Excellent versatile reel
March 20, 2020
This reel is extremely versatile! I use it for bottom fishing as well as trolling applications. Very smooth and powerful at an incredible price.
By Hong G.
New Market, Alabama
solid workhorse reel
December 30, 2019
very easy to handle and use, good for bottom fishing too
Love this reel
November 19, 2019
Star drag allows me to freespool then immediately pop to my drag I had it pre-set at which is great for when you don't need adjustments
By H H.
Great price great reel
November 7, 2019
Retrieving was fast and smooth, very strong reel for the money.
For the price you can't beat it....
October 19, 2019
Handled well for my bottom fishing in Ensenada, Mexico. It's smooth reeling almost* felt like my Talica 16 ii.
ConsThe composite reel clamp, even a simple stainless steel clamp piece would be better SHIMANO.
By Brandon G.
July 12, 2019
This reel is so smooth, the drag and retrieval. It casts great, live bait and irons. Plus 24 lbs of drag, u can really put the hurting on the fish. It's a perfect all around reel and for the price it's a win-win.
Pros24lb of drag Smooth reeling and smooth drag Looks good Feels great in your hand Price
Springfield Gardens, NY
Best Shimano conventional reel in this price
June 5, 2019
I have 5 toriums it's the best real for bottom fishing ..trolling ..fast and slow jigging ..I will keep buying them.
ProsBest value for money
June 5, 2019
It's the best torium I got so far ..I had the old silver model and the new HG black once ...but the new BG is just amazing !
toriums are very versatile reels
April 22, 2019
i beleive the toriumis one of the most versatile saltwater reel around. they are excellent for shallow water rockfishing and are also excellent to use on a jig stick to throw surface iron.
By Greg F.
February 25, 2019
My son and I fish offshore of Port Canaveral every weekend. Nice smooth reel and like the new handle. Reel handels large reds, mangoes, and muttons as long as you reel them fast enough to get them away from the tax man.
By Todd D.
February 5, 2019
Good solid well built reel, with ample cranking power with oversized handle sufficient drag to handle most situations. Fishing in New England like most other places you have no idea what you'll catch this reel can handle them all!
ProsPower handle, wide drag range, cast ability
ConsNot the most balanced reel one side much heavier than the other
January 30, 2019
got this and love it!
By Brandon G.
January 25, 2019
This is a small light compact tough reel. Very smooth and cast great. The drag system is smooth and you can really put the heart on the fish.
ProsCompact, tough, and smooth.
Great bottom fishing reel
January 20, 2019
This is my go to bottom fishing reel
August 23, 2018
This reel is great. I spooled it with 65lb Maxcuatro and it holds a ton. Casts great and the line is easily guided due to its narrow profile. Haven’t had a chance to fish for big fish but it yanked the Calico out of the kelp with ease.
Light Weight Super Smooth Great Value
July 6, 2018
I'd take this reel and be able to buy another one if it broke before buying a $400 Shimano reel with similar specst. This thing is a well rounded do it all reel. Load it up with 50 pound braid 17lbs of drag when needed and a super smooth 38" line retrieve make this reel amazing value and a nice winner from Shimano. Thought the 14 size would be small for bottom fishing in 100+ feet but its not at all. Highly recommend this reel and its a perfect pairing with my 6'6" MH Trevala Rod.
Santa Paula, CA
May 2, 2018
I have this reel in size 20 I been using it in Southern California for rock fish ,lincod,sheep head and does the job and much more I really recommend it.
ProsIt's small and very light
ConsNothing so far
Long Island, NY
Light, powerful and smooth
January 25, 2018
Like all Shimano reels this new version is smooth and light-weight with plenty of cranking power.
Outrageously great deal
January 19, 2018
i spend most of my time throwing jigs in Southern Ca for yellowtail, bonita; barracuda, and schoolie size tuna and this reel is awesome. Really solid feel, great drags, good frespool and strong gearing. Only hit is for weak clamp setup, the heads on the anchor bolts break off easily, purchased a tiburon clamp setup $40.00 so I could put on deckhand style rods - this is the only thing keeping it from 5 stars.
ProsHandle feel, drags and jigging ability.
ConsCheap clamp setup
By Tom W.
Smooth Reel, Strong Drag
December 23, 2017
Used for the first time this Friday, off shore. No problem horsing up an approximate 100 to 125 lb nurse shark. Drag is smooth and strong.
December 6, 2017
Purchased 2 reels to compliment my 2 older Toriums and was thrilled with positive changes. Smaller footprint and better handle. Same great drag and high speed retrieve.
Smooth and strong
November 12, 2017
I use this reel on my 9ft jig stick rod. The lightweight and smoothness makes it easier to cast and reel in yellows.
Shimano TOR 16 HGA
September 14, 2017
Great reel for snapper and Togs. Love it
July 16, 2017
The fast retrieve ratio is excellent for deep jigging and bottom fishing. Especially when you need to get up fast to re-bait and get back down! They are a big hit on my boat every time a new guest uses them.
ProsLightweight. Retrieve ratio. Smooth drag.
By Doug S.
June 25, 2017
Superb casting and fast retrieve. At this price there's no need to spend $500 plus on a 2 speed unless you have weak hands.
Excellent quality in a small package
May 19, 2017
The quality of these reels is excellent, however, the new Torium reels are far more compact than their predecessors. If balance and appearance are important to you, you may want to up-size your reel selection.
Good in slow Jigging
November 27, 2016
Very good in slow jigging , light weight with very good quality
By Kweku o.
Lighter smaller and Efficient22
June 4, 2016
This reel was just an excellent choice for my wife who is also my fishing partner I was looking for a smaller reel for her and my research proved right when I chose this reel it performed like a pro we love our choice she is Happy and I an elated
ProsGearing system is fluid very smooth
May 12, 2016
WOuld have given it 5 stars but only used it once so far. I was very impressed with the smoothness of the gears and the castability of this reel.
Consnone so far
High Quality Reel at an afforable price !!
March 26, 2016
Better than expected !! Performance at it best, smooth and strong !!
ProsLight and Powerful !!
Shimano 30hga torium
February 5, 2016
Combined with a jigging rod, great and lightweight!!! For the price you can't beat it.
ProsHi speed and lightweight
San Diego,92026, Holla!!
Even better than the last model!!!
November 25, 2015
Strokin dem cali yellows like its going out of style....small frame and large spool makes it very user friendly...took me a little while to get used to this one since i've been using the older models for so long...things kicks butt and is buttery smoothness....get yourself one!!!! Shimano does it again!!!
Prosergonomic(small frame,large capacity spool) lighter than previous models smooth drags exceptional free spool right out of box sexy,clean look
ConsCan you find any?
Dana Point, California
Awesome live bait reel
October 11, 2015
I have been using toriums for many years. I loved the older generation and was a little skeptical of this generation because of the smaller size. However, after using both a 30 and 20 size I really do like these just as well. They are much lighter and just as reliable.
ProsGreat reel for half the cost of the trinidads of equal value in my opinion
San Antonio, TX
October 3, 2015
I have two of the 20s and just got the 16. It will hold 500yrds of 50lb braid and it's like a little tank. Pairing it up with my new St Croix legend surf 11' rod.
ProsSize, value, everything...
San Antonio, TX
Great reel on price point
October 3, 2015
I have the older shimano torium 20 and loved it. I went to buy another and saw they have a new model. It's smaller, better, nicer looking. All good things. These are my surf reels I'll use from bull reds, to big jacks, to medium size sharks
ProsPound for pound champ
Los Angeles, California
July 24, 2015
This is an awesome reel. It casts great (I can easily average 40 yard casts on the boat) and reeling it is as smooth as a baby butt. I mainly use it for casting 2-3 ounce irons.
May 9, 2015
This is a replacement for the first one that I received from Tackle Direct which had a jerky drag. The new one has a much smoother drag much like my other Trinidads and Toriums. Props to Tackle Direct for exchanging the defective one for me.
ProsSmall size, large capacity and casts like crazy. I use on my Lamiglas GSB 1802m !5' surf pole to cast 100 plus yards out into the Willamette and Columbia rivers to catch the mighty White Sturgeon which can grow to over 9' in length and weigh in excess of 300#!
ConsYou can't get it with green stamps!
los angeles, California
nice reel for the money
May 3, 2015
Went out around so cali looking for yellowtails. Caught some decent sizes 15-30 pounders. Reel handled them with no problems. But compared to my trinidad it's not as smooth. But the price difference is almost double so can't complain. Other than that good reel.
ProsNice looking reel. Had no issues reeling up 30pound yellowtails.
March 11, 2015
Casting is great , using this reel as a surf reel on a 10 foot surf rod. Casts 8 oz of lead great!
ProsCasting/ retrieving/ drag ajustments
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