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Inches Per CrankGear RatioMono Line Capacity
(lb test./yds)
PowerPro Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Max Drag
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243+115.5Right$209.99 USD
243+115.5Left$209.99 USD
243+116.4Right$209.99 USD
243+116.4Left$209.99 USD
243+116.4Right$219.99 USD
243+116.4Left$219.99 USD
243+117.1Right$219.99 USD
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 15 reviews
By Lawrence
San jose
March 13, 2019
Very nice
Very nice reel, exactly what I ordered!
By Lawrence
Deltaville, VA
January 27, 2019
Smooth and fast
This is a nice addition to my fishing arsenal. Very smooth and fast.
By Darrell Lim
Sacramento ca
January 25, 2019
Great reel
Great reel for salmon trolling
ProsGood drag.
By Innkeeper
January 19, 2019
Beautiful reel
I love this reel, it’s really smooth on retrieving and very light and also low profile
ProsSmooth and quiet retrieve, lightweight
ConsCan?t think of any
By Carl
January 3, 2019
Top of the line, line counters
Life is short buy the best .
ProsHigh retrieval ratio,light weight, compact and smooth.
By Shawn
Mechanicsburg, PA
October 4, 2018
Great Reel
I love this reel. It has a compact design with plenty of power.
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!
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 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.
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
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!
23 Questions & 27 Answers
Richard soto
from Los Angeles Calif 90061 asked:
March 8, 2019
Dakota 600 the new one

 what is the heaviest lead for bottom fishing in 300 feet water

1 Answer
Really depends on the rod you're pairing it with that will determine the weight you can use. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on March 8, 2019

from CT asked:
December 29, 2018
Are the new tekotas going to come in the 800 LC version?
1 Answer
Largest will be a 600
Submitted by: Bernie on January 2, 2019

from Franklin GA asked:
December 19, 2018
Just purchased the new tekota 600 a. What would be a good rod to match it with for inshore\offshore use?
1 Answer
Depends on how you want to fish it. It can be paired with a jigging rod or a popping rod.
Submitted by: Bernie on December 19, 2018

from Houston, Texas asked:
November 28, 2018
Can the real be used for surf fishing
1 Answer
The reel can be used for surf fishing another option for you would be the one of the TranX models from Shimano.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 29, 2018

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 Answer
The reels construction is very solid you wont damage anything
Submitted by: Bernie on September 12, 2018

from Salem, Oregon asked:
September 6, 2018
What is the sku number for the TEK600 A with line counter?
1 Answer
Our TD code is SHM-3542
Submitted by: 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 Answer
Hello Matt, Shimano never made this reel is a left hand retrieve.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 27, 2017

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

Jason Y.
from CA asked:
November 19, 2018
These reels look similar in construction and design to the Torium series. Is that accurate regarding the build and size? What sizes of the torium would you compare them to? Thinking about picking up a couple for rock fishing ganyons and jigging. Thanks!
1 Answer
Tekota 500 compares to Torium 14. Tekota 600 compares to Torium 16. The 500 holds 240 yards of 65 lb test braid, same for the Torium 14. The 600 holds 330 yards of 65 lb test braid, same for the Torium 16. The Tekota's will work for your application.
Submitted by: Rebecca on November 21, 2018

from NONE asked:
November 18, 2018
What is the best rod to use with the 600 for trolling a rapala or a planer board?
1 Answer
Here's a link to our best selling rods for your application:
Submitted by: Rebecca on November 21, 2018

from FL asked:
November 13, 2018
Trying to make a nice setup for my 6y/o son. We do mostly saltwater fishing anywhere from trolling for tuna, mahi, wahoo to jigging for snapper or groupers. Will the Tekota meet my needs? Also which rod will work? Thank you!
4 Answers
This would be an awesome reel and your son is very lucky. We'd recommend pairing that with a Terez set up:
Submitted by: Chris on November 13, 2018
This would be an awesome reel and your son is very lucky. We'd recommend pairing that with a Terez set up:
Submitted by: Chris on November 13, 2018
This would be an awesome reel and your son is very lucky. We'd recommend pairing that with a Terez set up:
Submitted by: Chris on November 13, 2018
This would be an awesome reel and your son is very lucky. We'd recommend pairing that with a Terez set up:
Submitted by: Chris on November 13, 2018

from Nz asked:
October 17, 2018
Hi which Takoya reel would best suit lake trolling (with copper line) for trout Thanks
1 Answer
I would recommend using the 500HGLCA.
Submitted by: Ricky on October 18, 2018

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 Answer
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.
Submitted by: Donald on April 12, 2018

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 Answer
The 300 size would be sufficient for inshore fishing for stripers and fluke.
Submitted by: 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 Answer
Andres, Hello here is the braid line rating. 255/30 • 210/40 • 205/50
Submitted by: Tyler on December 5, 2016

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 Answer
The specifications on our website are for mono filament line.
Submitted by: Donald on October 21, 2016

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 Answer
You are able to spool up to 440 yards of the 50lb braid/tuff line.
Submitted by: 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 Answer
The reel would work fine for that application.
Submitted by: David on July 17, 2015

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

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

from west palm bch fl asked:
November 9, 2012
Is this reel able to handle 50lb mono or high quality line
1 Answer
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.
Submitted by: Customer Service on November 12, 2012

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 Answer
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.
Submitted by: 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.
Submitted by: 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.
Submitted by: Michael on June 14, 2013 from Pontiac, IL 61764 USA


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