Shimano TR-1000LD Charter Special Reel
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.
By Loosey Lucy
Cape May, NJ
Awesome little lever drag
June 12, 2016
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
what a great reel
April 22, 2015
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
great reel for the price
September 26, 2014
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
for the price you couldn't ask for more
September 25, 2014
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
Great All Rounder.
July 28, 2014
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.
Shimano Charter Special
December 22, 2013
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
Awesome Reels For Downriggers On Lake Michigan
May 31, 2013
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
Starting at $429.99