Shimano TLD Lever Drag Multiplier Fishing Reel
The TLD Lever Drag is a quality boat reel that's lightweight, reliable and versatile. The 15 TLD Lever Drag is perfect for lighter lines and smaller sea species such as Pollock, Bass and Mackerel. The larger 20 and 25 is for those anglers with 'bigger' ambitions. Use the 25 Lever Drag for Conger, Sharks and Skates or for fishing heavy lures and Pirks.
The Lever Drag System works a bit differently to the traditional star drag system. With lever drag there is a sliding lever mounting on the top side of the reel to make drag adjustments when playing fish. The lever engages a drag plate against the side of the spool to apply pressure and slow the spool down. By pressing the lever drag forward, the drag plate is engaged with the spool and the more you push the lever forward, the more pressure is applied. The lever creates less heat therefore maintains the integrity of the reel's drag system for much longer. The drag can then be adjusted to give line out when the fish exerts pressure on the on the line, which is especially important if the breaking strain of the line is not adequate to withstand heavy loading.
Difference Between Lever Drag and Star Drag
The difference between a star drag multiplier reel and a lever drag is that a star drag is set into free spool (no friction is applied to the spool) for casting or jigging off a boat and the free spool is activated by a small button on the side plate of the multiplier itself. Star drag reels use drag washers to apply the required amount of friction. Turning the star drag engages the drag and increases the tension on the spool. In contrast, a lever drag spool is released using a lever so when you are casting or lowering off a boat, line is controlled throughout the release or cast by lightly applying thumb pressure on the revolving spool. Lever drag reels use a plate.
Wherever you fish in the world today you will find Shimano Lever Drag reels being used by anglers in both fresh and saltwater. TLD lever drags are tried and tested and widely regarded as being the industry standard in terms of affordable, high performance, lever drag multiplier sea fishing reels. The design of the TLD range of reels meets the demanding requirements of British sea anglers who typically load their reels with either monofilament or braided lines, fishing for a wide variety of species with natural baits or artificial lures at anchor or on the drift.
Key Features of the TLD Lever Drag Reel include:
- Reel type: Lever Drag
- Lightweight graphite frame
- Aluminium Spool
- 4 Ball Bearings
- Retrieve Range 30-32 inches
- 18.6-24.5 Weight Range (oz)
- Lever Drag function
- 22-23 (lb) Drag Power Range
- ARB bearings which are specially treated to decrease corrosion
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