Shimano Talica TAC50II 2-Speed details:
The Shimano Talica TAC50II is the highest quality reel I’ve ever held. It’s just a work of art. I have only had the pleasure of using this reel twice, but boy is it smooth as butter! The clicking function, unlike other brands, actually feels and sounds really nice and less harsh that the Penn Squall reels I’ve tried. The line capacity is great and the amount of extra torque that comes with the slower speed is insane.
I run 65lb braid and a topshot of 80lb mono. This this is a monster with 40 lbs of drag. I know it’s not the most you’ve probably ever seen, but in a reel this size, it is quite nice.
A lot of people were complaining about the brass gears on the inside, but I don’t think it’s a problem at all. These reels are tanks and the gear reductions further reduce stress on the individual gears inside. But on that note, brass doesn’t rust. Steel does…
So if you’re going to complain about having brass gears in a saltwater reel, then you must have forgotten that fact. I know people will say that it doesn’t matter if you wash your reel off every trip, but not everyone takes apart their reels every time they go fishing. And the brass will hold up better over time than steel would.
I have quite a few high end offshore reels by Shimano , quantum , Penn and daiwa, but this talica 2.speed reel stands out. Great design, a lot of power in a small package. Have mine loaded with 400 yards of 65 lb braid with a mono topshot. Cranking in fish in high gear has great torque with incredible line pickup. Drop it into low gear it seems unfair to the fish… the lever drag is a whole new ball game,
I’ve always had star drags and like their adjustability, having used the talica for a while now I have it dialed in and can adjust incrementally between strike and full drag. No drag fade and it has way more drag than I can use with the 65 lb braid. I.want a whole set of these talicas!
I did a lot of reading before choosing this over an Avet 50 or Penn Intl 50w. This is my first two speed and I can’t say enough good about it. Friends with Avets like mine over theirs, which is surprising. I will say the smooth drag is a very nice feature, it doesn’t jerk when you’re getting line stripped. I’m debating on purchasing more Talica’s next. Only down side is the line capacity is a little smaller and the clicker is faint over engines so for trolling you have to watch it.
This is a great reel and I highly recommend it for anyone that wants a quality piece of engineering built to slay hogs in the water.
The Shimano Talica TAC50II is the pinnacle of the small lever drag 2-Speed market. Designed from the ground up to be an excellent casting reel with an ultra-smooth and powerful drag system to handle long battles. These reels were purpose built to take advantage of modern braided lines such as Power Pro Hollow Ace and shorter fluorocarbon leaders.
We offer the Shimano Talica in 11 different sizes to tackle a variety of offshore fish from the football size tuna, to record setting class pelagic species.
These compact, one-piece, cold forged, high-speed lever drag reels are a real favourite on the sportfishing circuit. With the use of High Efficiency Gearing, a lightweight, EI treated machined aluminium frame, Cross Carbon Drag and 6 SA-RB bearings, it’s no wonder that Talica two speed reels stand apart. Awesome cranking power in either gear makes them a dream to use and are available in five sizes: 12, 16, 20, 25 and 50.
Shimano Talica TAC50II 2-Speed FAQs:
Do they make this reel with a left hand retrieve?
Shimano Talica's are only available in a right hand retrieve.
Would the talica be good for jigging?
Yes, the talica would be a good reel for jigging.
Would this reel be a good choice for trolling the canyons?
The Talica is an excellent choice for offshore trolling.
Is this reel suitable for halibut fishing?
The Talica series would be an excellent reel for Halibut fishing.
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Shimano Talica TAC50II 2-Speed Reviews:
Nice tuna rig
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.
Best of the best
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.
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!!!!