Shimano Triton Graphite Levelwinds Reels
A pure work horse!
This series reel is inexpensive but I would put it up against any reel (at any price) in its line class for operational durabillity. I have used 4 of these reels for five hard years of fishing wrecks for blackfish and both jigging and live lining for stripers and blues. All they ever get is a fresh water rinse and I have not had a failure yet and are still corrosion free. The smooth drag is bullet proof and although not glamorous the spool bushings are indestructable. It's not really a casting reel but it will still cast weighty jigs fine and for a staight up and down reel I dont think it can be beat. The price makes this reel a score!
May 16, 2009
This is my first round baitcast reel for saltwater. Very Smooth casting. Smooth retrieve. Only one birds nest on the first cast. I put 30# Red Cajun Line on the reel and it holds up great to 30-40# fish. I would recommend this reel to anyone, no matter the skill level.
September 29, 2008
I have been a spin cast user since I was a kid. That being said, I have learned to cast my rods a specific way and it is ingrained into every inch of my body. When I decided to move to the bigger world of bait casters, I had to find out what would do me best with both fresh and saltwater. I took this reel out to a local pond and after dealing with the first few bird nests, I was able to cast up to 30 yards with smooth action. About 50 yards was the limit where the reel would begin to bird nest due to the line on the reel tightening and loosening from long casts. I have a bed of mono with 50 lb braid. This has been a very good investment and can not wait to see how it acts in saltwater.
April 4, 2013
good for the price
I've used this reel for 1 season and it's ok for the price. Great for drop shoting, and trolling, but not much distance on casts, tends to BN if im using M/H iron. If your looking for a basic reel for low $$$ then this is a good buy. I would spend the extra $50 and get a Daiwa Sealine 20 or 30, which works great for drop shoting, trolling, and casting.
October 13, 2009