Shimano Talica 2 Speed Lever Drag Reels

Shimano Talica 2 Speed Lever Drag Reels

High Speed and Power, Compact Design with Excellent Live-Bait Castability

$499.99 - $999.99
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TD Code
Line Retrieve
Per Crank
Mono Line Capacity
Power Pro Capacity
Full Max DragStrike Max DragS A-RB BearingsGear Ratio HighGear Ratio LowWeightPrice
20.0lb13.0lb66.2:14.1:118.2oz$499.99 USD
20.0lb13.0lb66.2:14.1:118.6oz$499.99 USD
40.0lb22.0lb65.7:13.1:125.7oz$549.99 USD
40.0lb22.0lb65.7:13.1:126.5oz$549.99 USD
45lb30lb65.2:12.3:132.3oz$639.99 USD
45lb30lb65.2:12.3:133.2oz$659.99 USD
60lb53lb63.8:11.7:156.0ozReg Price $1,199.99Our Price $999.99
The Shimano Talica 2 Speed Lever Drag Reels are high speed, compact lever drags with powerful gears and drag curves. These reels were designed for fly-lining live baits or chunks into the chum line on Long Range stand-up tuna boats, utilizing PowerPro with short top shots. Small Reel - Big Fish! The TAC8II and TAC10II were designed for fishing 40-50lb PowerPro with a 30-40 Fluorocarbon leader (up to 13 lbs of drag at strike and 20 lbs at full), whereas the TAC12II and TAC16II were designed for fishing 65lb-80lb PowerPro with a 60lb-80lb Fluorocarbon top shots (up to 22lbs of drag at strike and 40 lbs. at full).
Shimano Talica II Lever Drag Reels Features
  • Compact, High Speed, Castable Lever Drag, with High Capacity
  • E.I. Surface Treatment for extreme corrosion protection
  • 2 year warranty with online registration
  • One-Piece Cold Forged and Machined Aluminum Frame with E.I.
  • Machined Aluminum Handle-Side Sideplate with E.I.
  • Cold Forged Machined Aluminum Spool with E.I.
  • Lightweight Spool with Greaseless Support Bearings for excellent live-bait castability
  • Topless Design
  • Oversized Carbon Drag Washers for Ultra-High Drag Pressures
  • Waterproof Drag (when engaged)
  • Silent Twin-Pawl Anti-Reverse
  • Ergonomic Power Handle
  • Ratcheting Drag Lever
  • Preset Knob with Click
  • Clicker
  • 2-Speed HEG (High Efficiency Gearing)
  • S A-RB (Shielded A-RB Ball Bearings)
  • Aluminum Rod Clamp
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
5 Stars based on 65 reviews
By Hunter
Ocean city Maryland
Light powerhouse
January 21, 2021
I bought 2 talica 16 2 speed and have them paired up on 6ft Connelly fishing rods. Great light trolling setup.
By Alex
Talica 20 2-speed is a tank
December 30, 2020
I bought a pair of the 2-speed Talica 20s and loaded them with 80lb braid. This baby had no problem hauling in a big-boy Goliath grouper and the low gear was key. It's impressive how much drag and power this has, especially given the relatively compact size and light weight.
Love this reel.
By Nathan
Great Reel!
December 13, 2020
I bought the 50 just because of the in per turn but it turned out to be one of the best offshore reels I have. Not only does it have great inches per turn but it is light and has great drag. The line capacity is the only bad part but I managed to put 400 yards of 130lb jerry brown hollow with a 150yd topshot of 130lb mono.
ProsDrag, In per turn, weight
Consline capacity
By Cecil
Lantana, TX
All-Time Favorite
November 16, 2020
I own an 8, 12, 16, and 20. Total quality throughout. Absolute tanks, can overpower any fish in the Gulf. Depending on your rod, the 8 and 12 casts easy. 2-speed is a definite plus for pulling fish quickly off the reefs.
Pros2-speed is a huge benefit. Smaller reels are easy to cast. Strong drag.
By Erick
August 21, 2020
Reels sideplate and frame began to Corrode after 3 months of fishing. Handle came loose and I lost fish. Not happy.
ProsSmooth at first
ConsDon't last long
By Steve C.
Southern California
Excellent smooth reel
July 9, 2020
I have several TAC12II reels. I decided to purchase a TAC16II for the added line capacity, I'm fishing Southern California waters for Bluefin tuna in the 100-200lb class. I have caught several large tuna on this reel and I'm very happy with the reels performance. The TAC16ii is the same diameter as the TAC12II but it is wider.
ProsQuality components and smoothness when fighting a large fish..
By Alexandre
Naples, FL
Incredible lightweight but heavy duty reel.
June 3, 2020
I was very surprised just how good these reels are. They’re very lightweight for their class yet machined precisely and have no backlash. It’s like the next generation of reel which makes the old International and Tiara reels feel like antiques.
By ChuckD
Clayton, NC
April 10, 2020
This thing is stunning to behold and is a winch! Nothing but a positive experience. But don't brag about it too much or act like your love for it is what it is, or you will weird out your friends. Just fish with it and enjoy it!
By Tuna A.
Best of the best...
March 24, 2020
This thing is the smoothest reel I have ever felt! Not to mention it's excellent castablility and power! Sell everything you have and just fish Shimano!
ProsLight, powerful, smooth, high capacity, and comfortable
ConsNothing, worth the money!!!
By Emilio V.
Freeport Tx
This reel is a beast!!
March 2, 2020
I have this reel set up with a hundred pound PowerPro and a 300 pound wind on leader crimped to custom 500 pound deep drop leader. The rod is a Shimano talus bent but 150 to 250 class Rod. I hooked a 85 to 95 pound Warsaw grouper with a five pound weight on my deep drop leader in a water depth of 350 feet and I had the fish up with within 4 minutes. The low gear on this real feels like a tractor.
By Henry
Shimano TAC16II
February 9, 2020
I have owned several of the Talica variants in the 12 and 16 sizes. They are extremely well made with phenomenal performance in a lightweight package.
By John
New Braunfels, Texas
Fantastic Reel
January 17, 2020
I have four Talica 20 reels. They have been flawless. I have used them on tuna, marlin, wahoo, and mahi. I have used 40 pound mono - 80 pound braid and everything in between with excellent results. Smooth and consistent drag. I love them. Lots of power in a small lightweight reel.
ProsSmall, lightweight, ergonomic
By G M.
Panama City, Florida
Powerful & very smooth drag
January 12, 2020
My new Talica 25 2-speed has a powerful and very smooth drag for bottom fishing as well as for trolling.
By Kenny
Columbia, Maryland
November 19, 2019
This is an amazing trolling reel, the 2 speed feature really helps when a fish charges the boat or when you need some crank power from low gear
By Kenny
Nice reel
November 19, 2019
Pretty smooth. Feels like really rigid and smooth. personally like using these for tunas
19 Questions & 19 Answers
from Wilmington, De asked:
February 11, 2018
Do they make this reel with a left hand retrieve
1 Answer
Shimano Talica's are only available in a right hand retrieve.
Submitted by: Bernie on February 12, 2018

from New York asked:
November 19, 2017
What shimano rod should I pair up with a talica 25 2 speed for jigging tuna ?
1 Answer
Depending on the species of tuna you would be fishing for I would say the Shimano Trevala Butterfly Jigging Casting Rods would pair up nice with the Talica.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 20, 2017

chris tran
from st augustine florida asked:
November 24, 2020
What size would be best for grouper fishing for gag grouper up to 50 pounds and usually about 30 pounds and also scamp and some black grouper?
1 Answer
I would recommend going with a size 12 or 16 Talica for your fishing application, both reels should supply enough line capacity and have the drag capable of making quick work of these fish
Submitted by: Alex T on November 27, 2020

from Sycamore, GA asked:
February 22, 2020
Which of the Talica reels would be best for Snapper and Grouper fishing in the gulf 100-150ft of water depth? What rod would you pair it with and what line would be best? 

James t
from Apopka asked:
May 12, 2019
What would be a good rod to pair for Goliath grouper
1 Answer
Yes Sir
Submitted by: Andrew Montagna on May 24, 2019

Willie Munoz
from San Diego asked:
March 23, 2018
Tac20II, fishing San Diego waters what Rod would you suggest ?
1 Answer
The 6'6'' or 7' H models would be good options for the Talica 20 your looking to fish with in San Diego.
Submitted by: Donald on March 27, 2018

from Sacramento, Ca asked:
November 23, 2017
What class or rating of conventional terez Rod for this reel which will be use for blue fin tuna 80-100 lbs. in San Diego? And also what size tackle direct reel cover fit best? Thanks.
1 Answer
The Talica 20 would be the best fit for the size tuna your targeting and use a size Large Shimano reel cover.
Submitted by: Donald on November 27, 2017

John Cody
from CT asked:
May 16, 2017
Would the talica be good for jigging?
2 Answers
John, Hello yes the talica would be a good reel for jigging.
Submitted by: Tyler on May 17, 2017
The Talica series reels can be used for jigging.
Submitted by: Donald on May 17, 2017

from Manasquan, NJ asked:
March 6, 2017
Would this reel be a good choice for trolling the canyons? If so What Shimano rod would work well to fit this?
1 Answer
The Talica is an excellent choice for offshore trolling. The Shimano Tallus or Terez trolling rods are the rods you will want to pair one up with.
Submitted by: Devon on March 7, 2017

from NY asked:
March 3, 2017
is the 20ii or 25ii too much for tile fishing? I already have the 16ii .
1 Answer
The Talica 16 would be a useful reel for tile fishing in NJ. Thank you for considering TcakleDirect for your fishing needs and have a great day.
Submitted by: Donald on March 3, 2017

from Georgia asked:
January 23, 2017
1 Answer
Yes, the body of the reel is virtually identical and i would recommend using the 10 for more line capacity.
Submitted by: Donald on January 24, 2017

Jerry Little
from asked:
January 2, 2017
What is line size and capacity for 10ll.
1 Answer
The mono specs are 15/380 20/270 25/215 and the braid specs are 40/540 50/535 65/335.
Submitted by: Donald on January 3, 2017

from Torrance, Ca asked:
December 18, 2015
I plan on fishing a Calstar 800 50-80lb, rod for tuna . Which two speed lever drag reels would be best for that application. Easy casting and distance is important to me.Of course the smoother the drag the better. I currently have a 20 Trinidad and Torium 30. Thanks
1 Answer
There are a lot of options for that application. I would recommend taking a look at Avet reels with the Magic Cast feature. Another very solid option would be the Shimano Talica II.
Submitted by: David on December 21, 2015

fred factuar
from santee, ca. asked:
September 19, 2015
what is the best way to set the drag on a talica 10 2 speed reel ?
1 Answer
First, you only adjust your preset drag while the lever is in free spool. You can cause damage to the reel otherwise. You will need to use a spring scale in order to know how many pounds of pressure you would like to have applied when the drag is in strike position. You want to set the drag worth to 25 to 33 percent of the lb test of the line you are using. The most common percentage is 33 percent. But, 25 percent is recommended for trolling for bass or other fish in that class range. You will adjust your drag setting while in free spool, then test it by tying a loop at the end of your line and pulling on the line while the drag is on strike, the reading of the spring scale on that pull will be the setting of the drag.
Submitted by: Kaitryn on September 27, 2015

from dallas, tx asked:
July 17, 2015
What would be the best rod for a Talica 25 II for standup fishing?
1 Answer
Depending what you are fishing for, there could be a number of different options. An example is the Shimano Terez series.
Submitted by: David on July 20, 2015

from Long Island asked:
June 15, 2015
I am looking to by the Talica 2 speed 25, to troll tuna in the canyon, what rod would you recommend?
1 Answer
Hello Ken. Take a look at the Terez slick butt rods seen here: These will be perfect for your setup. Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
Submitted by: Brandon on June 15, 2015

from BC Canada asked:
April 1, 2015
Is this reel suitable for halibut fishing?
1 Answer
Bert, The Talica series would be an excellent reel for Halibut fishing.
Submitted by: Frank on April 2, 2015

from Miami, Florida asked:
February 26, 2015
Hello, Is the Talica 2 speed 50II's jump in price from the smaller Talica 25 due to line capacity or is it a different reel altogether? Is the frame alloy the same as the Torsa? Thanks -Jon
1 Answer
Hello Jon. The price difference is for both reasons. It is a significantly larger reel with a much stronger drag system. It is of aluminum construction as well. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
Submitted by: Brandon on March 10, 2015

from new york,ny asked:
January 5, 2014
hi would the talica 16 2 spd be a great reel for tilefish and other wreckfish and also pollock
1 Answer
I think it would be a good choice for that. It is very light and smooth, which is a good choice when stand up fishing. It also has a high line capacity for medium-heavy line weights, which is always a benefit when deep bottom fishing. Overall, this is a great reel to choose and will give you much success through out the years.
Submitted by: Customer Service on January 6, 2014


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