Shimano TLD Reels

shimano-tld-25-lShimano’s TLD reels are arguably the most versatile lever drags around. Great for light to medium tackle reef fishing, they also make pretty good casting reels. Place a thumb on the spool, flip the lever back to the ‘free’ position and fire away. Perfect for use out of a boat, or anywhere that big, fast fish live.

They are simply brilliant on small marlin and sails, mackerel, wahoo, yellowtail kingfish, yellowfin tuna and albacore, greenback tailor and cobia.

But don’t discount their performance on reefies like snapper, cod, red emperor and sweetlip.

  • 4 A-RB anti-rust bearings
  • Aluminium Spool
  • Graphite Side Plate & Frame
  • Rod Clamp
  • Barrel Handle Grip
  • 10kg Maximum Drag / 8kg Maximum Strike Drag
  • 3.6:1 Retrieve Ratio (81cm per crank)
  • Line Capacity 14kg/548m
  • Weight – 695g


Line Used

30 pound low stretch platypus, 60 pound leader line with two 5.0 Gamakatsu’s.

Bait Used

Fresh local squid, local pillichards and live bait.

Rod Used

Shimano Backbone Elite Fishing Rod 15kg Roller Tip

The Shimano Backbone Elite fishing rods have caught countless trophy fish in the waters around Australia. The Backbone elite rods by Shimano stand as a symbol of great value, high quality fishing rods among big fish enthusiasts. The Shimano Backbone Elite 15kg roller tip fishing rod is a game fishing rod designed to be used with large overhead style reels.

Shimano Backbone rods have a special blended Graphite Composite construction, producing a fishing rod that provides superior strength and a solid working curve so when you’re toughing it out with big fish the rod is working with you!

  • Length: 1.7m (5’ 7”)
  • Line Class: 15kg (30lb)