Shimano Charter Special Lever Drag Levelwind Reels

Shimano Charter Special Lever Drag Levelwind Reels

Lever Drag Levelwind Reels

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330/144.2:116.4$139.99 USD
300/204.2:117.1$139.99 USD
Can you walk and chew gum at the same time? Okay, that one was easy. But when trolling can you grab the rod, fight the fish and reel in your downriggers at the same time? Ah hah. That gets a little trickier. Sometimes it's not such a bad idea to have a levelwind feature on your downrigging reels so all you have to think about is winding frantically. Nor does it hurt to have a solid, one-piece graphite frame, a large drag surface and your choice of lever drag on Shimano's Charter Special or star drag on Shimano's TRN. And you can even use both reels for light saltwater applications. Overall, it just makes the whole process a lot less complicated.
5 Stars based on 15 reviews
By Bottom D.
Pleasanton, CA
Solid, Great Performing Reel! Love the Smooth Lever Drag
November 19, 2020
I just love the smooth lever drag on these TR-1000LD Charter Specials. I bought my first two in 1998, and are is still going strong. I have added two more recently as I keep adding new rods to my collection.
I use these TR-1000LD for everything from Sturgeon fishing to trolling for halibut. For sturgeon, need a very light drag on the initial pickup, them be able to smoothly apply heavier drag when fish starts to run. Halibut like to swim up to the boat, then dive like crazy at boat side, so need to be able to back off the drag as they come up, and keep from snapping terminal tackle on that last run.
These TR-1000d really fill the bill. I am glad that Shimano is still making them.
ProsSmooth lever drag adjustment on the fly, great adjustment range Robust Reel, have had 2 of these for 22 years in saltwater use
By Kenny
Columbia, Maryland
Great reels for a charter business
November 19, 2019
These reels are very affordable which makes it great for charter captains and especially easily replaceable. If you're in the charter business there's always a risk that setup is easily lost to a beginner angler
By Scott
Thompson, CT
November 15, 2019
Great reel for the money.
By Frank
Best Reel Deal Out There
April 11, 2019
I own 6 of these now. Bought my first pair in the early 90's and they are still as good as the day I bought them. Been downrigging for salmon and trout with them now going on 27 years and never an issue. Same with the TDR rods I paired them to. These will last me the rest of my days. Superb quality and value and love the lever drag! Sure makes handling a breeze when you have a big fish on spooling off line and you have the downriggers to tend to at the same time.
ProsDrag/Lever Drag Durability Ease of use Value/Quality ratio
By Nick
Huntington Beach, CA
reel is fire
September 11, 2017
dope ass reel
By Loosey L.
Cape May, NJ
Awesome little lever drag
June 12, 2016
Spent a half hour on this reel spooled with 20lb and hooked to a big drum. These little Shimano lever drags get the job done. That's why I have several of them
By Kevin P.
Greenwood De
what a great reel
April 22, 2015
the shimano charter special what a outstanding reel for the money, lever drag and leverwind, you can't ask for more it has the best of both worlds...
Proslevel wind and lever drag
By Renato
Bronx,New York
great reel
March 28, 2015
Great reel: good price , multiple use, lightweight,smooth,portable,..etcetc
By Randal
Dallas, Texas
great reel for the price
September 26, 2014
Bought this reel on the last day out at port a texas it performed great the 50# line broke with no real strugle from the reel
ProsPrice the drag says it all
ConsNone that I experienced the day I used it
By Randal
Dallas, Texas
for the price you couldn't ask for more
September 25, 2014
Seems to be a pretty good reel bought it on the last day of fishing hooked up a few times the reel handled great only problem was the 50lb line broke next time out I will be trying 100lb braided I plan on buying another and spooling 80lb just in case 100lb is to much for the other one
ConsNo line counter
By Steven
Melbourne, Victoria
Great All Rounder.
July 28, 2014
I have a few of the Charter Special L/D L/W Reels for use when fishing for Gummy Sharks.
They are level wind which is great for those that are not that familiar with over head gear, other great features of these reels are they have a generous line capacity and a fantastic drag system.
Great All Rounder.
ProsPriced Well.
By Dan
Campbell River BC
Nice Reel
January 25, 2014
Last year I used my 2 x Charter Specials and 2 x Shimano TDR trolling rods to fish for Salmon. I occasionally used them to bottom fish as well and they worked great for both applications. The levelwind and lever drag makes it almost feel like you are cheating when you start to reel in your catch.
ProsLevelwind and lever drag are a great feature especially for a new person to the sport.
By Chris
Great value
December 28, 2013
I have three of these reels and the all work great! Never had a problem with them. They have plenty of drag and are very smooth. They are light weight and I love the level wind lever drag ... it's a great combination that works very well. I use these reels for trolling, drifting live baits and bottom fishing, although the ratio is not great for bottom fishing deeps water. This is not a great casting reel nor is it my first choice for jigging ... overall this is a great reel. There is at least one on the boat every trip out.
By Colin
Wallingford, PA
Shimano Charter Special
December 22, 2013
This was my first lever drag reel, and I've used it for years for seabass, flounder, and striper. I like the reel, and it gets the job done. It's easy to use, and it spools line very nicely.
By Capt B.
Pentwater, MI
Awesome Reels For Downriggers On Lake Michigan
May 31, 2013
I run a charter boat and use my equipment more in a summer than most weekenders do in a lifetime. I needed to replace my old downrigger reels and bought these. I LOVE THEM.

The lever drag lets me consistently set the drag for strikes while in the holder and I can see if the clients are messing with the drag. I have had lots of clients move the drag with star drags, either on purpose or their sleeve of their coat catches the drag and rotates it. No move with these lever drag.

Now if Shimano would just make a lever drag linecounter reel my life would be complete LOL
9 Questions & 9 Answers
from The South asked:
October 18, 2018
Could this reel be used for trolling for kings? That and could it be used for bottom fishing large redfish?
1 Answer
The Shimano Charter Special reels are very versatile so yes you can either use them for bottom fishing for bull reds or trolling for kings
Submitted by: Bernie on October 19, 2018

from New Jersey asked:
October 7, 2019
Will this reel pair well with a Tsunami Classic Series 7,3 bottom fishing rod?
1 Answer
it will work, but not Ideal.
Submitted by: chris jones on October 10, 2019

from New Jersey asked:
October 7, 2019
Will this reel pair well with a Tsunami Classic Series 7,3 bottom fishing rod?
1 Answer
it will work, but not ideal.
Submitted by: chris jones on October 10, 2019

from Smyrna, TN asked:
November 9, 2015
Do these reels come with a rod clamp? If not, could you provide a product number for a rod clamp that would work with this reel? Thanks.
1 Answer
This reel does not come with a clamp, and from the information that I have received it is not designed to fit a clamp.
Submitted by: David on November 10, 2015

Vincent Praino
from New Jersey asked:
May 9, 2015
Is this a good reel for trolling large stripers?
1 Answer
Vincent, That is a excellent reel for trolling for large stripers.
Submitted by: Frank on May 11, 2015

from Napa Ca asked:
September 15, 2014
Can this reel be had with a line counter? If this has the quality of the TLDs, line counter and levelwind- THAT IS A REEL THAT I WOULD BUY. Several of them!
1 Answer
Unfortunately, Shimano doesn't make this reel with a line counter. You can use color metered braided line with it though.
Submitted by: Customer Service on September 15, 2014

from Rock Hill, South Carolina asked:
June 15, 2014
Will this reel fit on an ugly stil tiger rod, specifically, the BWCA/O220270?
1 Answer
Yes, the Shimano Charter Special will fit on the Ugly Stick Tiger rod nicely.
Submitted by: Customer Service on June 17, 2014

from Alaska asked:
May 29, 2014
Difference between the 1000 and 2000? I am salmon fishing in Alaska and on occasion hook into a halibut while trolling. Also what line should i use.
1 Answer
The difference between the two is line capacity, The 2000 holds 300yds of 20# mono while the 1000 holds 300yds of 14#. As for what kind of line to use, braid is more sensitive and has no stretch. Mono will stretch a bit and is less sensitive. Pound class depends on what you are fishing for.
Submitted by: Customer Service on May 30, 2014

from Largo, Fl asked:
October 10, 2013
what is the Max Drag at Full w/ Freespool (lbs) what is the Max Drag at Strike w/ Freespool (lbs) Thanks for your help
1 Answer
In full = 33lb in strike = 22lb
Submitted by: Customer Service on October 12, 2013


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