Shimano Torium Star Drag Conventional Reels

Shimano Torium Star Drag Conventional Reels

$219.99 - $349.99
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RetrieveGear RatioLine Per Handle TurnMono Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Braid Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Max DragWeightHandlePrice
Right Hand6.3:138in14/300
17lb15.0ozEgg Handle$219.99 USD
Right Hand6.2:146in16/450
24lb18.9ozEgg Handle$229.99 USD
Left Hand6.2:146in16/450
24lb18.9ozEgg Handle$229.99 USD
Right Hand4.6:134in16/450
33lb19.4ozPower Handle$229.99 USD
Right Hand6.2:146in20/420
24lb19.2ozEgg Handle$239.99 USD
Left Hand6.2:146in20/420
24lb19.2ozEgg Handle$239.99 USD
Right Hand4.6:134in20/420
33lb19.8ozPower Handle$239.99 USD
Right Hand6.2:146in25/420
24lb19.8ozEgg Handle$249.99 USD
Left Hand6.2:146in25/420
24lb19.8ozEgg Handle$249.99 USD
Right Hand4.6:134in25/420
33lb20.3ozPower Handle$249.99 USD
Right Hand5.1:146in40/470
31lb27.9ozEgg Handle$349.99 USD
Right Hand3.9:135in40/470
31lb27.9ozEgg Handle$349.99 USD
Right Hand5.1:146in50/470
31lb29.8ozEgg Handle$349.99 USD

Catch mackerel, tuna and other big game with the lightweight power and solid construction of these star-drag conventional reels. Shimano Torium Star Drag Reels are new to Shimano's Torium series reels. They are compact, rigid and powerful saltwater conventional reels with excellent castability and durability - a must for saltwater. Many top anglers use them bottom fishing or live-bait fishing as they are built for these extreme applications.

The Shimano Torium Star Drag comes in nearly a dozen models to find the perfect conventional reel. TackleDirect has right-hand and left-hand models with either an egg handle or power handle and several gear ratio options. All of them have specially treated anti-rust bearings and cross carbon drag that both result in the smoothest runs you've experienced. There's nothing conventional about this reel that comes with a satisfaction guarantee. Call or email us with any product questions.

Shimano Torium Star Drag Conventional Reel Features:

  • S Compact Body: Power, rigidity, durability results in a reel that feels one size smaller in your hand. The B-side sideplate is all one piece, contributing to both rigidity and in-the-hand palming comfort. The A-side sideplate has the handle, drag adjustment and cast control knob.
  • E.I.: This is the second layer of surface treatment that is added after the anodizing process. This treatment is forced into any micro-sized surface impurities, giving salt no place to adhere thus preventing corrosion.
  • Cross Carbon Drag: The ideal material for the high drag pressure setting, with smoothness and consistent performance.
5 Stars based on 47 reviews
By Justin
Unbelievable power
March 15, 2021
Love the oversized handle and the compact size use these for ground fishing haddock and cod
ProsOversized handle
ConsMakes me want more
By Striperk9
Cape Carteret, NC
Makes bottom fishing fun again!
February 3, 2021
I have the Torium 20 PG and use it exclusively for bottom fishing off the NC coast. Loaded with 65 pound test Power Pro, it is outstanding for Beeliners, Triggerfish, and the often seen but rarely allowed to keep American Red. Also see my fair share AJs and this little reel has no problem hauling them to the top! Currently paired with a Tiger Lite jigging rod but I have the Tsunami Slow pitch acid-wrapped on order. Can't wait to hit the Black Sea Bass and 'Togs!
ProsLight weight. You can hammer down the drag and it will pull like a mule! Low cost and comes with the Power Handle. I am ordering a lefty model soon to give my right a break!
ConsNone, other than I wish I had one years ago!
By Raf
New York City
Love the look and feel
January 29, 2021
I love the look and feel of this reel and can't wait to use it this season for tunas and trophy stripers. Tackledirect was great with the speedy free shipment.
ProsSmall but powerful and reasonably priced.
By Berg
Shimano tor16HGAL
December 1, 2020
it’s a great reel and has more line capacity. This reel has 46 inches of line going to the spools..
ProsMore line capacity, 46 inches of line every cranked and it has 24lb of drag...
By updateCategoryParent
Love this star drag.
November 22, 2020
Perfect for Dimond jigging Easley handled some 50lb plus striped bass and yellow fin.
By Bonito b.
Rocklin CA
Great all-rounder for my lightweight SoCal setup for bonito and yellowtail!
November 13, 2020
Casts super well with a 42g Colt Sniper and surface irons. Even hooked up with a Black Sea Bass and it held its own drag wise. Replaced a Daiwa Lexa. For this old school finger line winder coming from Newell's back in the 80s, this is a dream and inexpensive.
ProsSmall and packs a punch
ConsHolds a lot less line than the 16 and drag is less.
By Jeff
Liberty, MO
Great reel
June 19, 2020
Good bottom fishing reel. Like the smaller profile compared to some of my penns.
By Rum S.
Best Shimano conventional for jigging.
June 6, 2020
I purchased the Torium14H by Shimano. I paired it with a Jigging World Black Demon 7ft 6 m rod. It is like theyre made for each other..I love the smooth performance of the reel, star drag is exact and the fast return a must for deep sea bottom fishing. I reccomend.!
By Jarrid
Kailua, HI
Excellent versatile reel
March 20, 2020
This reel is extremely versatile! I use it for bottom fishing as well as trolling applications. Very smooth and powerful at an incredible price.
By Hong G.
New Market, Alabama
solid workhorse reel
December 30, 2019
very easy to handle and use, good for bottom fishing too
By Kenny
Love this reel
November 19, 2019
Star drag allows me to freespool then immediately pop to my drag I had it pre-set at which is great for when you don't need adjustments
By H H.
Harrisburg PA
Great price great reel
November 7, 2019
Retrieving was fast and smooth, very strong reel for the money.
By Enrique
For the price you can't beat it....
October 19, 2019
Handled well for my bottom fishing in Ensenada, Mexico. It's smooth reeling almost* felt like my Talica 16 ii.
ProsWell built
ConsThe composite reel clamp, even a simple stainless steel clamp piece would be better SHIMANO.
By Brandon G.
Menifee, California
Perfect reel
July 12, 2019
This reel is so smooth, the drag and retrieval.
It casts great, live bait and irons. Plus 24 lbs of drag, u can really put the hurting on the fish.
It's a perfect all around reel and for the price it's a win-win.
Pros24lb of drag Smooth reeling and smooth drag Looks good Feels great in your hand Price
By hani
Springfield Gardens, NY
Best Shimano conventional reel in this price
June 5, 2019
I have 5 toriums it's the best real for bottom fishing ..trolling and slow jigging ..I will keep buying them.
ProsBest value for money
ConsNone ever
31 Questions & 31 Answers
Mark E Conrad
from Hudson, Ma asked:
May 6, 2019
can I buy the power handle and install on 16hgal . waht is the part number and cost?

1 Answer
The power handle would have to be purchased through Shimano as we don't carry it. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 8, 2019

from Myrtle beach,SC asked:
March 31, 2019
For surf fishing what would be a good rod for a torium 20?
1 Answer
The tica tc2 surf rod or the MSC110MHMF2 from St.Croix 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on April 19, 2019

from RI asked:
December 27, 2018
can I put this reel on 12' spinning rod for beach fishing
1 Answer
You can pair a Torium with a 12 foot surf rod
Submitted by: Bernie on December 27, 2018

from nc asked:
November 22, 2018
what size for throwing long cast 8oz to drum?
1 Answer
The 16 or 20 depending on how much line you want
Submitted by: Bernie on November 25, 2018

from CA asked:
November 20, 2018
What rod would go well for rockfish/yellowtail at channel islands CA. Go with 16 or 20.
1 Answer
The TOR16HGAL would be your best choice, pretty much the same reel except the 20 has a larger line capacity and is a oz heavier.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 21, 2018

from MA asked:
October 24, 2018
I'm looking to get a baitcaster for surfcasting or fishing The Cc canal.. do you recommend this baitcaster and what kind of Rod do you suggest thank you
1 Answer
Either a 400 size Daiwa Lexa or a 500 size Shimano TranX paired with a 10' 6" St.Croix Mojo surf casting MSC106MHMF2
Submitted by: Bernie on October 26, 2018

from Riverside, CA asked:
October 21, 2018
Just bought a Shimano Terramar 90 H and I want to pair it up with a Torium. Not sure which one, i want to cast irons and live bait on it.
1 Answer
The Torium in the 30 size should pair up with the Shimano Teramar.
Submitted by: Bernie on October 25, 2018

from Santa Barbara Ca asked:
February 13, 2018
What is the spool width for the Shimano torium 20
1 Answer
The spool width is 1 3/4 inches
Submitted by: Bernie on February 14, 2018

from Alabama asked:
May 23, 2017
When ordering right handed real, what side of the reel is the handle on when you are fishing with it?
1 Answer
The handle would be on the right side.
Submitted by: Bernie on May 26, 2017

Mark Garcia
from San Francisco,California asked:
March 29, 2021
Is the Torium20HGA is the same as Torium 2000HG sold in Japan and Asia?  And are this newer model 2020? Thank you!
1 Answer
These are the same reels, just different names for different regions. 
Submitted by: William Larkin on March 30, 2021

from Bermuda asked:
January 22, 2021
What Shimano rod would you recommend for this 
1 Answer
I would go with the Shimano Terez 7' MH.

Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 22, 2021

from Avalon, New Jersey asked:
January 12, 2021
I’m pairing this reel with a six foot six inch shimano trevala MH for grouper and blackfish. Would the torium 16 or 20 hga bve better suited for this?
1 Answer
Either reel would pair well with this rod. The only real difference between the 16 and 20 is that the 20 has greater line capacity. Other than that, the specs on these reels are almost identical.
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 12, 2021

from Avalon, New Jersey asked:
January 11, 2021
What are the main differences between the 20hga and the 16hga? And what. Size shimano trevala would you pair each with  for bottom fishing?
1 Answer
Overall, the main difference between the 16HGA and the 20HGA is that the 20 has a larger spool and thus, more line capacity. Other than that, both reels are very similar in terms of weight, max drag, and gear ratio. The 6'6" MH Trevala should match up nicely with both reels.

Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 11, 2021

from Avalon, New Jersey asked:
January 11, 2021
Which size reel would pair best with a shimano trevala 6’6’ MH two piece for blackfish out of nj and grouper fishing down south 
1 Answer
I would go with the 20HGA or the 30HGA. Either reel would supply the torque and power you'd need to fish heavy structure. 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 11, 2021

Sean Simmons
from California asked:
November 11, 2020
Can I use the torium 14 for casting surface iron in San Diego and how wide is the spool on the it a good casting reel if paired with a 9 ft 25-60 rod?
1 Answer
This is an excellent casting reel, however im not sure the spool dimensions for this reel as Shimano does not provide those specs.

This reel is a very versatile reel however is is generally designed for bottom or live bait fishing

Submitted by: Alex T on November 11, 2020

from Georgia asked:
October 17, 2020
Size recommendation for slow jigging in Hawaii?

1 Answer
It depends what you're fishing for but a good general size would be the Torium16HG or PG model if you want a power handle style reel
Submitted by: Alex T on October 23, 2020

Dwight Hafler
from Pennsylvania asked:
October 15, 2020
I have a Lamiglas Tri-flex 7030 CT 7' that I would like to pair with a Torium or Trinidad for offshore black seabass and deep water tog fishing.  My main running line will be 50lb powerpro. What size reel would fit this rod and application?
1 Answer
I would recommend going with the Torium14, it can hold up to 370yds or 50# braid and should make a comfortable pairing to bottom fish all day long
Submitted by: Alex T on October 23, 2020

from San Diego, California asked:
October 9, 2020
Can I use the 20 size for 30-50 ish pound yellowfin tuna on the west coast?
1 Answer
Yes this model will be fine for this fishing application, it would make for a light, fun reel for these fish. I would recommend going up to the PG model, it just provides a little more stopping power and back bone as well as a larger power handle.

Submitted by: Alex Trommelen on October 22, 2020

Jamie james
from N.j. asked:
April 15, 2020
Want to match a st croix mojo jig rod (heavy) 5 foot 8 inch 

With a shimano torium 20 or 30 

Which is a better match?

Is there much of a size difference between the two?


1 Answer
Very little difference between the two, just a wider spool on the 30 for more line capacity. Probably best to go with the 30 to increase your line capacity if you plan on using for tuna in addition to bottom fishing. 
Submitted by: Brian on April 16, 2020

from New York asked:
March 31, 2020
Looking for jigging outfit for party boat yft in the canyons. 

Would this reel be good for that? Would the mojo salt be a good pair?

1 Answer
In terms of power and capability, pairing the Shimano Torium with a St. Croix Mojo Salk will provide you with a strong and reliable setup that can be used from the wrecks, to the canyons, perfect for jigging and bottom fishing. 
Submitted by: Sydney on March 31, 2020

Tom s
from Long Island asked:
November 3, 2018
I’ve been told that the cage is plastic, is this true?
1 Answer
Yes, that is true.
Submitted by: Rebecca on November 3, 2018

from Scituate, MA asked:
April 4, 2018
What rod would you recommend for the 16? This will be used for NE ground fishing - cod, haddock, etc. thanks.
1 Answer
The rod I would recommend using with the Torium 16 would be the Shimano Terez 7' M or the Shimano Trevala 6'6'' M for the style of fishing your doing.
Submitted by: Donald on April 4, 2018

Harry A. Moore
from San Diego California asked:
February 20, 2018
Does the Torium have a free spool adjustment for throwing jigs? What size reel should I get for a 7.5 jig stick using 30 or 40 test mono?
1 Answer
The Shimnao Torium does have the free spool adjustment for throwing jigs that size range.
Submitted by: Donald on February 22, 2018

joann behar
from roseland NJ asked:
February 11, 2018
do you have left handed reels
1 Answer
Yes. The left handed models in the Torium have an "L" at the end of the model number. Each reel is also noted as Left or Right hand retrieve in the far right column of the order chart.
Submitted by: Devon on February 13, 2018

Paco Collins
from Loreto bcs México asked:
January 26, 2018
This reel will be fine for jigging
1 Answer
The Shimano Torium Star Drag Reels can be used for jigging, live bait and bottom fishing.
Submitted by: Donald on January 27, 2018

Kyle V.
from Plymouth, Ma. asked:
April 10, 2017
i am interested in one of these but not sure on the size i should get for Cod fishing in the North East any suggestions?
1 Answer
The Torium 16 would be a good choice for Cod fishing in the NE.
Submitted by: Donald on April 11, 2017

from SOUTH CAROLINA asked:
February 8, 2017
What rod would you pair the 30 with for East Coast bottom fishing for grouper, Snapper, AJ's, etc.?? Thanks!
1 Answer
The Shimano Tallus Blue Water Saltwater Conventional Rods would be a good match with the Shimano Torium 30 for the style of fishing you will be doing.
Submitted by: Donald on February 9, 2017

from miami fl asked:
August 10, 2015
any type of brakes on this reel? does the spool spin forever like an avet lx?
1 Answer
Hello Chris. This reel does not have a braking system.
Submitted by: Brandon on August 13, 2015

from ca.Los Angeles asked:
April 21, 2015
How many Bearings dose this reel have and are the gears stainless.
1 Answer
Maurice, This reel comes with 3 ball bearings and 1 roller bearing, and the gears are made of solid brass.
Submitted by: Frank on April 23, 2015

from CA asked:
April 14, 2015
which size would be better to fly line bait on 50lb braid-30lb floro leader?
1 Answer
Wes, I would recommend Torium 20 for 50 lbs line. It has more than enough line capacity for what you are trying to do.
Submitted by: Frank on April 15, 2015

from Tuckerton, NJ asked:
March 30, 2015
Could you use the 20 size for jigging tuna
1 Answer
You could...definitely for the smaller inshore tuna.
Submitted by: John on March 31, 2015


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