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Shimano TLD-20 Triton Lever Drag Reel

Shimano TLD-20 Triton Lever Drag Reel

Price: $169.99
TD Code
Line Retrieve Per CrankMono Capacity
PowerPro Capacity
Max Drag
at Full w/Freespool
Max Drag
at Strike w/Freespool
32 in20/700
23 lb17 lb4BB3.6:123.6 oz$169.99 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.
7 Questions & 7 Answers
from Clearwater, Fl asked:
August 31, 2016
Is there a left hand retrieve version of this reel available? Or maybe another Shimano or Penn reel that would be good for bottom fishing for Grouper off of a walk on pier that is left hand retrieve? My current set up is a 5'5" Penn Tuna Stick and Penn 330Gti that I use, looking for something new though. :) (Fishing off of the Skyway Bridge Pier in the Tampa Bay, Florida. It used to be a bridge that they turned into a pier after an accident, great Grouper spot from what I've heard)
1 Answers
The Penn SQL60LDLH Squall Lever Drag Reel Left Hand Retrieve would be a good match for that rod.
on September 1, 2016

from new jersey asked:
August 16, 2015
does it hurt the reel if you adjust the preset drag while not in free spool?
1 Answers
It is possible to damage the reel doing that. When setting the preset drag, the reel should always be in free spool. Adjusting without being in free spool can cause damage to the adjustment mechanism.
on August 19, 2015

from St. Helens, OR asked:
March 17, 2015
My pole is a Shimano X80 HBC GH 8' and I'll be fishing for salmon up to 50# in the Columbia, and a little offshore fishing. What reel do you suggest to match up and deliver, if not the TLD 20?
1 Answers
Chris, the Tld 20 would be an awesome reel for your fishing application, if your looking for a little more power in the same size range I recommend the Tyrnos 20 lever drag.
on March 17, 2015

from St. Helens, OR asked:
March 14, 2015
I'm thinking about using this reel when plunking for salmon off a boat in the Columbia River. Good idea? And what rod would you recommend for a match up?
1 Answers
Hello Chris. I think this would be a little too much reel for what you will be doing. You would probably be able to use a smaller reel. To help us give you a better answer, what pound fish are you targeting and how heavy of a lead weight will you be using? This will help us get you setup with a better rod and reel. Please feel free to give one of our product specialists a call and we will get you all set up! Direct +1-609-788-3819 Email
on March 16, 2015

from Diego Garcia asked:
October 19, 2014
is this good for bottom fishing? for snapper and groupers.. off shore saltwater fishing on a boat? how does this compare to Abu Garcia Low Profile Baitcast Fishing Reel - RVO3 SXHS / RVO3 SXHSL? if ok.. i'm looking for a ABU rod for this.. can u suggest? and shd i get a power pro 30lb line with this reel?
1 Answers
Hello. This reel would be perfect for what you want to use it for. The Abu Garcia reels you inquired about are going to be a bit too small for what you will be fishing. As far as a rod, we recommend the Shimano Terez. These can be found here: As far as line, you would be more well suited with a 50lb. or higher Power Pro. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
Customer Service
on October 19, 2014

Corey Milelr
from Stuart, fl asked:
October 31, 2013
Are the Shimano TLD-20's - 2 speed reels?
1 Answers
The Shimano TLD-2 Speed A Lever Drag Reels are the only reels in the TLD series that Shimano offers. The Triton Lever Drag Series reels are only single speed and not two speed.
Customer Service
on November 1, 2013

from Gt Barrier Island , NZ asked:
November 13, 2012
Hi can you adjust the free spool on this reel ?
1 Answers
There is no spool break on the TLD 20 to control free spool.
Customer Service
on November 14, 2012

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