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Shimano Tekota Levelwind Reels - Old Models

Shimano Tekota Levelwind Reels - Old Models

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Model
TD Code
Line
Retrieve
Per Crank
Line
Capacity
(lb/yds)
Max
Drag (lb)
A-RB
Ball
Bearings
A-RB
Roller
Bearings
Gear
Ratio
Weight
(oz)
Price
TEK300
SHM-0447
25''12/275
14/220
16/185
12.0314.2:113.3$179.99 USD
TEK600
SHM-0298
25''16/390
20/300
25/240
18.0314.2:116.0$189.99 USD
TEK500
SHM-0297
25''12/440
14/340
16/285
18.0314.2:115.3$179.99 USD
TEK700
SHM-0573
33''25/410
30/350
40/290
24.0314.2:128.8$209.99 USD
TEK800
SHM-0299
33''25/530
30/450
40/370
24.0314.2:129.8$209.99 USD
TEK300LC
SHM-0882
25''12/275
14/220
16/185
12.0314.2:114.3$189.99 USD
TEK500LC
SHM-0883
25''12/440
14/340
16/285
18.0314.2:116.3$189.99 USD
TEK600LC
SHM-0453
25''16/390
20/300
25/240
18.0314.2:116.9$199.99 USD
TEK700LC
SHM-1479
33''24/410
30/350
40/290
24.0314.2:130.0$259.99 USD
TEK800LC
SHM-1480
33''25/530
30/450
40/370
24.0314.2:131.0$269.99 USD
A trollers dream — the Shimano Tekota is the perfect cross-over reel for both freshwater and saltwater species, from walleye to tuna.
  • Diecast Aluminum Frame
  • Stamped Aluminum Right Sideplate
  • Aluminum Braced Graphite Non-Handle Side Plate
  • Aluminum Spool
  • Rod Clamp
  • Manual Clutch (excluding 300LC, 500LC and 600LC which are Auto-Return)
  • A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings)
  • Super Stopper
  • Assist Stopper
  • Dartainium Drag
  • Oversized Cast Control Knob
  • Clicker
  • Septon Handle Grip
  • Oversized Clicker Button
  • Double Paddle Handle (300, 300LC only)
  • Counter Balanced Handle (excluding 300, 300LC, 700 and 800)
  • Adjustable Handle Shank (700 and 800 only)
  • Non-Disengaging Levelwind System
  • Palmable Linecounter with Maintenance Port (500LC and 600LC only)
  • Crossbar Forward Design
  • Metal Series
Tekota® Feature Details
  • A-RB® Bearings
    Stainless steel ball bearings that have been through the A-RB treatment process which makes them at least 10 times more corrosion resistant than standard stainless steel ball bearings.
  • Super Stopper®
    Super Stopper uses a one-way, stainless steel roller bearing that eliminates backplay. This provides the angler with instant hooksetting power.
  • Assist Stopper®
    This is a back up system to the Super Stopper that consists of the traditional pawl and ratchet. Should the Super Stopper roller bearing slip due to cold weather or over-lubrication, the Assist Stopper kicks in to provide a solid hookset the instant the roller bearing begins to slip. Most of the time the angler will not even know when this feature engages, because by quickly stopping the backwards rotation of the roller bearing, the Assist Stopper greatly reduces the chance of permanent damage to the Super Stopper, allowing it to continue to function as designed.
  • Dartainium® Drag
    This drag material provides a wider range of drag settings, along with the smoothest Shimano drag performance ever.
  • Oversized Cast Control Knob
    Comfortable and easy to use.
  • Clicker
    When engaged, the clicker increases the tension in freespool and activates a clicking alarm to alert you when a fish bites.
  • Septon® handle material
    This handle grip material is soft to the touch and does not get slippery when wet.
  • Oversized Clicker Button
    The button is larger and makes it easier to turn on and off.
  • Counter Balanced Handle
    These single grip handles feature an extended shank with a counter-balancing weight on the opposite end of the grip. This reduces the amount of wobble during high-speed retrieves.
  • Adjustable Handle Shank
    For deep water situations or for anglers needing more leverage, the handle shank can be extended to increase the amount of power that can be applied to the retrieve.
  • Non-Disengaging Levelwind System
    On wide-spool reels with a non-disengaging levelwind system, the levelwind remains engaged during the cast allowing the levelwind to track back and forth with the line as it flows off of the spool. This eliminates the drastic line angles caused by a disengaging levelwind system that can cause extreme friction which can lead to short casts or frustrating backlashes. By doing this we have increased the efficiency of the cast, allowing for more distance less effort.
  • Palmable Linecounter with Maintenance Port
    Comfortably rests between the thumb and forefinger when palming the reel, providing depth readings in feet. The reset button is strategically located for easy, onehanded resets, yet prevents accidental resets. Inserting one drop of lightweight oil into the sealed maintenance port keeps the linecounter performing in top condition.
  • Crossbar Forward Design
    Allows more access to the spool for better line control, and provides more comfort when palming the reel.
  • Metal Series
    The metal construction showcased in some of our finest reels now appears throughout our line of Metal Series products. Metal frames not only keep moving parts in precise alignment, they also feature the use of the latest anodizing, plating and painting techniques for beautiful and durable finishes.
5 Stars based on 31 reviews
By Weldonk
San Diego, CA
A Solid, Well Built Reel
December 5, 2016
Paired with an 8ft Seeker Inshore rod with 20 lb mono leader + 50 lb braid it's my go to outfit for fishing for calicos in the kelp with bait off SoCal.. If I want I can also cast a 1/2 oz-3/4 oz jigheaded swim bait a mile it's that smooth running of a reel. If I also get a pickup on a 20 + yellowtail or schoolie Albacore it can handle that too.
ProsSmall, solid, smooth drag and casts a flylined anchovy or sardine with no $#%@&* overruns. I like that I can freespool and let the bait swim around and then on the pickup engage the lever clutch,let the circle hook do it's thing and it's "fish on." Handles braid well.
ConsNone
By Jon A.
Cape May NJ
Shimano Tekota 800
January 30, 2019
I made my first time purchase of the Shimano Tekota 800 reel from Tackle Direct in the winter and it instantly made me want to go fishing! We got striper fever off the NJ coast and bought another reel. Ya don't necessarily need this reel but if ya want to up your game and the fish to prove it -- go for it ! It is a beaut reel and will take care of business!
Thank you TD for taking care of my tackle needs!
By John
Huntington, NY
Great Reel with versatility
August 30, 2018
I have had one of these for several years and wanted to add another one so I did. This is a terrific reel for striped bass and blue fishing. You can use it for all types of fishing , trolling, jigging, live lining or chunking. Love the smoothness of the drag and crank. Love the level wind. Great when casting bait when chunking or eeling, Great value of the mone.
ProsExcellent reel
By anthony
florida
i love this reel
July 27, 2018
I was catching 6 ft bull shark off bridge 2 that night with 40 lb mono reel was screaming but held up nicely
By Joshua G.
San Jose, CA
Very reliable 10+ years no issue
May 15, 2018
Had this particular model for a long time had to review it since it’s been through so much. Handled bay rays in SF bay to 65 pounds, tons of sharks to 20-30 pounds; also got my bigger salmon up to 18 pounds on this reel as well. Not exactly what it’s intended for but I’m sure the larger models will fare for a lifetime. Lol pretty much used it as a beater and loaner reel. Can’t kill it, wonderful reel.
ProsVery versatile
Cons reel handle little small to grip
By Peter
E. Longmeadow, MA
Excellent reel.
November 1, 2017
Great quality. Very strong and smooth. Large line capacity and consistent performance
By Rick
VA
Excellent reels
December 23, 2016
Well worth the investment for trolling rods. THe level wind makes it easy to guesstimate line out to help with depth estimation when your trolling for stripers.

These are my second tekota purchases, totalling 10 in all.
By weldonk
San Diego, CA
Perfect Reel for Deep Water Bottom Fishing
December 5, 2016
I have mine paired with a stout 6 1/2 ft boat rod for deep water (250 ft and deeper) for big rock cod or lings in SoCal where a 16 oz sinker is a must. Great cranking power with 65 lb Power Pro braid. Get rid of those old big Penns and get one of these.
ProsVery solid reel mechanically and yet not too big/heavy and with a level wind line lay on the spool is no problem
ConsWhile it has an excellent handle I got an after market 5 " handle w/power grip for deep water cranking.
By Dan
Pa
Shimano!
February 20, 2016
Very nice reel used a few weeks ago for tog. Performed well.
By Tom
Guam
Great reel
February 12, 2016
I have owned and used two Tekota 800 reels for six years. I bought them as strong reels with levelwinds as I often take very inexperienced people wahoo and mahi fishing. They have held up GREAT. I run 65 lb. braid on these reels and they hold miles. This because we could always tangle with a marlin. Hasn't happened yet, but we did land a 168 lb. sailfish recently. Surprisingly, these Tekotas knocked out my Saltist and Accurate bottom fishing reels. These Tekotas are just so smooth and strong, and I found it much easier to drag up the big grouper and snapper with these larger Tekotas than on the somewhat smaller but higher gear ratio Saltist and Accurate reels. And not having to use your sore thumb to levelwind abrasive braid all day is a plus. The levelwinds are strong and have never been challenged by big fish and big weights 800 feet down. I maintain my reels very well, soak in rainwater after every trip, partially disassemble and grease often, and these reels are still functioning like new. There is enough plastic on this reel to get scobbed up in hard use, but none of that stuff is structural. They still look good. I would not choose these reels for marlin or really big tuna, but these reels have the power and capacity to handle anything swimming up to maybe 200 lbs. And not having to constantly remind kids and rookies to thumb the line on retrieve is worth a lot.
By Frank
Longport, NJ
Great Reel!
December 21, 2015
This reel is a workhorse! It is light, has plenty of drag and a nice low gear ratio. The low gearing allows you to easly land big fish without pumping the rod like a mad man. The levelwind is a bonus when dropping and reeling for seabass in 100' of water. With a levelwind, you don't need to worry about line lay and IMO it helps prevent backlash. I've owned the Tekota TEK500 for 4 years now and have nothing but good things to say about it.
ProsReliable, low gear ratio, light weight, levelwind, line capacity, ect..
ConsNone.
By Rodrigo
Easton, PA
GREAT REEL
November 17, 2015
U USE TWO OF THESE REELS TO TROLL BUKER SPOONS ON WIRE WITH TONY MAJA RODS....
WORKS GREAT
ProsVERRY SMOOTH
By Rodrigo
Easton, PA
GREAT REEL
November 17, 2015
GREAT REEL BUT RETURNED MINE FOR THE 800 TO TROLL WIRE
By Tim S.
Inverness, FL
Great small drop reel
August 18, 2015
Very smooth and strong. I'm very happy with my purchase of 4 of them. Very user friendly.
By John
Lake Saint Clair
Great Reel
May 6, 2015
Great trolling reel. Smooth gears.Very happy
with the performance of this reel so far.
ProsSmooth gears Quality Design
ConsPrice
3 Questions & 3 Answers
Russ
from ri asked:
June 6, 2019
is line capacity for mono or braid?
1 Answer
Those listings are for mono. Here is the link for the braid ratings. 

http://fish.shimano.com/content/fish/northamerica/us/en/homepage/Shimano_Product_Page.P-TEKOTA.html

Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on June 6, 2019

Steven
from NY NY asked:
March 6, 2019
What color is this reel ?
1 Answer
Graphite/grey 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on March 7, 2019

Brad
from Portland, OR asked:
July 19, 2018
Is left-hand retrieve available on Takota reels?
1 Answer
The are only made in a right hand retrieve
Submitted by: Bernie on July 20, 2018

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