Shimano SpeedMaster II Lever Drag Reels

Shimano SpeedMaster II Lever Drag Reels

$249.99 - $339.99
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RetrieveGear RatioLine Retrieve Per CrankMono Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Braided Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
BearingsMax DragWeightPrice
Right Hand5.7:1/3.1:142in/23in20/350
440lb25.7oz$249.99 USD
Right Hand5.7:1/3.1:142in/23in20/440
440lb26.5oz$259.99 USD
Right Hand5.2:1/2.3:152in/23in30/470
444lb34.6oz$309.99 USD
Right Hand5.2:1/2.3:152in/23in30/550
444lb36.2oz$339.99 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.
5 Stars based on 13 reviews
By Wayne
Nice reel however, side plates/covers are very soft
August 11, 2020
Great reel and I have landed some big fish (200#+) however, if you want it to look good for long, you have to baby it. The side plates/covers are soft plastic that scratches and dings easily. My reel is months old and looks worse than my 4-year old Squall
ProsNice, light, heavy duty, everything I want in a reel except the side covers.
ConsEasy to scratch and ding due to soft plastic parts
By Michael
San diego, CA
Absolute tank!
May 25, 2020
Picked up the 12 right when they got released and this thing has been my all around work horse! super smooth drag, great line capacity, holds a lot of line and has plenty of drag that you can put some serious hurtin on some fish
By Ferd
Brooklyn, NY
April 16, 2020
Excellent Reel and even a more excellent price! Can't wait to use it! Going to get a couple more! Heavier, and slower in winding speed than the Talica IIs
ProsExcellent reel, great construction, great drag!
ConsA tad heavier in weight and slower in winding speed, than their Talica II cousins!
By Michael A.
Dana Point, CA
Budget worthy 2 speed lever drag
April 13, 2020
Excellent reel, well built extremly high end fit and finish for cost. I will definately buy more of these when my other reels age out. A great deal of drag @ 40lb for a small reel is what most look for when battling 20-100lb gamefish and this reel fits that purpose. Holds 500yd of 50lb spectra and the reel speed on cast is as smooth as butter.
By jerry r.
more than i expected
April 8, 2020
Quality reel for the price, handled an 80 lb. tarpon with ease.
By ChuckD
Clayton, NC
Capacity and Power
April 2, 2020
If you‚€™re going after tough fish that run on you, this thing will give you plenty of line to stop them.
ProsLine capacity.
By tom
very nice for the price
March 4, 2020
loaded with a mile of 65 lb braid
By Ben
Very happy
February 20, 2020
This thing is a winch. I have a TLD25 that I can no longer see myself using.
By Michael
Blackwood, NJ
February 19, 2020
One word: AMAZING!
By David
Torrance, CA
comfy reel
February 18, 2020
Used this reel my trip to Guadalupe Island Mexico for 50-60lbs yellowfin tuna, worked great and very comfy. Its comparable to my tallica or penn Squall 20. I'd definitely buy another.
By Aaron
, Galveston
Lots of power at this price
January 31, 2020
Tried offshore last weekend, the reel is impressive, handle several 40-pounders with ease. The handle is very grip friendly. It basically has most of the bells and whistles of the higher end ones but at half the price. Also get the other model for inshore. I already had two trips reel still feel like new.
ProsPowerful drag, fast and smooth cranking and easy to handle
ConsSo far so good after two trips, one inshore one offshore
By Frank F.
Newport Beach, CA
Not bad
January 28, 2020
Definitely not a Talica, and heavier than I thought
By Jon
Demopolis, Alabama
Nice reel
October 24, 2019
Everything seems to be good quality with the exception of the strap/clamp that is a secondary hold down on the reel seat.
22 Questions & 22 Answers
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. (

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.


Submitted by: CHARLES on July 16, 2019


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