By Steve C.
Excellent smooth reel
July 9, 2020
I have several TAC12II reels. I decided to purchase a TAC16II for the added line capacity, I'm fishing Southern California waters for Bluefin tuna in the 100-200lb class. I have caught several large tuna on this reel and I'm very happy with the reels performance. The TAC16ii is the same diameter as the TAC12II but it is wider.
ProsQuality components and smoothness when fighting a large fish..
Incredible lightweight but heavy duty reel.
June 3, 2020
I was very surprised just how good these reels are. They’re very lightweight for their class yet machined precisely and have no backlash. It’s like the next generation of reel which makes the old International and Tiara reels feel like antiques.
April 10, 2020
This thing is stunning to behold and is a winch! Nothing but a positive experience. But don't brag about it too much or act like your love for it is what it is, or you will weird out your friends. Just fish with it and enjoy it!
By Tuna A.
Best of the best...
March 24, 2020
This thing is the smoothest reel I have ever felt! Not to mention it's excellent castablility and power! Sell everything you have and just fish Shimano!
ProsLight, powerful, smooth, high capacity, and comfortable
ConsNothing, worth the money!!!
By Emilio V.
This reel is a beast!!
March 2, 2020
I have this reel set up with a hundred pound PowerPro and a 300 pound wind on leader crimped to custom 500 pound deep drop leader. The rod is a Shimano talus bent but 150 to 250 class Rod. I hooked a 85 to 95 pound Warsaw grouper with a five pound weight on my deep drop leader in a water depth of 350 feet and I had the fish up with within 4 minutes. The low gear on this real feels like a tractor.
February 9, 2020
I have owned several of the Talica variants in the 12 and 16 sizes. They are extremely well made with phenomenal performance in a lightweight package.
New Braunfels, Texas
January 17, 2020
I have four Talica 20 reels. They have been flawless. I have used them on tuna, marlin, wahoo, and mahi. I have used 40 pound mono - 80 pound braid and everything in between with excellent results. Smooth and consistent drag. I love them. Lots of power in a small lightweight reel.
ProsSmall, lightweight, ergonomic
By G M.
Panama City, Florida
Powerful & very smooth drag
January 12, 2020
My new Talica 25 2-speed has a powerful and very smooth drag for bottom fishing as well as for trolling.
November 19, 2019
This is an amazing trolling reel, the 2 speed feature really helps when a fish charges the boat or when you need some crank power from low gear
November 19, 2019
Pretty smooth. Feels like really rigid and smooth. personally like using these for tunas
unleash the power
June 4, 2019
I have the TACII 25 and this thing is a workhorse. Set the drag before you go because too much drag takes all the fun out of it. Adjustments are very easy and the reel has tons or torque to bring in that trophy. I haven't tried it bottom fishing yet but I would assume it can bring up big tiles and other beast from the depths.
Prostwo speed drag rating power/torque looks amazing!
Great bottom reels
February 3, 2019
I’ve had a Talica 20 for about a year now and it’s been great. Very durable, high quality, awesome drag, and plenty of line capacity. Perfect for bottom fishing for grouper and tarpon.
January 29, 2019
I own 2 Talica 25 reels and they are worth every penny. Spool the reel with 2/3 braid, 1/3 mono and you have the perfect setup for offshore tuna. This reel can stop a train in its tracks.
ProsLight weight, smooth, and powerful.
ConsThe strike position can get a little getting used to. It doesn't take much to go past the strike position if you are not mindful of your reel.
January 7, 2019
Love this reel. The Tac16ii is the perfect size for me. I use it for fly-lining sardines to catch bluefin tuna. Filled with 80# braid, had no problem landing 50-150# fish. Awesome drag, very smooth. Casts very well.
Proslots of drag; 2 speed; reasonable line capacity
Consgets scratched up easily
St Petersburg, FL
FORGET ANYTHING ELSE
January 3, 2019
The one and done reel for saltwater fishing. 20-2 speed is great for everything from small snapper off the bottom, to big MAhi, wahoo, and has enough drag to pull Goliaths from the wreck.
December 19, 2018
I have 5 of these reels plus two of the 16’s. Some of the reels are 6 years old and they remain perfect in every way. Easy to service, great to use and an all around awesome product.
ProsEase of use Resistance to salt water
ConsThe only possible one would be the lack of a casting drag option
By Capt B.
Perfect Jigging reel
October 11, 2018
Light weight and powerful. A vertical jigging dream. Cant praise the TAC16II enough!!!!!
By Capt B.
October 11, 2018
I don't know of another lightweight reel that offers the perfect balance of heavy line capacity, smooth drag, and is still cast live baits with ease. The TAC50II has allowed my clients to quickly and effectively land fish that they never dreamed of!!! This year alone the TAC50II has put the breaks on marlin over 600lbs and Bluefin tuna up to 550lbs in 3000+ feet of water!!!!
By Capt B.
A true Work Horse
October 11, 2018
Over 600 days of fishing with the TAC25II and the reels have holdup unbelievably well!!!! We have caught everything from mahi to marlin. Yellowfin tuna up to 200lbs. Smooth and dependable.
August 22, 2018
This reel is awesome! Better than expected and super smooth!
By Tha K.
July 11, 2018
Great reel for both tile fishing and tuna fishing.
June 7, 2018
These Tal?ca reels are the best. So light, smooth and powerful. Live this reel. Very well made
By Steve P.
St Petersburg, Florida
Best of the best
March 20, 2018
As a full time charterboat operator I need my gear to perform on a daily basis and never let my customers down. This reel coupled with super braid like Power Pro has changed the bottom fishing game for me. My customers are now landing with ease the larger fish that used to break them off quickly, thus helping me make memories for many anglers. The monstrous drag gives us the ability to stop big fish in their tracks and the 2 speed option the Talica offers gives us the ability to wrench those larger fish away from the rocks. Thanks goes out to the designers at Shimano for delivering such a powerful reel in a small package.
Ocean City, NJ
February 22, 2018
Started fishing them last summer and they worked for everything. White Marlin, Tuna, Mahi, and shark. No problems and outstanding performance.
ProsLots of line and not too heavy
November 9, 2017
Another great reel in the talica lineup. I have this one spooled with braid and I use it for my bottom rod on the reef and when drifting.
September 11, 2017
awesome reel been using it for casting live bait to marlin.
Prosvery smooth and powerful has more drag then you will ever need.
San Diego, CA
Smooth, powerful, and go-to
September 7, 2017
Fantastic reel incredibly smooth and powerful. Loud clicker, comfortable size and handling. What more could you ask for. This is my go-to reel for fishing out here in So Cal waters.
tac II 25, / treez combo, If you fish stand up..sell your old gear and just fish this.
August 24, 2017
Shimano hit a home run when they paired the terez and tacII line up. The light weight and amazing power combined with the capacity that today's braided line gives you is a total game changer. When you land a big fish on one of these set ups, you will not go back to that heavy clunky gold reel you have no matter how reliable it is. IMO what makes this so great is the range of fish you can catch with this set up and still have it be sporty. Weather it is a 5 # mahi or a 500# marlin or giant tuna and everything in between these reels/rods have done it...not from a gunnel, not from a chair or battle station but stand up with a belt or harness. You simply don't fight the tackle anymore, you fight the fish. It may look too light weight but trust the ratings. Get one, load it with braid and a top shot of mono and really enjoy fishing. To be perfectly honest, I sold all my heavy gear and just fish with this now The 25 is perfect, for 90% of fish you catch, the 50 is required for the other 10%.
Prospower to weight ratio, capacity,
ConsWish they made 35 wide to fill out the line up gap Clicker is not as loud as I would like
By david t.
August 5, 2017
Just fish shimano, that's all I can say. And maybe f you're gonna be goin after big fish, fish Talica. 2 speed 25s and 50s are all you need. They hold a ton of little me, and yes go with the recommended power pro. Power prep has figured out a smaller diameter with the same strength. Check out max Quattro.
grand terrace, CA
July 28, 2017
These reels are the best. They can handle just about anything. Smoothwind, good cast ability. Heavy drag for a fairly small reel. Holds a lot of braid.
ProsDrag and line capacity.
July 26, 2017
I spooled with 60lbs mono and fished red snapper amd grouper on the party boat in Panama city, FL. It was powerful and nice looking reel.
One of my top two favorite reels.
July 16, 2016
I first used this reel while on a shark fishing trip down in Islamrada Fl. Without any difficulties we were pulling in 200 to 250 lb lemon sharks. After that I was hooked just on the power this reel had. Needless to say, I went out and purchased 3 diffent model sizes and fitted them on matching Terez rods.
ProsPowerful , light, and smooth.
ConsNeeds a bigger Handel on the larger reel options.
July 29, 2015
Went Fishing out of San Diego CA . Tuna, Yellowtail and on live bate 30 plus pounds. Reels worked great.
ProsGreat drag control. Lots of power with the two speed reel.
Aliso Viejo CA
great little reel with backbone
July 9, 2015
its my to go rod and reel combo when fishing kelp patties offshore.
By Richard H.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
The best reel I own!
April 30, 2015
I have used this reel on several fishing trips and replaced all my reels with the talica reels.
ProsThere are many!
Best 2 Speed Reel
April 7, 2015
Smooth drag and quick gear switching from high to low when reeling in your fish.
Smooth as butter!!
April 5, 2015
Recently purchased 16 2 speed Talica and I must say that the reel is beyond smooth and lighter than I expected.
ProsBest out there!!
Excellent Tilefish and Tuna Reel
January 1, 2015
Very smooth operation and drag. Plenty of power and plenty of line capacity.
Excellent Tilefish and Tuna Reel
January 1, 2015
Very smooth operation and drag. Plenty of power. Plenty of line capacity.
October 9, 2014
I pair these with trevala rods and use the 12's and the 8's for albacore off the coast of Washington as well as lingcod. I also use the 12's for halibut. Smooth with plenty of drag, the Talica ii is now the only lever drags reels I'll use. Yes they are pricey but you really do get what you pay for.
ProsSmooth Drag Weight Handle
By John C.
Excellent tuna reel
October 4, 2014
Took my new talica tac1211 2 speed lever drag on my new Phenix my rod and I was amazed with its power. Excellent Drag system! Great reel balance for casting live baits. Caught a bunch of wft and skip jack on my first trip without any glitches. Looking forward on using it again soon.
ProsNice looking reel, excellent drag, light, great balance for casting live bait
St Petersburg, FL
September 24, 2014
This is a great reel for anything that swims on the westcoast of Florida. Its smooth, lightweight and compact for its power, and casts great. We use it for everything from flatlining for kingfish, jigging for blackfin tuna and amberjack, and bottom fishing for grouper and snapper. Whatever you can throw at this little reel it will handle it with ease. Highly recommended!
ProsLightweight and compact for its power, great freespool, fast retrieve but very powerful low gear too
Long Beach, CA
Shimano Talica 16
September 17, 2014
Very nice 2 speed reel but you get what you pay for. Any reel that costs $500 should be awesome and this is no exception to that rule. The 8, 10, 12 and 16 are great but not a big fan of the 20, 25 or 50. Over priced for the amount of drag you get.
Nothing bad about this reel.
June 30, 2014
Well balanced and the two speed is great for hauling in the big fish.
West Hills, CA
Super powerful and very smooth.
June 21, 2014
I love this reel, a little on the heavy side but it compensate for the drag power. I am thinking about getting another on the single speed size 8.
ConsNot made in the U.S.
April 29, 2014
This reel works great for both tuna and tilefish
ProsVery smooth operation and drag, plenty of guts to handle big fish.
By Keith D.
April 25, 2014
Very smooth drag and smooth operation with plenty of power.
March 18, 2014
this is my most used and abused reel. it has handled everything ive ever thrown at it. I have used it on everything from commercial grouper fishing to a 250lb Bluefin tuna. I'd love to know the amount of fish this little reel has pulled over the rail.
Prossmall and light for its strength. durable. its a shimano
great overall reel
February 8, 2014
replacing all of my 50's w/ this reel. tons of power in a small package.
This as an awesome all around 2speed reel!
December 2, 2013
This is a great 2speed reel that is small and light but can bring in big fish!
By A G.
Red Sea- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Top Reel From Top Store
November 10, 2013
The reel is perfect for all kind of fishing. Nothing in water can beat this reel. You never need another one maybe for the rest of life. I have purchased previously Penn rod. TackleDirect sent me both brand new ones fast shipping, reel is in sealed box. They even earned me a discount points for future purcheses. Thank you TackleDirect. Always my favourite store .
ProsSealed brand new and fast shipping.
ConsNothing to mention.
Solana Beach, CA
Nice tuna rig
July 22, 2013
Just got the reel out for tuna in So Cal. One 40lb blue fin later I am very happy with the rig. The powerpro line let me get my bait out past others and to the feeding zone. Only 3 tuna caught that trip. Tuna lit up the reel a few times. Very smooth drag. Had it paired with the 8" terez rod. The combo gave good give and helped offset the braid to floro shock transfer. Rod a bit mushy for a jig but for live bait it tosses the chovie very nice. Put 65lb powerpro and 6 ft leader of flouro on it. Might have been a bit heavy on the line for picky yellow tail but with a bite on the 40lb floro worked good.
July 19, 2013
Strong looking and functioning reel.
May 29, 2013
Great reel, really happy. Lever drag works well, very smooth, easy setting indicators. Feels great, good weight, looks really good too. Smooth operation all the way around.
Shimano TAC16II 2 Speed Lever Drag Reels
December 2, 2012
Good 2 Speed Lever Drag Reels for fishing in Northern countries.
Cape May, NJ
Talica 20 and 25
September 18, 2012
Bought both reels and paired them with Trevala jigging rods. They appear to be a really quality item. Used them once so far on and overnight tuna trip. No tuna, but they handled a huge thresher shark and a big hammerhead with no difficulty at all. Drags are smooth. Setting drag is easy. I have other quality offshore reels and these match up favorably with the best of them. With braid line you can load them up with enough capacity to handle just about anything we find on the east coast short of a true giant blue fin
July 15, 2012
I received this reel from Tackle Direct in lighting fast time. I could not ask for a finer reel for its intended purpose. I will buy from Tackle Direct again!
ProsLight weight and excellent free spool
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