The Shimano Talica TAC20II: That name resonates with yellowfin tuna all over the world, as the Shimano Talica TAC20II 2 speed Lever Drag Reel is responsible for the orphaning of juvenile YFT from the Hudson Canyon, to the Gulf, to Baja. Seriously, this reel was specifically designed to jig large yellowfins as well as bluefins as well as trophy class wahoo and dorado. The power to size ratio is absurd as this Japanese made narrow spooled beast only weighs in at 32.3 ounces, yet thanks to oversized carbon drag washers will produce 45# of gut-wrenching drag. The TAC20II is a 2 speed reel, and feverishly ripping your offering up through the water column with its 5.2:1 ratio is a breeze. Then, drop down to the torquey 2.3:1 low gear when that fish is pinwheeling to easily get it into gaff range. Powerful cranking is what the TAC20II is all about, and the High Efficiency Gearing inside the cold-forged and machined aluminum frame makes this a reality. The HEG system replaces the older main gear with a state of the art oversized main gear that has smaller, more precisely cut teeth – the result is gear meshing that’s so smooth it’s almost disgusting. The spool of the TAC20II is lightweight, and supported by greaseless bearings that give it an even and flawless spin when tossing iron, and will fit plenty of braid – 575 yards of 80# test to be exact. The Shimano Talica TAC20II 2-Speed Lever Drag Reel is one of the best purpose built tuna jigging reels on the market today, and as soon as you pick it up you’ll realize why we sell hundreds of these bad boys every year.
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