Shimano Tekota 500LC

$189.99

Rated 4.91 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews)

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.

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 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.

Description of Shimano Tekota 500LC:

  • 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

BEARINGS: 3 +1
POWERPRO LINE CAPACITY (#TEST/YD): 40/390,50/385,65/260
MONO LINE CAPACITY (#TEST/YD): 12/440,14/340,16/285
WEIGHT (OZ): 15.3
LINE RETRIEVE PER CRANK (IN): 25
GEAR RATIO: 4.2:1
MAX DRAG (LB): 18

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.

A-RB
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.

HAGANE Body
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 Reviews:

11 reviews for Shimano Tekota 500LC

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Webmaster

    Paired with an 8ft Seeker Inshore rod with 20 lb mono leader + 50 lb braid it’s my go to outfit for fishing for calicos in the kelp with bait off SoCal.. If I want I can also cast a 1/2 oz-3/4 oz jigheaded swim bait a mile it’s that smooth running of a reel. If I also get a pickup on a 20 + yellowtail or schoolie Albacore it can handle that too.

    Small, solid, smooth drag and casts a flylined anchovy or sardine with no $#%@&* overruns. I like that I can freespool and let the bait swim around and then on the pickup engage the lever clutch,let the circle hook do it’s thing and it’s “fish on.” Handles braid well.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Webmaster

    Well worth the investment for trolling rods. THe level wind makes it easy to guesstimate line out to help with depth estimation when your trolling for stripers. These are my second tekota purchases, totalling 10 in all.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Webmaster

    Perfect Reel for Deep Water Bottom Fishing

    I have mine paired with a stout 6 1/2 ft boat rod for deep water (250 ft and deeper) for big rock cod or lings in SoCal where a 16 oz sinker is a must. Great cranking power with 65 lb Power Pro braid. Get rid of those old big Penns and get one of these.

    Very solid reel mechanically and yet not too big/heavy and with a level wind line lay on the spool is no problem

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Webmaster

    Great Reels!

    I have two for west coast fishing. The Mdl 300 (got the optional Shimano single knob crank handle) with 50 # PowerPro w/25# floro topshot which is great for flyling sardines/anchovies for calicos in the kelp to schoolie yellows/albies in open water on a f/t-h/d 8ft Seeker trigger rod. The mdl 700 w/an after market long shank power handle with 65# powerPro tied right on to a 2 hook ganglon and a 6 1/2 heavy rod is great for deep water (300ft) rock codding. Both great reels and unlike many I like a level wind especially when cranking up 16 oz + of sinker and 10lbs + of fish from way down deep.

    They work and are well made with no problems encountered so far after two seasons of use. But then again again they are Shimanos.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Webmaster

    This reel is a workhorse! It is light, has plenty of drag and a nice low gear ratio. The low gearing allows you to easly land big fish without pumping the rod like a mad man. The levelwind is a bonus when dropping and reeling for seabass in 100′ of water. With a levelwind, you don’t need to worry about line lay and IMO it helps prevent backlash. I’ve owned the Tekota TEK500 for 4 years now and have nothing but good things to say about it.

    Reliable, low gear ratio, light weight, levelwind, line capacity, ect..

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Webmaster

    reat reel for wreck and reef fishing. Holds a lot of braid so you can reach the deeper wrecks and reefs if you like fishing in 150-250 feet of water. Has the drag to lockdown on big tog and those monster blues which seem to love to hang out over the wrecks. Also capable of handling big stripers as well. Easy to maintain, have had no issues with birds’ nest or any braid issue for that matter.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Webmaster

    Got a linecounter 500, which is great for bottom fishing. The linecounter is great, when the captain says fish at 80 feet. No more trying to count how many pulls of line to guess depth

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Webmaster

    One of the best reels I own, Bar none!

    Handling the Tekota 500, was my experience with Shimano Products. I was on a party boat, fishing for Fluke, and the fella next to me had the 500 on a 7′ Compre Rod. I noticed how well the combo he was using was standing up to the 6 oz lead we were using to hold bottom that day. And what little effort he used when reeling in a plus 20.5″, or better, Fluke. I asked him if I could use it, and my Peen Reel days ended right there on the deck of that party boat. Compared to my Penn, this rod/reel combo was super light and with superb balance to boot. I actually hooked a decent size Fluke on that cast. I was amazed how smooth the drag. And I was exerting a lot less effort compared to the Penn. Not that these are large fighting fish. None the less, I felt a big difference. The levelwind was also very smooth. No grinding or sticking. And this reel was a few years old. I was just as taken with the over sized knob. I could tell right away I was handling a high quality reel in which a lot of thought and detail was used to design it. The next day, I bought a Tekota 300 and 500. That was about 3 years ago. And I have since replaced all of my tackle and gear, with predominately Shimano Products! If you are as passionate about fishing as I am, you to would want to use a quality product. Not to take away anything from Penn Products. They are very well made reels. And they have been around forever! After handling that reel, I simply preferred Shimano.

    Smooth drag, less effort exerted when reeling, very light, of high quality, durable, levelwind, superb casting, oversized knob

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Webmaster

    Used both my TEK500 on Bull Reds this past week down on the Galveston Bay, TX. We got 35 of them in a couple of half day trips. I got about 10 of the 35 on my reels. Both reels performed perfectly and “handled those big 25-30# fellers that didn’t want to come aboard.” We caught and released all but two that had been bitten by sharks, If you want a first class reel that isn’t too expensive, either one of these will do fine. I used mono on another trip but I kept breaking off my main line so I swithched to 65# braid with floracarb leader which worked great. You can’t go wrong with one of these. PS: I also have a TEK700 that I love.

    Everything works great.

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    Webmaster

    I have a Tekota 500LC and absolutely love it. But this year at Ilwaco the freespool release lever quit working, so I had to send the line counter reel to Shimano for repair. I then saw a few posts on another site that this was a common problem with the Tekota. So I’m a little nervous about reliability. I’m eagerly awaiting the return of the reel and hoping I don’t have to pay for what I’m assuming will be a warranty repair.

    Still the best feeling drag and cranking power I’ve experienced in a trolling reel. I’d love to have another one.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Webmaster

    I’ve got two Tekota 500 LC with 50# PP on two 10’6″ 1266 salmon trolling rods made by TH.

    They’re winches! Smooth, powerful, easily adjustable drag, and no failures. I’m very impressed and not too spendy.

    I think my days of fishing with Abu’s are over, not that there’s anything wrong with them. The Shimano Tekota’s are just much better in my opinion.

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