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99% Recommend this product (78 of 79 responses)
By Bob
SE Texas
An Excellent Reel
October 13, 2022
The feel, fit and finish of this reel is excellent serving as a cosmetic manifestation of the reels function. The clicker is sufficiently loud. The retrieve is smooth. Casting is a dream.
By allan C.
Can't get much better
October 12, 2022
Ran 6 of these Torium 30 PGAs on Charter boat this season. Used for jigging rockfish, ling cod and halibut here in Alaska. Normal use - 16 oz. jigs. Flawless use, no issues. Planning to outfit our other boats with Toriums next season as they definitely passed this season. Also used the Torium 40 PGAs for bottom fishing halibut. Also excellent.
Prossuper smooth, look great, well built, heavy duty crank handles,
By allan c.
very nice
October 12, 2022
Purchased for my Charter service in Alaska. We fish for halibut in deep water with ripping currents and 4 lb sinkers for fish that run from 30 lbs right on up to ?? Our largest to date is 342 lbs. The Torium 40 PGAs have been on one boat all season and have been excellent. Plenty of drag force, super smooth, good gear ratio for tough fights on big fish. Only concern is the paint. Seems to be an issue for us after a couple years of daily use. Private person probably no problem. Also wish the power handle was an option like on the Torium 30s (we use these also for jigging rockfish, ling cod, halibut.... Also excellent reels) Will put them on the other boats next season.
Prossuper smooth, almost too quiet, hard to hear when fish is pulling drag they are so smooth, good gear ratio for heavy application (3.9 - 1 on the PGA), look great, well built crank handles
By Kim
Annandale, VA
Size was perfect
September 16, 2022
Torium 14 was the size I ended up choosing. Paired well with old waxwing shimano Terez 8’ medium heavy. Small and easy to palm. I’m not the best at casting for distance on these reels.
By Nick
Odessa, DE
Great Product
August 7, 2022
Smoooth reel with an adjustable drag so you can adjust mid fight..
By Dean O.
Torium 50
August 7, 2022
Great reel for the price. Smooth and durable
By Erik
PIne Beach, NJ
Shimano Torium
July 30, 2022
Grat smooth durable reel
ProsSmooth durable
Consnothing as of yet
By Skyler
Best budget jigging reel
June 10, 2022
This reel is great I have two of the 16pga one on a goofish slow pitch jigging rod and one on a custom bottom fishing rod the drag could be better as I’m not a fan of the star drag but still love the reel
ProsLove power handle
By Chris
So Cal
Great reel for the money
April 8, 2022
Love Shimano products Great reel for the money
By Chris
So Cal
Great reel for the money
April 8, 2022
Love Shimano products Great reel for the money
March 30, 2022
This is my first conventional reel and i'm loving it.
By Jim G.
Great Tog Reel
March 14, 2022
Bought this reel to team up with the Jigging World Black Demon as my go to Tog set up. It performed beautifully on my PB Tog so far 8#. This was boated in 120 feet of water on a big tug wreck and the reel had the power to pull it out of the rubble Thank you
By matt
gulf coast
solid little reel
March 5, 2022
decided to get a couple of these for nearshore use on snapper in 100 ft of water. the drag is perfectly capable, easy to use for anyone from beginner to expert.
By Frank
Smooth Reel
February 9, 2022
Smooth cranking reel, smooth drag, and comfortable power handle.
By Bone C.
Little Italy
Bullet proof
January 28, 2022
Everything from 650' drops for Halibut to fly lining sardines this gets it done easily.
ProsHigh speed retrieve, light weight but sturdy. Drag is smooth and doesn't fade over a long BFT battle. Idiot proof!
By Hunter
Savannah, GA
Awesome Reel
January 18, 2022
From trolling for kings, jigging for cobia, or bottom fishing for snapper, this reel does it all. Everything you would expect quality wise from a Shimano reel. Extremely fast shipping from tackle direct!
By marshall
Freeport, TX
Fantastic Value. Fantastic Jigging Reel
January 5, 2022
I've owned a second-hand torium 16PG for over a year now and have caught yellowfin tuna up to 70lb on it as well as some sharks in the 80-90lb range with no issues. I love it for slow jigging. I recently bought a torium 14HG from tackledirect and love it even more. It holds 990' of 50lb jbraid- the spool is a little overfilled but 900' would be perfect. The drag is plenty to handle large red snapper, grouper, and medium sized tuna. It fits in my hand easily and the handle is comfortable. I like it much better than the valiant terns and valiant narrows that my friends use. Highly recommend.
Prosrelatively low price small and light weight smooth drag suuuper fast retrieve
Consnone yet
Good fishing reel
November 29, 2021
Good quality fishing reel
By Dan F.
Morgantown Pa
November 27, 2021
Nice reel, going to use it on a slow pitch rod. Star drag seemed a bit loose, sent it to Shimano just to check and it’s in spec.
By Ralph
Great reel
October 25, 2021
Fast shipping, and great product .. have a lot of hours on this reel already and works great
By Brian
Cromwell, CT
Great reel!
October 22, 2021
Smooth, high build quality.
By Jesse
Hillsboro, OR
Works every time
October 21, 2021
The quality shows over time as these just keep on working after 1000's of hours of use.
ProsSimple comfortable operation. Ideal strength/noise on the clicker.
ConsShimano prices
By Keith
South Bay
Torium 20
October 14, 2021
I ordered the Torium 20 for an upcoming Yellowtail trip in San Diego. This reel is balanced perfectly with my Phenix Axis rod and is now my go to 40lb setup. The reel is super comfortable to hold and fish all day.
By Chad
Worth every penny!
October 4, 2021
Excellent reel! Smooth, compact and light weight.
By Chad
Perfect for bottom fishing
October 3, 2021
Love it! Don’t hesitate to buy.
By Curtis J.
The perfect SPJ Reel
September 27, 2021
If you're new to Slow Pitch Jigging, this reel might be the only one you'll need up here in the Northeast. Very smooth and very powerful. Don't let the size fool you. Pair this reel with a L1/2 Slow Pitch rod and catch em up!
ProsSize is perfect for Slow Pitch Jigging
By bob
New England
September 22, 2021
Excellent reel for the cost Holds a lot of line
ProsLight but strong
ConsNon so far
By Innkeeper
Staten Island
Sweet boat reel
September 21, 2021
The Torium is a light and smooth conventional reel that is both economical and of good quality. There’s no handle back play and the retrieval is smooth and silent.
ProsLight, smooth and powerful
ConsNone so far
By Paul
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Great product and service
September 9, 2021
The Torium reel was everything I thought it would be and the order process was seem less. Free shipping was an added bonus.
By Anonymous
Off shore Massachusetts
Great reel
July 17, 2021
Using for ground fishing for cod and haddock. Strong and fast plenty of power. Fast retrieve.
By Gabriel
Murrieta, CA
Favorite reel
June 8, 2021
This reel has fought blue fin tuna and stood its ground. Can't wait to buy more of these reels
ProsNarrow spool, light weight
By B W.
Oregon Inlet, NC
Great Reel
May 7, 2021
Highly recommend this reel, smooth drag.
By Justin
Unbelievable power
March 15, 2021
Love the oversized handle and the compact size use these for ground fishing haddock and cod
ProsOversized handle
ConsMakes me want more
By Striperk9
Cape Carteret, NC
Makes bottom fishing fun again!
February 3, 2021
I have the Torium 20 PG and use it exclusively for bottom fishing off the NC coast. Loaded with 65 pound test Power Pro, it is outstanding for Beeliners, Triggerfish, and the often seen but rarely allowed to keep American Red. Also see my fair share AJs and this little reel has no problem hauling them to the top! Currently paired with a Tiger Lite jigging rod but I have the Tsunami Slow pitch acid-wrapped on order. Can't wait to hit the Black Sea Bass and 'Togs!
ProsLight weight. You can hammer down the drag and it will pull like a mule! Low cost and comes with the Power Handle. I am ordering a lefty model soon to give my right a break!
ConsNone, other than I wish I had one years ago!
By Raf
New York City
Love the look and feel
January 29, 2021
I love the look and feel of this reel and can't wait to use it this season for tunas and trophy stripers. Tackledirect was great with the speedy free shipment.
ProsSmall but powerful and reasonably priced.
By Berg
Shimano tor16HGAL
December 1, 2020
it’s a great reel and has more line capacity. This reel has 46 inches of line going to the spools..
ProsMore line capacity, 46 inches of line every cranked and it has 24lb of drag...
By Anonymous
Love this star drag.
November 22, 2020
Perfect for Dimond jigging Easley handled some 50lb plus striped bass and yellow fin.
By Bonito b.
Rocklin CA
Great all-rounder for my lightweight SoCal setup for bonito and yellowtail!
November 13, 2020
Casts super well with a 42g Colt Sniper and surface irons. Even hooked up with a Black Sea Bass and it held its own drag wise. Replaced a Daiwa Lexa. For this old school finger line winder coming from Newell's back in the 80s, this is a dream and inexpensive.
ProsSmall and packs a punch
ConsHolds a lot less line than the 16 and drag is less.
By Jeff
Liberty, MO
Great reel
June 19, 2020
Good bottom fishing reel. Like the smaller profile compared to some of my penns.
By Rum S.
Best Shimano conventional for jigging.
June 6, 2020
I purchased the Torium14H by Shimano. I paired it with a Jigging World Black Demon 7ft 6 m rod. It is like theyre made for each other..I love the smooth performance of the reel, star drag is exact and the fast return a must for deep sea bottom fishing. I reccomend.!
By Jarrid
Kailua, HI
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
By Kenny
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.
Harrisburg PA
Great price great reel
November 7, 2019
Retrieving was fast and smooth, very strong reel for the money.
By Enrique
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.
ProsWell built
ConsThe composite reel clamp, even a simple stainless steel clamp piece would be better SHIMANO.
By Brandon G.
Menifee, California
Perfect reel
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
By hani
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
ConsNone ever
By Hani
Dubai UAE
Amazing reel
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 !
ProsBig handle
By augie
sweeny, TX
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.
Oviedo FL
Nice reel
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.

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