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Downrigging has its own special demands, and Shimano's® Triton Levelwind Reel surpasses them. The Triton's quick 4.3:1 gear ratio allows you to clear lines quicker, keep up with speeding fish easier, and work lures better. Additional features include: ball bearing drive, titanium drag system and strong, lightweight, 1-piece, graphite titanium construction. Non-corrosive stainless steel main and pinion gears.
triton T100 speedmaster
I have owned one of these reels since 1985. It is the most durable, dependable, universal, easy to maintain reel I have ever owned. I caught a 58 lb king salmon in Alaska with it, a 40 lb king mackeral in Florida with it and everything else small and large in between. It has never, ever malfunctioned or required repair. It is simply awesome. You cannot beat it for the money.
March 30, 2010
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
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
You're going to have to start somewhere. Read about adjusting the spool and star drag for casting and it will lessen your frustration. I'm happy with its casting performance. From my seated position in my kayak I can cast 80-90' depending on the weight of what I'm casting.
Personally I wouldn't blow this much money on just a reel if I was learning. I would spend the money on a smaller bait caster reel combo and learn from there. Principals are the same. Master the basics and then go bigger.
I have used this reel in international casting compatitions, I didn't win but it was my first time competeing at that level(187 yds) just took out the level winde. there are no bearrings so the spool doesn't get away from you to fast. I also use this reel for plugging all over the south pacific. great for biginers.
some models have left handed versions...just not this model apparently and many of the (same class conventional) reels bassproshop sells have left handed models and bassproshop doesn't offer them on their website for some reason
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