Shimano SpeedMaster II Lever Drag Reels

Shimano SpeedMaster II Lever Drag Reels

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TD Code
RetrieveGear RatioLine Retrieve Per CrankMono Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Braided Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
BearingsMax DragWeightPrice
SPM12II
SHM-3806
Right Hand5.7:1/3.1:142in/23in20/350
25/280
30/230
50/580
65/400
80/355
440lb25.7oz$269.99 USD
SPM16II
SHM-3807
Right Hand5.7:1/3.1:142in/23in20/440
25/350
30/300
50/750
65/550
80/450
440lb26.5oz$279.99 USD
SPM20II
SHM-4041
Right Hand5.2:1/2.3:152in/23in30/470
40/320
50/260
65/725
80/575
100/435
444lb34.6oz$329.99 USD
SPM25II
SHM-4042
Right Hand5.2:1/2.3:152in/23in30/550
40/420
50/340
65/1010
80/730
100/470
444lb36.2oz$359.99 USD
Built to provide high end performance and dependability in a compact lightweight frame, the Shimano SpeedMaster II Lever Drag Reel is an absolute fish fighting machine. These two-speed lever drag reels feature the same sleek and functional design coupled with unrelenting power that blue water anglers have come to expect from Shimano conventional reels, but now at a price that everyone can appreciate. The rigid Hagane Body prevents the misalignment of moving parts under the heaviest of loads, giving the SpeedMaster II the strength to handle anything from tough pelagic species, to bottom dwelling heavy weights. Whether you are trolling, chunking, live-lining or jigging, the SpeedMaster II has the wide adjustable drag and high torque power you can rely on to come out on top. Included is a spare drag lever for adjusting the drag curve for optimal use with monofilament lines, giving the SpeedMaster II a less aggressive drag curve that is ideal for targeting sailfish and white marlin.
4.5 Stars based on 44 reviews
By Lee
Pembroke Pnes, FL
winner
August 9, 2022
I just recently got the speed master II spm12 II, It was so much fun that I turn around and got this speed master spm16 II which had just been stocked at TackleDirect.com
money well spent and love it, no regrets
By Lee
Pembroke Pines, FL
wow
August 9, 2022
I was excited with this reel, the size and power that it packs I had to have it. the price was even more impressive. works like a champ
By Tim L.
Beaufort, SC
Big Fish Fighter
June 30, 2022
Used this reel with 80lb braid to tackle multiple 50-80lb halibut from 200+ feet of water. It worked reliably and efficiently every time.
Pros
  • 2 speeds
Cons
  • none
By LEN S.
NY
SHIMANO SPM1211
February 22, 2022
THE SHIMANO SPM1211 IS A PERFECT 2 SPEED LEVER DRAG REEL FOR THOSE DEEP SEA MONSTERS.THE ALL METAL 0NE PIECE FRAME DOESN'T FLEX (LIKE SOME OF THOSE GRAPHITE FRAMED REELS) WHEN FIGHTING A BIG FISH. THE LEVER DRAG IS GREAT FOR THOSE LONG RUNS. THIS REEL IS A PERFECT SIZE. IT HOLDS A NICE AMOUNT OF 50 LB BRAID. I COULDN'T RESIST BUYING THIS REEL WHEN I FIRST LAID MY EYES ON IT. TACKLE DIRECT'S PRICE CAN'T BE BEAT AND WITH THEIR FREE SHIPPING IT'S A NO BRAINER!!! IF YOUR IN NEED OF A PERFECT CONVENTIONAL (BOAT) REEL, I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU LOOK INTO THE SHIMANO SPM12II REEL------YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!!!!
By Christopher
Ft Lauderdale
Great reel for the price
January 26, 2022
Great multipurpose reel. Use it for bottom fishing, drifting for kings and light trolling.
By James
FORT MYERS, FL
Speedmaster
November 28, 2021
No doubt stout. Im still buying more
Pros
  • It's a Speedmaster
By Ryan
Trenton, NJ
Smooth and incredible drag
November 15, 2021
Smooth reel
Incredible line capacity
And insane drag
Great midshore reel
By Cyle
Florida
Great reels
November 12, 2021
I have 6 of these reels now, best reel on the market for the price tag.
By Anthony
New rochelle ny
Where's the lefthanded reels. Two speed, Level wind. You are the leader. Stop discriminating against lefty fishermen. We are 20 percent of your buyers.
October 18, 2021
No lefthanded. Level wind 2 speed reels. Not even in lefthanded electric reels. There's a market out there.
By Daniel
Fayetteville, North Carolina
RIPSbTHE GATES OFF OF HELL
September 15, 2021
This thang right here RIPS THE GATES STARIGHT OFF OF HELL. Whatever bites the bait is coming home with you. Thanks to its overwhelming drag and 2 speed functionality. If you're wondering if its worth the money. Have no fear the SPEEDMASTER is here!
Pros
  • Strong drag, smooth handling, 2 speed and a loud clicker.
Cons
  • Cought more fish then my limit would allow.
By Matthew B.
Somers Point NJ
Worth the money
August 29, 2021
Perfect for trolling or bottom fishing. I use it for stripers. Worth the money
By Anonymous
Port Aransas
Best reel for the $$$
August 8, 2021
Favorite reel Ö smooth , and makes light work of big fish
By Anonymous
Bradenton Fl
Very good buy
July 19, 2021
Lite weight, smooth drag, 400 yds 65# braid with 50í mono leader, easy to balance and reel under pressure.
By Tim K.
AZ
Quality
July 16, 2021
I have been fishing for years and this reel is at the top of my list for fishing for Yellow Tail down in the Sea of Cortez. If you love fishing like I do, you will love this reel. Smooth and comfortable to use.
Pros
  • Durability, looks, ease of operation.
Cons
  • None
By Francis
Martinsburg, WV
Not bad for the price
July 15, 2021
I bought this reel and paired it with a shimano terez to do vertical jigging and wreck fishing. This is not a bad reel. Itís not a talica but I can get the job done.
Pros
  • Two speed, price, line capacity.
Cons
  • Not built as well as a talica but it?s half the price.
34 Questions & 34 Answers
Ben
from New hamburger asked:
November 3, 2019
Would this reel be too big on a northeast teramar 6ft6in heavy rod for tautog
1 Answer
The speedmaster would be to much of a reel for tog. You may be better off going with the Torium star drag 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on November 4, 2019

Gabriel Cruz
from Pomona, Ca. asked:
October 1, 2019
Hi I fish tuna up to 100 pounds give or take we feel size will be best for me , the 12 or 16 speedmaster ?


1 Answer
Hello Gabriel, the 16 is going to give you a little more line capacity. That's the only reel difference is the line capacity. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on October 3, 2019

Mario Sison
from San Diego, CA asked:
July 10, 2019
Do they come with left hand
1 Answer
Unfortunately, it does not. 
Submitted by: Ethan on July 13, 2019

Jay
from fort lauderdale asked:
July 10, 2019
How many yards of 20lb mono does it hold?
1 Answer
20lb/350yds for the 12 size 

20lb/440yds for the 16 size 

Submitted by: Ethan on August 10, 2019

Isaiah
from San Diego, California asked:
August 8, 2022
Would the 12 be able to take on a decent pacific tuna?
1 Answer
Hi Isaiah, The Shimano SPM12II SpeedMaster II Lever Drag Reel would be great for chunking and jigging applications for smaller school sized tuna. However since it's currently sold out I would also recommend a Avet HXJ 5/2 Raptor Two-Speed Lever Drag Casting Reel. https://www.tackledirect.com/avet-hxj-52-raptor-two-speed-lever-drag-casting-reels.html This would be ideal for targeting offshore tuna and be ideal for jigging, chunking, and live bait applications. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.


Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on August 10, 2022

James Park
from California asked:
May 11, 2022
What is the width difference on Speedmaster 16 vs 2 model?
1 Answer
Hi James, According to Shimano, Both the Shimano Speedmaster 12II and 16II models have a overall width of 9.50" inches. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on May 16, 2022

Bill
from New York asked:
April 27, 2022
Hello,

 Was wondering if you could recommend a rod for me I have a shimano speedmaster 25 that I am going to use for yellowfin tuna here in the northeast chunking. I will be using 80lbs mono. What rod would you recommend for this reel and Application

1 Answer
Hi Bill, Based on your fishing application I would recommend the Shimano TLCSTH2SSBLA Tallus Stand-Up Straight Butt Rod. https://www.tackledirect.com/shimano-tlcsth2ssbla-tallus-stand-up-straight-butt-rod.html This rod would support using 80lb monofilament and pair well with the Shimano Speedmaster 25II for Tuna fishing applications. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on April 28, 2022

jake
from new england asked:
March 19, 2022
Would the 16 fit the IMX Pro-Blue 845C for eels and bunker in the northeast?
1 Answer
Hi Jake, The Shimano SPM16II SpeedMaster II would be great for your fishing application. However, Since its currently sold out I would also recommend a Shimano TOR16HGA Torium Star Drag Conventional Reel. https://www.tackledirect.com/shimano-tor16hga-torium-star-drag-reel.html This would be perfect to pair with your G-Loomis IMX Pro Blue rod for fishing with eels and bunker for stripers and bluefish fishing applications. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on March 22, 2022

Todd
from Fort myers Florida asked:
January 19, 2022
Speedmaster 2 25, would that be good for tuna, dolphin and marlin
1 Answer
Hi Todd, The Shimano SPM25II SpeedMaster II Lever Drag Reels would be fine for trolling applications. I would also recommend a Shimano TLD30IIA Reel. https://www.tackledirect.com/shimano-tld30iia-reel.html This would also be a great choice for trolling for mahi, tuna, and marlin. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on January 20, 2022

Dane
from Naples, Florida asked:
January 7, 2022
Will the 16 be good for inshore goliath grouper, 20 pounds and over, what size reel would be best for that.
1 Answer
Hi Dane, The Shimano SPM16II SpeedMaster II Lever Drag Reel would be fine for the smaller goliath grouper you are targeting. However I would also recommend the Shimano Talica 16 Reel. https://www.tackledirect.com/shimano-tac16-talica-reel.html This also would be perfect for targeting goliath grouper and other bottom fish. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on January 7, 2022

James Rieff
from Huntington Beach, CA asked:
November 9, 2021
Does the speedmaster come with a narrow spool?
1 Answer
Hi James, The Shimano Speedmaster II Lever Drag Reels do not come in a narrow spool model. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on November 10, 2021

Troy Robertson
from VA asked:
October 3, 2021
Would you recommend this reel for Sailfish or White Marlin on the east coast over the Tyrons 20 2 speed?
1 Answer
Troy,

The recommended reel would be the Shimano Tyrnos 20II trolling reel as it is the preferred reel of many tournament captains.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on October 5, 2021

Brandon Velasquez
from west palm beach,fl asked:
September 14, 2021
What rod would you pair the 16ii with for snapper and grouper fishing?
1 Answer
Brandon,

A rod to pair with the Shimano SpeedMaster 16II for snapper / grouper fishing would be the Shimano Terez Conventional rod TZC70M.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 14, 2021

Tom
from Toms River, NJ asked:
September 4, 2021
Is the Speedmaster 16 too big for striped bass trolling ? Worried it might be overkill 
1 Answer
Tom,

The Shimano SpeedMaster 16II reel would be a good size for striped bass trolling.  Pair that with the TackleDirect Silver Hook rod TDSSUT661MHSB and you would have a nice combo.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with. 

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 7, 2021

Chapito
from Oxnard asked:
December 7, 2020
Looking to buy the speed master 16 and love to use mono if I change the lever for the one for mono would it change the drag on the speed master and do I have to change it or can I keep the braid lever on for mono? Plz help
1 Answer
We would recommend that you change the Drag Cam for Monofilament use, this mono cam just ensures a less agressive drag curve, although shimano does not release specs with this Mono Cam i would believe that the max drag specs would be slightly less than the original drag cam
Submitted by: TackleDirect Customer Service on December 16, 2020

michael s
from fl asked:
October 28, 2020
i was looking into this reel and i had a couple of questions about it, i have heard that the side plates are weak if this is true i would like to know if they are replaceable, also i want to use this reel for snook'

tarpoon, mahimahi, tuna, and sometimes sharks out of florida would this be a good reel for this and if not could you give me some suggestions i'm looking for a cheap conventinal that will last a while and supply a decent amount of line and drag tha

1 Answer
This reel would perform wonderfully for the fishing applications you wish to achieve. We do not sell Shimano reel parts however almost any part they make is available here:

Fishshop.shimano.com


If this is not the reel for you I would recommend switching down to a Penn Fathom 2speed reel

Submitted by: Alex T on October 28, 2020

Mike D
from NJ asked:
April 27, 2020
What Terez rod would pair well with the speed master 25 for offshore trolling for tuna and mahi and maybe some sharking.
1 Answer
The Shimano Terez 7'0" Heavy would be a great fit for the Shimano Speedmaster 25.
Submitted by: Sydney on April 28, 2020

Mark
from Boston, MA asked:
April 27, 2020
I'm looking for a new reel for my 20-40# class rod that I mainly use for stripers and blues.. trolling and live lining. 


Do you recommend the 12 or 16 size reel?


I have larger reels but feel that are a bit heavy for this rod.



1 Answer
I would go with the 16 size strictly to improve your trolling capabilities. This will also give you some extra power as well. 
Submitted by: Sydney on April 28, 2020

Brent
from Freetown Ma asked:
April 24, 2020
Would this real be good for Striped bass trolling and bottom fishing for a cod haddock  in New England and occasionally tuna fishing
1 Answer
The Shimano Speedmaster II is one of the most capable reels on the market and will work for all styles of fishing you have listed, and many more. 
Submitted by: Sydney on April 24, 2020

Jason
from Tampa Bay asked:
April 19, 2020
Would you recommend the 12 or 16 size for bottom fishing snapper/grouper in the Gulf of Mexico?
2 Answers
The 12 and 16 are essentially the same reel, with the 12 featuring a slightly narrower spool. If the 12 holds enough line for you, that would be the one to go with. 
Submitted by: Brian on April 20, 2020
These two reels are essentially the same with the 12 having a slightly narrower spool. Only reason to go with the 16 for your application would be if you prefer more line capacity. 
Submitted by: Brian on April 20, 2020

Matthew
from Tampa, FL asked:
April 6, 2020
I just brought a teraz 7 ft 20/50 rod is the 20 good for this rod I will be fishing for grouper and red snapper.
1 Answer
We would recommend the 12II, would pair best with that model Terez rod. Has plenty of power and line capacity for snapper and grouper. 
Submitted by: Brian on April 6, 2020

Justin
from San Diego asked:
April 4, 2020
What is a good rod for the speed master 12. Will be doing offshore fishing for yellowtail and blue fin in Southern California. Looking for a longer rod to cast irons.
1 Answer
Submitted by: Brian on April 7, 2020

Alan
from Sf Bay Area, California asked:
April 2, 2020
Hello,


Thinking about getting the 16 for trolling for salmon (2.513lb sinker ball, no release), and bottom fishing for rockcod. I also want to drift for halibut. Can you recommend any rods to pair? 

1 Answer
The Shimano Speedmaster II would match up great with a Shimano Terez Conventional rod. (https://www.tackledirect.com/shimano-terez-conventional-fishing-rods.html)

These are high quality and durable rods that will bring the fight with them every time. I would stay on the shorter and stiffer side. I wouldn't go any longer than 7'2" and no less than a medium-heavy Power rating. A stiff rod is important for bringing large bottom fish such as Cod and Halibut off the bottom. 

Submitted by: Sydney on April 3, 2020

Joe
from Redlands, California asked:
March 20, 2020
What would be some comparable left hand reels
1 Answer

Comparable to the Shimano SpeedMaster II Lever Drag Reel isthe Avet SX 2-Speed Lever Drag Casting Reel. This reel offers similar 2-Speedcapabilities while providing room for an almost identical line capacity. 

Submitted by: Sydney on March 21, 2020

Wes
from Mass asked:
March 20, 2020
Any thoughts about using one as a kite reel? Thank you. 
1 Answer

The Shimano SpeedMaster IIis commonly used as a kite reel. It is extremely popular in the sailfish gameand is well suited for kite fishing. 

Submitted by: Sydney on March 21, 2020

douglas sells
from North Carolina asked:
March 20, 2020
Size of speedmaster 16 compared to penn 60ld 2 spd in width & height.
1 Answer
The Shimano SpeedMaster 16 II has a spool widthof 3-3/4‚€, a total width of 7-1/4‚€, and a height of 3‚€. The Penn Fathom 60LDhas a spool width of 4‚€, a total width of 7‚€, and a height of 3-1/2‚€.¬†
Submitted by: Sydney on March 21, 2020

Nick
from South jersey asked:
March 19, 2020
Was looking to get a pair of 20s with 65lb braid, to be used for trolling or junking offshore. What rod would you pair with these reels?
1 Answer
Submitted by: Brian on March 20, 2020

Albefishing
from Clermont fl asked:
February 29, 2020
What are the gears made out of?
1 Answer
The Speedmaster II Lever Drag reels feature brass gears.
Submitted by: Brian on March 13, 2020

Tony
from Western Azeuro peninsula Panama asked:
February 28, 2020
What rod would you suggest for the SPM25II?

I plan on using it on the Pacific coast of Panama.


Chris
from Oradell, NJ asked:
February 27, 2020

Is this a good reel for Tile fishing in depths of 400-800 feet of water?  If so, which model would you recommend for 80lb braid?  The SPM16II or SPM20II?

1 Answer
We would recommend the 16 over the 20 and would also recommend dropping down from 80lb unless you are going with a thinner diameter braid like maxcuatro or similar. 50lb or 65lb would be best, thinner the diameter the less resistance and ultimately less scope in your line.  
Submitted by: Brian on March 9, 2020

Pete
from Atlanta, GA asked:
February 26, 2020
is this reel made of primary plastic or aluminum?  


1 Answer
The new series of Shimano Speedmaster reels with the lever drag feature an all metal frame. 
Submitted by: Brian on March 9, 2020

Jorge Macenas
from Manila Philippines asked:
February 20, 2020
Speed master looks like a very good reel. Do you have Left hand model?


1 Answer
The SpeedMaster is a great reel but unfortunately only comes in right hand. 
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on February 24, 2020

Cody
from Texas asked:
January 13, 2020
If I Purchase reels from yall can yall spool them?
1 Answer
Cody,


Yes, we can absolutely spool them up for you prior to shipping. Mono would be free, just include a note in the comments section when ordering online. If you are looking for braid, just add that to the order along with a note and we will handle the mono backing and topshot as needed. You can also call in to order in case you have some specific spooling instructions you would like to go over with us.

Submitted by: Brian on January 14, 2020

Rj Adams
from Orlando, Florida asked:
July 15, 2019
What would be a good rod to pair with this beast for some light trolling & bottom fishing. 
1 Answer
Tackle Direct Silver Hook 20-40.


TDSSUT661MHSB
TDA-0266

Submitted by: CHARLES on July 16, 2019

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