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 30 reviews
By Kyle
Port Aransas, Texas
May 21, 2020
Have had our 4 TLD's for 10 years and they are still in perfect condition and work perfectly every single time we use them.
By Kenny
Love the TLD line
November 19, 2019
The TLD line is an amazing entry level reel that will be there for years even on charter boats I've seen, my only downside to this one is the knob. If they just made all their TLD lines with a football or round knob these reels would take over the entry level field
By Terry
Corpus Christi
Great surf reel
October 29, 2019
I bought it to put on a 20~40 1954 12' Yellow Fenwick. I restored the rod all new guides and rewrapped it & I knew I wanted this reel for the rod. I've used TLD reels since the 90's great for casting, trolling and jigging. . I can use it on my surf rod or troll for kingfish & Dolphin in my kayak in the Gulf.
By Tyler
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Best bang for your buck
October 23, 2019
I personally love the TLD series reels. If you’re on a budget, and looking for a quality reel, this is definitely it. I have a tld 20 and 30 and absolutely love them. I’m honestly thinking about adding more to my arsenal for the 2020 season. If you’re beginning to fish for big game fish, the Shimano TLD reels are where it’s at!!
By Josh
Surfside, Florida
Amazing reel
March 27, 2019
Extremely well made and built to last. I've had mine for many years. Bought it for bottom fishing from party boats.
ProsWell made Very powerful reel Longevity
By OBX351
mclean, VA
Another classic and great reel from Shimano
December 16, 2018
I have 2, one is at least 10 years old, of these and a 25 and they are really great reels. They guy who cleans and services my reels in the off season, joking, said he doesn't service TLDs because they are too well built! We've never had an issue with any of them, even the one that's at least 10 years old. There's a reason everyone I spoke with about a trolling reel said to get a TLD.
ProsBest bang for the buck reel out there.
By Joshua
Jacksonville, FLORIDA
Good bang for the buck
July 26, 2018
These reels are a workhorse on our boat. They are the ones I give the novices so I don’t have to worry about them getting messed up. They handle the abuse. I’ve has them for 5+ years only disassembled once for a full cleaning and maintenance.
ProsGreat reels for the price and can handle abuse and neglect without issue.
ConsThe retrieval handle could be improved but is solid.
Manahawkin, NJ
Flawless with the most bang for your buck
November 10, 2017
Workhorse..... that`€â"˘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
Great offshore
June 14, 2016
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
Perfect Reel for Trolling
February 3, 2016
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
The standard for saltwater reels
January 12, 2016
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.
Awsome for Kings and Cobia from the pier
November 19, 2015
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.
8 Questions & 8 Answers
from Hermosa Beach CA asked:
August 23, 2019
What would be a good rod to paid with the TLD-20. Primary use will be trolling offhshore in SoCal for Mahi, Yellowfin, and yellowtail? But, would also like the flexibility to switch over to so deep water bait soaking or jigging for bigger Halibut. What rod(s) would you suggest to pair up with this reel? 
1 Answer
Trevala butterfly jigging conventional rod 6ft 6 XH or shimano Tallus Blue water conventional 6ft 6 H 
Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on August 31, 2019

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 Answer
The Penn SQL60LDLH Squall Lever Drag Reel Left Hand Retrieve would be a good match for that rod.
Submitted by: Donald 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 Answer
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.
Submitted by: David 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 Answer
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.
Submitted by: Frank 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 Answer
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
Submitted by: Brandon 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 Answer
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!
Submitted by: 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 Answer
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.
Submitted by: 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 Answer
There is no spool break on the TLD 20 to control free spool.
Submitted by: Customer Service on November 14, 2012


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