Shimano Tekota 500LC

Shimano Tekota 500LC

Shimano Tekota 500LC reviews:

Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 20 reviews)
Excellent: 85%
Very good: 15%
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Shimano Tekota 500LC details:

Shimano Tekota 500LC is the salmon trollers dream and a perfect cross-over line counter reel for both freshwater and saltwater species, from walleye to tuna.

The Shimano Tekota 500LC line counter reel is one of the most popular reels for salmon, blue fish and striped bass, also an excellent bottom fishing reel. It’s most known for the level wind system holds up really well. Shimano sold thousands of these over the past several years and people keep coming back to get more of them, you know, it’s still an extremely popular line counter reel.

It’s gotten all aluminum body aluminum side plate. It’s nice and light weighs in and only 15.3 ounces so you can fish with it all day, you won’t get tired. It’s got a really nice oversized handle you can see that Shimano molded this handle. You can see the grooves in it and the cuts in it and really feels really nice when you turn it they won’t get when it gets wet or covered in bait or you know, any of the Berkley gulp stuff gets on there won’t get I won’t get slippery it definitely sticks to your hand. You won’t release it.

It’s got the nice to oversize clutch on it. You know the integral Star Direct system or notch system, which is really nice. It’s just a great overall reel. It’s like I said great for bottom fishing great for trolling for small stuff. Control the freshwater with it.

It’s gonna hold a you know, 300 yards or 30 or 40 pound power pro in mono that’s about you know, 325 yards of 15 pound test more than enough line. Like I said four ball bearings make it nice and smooth and it’s got a 4.2 to 1 gear ratio.

So if you’re looking for a really nice line counter reel that puts out a lot of drag this one puts out 18 pounds of drag, definitely take a look at the Shimano Tekota 500LC line counter reel.

With line capacity, construction and advanced features, the Tekota line counter reel is a great solution for anglers who troll for both fresh and saltwater species. Great Lakes anglers will appreciate the palmable line counter, and saltwater enthusiasts will appreciate the durability and strength.

For many types of sea-angling a slower rate of retrieve is required. In these circumstances, the Shimano Tekota 500LC is ideal with its 4.2:1 gear ratio, whilst the addition of a level wind will also appeal to anglers looking for excellent line lay. All models are also available with a line counter to help target fish feeding at specific depths.

Shimano Tekota 500LC features:

  • Diecast Aluminum Frame
  • Line Counter
  • Aluminum Braced Graphite Non-Handle Side Plate
  • Aluminum Spool
  • Rod Clamp
  • A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings)
  • Stamped Aluminum Right Sideplate
  • Super Stopper
  • Assist Stopper
  • Dartainium Drag
  • Oversized Cast Control Knob
  • Clicker
  • Septon Handle Grip
  • Oversized Clicker Button
  • Double Paddle Handle
  • Non-Disengaging Levelwind System
  • Crossbar Forward Design
  • Metal Series

Shimano Tekota 500LC line capacity:

– Shimano Tekota 500LC braid line capacity (#Test/YD): 40/390,50/385,65/260
– Shimano Tekota 500LC mono line capacity (#Test/YD): 12/440,14/340,16/285

WEIGHT (OZ): 15.3

Line Counter
This convenient feature allows the angler to place the lure in the strike zone over and over again. The line counter tracks how much line has been cast off of the spool, and can be reset to zero by pushing a button.

These stainless steel ball bearings are specially treated to drastically increase the corrosion resistance of the bearing. These bearings will last at least 10 times longer than standard stainless steel ball bearings in high salinity environments. The secret of longterm rotation performance is to prevent any form of rust, corrosion or oxidisation of the bearings, which can cause a reduction in the reels performance over time. Shimano A-RB bearings are the answer to this and are fitted as standard on most Shimano freshwater reels and on all Shimano saltwater models.

Super Stopper
Super Stopper is a oneway roller bearing that eliminates backplay for solid hooksets. Super Stopper anti-reverse uses a one-way stainless steel roller bearing that eliminates back-play. This provides the angler with instant hook setting power.

Metal Series
The metal construction showcased in some of our finest reels now appears throughout our line of Metal Series products. Metal frames not only keep moving parts in precise alignment, they also feature the use of the latest anodizing, plating and painting techniques for beautiful and durable finishes.

Clicker System
Increases the tension on Freespool and activates a clicking alarm when a fish bites.

Level Wind System
Level wind ensures perfect distribution of line across the spool

Diecast Aluminium
Diecast aluminium is used for many types of reel and is most common on fixed spool reel bodies and rotors. It is also used for spools on P4 fixed spool reels and come baitcasting models.

Cold Forged Aluminium
Cold Forged aluminium is used for some ‘round’ reels, fly reels and is also used for many types of spool. Made from one single piece of aluminium Cold Forging produces great strength.

Dartanium Drag
This drag material provides a wider range of drag settings, along with the smoothest Shimano drag performance ever.

The HAGANE Body is produced from high-rigidity aluminium or magnesium. This creates stiffness and impact resistance, while at the same time eliminating flexing of the body. The result is a rocksolid housing and support for the moving internal gearing and greater efficiency throughout the reel.

Shimano Tekota 500LC FAQ’s:

Does the line counter of Shimano Tekota 500LC counts in feet or meter?


Does the Shimano Tekota 500LC come with the power handle??

No, what you get you see.

How many yards of line does the Shimano Tekota 500LC hold?

Depends entirely on the size of line used. I use 20 lb line and load a good 250 yds on it.

Can the Shimano Tekota 500LC use the double padded handles?

I'm pretty sure the handle from the Shimano Tekota 300LC will fit on this reel.

Is this right hand version?

Yes, it is right handed.

What does LC mean?

Line counter.

Is the Shimano Tekota 500LC a good reel for trolling a dipsy diver?

I'd say yes it's big enough for walleye but maybe want to step up to a Shimano Tekota 600LC for more versatility if going for something bigger such as salmon. I have two 500 reels for trolling walleye paired with St Croix Eyecon rods that are used only for walleye trolling. In short though these are great line counters for what I feel is a good price, just need to determine what size you would need. Walleye and Dipsy's 300 would be good 500 would cover more ground though.

Is the Shimano Tekota 500LC compatible with a shimano trevala TVC-66M rod?


Will the Shimano Tekota 500LC handle braided line well?

I use the 500LC with braid trolling for bass with no problems so far.

Shimano Tekota 500LC Video:

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Shimano Tekota 500LC Reviews:

I have dragged in some good sized Sturgeon with it

Rated 5 out of 5

I have been using this for Chinook fishing. The line counter is right on the money every time. It has a very smooth drag and has worked flawlessly for me. I have dragged in some good sized Sturgeon with it as well. It is a well manufactured professional grade reel. I have had a lot of great level wind reels ( some over thirty years old) and this is one of the best hands down. A reel of this Quality will never wear out with reasonable care and maintenance.

Favorite trolling reel.

Rated 5 out of 5

I have 4 of them and they are just about the best trolling reel on the market. Most of my buddies are using them too. If you take care of them they will last basically forever. Mainly I use them trolling for salmon but I do use them as bait casters for stripers and sturgeon too. They have a great drag and I love the handle on them. The line counter works perfectly. Really just not much to say other than I am sure I will buy a few more. I have bought several of the cheaper Sealines and Cold Water reels but really they don’t hold a candle to these.
About the only thing I think they should change on these reels is they need to bring them out in a left hand version. Lots of guys use left handed and buy other reels because of that. Also, like any line counting reel, they count spool revolutions to measure distance. They are only going to be truly accurate at one spot.

Even better than the 300 size

Rated 5 out of 5

The handle on this is so much better than the 300 size paddle handle. After using both I ordered the power handle from Shimano for the 300… I should just bought the 500 size from the start. The dimensions just seem perfect in the 500 size. Used this for river salmon trolling in the Sacramento River…. if you are using flashers, DEFINITELY get the 500… trying to crank in the flashers with a paddle handle sucks. Drags on these reels are great, never had any problems with any of my 3 reels all season.

Great product.

Rated 5 out of 5

Very nice product. Will be buying a couple more of these.

My go to reel for halibut and salmon mooching.

Rated 5 out of 5

So Smooth with a great drag.

Can't ask for any better trolling Lake Erie

Rated 5 out of 5

I started with two, then four, then then six and now eight.

Great product

Rated 4 out of 5

Very pleased with my product. I will be getting more tekotas in the future. Glad I spent the extra $ well worth it for my Walleye fishing.

Perfect for trolling!

Rated 4 out of 5

Very well constructed and durable.

Best reels I own

Rated 5 out of 5

I now have 5 of them. Perfect for the big upriver brights here on the Columbia.


Rated 4 out of 5

Works fine.

The best

Rated 5 out of 5

This is the best line counter reel.

Perfect reel for lake trout trolling

Rated 5 out of 5

Perfect reel for lake trout trolling, and the power handle makes working with heavy weights and big fish a breeze. The drag is smoother than my Abu Garcia reel, which now sits on a shelf…

Good tools are worth the money.

Rated 5 out of 5

Solid construction, smooth operation and very good design. I look forward to using it on the ocean for years to come. If you are likely to use a open ocean reel frequently and for many years it is worth the money in my opinion.


Rated 5 out of 5

Awesome reel, holds up to Alaska standards of fishing.

Five Stars

Rated 5 out of 5

We love our new Shimano LC reels!!

Shimsno Tekota 500LC is the best for the price.

Rated 5 out of 5

I am very happy with the Shimano 500LC. It is the smoothest operating real I have owned in this price range. Service was excellent and it arrived on time. I own over 28 reels and this is one of the best .

you’re going to love it. 30 lb striped bass are no match...

Rated 5 out of 5

Casting requires a little practice if you want to avoid rat’s nests. After a few adjustments to the reel, you’re going to love it. 30 lb striped bass are no match nor was my 19 lb bluefish!

Shimano's the best!

Rated 5 out of 5

Wow! That’s all I can say. It casts like a jewel! Everything about this reel says quality. I’ll use for mooching ocean salmon with 20lb. braid to 25lb. mono. Look out big Silvers!

I love these reels

Rated 5 out of 5

My go to for trolling with a smooth action and the line counter is a must have.

Best reel on market for trolling.

Rated 5 out of 5

Worked nice and smooth they last one year of tournament fishing Lake Erie for walley I replace all the clutches for drag once a year and counters but for the abuse I put them through with ice on them trolling running drag all the time best reel I found only requires normal maintenance. Smoothest real I found also or I wouldn’t own 18 of them.

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