you won't make a mistake. Whether you need to back off quickly when a marlin starts its surface dance, or full drag pressure when a tuna goes deep and circles, you can rely on Shimano's lever drag to do the job.

Shimano TLD features:
  • Graphite Frame
  • Graphite Sideplate
  • Aluminum Spool
  • Rod Clamp
  • Barrel Handle Grip
  • A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings)
  • Clicker
  • Counter Balanced Handle (TLD 15 only)
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
5 Stars based on 5 reviews
By Kamran
Boynton Beach, Florida
Great offshore
June 14, 2016
Mainly use these reels for light trolling and they work amazingly. They have a smooth drag and a nice retrieve
By Michael
Wilton, CT
May 20, 2016
This reel is as good if not better than what I hoped for
By Capt. Rock
Southampton, NJ
Very Satisfied
March 17, 2015
I first used these reels on a friend's boat and was impressed with how one handled a foul hooked White Marlin. I figured I couldn't go wrong buying a pair to use for inshore Striped Bass trolling. They are smooth, rugged, have an excellent drag system and are priced right.
By jim
pompano bch fl
shimano tld 20 reels
February 6, 2015
bought these reels for their strength used them on charter boats where they are used everyday
By C.H. 'Harry' Jones
Swansboro, NC
Great Reel, Smooth Drag, Very Lightweight
January 16, 2013
I purchased 2 of these TLD-20's to put on a pair of Penn Mariner Standup rods (630CMST) that I had recently purchased. I plan to utilize these combos for pulling deep-diving plugs (Rapala X-Rap Magnums, Bomber CDs, MirrOlure 111MRs, etc.). The reels matched up perfectly with the rods, and I can't wait to get the line spooled on them (150 yds of Rapala 50 lb Titanium Stretch braid over 250 yds of 40 lb Yo-Zuri hybrid fluoro-mono line. I'm very pleased with the reels so far,and one of the reasons I purchased these reels is their reputation for long and satisfactory service.
ProsSmooth Drag Very Lightweight Great Reputation
ConsI wish they would modernize the handles, and maybe utilize something a little more like the "soft-grip" handles I have on my Avet reels.
7 Questions & 7 Answers
from Clearwater, Fl asked:
August 31, 2016
Is there a left hand retrieve version of this reel available? Or maybe another Shimano or Penn reel that would be good for bottom fishing for Grouper off of a walk on pier that is left hand retrieve? My current set up is a 5'5" Penn Tuna Stick and Penn 330Gti that I use, looking for something new though. :) (Fishing off of the Skyway Bridge Pier in the Tampa Bay, Florida. It used to be a bridge that they turned into a pier after an accident, great Grouper spot from what I've heard)
The Penn SQL60LDLH Squall Lever Drag Reel Left Hand Retrieve would be a good match for that rod.
on September 1, 2016

from new jersey asked:
August 16, 2015
does it hurt the reel if you adjust the preset drag while not in free spool?
It is possible to damage the reel doing that. When setting the preset drag, the reel should always be in free spool. Adjusting without being in free spool can cause damage to the adjustment mechanism.
on August 19, 2015

from St. Helens, OR asked:
March 17, 2015
My pole is a Shimano X80 HBC GH 8' and I'll be fishing for salmon up to 50# in the Columbia, and a little offshore fishing. What reel do you suggest to match up and deliver, if not the TLD 20?
Chris, the Tld 20 would be an awesome reel for your fishing application, if your looking for a little more power in the same size range I recommend the Tyrnos 20 lever drag.
on March 17, 2015

from St. Helens, OR asked:
March 14, 2015
I'm thinking about using this reel when plunking for salmon off a boat in the Columbia River. Good idea? And what rod would you recommend for a match up?
Hello Chris. I think this would be a little too much reel for what you will be doing. You would probably be able to use a smaller reel. To help us give you a better answer, what pound fish are you targeting and how heavy of a lead weight will you be using? This will help us get you setup with a better rod and reel. Please feel free to give one of our product specialists a call and we will get you all set up! Direct +1-609-788-3819 Email
on March 16, 2015

from Diego Garcia asked:
October 19, 2014
is this good for bottom fishing? for snapper and groupers.. off shore saltwater fishing on a boat? how does this compare to Abu Garcia Low Profile Baitcast Fishing Reel - RVO3 SXHS / RVO3 SXHSL? if ok.. i'm looking for a ABU rod for this.. can u suggest? and shd i get a power pro 30lb line with this reel?
Hello. This reel would be perfect for what you want to use it for. The Abu Garcia reels you inquired about are going to be a bit too small for what you will be fishing. As far as a rod, we recommend the Shimano Terez. These can be found here: As far as line, you would be more well suited with a 50lb. or higher Power Pro. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
Customer Service
on October 19, 2014

Corey Milelr
from Stuart, fl asked:
October 31, 2013
Are the Shimano TLD-20's - 2 speed reels?
The Shimano TLD-2 Speed A Lever Drag Reels are the only reels in the TLD series that Shimano offers. The Triton Lever Drag Series reels are only single speed and not two speed.
Customer Service
on November 1, 2013

from Gt Barrier Island , NZ asked:
November 13, 2012
Hi can you adjust the free spool on this reel ?
There is no spool break on the TLD 20 to control free spool.
Customer Service
on November 14, 2012

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