Shimano SPM16II SpeedMaster II Lever Drag Reel

Shimano SPM16II SpeedMaster II Lever Drag Reel

Price: $259.99
TD Code
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/23in20/440
440lb26.5oz$259.99 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 23 reviews
By Joel
Riverside, CA
Speedmaster II
January 12, 2021
Great reel for the price. Paired it with a Cousins rod for live bait and light trolling in Baja. Combo got me Dorado, YFT and 40# Wahoo with live rigged bait. The quality isn't as good as the Talica, but for the price you can easily purchase line/rod for it. the reel does scratch pretty easily, but in my opinion it gives it character. Just make sure to clean after usage.
ProsGreat price and quality. Just picked a 16 for my trips.
ConsScratches very easily.
By Nathan
Great Reel!
December 13, 2020
For the price you can't really ask for more on a lever drag reel! Pretty much a talica as far as components go.
By updateCategoryParent
Cabo Special
November 1, 2020
Didn’t want to spend too much money on a reel I would use while traveling to Cabo San Lucas. Reel worked flawlessly at price range.
By Skip
Lantana, TX
Best in Class
October 10, 2020
Matched a speedmaster 12 with a Shimano Terez rod. Caught Groupers, Cobia, snapper, and sharks and this reel stopped them in their tracks. The reel is smooth, drag is super strong. Shimano quality throughout. For the price, you can’t find a better reel.
ProsSmooth, strong drag. 2-speed is easy to switch and definitely worth having. Exceptional quality. Great price.
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 Angel J.
Sinaloa, MX
Great looks, feels tough.
July 31, 2020
Haven’t have the chance to tray it yet, but the reel feels so good and very well made, great choice for not the price of a talica reel but same specs.
Good for the shimano guys.
ProsPrice Quality Looks Feels Size Weight
By Ovi
Great reel!
July 30, 2020
Using this reel for snapper and grouper fishing. Amazing power from such a small reel.
By Wayne
A delicate little flower
July 19, 2020
I’ve been using mine for less than six months and it looks worse than any of my other reels, some of which are five years old. The plastic parts are very soft and just don’t take any rough treatment. If you like your gear looking good, you will have to treat it as a delicate little flower.
ProsStrong, smooth.
ConsSoft plastic parts
By Lee
Miami, FL
Great reel to jave
July 13, 2020
I recently completed a Dry Tortugas Trip. I primary used this Shimano Speedmaster II (16) during this trip. I used a 65lb braid with a 100yd Top shot of 80lb Mono. Was a able to fight with a sandbar shark, believed to be around 10 ft long. Also used this reel to catch 20 LB Mutton and Red Snappers at about 270ft depth. Also brought up some Grouper With ease as well. During all times the reel worked like a charm. Excellent Drag and easy operability. No complaints at all.
By Daniel
Little tow
July 12, 2020
Compact ,Light and strong,
By John M.
Gardena ,California
Awesome Reels
July 11, 2020
Shimano packed there technology from the Talicas and Trinidads into the speedmaster at a better price point. It has 40 plus pounds of drag more then any other reel at the same price point on the market. They have become my favorite reels. I own many different brands of reels but seem to fish speedmasters more then the other reels.They have become my go to reels as of now. Small,smooth and powerful.
ProsCan be fished light or heavy because of the 40lb + pounds of drag. Comes with two drag cams one for mono and one for fishing braid. Price point.
ConsNone at this time.
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.
6 Questions & 6 Answers
from CT asked:
August 16, 2019
Will there be a left hand model?
1 Answer
Not at this time.
Submitted by: Ethan on August 28, 2019

from Florida asked:
April 20, 2020
Was thinking of pairing my 16II with a Star Rods DLX35H. targeting big reds, tarpon, snook and grouper. would it work?
1 Answer
Anthony, yes that would pair up really well with either the 12II or 16II. Essentially the same reel with a narrower spool on the 12. Jump up to the 16II if you require the additional line capacity. 
Submitted by: Brian on April 21, 2020

Albert DiMaggio
from California asked:
April 10, 2020
Can you buy this reel in left hand
1 Answer
The Shimano Speedmaster II 16 Size only comes in a right-handed model. 
Submitted by: Sydney on April 11, 2020

Charlie in Vegas
from Nevada asked:
April 7, 2020
Looking to pair this reel with the best rod to flyline a 4-6 inch sardine as far away from the boat as I can get it. Also, fishing 65 lb braid tipped with 40-60lb floro. Any suggestion?
1 Answer

Fred Mowczan
from Brick, NJ asked:
March 13, 2020
What Shimano rod would you recommend with this reel?  

1 Answer
Depends on what you are fishing for, but the new Terez Rods would make a great match. Specifically the 
Submitted by: Brian on March 17, 2020

from Okinawa Japan asked:
September 13, 2019
Can I use the reel as a jigging reel? 
1 Answer
Yes as well as trolling 
Submitted by: Ryan Henry on September 21, 2019


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