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Shimano TLD-15 Triton Lever Drag Reel

Shimano TLD-15 Triton Lever Drag Reel

Price: $149.99

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Line Retrieve Per CrankMono Capacity
PowerPro Capacity
Max Drag
at Full w/Freespool
Max Drag
at Strike w/Freespool
30 in20/450
22 lb15 lb4BB4.0:118.6 oz$149.99 USD
You don't need a big boat to catch big fish. In fact, there's absolutely no reason why you couldn't catch a 250-pound thresher shark from your 20-foot center console boat. Unless you left your Shimano TLD at home. If you own a small fishing boat, or you often find yourself elbow-to-elbow with your angling compatriots on the large party boats, you need a reel that's both nimble and versatile. The Shimano TLD reels are light in hand, so easy to shift they're almost mindless, and they're adaptable to any number of bluewater species from tuna to striped marlin. And because they're built by Shimano, durability is an inevitable part of the package. A large, private, ocean-going vessel may be neat, but it's not necessary. Just match the tackle to the situation. And let the fish fall where they may.
Lever Drag
Freespool or the perfectly dialed-in strike drag. With Shimano's lever drag reels - including Tiagra and all Shimano TLD reels - you won't make a mistake. Whether you need to back off quickly when a marlin starts its surface dance, or full drag pressure when a tuna goes deep and circles, you can rely on Shimano's lever drag to do the job.

Shimano TLD features:
  • Graphite Frame
  • Graphite Sideplate
  • Aluminum Spool
  • Rod Clamp
  • Barrel Handle Grip
  • A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings)
  • Clicker
  • Counter Balanced Handle (TLD 15 only)
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
5 Stars based on 23 reviews
By GMC Jamie
Manahawkin, NJ
November 10, 2017
Flawless with the most bang for your buck
Workhorse..... that´┐Ż€™s all you need to say about these reels. Service it every other year no matter what you throw at these reels and you will not be disappointed. These reels will last a lifetime.
By Greg
North Carolina
June 14, 2017
Added 2 of these for off shore trolling in NC. Great for spanish, king, mahi and reef fish like grouper and Amberjack. Smooth drag, decent line retrive. Will be adding more as my squidders wear out.
By Brian
Sanford, Florida
August 24, 2016
Have had 4 of these over 10 years. They can't be beat at this price range. Will last a long time. Great for dolphin, kings and sails
By Kamran
Boynton Beach, Florida
June 14, 2016
Great offshore
Mainly use these reels for light trolling and they work amazingly. They have a smooth drag and a nice retrieve
By Michael
Wilton, CT
May 20, 2016
This reel is as good if not better than what I hoped for
By Carl
Valdosta, GA
February 3, 2016
Perfect Reel for Trolling
This reel is great for trolling for Mahi, Kings, or any Pelagic. Smooth actions and just the right amount of drag.
By Kevin
Greer, SC
January 12, 2016
The standard for saltwater reels
When I started getting into the bigger fish and heavier duty fishing equipment I started searching for what reels to get. There's no other reel that's recommended more than the TLD25. For a fraction of the price of the high end reels you can catch pretty much anything in the ocean (realistically) with this reel. After starting with 1 to try it out I ended up buying 3 more to round out my trolling spread. The only thing I would say that could be improved is the handle. I've see several people who have upgraded to a larger handle that swear it makes it a much better reel.
Pros-Entry Level Priced -Rugged and sturdy -Large line capacity
Cons-Handle is a bit small
By Chris
Gaithersburg, MD.
November 19, 2015
Awsome for Kings and Cobia from the pier
If you ever walk to the end of a pier in NC and look at all the pin rig fishermen, 80% of them will be using this reel. I being one of them. It has proven reliability and durability when sitting in harsh saltwater environments for 15+ hours a day. The clicker is nice and loud and the drag is smooth. I've decked numerous kings and cobia. When that cobia gets up close and you need to lock her down this reel does the job.
By Michael
Cary, NC
September 30, 2015
Great For Kings and Cobia
I use this on a stand up rod on my pin rig. Has plenty of line capacity to let the kings run and the drag to fight cobia hard.
By Jeremy
Jacksonville, FL
June 9, 2015
Favorite Bottom Fishing Reel
Overall a great reel if you like to bottom fish; solid stopping drag and excellent ability to adjust drag.
ProsHolds up to saltwater very well and overall just a great reel.
ConsA higher speed retrieve would be nice when you hit depths of 180 or more. They make a two speed but its much more expensive.
By Capt. Rock
Southampton, NJ
March 17, 2015
Very Satisfied
I first used these reels on a friend's boat and was impressed with how one handled a foul hooked White Marlin. I figured I couldn't go wrong buying a pair to use for inshore Striped Bass trolling. They are smooth, rugged, have an excellent drag system and are priced right.
By jim
pompano bch fl
February 6, 2015
shimano tld 20 reels
bought these reels for their strength used them on charter boats where they are used everyday
By Cristian
Lake worth, FL
January 30, 2015
you cant beat all the different species you can catch with this reel
By Cristian
Lake worth, FL
January 30, 2015
great offshore and for big snook
great for troling and if your trying to muscle big snook in these are fro you
By Denis
Long Valley, NJ
January 25, 2015
Use for Tuna and Mahi Trolling
Good reel. Added three more to my arsenal. Pair it with a 6ft 30 class standup trolling rod for a nice outfit.
ConsThe reel seat should have a tie down eye so I can clip on my rod saver strap while trolling. I don't understand why Shimano does this for the Tallus but not the TLD. The extra cost would be negligible.
By Michael
January 23, 2015
Awesome reel
tld's have so many different uses they cant be beat also put out a good max drag
By Michael
Boynton Beach, Florida
January 20, 2015
classic workhorse
Awesome reel I have bad to say about it
By andre
Boynton beach, FL
January 17, 2015
great lever drag for the price
This is a very versatile reel. It can be used for live baiting I r trolling. For the price the drag I'd great. Only problem is the gear ratio is very slow.
By max
Redding, CT
December 22, 2014
Good if you keep it clean
I have had this reel for awhile now and like it alot. However, having it for awhile, the sun does take a beating on the graphite. You can tell that the color has faded quite a bit and the drag had also started to get a little sticky. We use this reel for everything from stripers to trolling with the bird for tuna and mahi. It is paried up with a Heavy ugly stik and is a pretty nice combo.
ProsStrong smooth if taken care of holds tons of line
Conscolor fade sticky drag from salt
By Todd
Stuart, FL
July 29, 2014
Great Reel!
Shimano TLD reels are great. We use them for all sorts of offshore fish in south Florida. They can handle alot for there size and hold up well in saltwater conditions. Thanks for a good deal on a great product.
ProsLightweight and strong.
By Steven
Melbourne, Victoria
July 29, 2014
Do All Over Head Game Reel.
Utterly Reliable L/D over head Reel. Mine has been bashed around for around 7 years now and its almost as good as the day it come out of the box, Excellent for Shark, Mackrel, Mahi Mahi, King fish and the like. A real workhorse. Unbelievable value for money.
By richard stearns
naples fl
July 5, 2013
bessssssst reel on this sport fising boat
best reel yet in the bahamas
By C.H. 'Harry' Jones
Swansboro, NC
January 16, 2013
Great Reel, Smooth Drag, Very Lightweight
I purchased 2 of these TLD-20's to put on a pair of Penn Mariner Standup rods (630CMST) that I had recently purchased. I plan to utilize these combos for pulling deep-diving plugs (Rapala X-Rap Magnums, Bomber CDs, MirrOlure 111MRs, etc.). The reels matched up perfectly with the rods, and I can't wait to get the line spooled on them (150 yds of Rapala 50 lb Titanium Stretch braid over 250 yds of 40 lb Yo-Zuri hybrid fluoro-mono line. I'm very pleased with the reels so far,and one of the reasons I purchased these reels is their reputation for long and satisfactory service.
ProsSmooth Drag Very Lightweight Great Reputation
ConsI wish they would modernize the handles, and maybe utilize something a little more like the "soft-grip" handles I have on my Avet reels.
4 Questions & 4 Answers
Tom Anderson
from philadelphia, pa asked:
November 28, 2016
Which rod would you recommend pairing this reel with? We will be using it mainly for Striped Bass fishing off the coast of southern NJ, usually using 16oz Mojo lures.
1 Answers
The Penn Rampage Conventional Boat Rods would pair well with the Shimano TLD-15 Triton Lever Drag Reel.
on December 2, 2016

Brent Durstine
from Fl asked:
April 16, 2015
Does this reel have a line guide that when you reel the line in it puts it on the spool evenly?
1 Answers
Hello Brent. No, unfortunately this reel does not come with a level wind. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
on April 16, 2015

from Malaysia asked:
December 11, 2014
Would like to know the reel is made from which country - Malaysia/Japan? I know this is a product of Japan.
1 Answers
The reel is made in Malaysia.
Customer Service
on December 12, 2014

Tim McElrath
from Virginia Beach, VA asked:
September 9, 2014
I am interested in this reel as a gift for my father. I have been reading the reviews on it and I found one that says this particular reel is prone to breakage with an internal pin that shears off. I am curious to know how common this is in your experience and if it is repairable? Above is the link that describes what I am speaking about. On that note, what size fish is this reel rated for? My father goes out on 3/4 day head boats out of San Diego and we recently got into a school of yellowfin tuna in the 20-40lb range. We were catching them on old Penn 155's and a Jigmaster spooled with 25lb mono. Would this reel be a good replacement for him going for smaller yellowfin tuna and yellowtail of similar size? Or should I step up to the next size reel? Thank you for your assistance.
1 Answers
We have heard about this issue however, we have not experienced it. The TLD-15 can handle fish up to 100#. He would be very well equipped for the fish he would encounter with this reel.
Customer Service
on September 10, 2014


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