The Shimano Tiagra A TI16 Two-Speed Lever Drag Reel is extremely popular for all kinds of nearshore and light offshore applications alike. Used mainly on the troll for smaller pelagics like sailfish and wahoo, the TI16 packs a whollop – 30# drag thanks to a clickable lever drag system that won’t shimmy out of place due to vibration. This reel can stop large species like yellowfin as well, but anglers typically stick to bigger versions for tuna and marlin. The TI16 is perfect when using light tackle for sails, and is responsible for many releases all over the world. With 6 A-RB ball bearings, the TI16 feels more like a Talica than an older offshore style reel (which it is) but still performs with the workhorse ability of old school reels. The TI16’s cold-forged aluminum spool will hold over 500 yards of 80# braid, so you can use this reel for light sharking if you wish. Made in Japan, the TI16 is constructed with machined aluminum and will take a beating year after year. That’s why this reel is so popular with charter captains – its durability. You can use your TI16 every day for years and it will stay in perfect working condition. The Shimano Tiagra TI16 is a two speed reel, with a decently high speed 3.9:1 high gear paired up with a very powerful 1.7:1 low gear that lets you crank down on stubborn fish with ease.
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