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Model
TD Code
Inches Per CrankGear RatioMono Line Capacity
(lb test./yds)
PowerPro Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Max Drag
(lb)
Ball BearingsWeight
(oz)
RetrievePrice
TEK500HGA
SHM-3536
386.3:112/440
14/340
12/285
40/390
50/330
65/240
243+115.5Right$199.99 USD
TEK501HGA
SHM-3537
386.3:112/440
14/340
12/285
40/390
50/330
65/240
243+115.5Left$199.99 USD
TEK500HGLCA
SHM-3538
386.3:112/440
14/340
12/285
40/390
50/330
65/240
243+116.4Right$209.99 USD
TEK501HGLCA
SHM-3539
386.3:112/440
14/340
12/285
40/390
50/330
65/240
243+116.4Left$209.99 USD
TEK600HGA
SHM-3540
386.3:116/390
20/300
25/240
40/540
50/460
65/330
243+116.4Right$209.99 USD
TEK601HGA
SHM-3541
386.3:116/390
20/300
25/240
40/540
50/460
65/330
243+116.4Left$209.99 USD
TEK600HGLCA
SHM-3542
386.3:116/390
20/300
25/240
40/540
50/460
65/330
243+117.1Right$219.99 USD
TEK601HGLCA
SHM-3543
386.3:116/390
20/300
25/240
40/540
50/460
65/330
243+117.1Left$219.99 USD
Shimano Tekota Levelwind Reels have been designed with Coreprotect water resistance for the ultimate increase in corrosion resistance. These reels are a trollers dream and the perfect cross-over reel for both freshwater and saltwater species, from walleye to tuna.

  • Easy to replace anti-fogging lens on LC models
  • Loud clicker
  • Ergonommic S-compact body design
5 Stars based on 13 reviews
By Paul
Cape Cod
September 6, 2018
Great reel
I have 4 for stripers and blues around Cape Cod. They handle it all.
ProsGreat drag. Very smooth
ConsAfter 5 years had the level wind mechanism blow up on a huge shark hit. Took it off, plug the holes and it keeps rocking!
By KK
Long Island, NY
August 24, 2018
Great Reel
Reel used for saltwater trolling and jigging mainly, but fine for all types of fishing. Reel is very smooth, solid built and compact. Shimano quality.
By Joshua Go
San Jose, CA
May 15, 2018
Very reliable 10+ years no issue
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 Weldon
Poway, CA
February 29, 2016
Great Reels !!!
I have two for west coast fishing. The Mdl 300 (got the optional Shimano single knob crank handle) with 50 # PowerPro w/25# floro topshot which is great for flyling sardines/anchovies for calicos in the kelp to schoolie yellows/albies in open water on a f/t-h/d 8ft Seeker trigger rod. The mdl 700 w/an after market long shank power handle with 65# powerPro tied right on to a 2 hook ganglon and a 6 1/2 heavy rod is great for deep water (300ft) rock codding. Both great reels and unlike many I like a level wind especially when cranking up 16 oz + of sinker and 10lbs + of fish from way down deep.
ProsThey work and are well made with no problems encountered so far after two seasons of use. But then again again they are Shimanos.
ConsNone
By Tom
Guam
February 12, 2016
Great reel
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 Rodrigo
Easton, PA
November 17, 2015
GREAT REEL
U USE TWO OF THESE REELS TO TROLL BUKER SPOONS ON WIRE WITH TONY MAJA RODS.... WORKS GREAT
ProsVERRY SMOOTH
By Don
East Lyme, CT
May 14, 2015
Excellent Reel !
One of the best reels I own, Bar none! The Tekota and the Torium are bullet proof reels.
By Michael
Boynton Beach, FL
January 28, 2015
Great reel
Good reel for casting heavy lures for snook fishing
By Andrew
West River, MD
January 3, 2015
Wreck Fishing Reliability
Great reel for wreck and reef fishing. Holds a lot of braid so you can reach the deeper wrecks and reefs if you like fishing in 150-250 feet of water. Has the drag to lockdown on big tog and those monster blues which seem to love to hang out over the wrecks. Also capable of handling big stripers as well. Easy to maintain, have had no issues with birds' nest or any braid issue for that matter.
By Jose
West Hills, CA
October 22, 2014
The line counter is great for bottom fishing.
This reel is not great for casting but is my favorite reel for bottom fishing. Agree with other reviews, best application is when the captain announces at how many feet from the bottom fish are.
By chris
ARLINGTON, VA
September 11, 2014
Love my linecounter
Got a linecounter 500, which is great for bottom fishing. The linecounter is great, when the captain says fish at 80 feet. No more trying to count how many pulls of line to guess depth
By Sean
Farmingdale, NY
June 3, 2014
First Shimano Reel I Owned!
One of the best reels I own, Bar none! Handling the Tekota 500, was my experience with Shimano Products. I was on a party boat, fishing for Fluke, and the fella next to me had the 500 on a 7' Compre Rod. I noticed how well the combo he was using was standing up to the 6 oz lead we were using to hold bottom that day. And what little effort he used when reeling in a plus 20.5", or better, Fluke. I asked him if I could use it, and my Peen Reel days ended right there on the deck of that party boat. Compared to my Penn, this rod/reel combo was super light and with superb balance to boot. I actually hooked a decent size Fluke on that cast. I was amazed how smooth the drag. And I was exerting a lot less effort compared to the Penn. Not that these are large fighting fish. None the less, I felt a big difference. The levelwind was also very smooth. No grinding or sticking. And this reel was a few years old. I was just as taken with the over sized knob. I could tell right away I was handling a high quality reel in which a lot of thought and detail was used to design it. The next day, I bought a Tekota 300 and 500. That was about 3 years ago. And I have since replaced all of my tackle and gear, with predominately Shimano Products! If you are as passionate about fishing as I am, you to would want to use a quality product. Not to take away anything from Penn Products. They are very well made reels. And they have been around forever! After handling that reel, I simply preferred Shimano.
ProsSmooth drag, less effort exerted when reeling, very light, of high quality, durable, levelwind, superb casting, oversized knob
ConsThe one issue I have with Shimano is when they discontinue a reel, I find it very hard to find parts. Fortunately that is few and far between!
By John
Mobile, Al
April 5, 2013
Just1More
Outstanding reel. I own 4 of the these and use them for bottom fishing. They have hauled in 30# snapper to 200# sharks without an issue. Great for the kids because of the level wind function.
15 Questions & 16 Answers
Dale
from Harbor Oregon asked:
September 11, 2018
Will the line counter on a Tekota 600 A get messed up if I use it to plunk from the bank when I am not trolling for salmon
1 Answers
The reels construction is very solid you wont damage anything
Bernie
on September 12, 2018

Steve
from Salem, Oregon asked:
September 6, 2018
What is the sku number for the TEK600 A with line counter?
1 Answers
Our TD code is SHM-3542
Bernie
on September 8, 2018

Matt Knight
from Napa california asked:
November 26, 2017
How do I get this reel in left hand retrieve
1 Answers
Hello Matt, Shimano never made this reel is a left hand retrieve.
Bernie
on November 27, 2017

tom
from new york asked:
May 2, 2012
Which model is recommended for striped bass and wire?
1 Answers
The larger models with the Line Counter like the TEK800LC!
Customer Service
on May 2, 2012

John
from LA asked:
April 9, 2018
What would be a good rod(s) for the 700? Catching 15-18# red snapper in 80'-120' of water next to structure.
1 Answers
The Shimnao Trevala 6'6'' MH or H models would be a good selection of rods to choose from. Pairing them with the Tekota 700 would be a great match for the application your using the combo for.
Donald
on April 12, 2018

Kb
from Ny asked:
March 12, 2017
What size reel is good for inshore striped bass and fluke fishing? This would be from a kayak/boat? Thank you.
1 Answers
The 300 size would be sufficient for inshore fishing for stripers and fluke.
Devon
on March 13, 2017

Andres Belardes
from California asked:
December 4, 2016
how much 30#braid can i fit on the 300 model
1 Answers
Andres, Hello here is the braid line rating. 255/30 € 210/40 € 205/50
Tyler
on December 5, 2016

FrankNsign
from Columbia River Washington State asked:
October 20, 2016
When the spec state so many yards of something pound test. Is that mono or braid?
1 Answers
The specifications on our website are for mono filament line.
Donald
on October 21, 2016

Tim
from McCleary WA asked:
August 19, 2015
I've heard not having a large amount of line on the reel can make the line counter inaccurate. How much length of 50# tuff line would I put on a Shimano Tekota 500 LC to make sure the line counter is accurage from 0 to 125 feet? Tim
1 Answers
You are able to spool up to 440 yards of the 50lb braid/tuff line.
Kaitryn
on September 4, 2015

Darren nguyen
from Freeport tx asked:
July 15, 2015
Is the tekota 800 with 80 pound braid good for mid size amberjack and large red snapper and also mid to large size king mackeral
1 Answers
The reel would work fine for that application.
David
on July 17, 2015

damian
from trinidad asked:
September 14, 2014
can you use braid line on these reels??
1 Answers
Yes. These reels handle braid very well.
Customer Service
on September 15, 2014

andy
from san francisco, ca asked:
September 25, 2013
where is the reel made in???
1 Answers
This reel is made in Japan
Customer Service
on September 25, 2013

tom
from west palm bch fl asked:
November 9, 2012
Is this reel able to handle 50lb mono or high quality line
1 Answers
These reels can handle 50LB mono. If you plan on using that size mono i would highly recommend purchasing the 800 size reel in order to get adequate line capacity.
Customer Service
on November 12, 2012

tom
from elmwood park nj asked:
October 2, 2012
I own the tekota 500 reel what would be a good rod to go with this reel.....fluking ,blues and striper fishing on a boat thank you tom
1 Answers
If you prefer foam grips I would go with a Shimano TVC66M Trevala Jigging Casting Rod. If you prefer cork grips I would go with a Shimano TMC-X70MH Teramar Inshore Southeast. Both of these rods will serve as excellent rods for targeting northeast inshore species like stipers, blues and fluke.
Customer Service
on October 3, 2012

Pete Trask
from Boston MA asked:
August 5, 2012
what is the difference between the 500 and the 500LC ?
2 Answers
The 500LC has a built in line counter.
Customer Service
on August 5, 2012
500LC stands for line counter. Another difference is an "auto engage" feature on the line counter model. Turning the handle will engage the spool after casting. The standard 500 model must be manually engaged to take the reel out of free spool.
Michael
on June 14, 2013
from Pontiac, IL 61764 USA

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