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Shimano TLD50 II LRSA 2-Speed Reel Review

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My Shimano TLD50II LRSA 2-Speed series reels are my favorite reels for stand-up Bluefin Tuna fishing. That’s about as good as it gets in terms of an endorsement or positive review (I have no affiliation or business relationship with Shimano).  These reels are not only very tough they are also durable and very light weight (57.3oz).  I own three of these reels which I use for Stand-up Bluefin Tuna Fishing and Shark Fishing here in the Northeast.  The reel line capacity is 440 yards of 80# mono which is enough for most applications. If you feel you need more line or want a safety net (just in case you hook a monster) you can well get over 600 yards of line on these reels buy using backing.  I use 600 yards of 80lb Jerry Brown LineOne hollow core line with a 100 yard 80lb mono top shot on these reels.  My Shimano TLD50II LRSA are all three seasons old now and I haven’t had a single problem with any of them.  You don’t have to worry about inexperienced anglers scratching up shiny anodized reels (like the Penn Internationals) because these reels are flat black and made of graphite.  The normal (high) gear ratio is 3.5:1 and the low gear ratio is 1.4:1.  I’ve only had to use low gear on a few occasions at the very end of the battle to raise a large 200# fish.  For the money ($379) I don’t think you can find a better 2-speed 50 series reel.

Shimano TLD 50II LRSA 2 Speed Reel

Shimano TLD50 II LRSA 2-Speed Reel Features:

  • Graphite Frame
  • Graphite Side Plates
  • Rod Clamp
  • Offset Ergonomic Power Handle (5011 & 5011LRSA only)
  • Aluminum Spool
  • A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings) specifically treated stainless steel ball bearings that are at least 10 times more corrosion resistant than standard stainless steel ball bearings.
  • Clicker increases the tension on free spool and activates a clicking alarm when a fish bites.

Shimano TLD50 II LRSA 2-Speed Reel Specifications:
Brand: Shimano
Weight: 57.3 oz
Mono Capacity: 80/440
Drag: Max - 42
Strike - 32
High Gear Ratio: 3.5:1
Low Gear Ratio: 1.4:1
Retrieve Rate: 38/15
Ball Bearings: 4

Shimano TLD50 II LRSA 2-Speed Parts Schematic:

Shimano TLD50 II LRSA 2-Speed Reel Schematic