The Shimano TLD30IIA 2-Speed Lever Drag Reel is an amazing alternative to the more expensive Shimano Tiagra A 30II – and because it’s a graphite reel, it weighs in at a mere 37.5 ounces. The TLD30IIA is still a workhorse reel however, pumping out a hefty 33# drag which puts it well within range of dorado, sails, wahoo, blackfin, small yellowfin, and king mackerel. This reel can be utilized while bait fishing, but is more suited for trolling artificals like cedar plugs, green machines, daisy chains etc. Since the TLD30IIA is a two speed reel, anglers can choose which ratio works best for them during the fight – when hooked up to a stubborn pelagic, simply drop down into the powerful 1.7:1 ratio and crank that fish right in. The oversized ergonomic power handle is very comfortable and will reduce hand cramps during the heat of battle. As far as line capacity, the TLD30IIA will hold more braid than you’ll ever need; we’re talking 80# braid at just under a G spot. If monofilament is your thing, you can squeeze about 400 yards of 50# test. The Shimano TLDII30A Two Speed Lever Drag Reel comes with 4 A-RB ball bearings that make this version of the reel the smoothest ever!
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