Shimano Tekota 600LC

(28 customer reviews)


Shimano Tekota 600 LC is a trollers dream fishing reel, the perfect cross over line counter reel for both freshwater and saltwater species, every species from walleye and salmon to tuna.

With line capacity, construction and advanced features, the Tekota 600 LC is a great solution for anglers who troll for both fresh and saltwater species. Great Lakes anglers will appreciate the palmable line counter for salmon trolling, and saltwater enthusiasts will appreciate the durability and strength of a Shimano.

For many types of sea-angling a slower rate of retrieve is required. In these circumstances, the Tekota 600 LC is

Description of Shimano Tekota 600LC:

Shimano Tekota 600 LC is a trollers dream fishing reel, the perfect cross over line counter reel for both freshwater and saltwater species, every species from walleye and salmon to tuna.

With line capacity, construction and advanced features, the Tekota 600 LC is a great solution for anglers who troll for both fresh and saltwater species. Great Lakes anglers will appreciate the palmable line counter for salmon trolling, and saltwater enthusiasts will appreciate the durability and strength of a Shimano.

For many types of sea-angling a slower rate of retrieve is required. In these circumstances, the Tekota 600 LC 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.

  • 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

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 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 600LC Reviews:

28 reviews for Shimano Tekota 600LC

  1. Webmaster

    Have been using the Tekota 600 for the past three years and they still perform as well as the first day out. I see the only drawback is the line counter isn’t as accurate when using braid because of the diameter difference. After awhile you just adjust by the seeing the lure depth on the sonar as compared to the number on the line counter and formulate your actual depth with the line counter depth. Other than that it is engineered well.

    Great Reel Overall!

  2. Webmaster

    Used both my TEK600 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 switched 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.

    Great Reels

  3. Webmaster

    The TEK600LC is well made and very corrosion resistant which is a huge plus when fishing in salt water. The retrieve rate is aggressive and the line counter works very well. I’ve purchased four of these reels for every salmon rod on my boat and wouldn’t be without them.

    Great Salmon Reels

  4. Webmaster

    The Tekota 600 drag has a wide adjustment range so you can back it off where desired and be confident it will hold your setting under stress. The drag stays smooth at all levels of adjustment. The reel is light and fits comfortably in the hand. The reel is well positioned so you can stick your thumb on the spool and feel the fish run. I like like to feel the spool run and make adjustments on the fly – the star drag easily adjusts with your other hand while fighting a fish. The depth meter is a must for deep water trolling and this one is at the perfect viewing angle for a rod holder. I use this reel with a Cabela’s XMLTI Rod 6’6″ MH for fishing Hybrid Stripers. The two make a great combination for trolling large deepwater lures in excess of 25 feet on riggers and heavy sinkers. Hybrid Stripers tear equipment up and this combination has worked well for me.

    Shimano Rules!

  5. Webmaster

    I bought the Tekota TEK600LC for salmon fishing. It is no question the top of the line reel. It has plenty of drag for fighting big fish, plenty of line capacity and yet surprising light at only 16.9 oz. It has a very strong frame and is very comfortable in hand. The reel is rated for 300 yds of 20 lb test line, but in practice, I can put up to 350 ygs of 20 lb line on it. The line counter also has little condensation problems unlike some other reels. It well worth the money.

  6. Webmaster

    In this price range, it is hard to beat. I have 7-8 of them and they hold up year after year. I like the long line retrieval rate per handle crank. It holds up to saltwater well with just a light rinse after each use. The level wind make is easier when I have inexperienced guests.

    Great Trolling Reel

  7. Webmaster

    Without question the best line counter reel for the money. Have been using 600 series for 4 years now without one failure. The clicker is heavy duty and the drag is the smoothest out there. Pay the difference, it’s worth it with less broken reels & more fish not lost due to sticky drags. I also like the nice big knob on the larger series reels.

  8. Webmaster

    I have two different sizes the 600 and the 700 and have used both throughout the last year and have been very satisfied with the performance of both. The 600 holds an over 300 yds of 25lb test and is very castable. The 700 spooled with 50lb mono is capable of moving all but the largest grouper off the bottom and bringing them boat side.

  9. Webmaster

    I use the 600 series reels fishing the Pacific northwest. The reels perform flawlessly, as I use them for most all species of fish found here. There is one major design improvement that needs to be incorporated into the reel arm. The edges need to be radiused, as when reeling up a large fish, the sharpness of the edges can injure your reeling hand. this is especially true if you extend the length of the crank. I have had it happen numerous times. My reels get serious workouts every season, and again, perform flawlessly. They are properly cared for, and have never needed servicing or repair. I recommend them to all who are interested. as often as I can.

  10. Webmaster

    WOW – I Purchased the 600LC. This has got to be the smoothest reel I’ve ever come across. Mounted on a Lamiglas 8 1/2′ trolling rod. Loaded it up with 300′ of 14lb leadcore for lake trolling. Line counter is accurate, and the drag as smooth and controllable as you’d ever want. Would highly recommend.

  11. 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.

  12. Webmaster

    I made my first time purchase of the Shimano Tekota 600 reel in the winter and it instantly made me want to go fishing! We got striper fever off the NJ coast and bought another reel. Ya don’t necessarily need this reel but if ya want to up your game and the fish to prove it — go for it ! It is a beaut reel and will take care of business! Thank you TD for taking care of my tackle needs!

  13. Webmaster

    I have had one of these for several years and wanted to add another one so I did. This is a terrific reel for striped bass and blue fishing. You can use it for all types of fishing , trolling, jigging, live lining or chunking. Love the smoothness of the drag and crank. Love the level wind. Great when casting bait when chunking or reeling, Great value of the money.

  14. Webmaster

    Had this particular model for a long time had to review it since it’s been through so much. Handled bay rays in SF bay to 65 pounds, tons of sharks to 20-30 pounds; also got my bigger salmon up to 18 pounds on this reel as well. Not exactly what it’s intended for but I’m sure the larger models will fare for a lifetime. Lol pretty much used it as a beater and loaner reel. Can’t kill it, wonderful reel.

  15. 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, totaling 10 in all.

  16. Webmaster

    I have owned and used two Tekota 600 reels for six years. I bought them as strong reels with levelwinds as I often take very inexperienced people wahoo and mahi fishing. They have held up GREAT. I run 65 lb. braid on these reels and they hold miles. This because we could always tangle with a marlin. Hasn’t happened yet, but we did land a 168 lb. sailfish recently. Surprisingly, these Tekotas knocked out my Saltist and Accurate bottom fishing reels. These Tekotas are just so smooth and strong, and I found it much easier to drag up the big grouper and snapper with these larger Tekotas than on the somewhat smaller but higher gear ratio Saltist and Accurate reels. And not having to use your sore thumb to levelwind abrasive braid all day is a plus. The levelwinds are strong and have never been challenged by big fish and big weights 800 feet down. I maintain my reels very well, soak in rainwater after every trip, partially disassemble and grease often, and these reels are still functioning like new. There is enough plastic on this reel to get scobbed up in hard use, but none of that stuff is structural. They still look good. I would not choose these reels for marlin or really big tuna, but these reels have the power and capacity to handle anything swimming up to maybe 200 lbs. And not having to constantly remind kids and rookies to thumb the line on retrieve is worth a lot.

  17. 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 TEK600 for 4 years now and have nothing but good things to say about it.

  18. Webmaster

    I have been using 6 Tekota 600LC’s for more than 4 years now. Fresh water trolling and some saltwater trolling. This is a high quality and reliable reel. The reel feels solid, but light for the size and materials used. The line counter is very reliable and easy to operate. Very good drag which is easy to adjust. High maximum force. I’m using them for all seasons – even in cold winter with snow . I never had any problems. The reel seems very durable. They still look like they are new. I also use the Daiwa 47LCA. The Tekota is much more expensive. Despite I like the Daiwa too, I prefer the Shimano Tekota. It feels more durable with better materials used in the construction. Is it worth the extra money? Yes I think so.

  19. Webmaster

    Looks, feels and works great!
    I’ve had many bait casters and used several with line counters. This is by far the best one that I have used. I’m currently using it with 50 Lb. braid for striper trolling. The alarm sounds fantastic when stripers hit the rig on the troll and the drag is smooth. Bringing in big fish is easy with this reel. I highly recommend this for trolling or bottom fishing when a line counter is needed.

  20. Webmaster

    Nice reel, Smooth drag. Nice smooth reeling action. Big lump on the side of the reel with numbers in it seems to go up and down with the amount of line coming and going. I don’t care I like the reel.

  21. Webmaster

    The Best reels on the market. I have had excellent results with these. Work flawlessly. You can tell they are built well. I use them for Lake Trout and Salmon fishing.

  22. Webmaster

    I bought this reel for salmon fishing, the counter helps me maintain a consistent distance behind my down rigger ball. It’s very nice and smooth and I like the fresh water clean out port located on the line counter.
    Very good design.

  23. Webmaster

    I really like the smoothness of the reel and the sound of the drag, and the line counter. Keep in mind that you must fill the spool in order for the line counter to be precise. I paired it with a M/H 7ft Ugly Stick and filled the spool with 20lb Trilene Big Game.

  24. Webmaster

    This is the best reel on the market for trolling for salmon. The line counter makes it easy to get your gear 25 feet behind the boat. The difference between this reel and my cheaper reels is night and day… you can feel the quality of this product.

  25. Webmaster

    This is the best reel I have ever used. I have two that I use for Trolling Striper in the California Delta and wow. The drag is super smooth and amazing. It holds enough Braided line for my needs and it is very well made. Best drag I have ever used.

  26. Webmaster

    First a word regarding “just” four stars. The only reason I probably haven’t awarded 5 stars is that we haven’t put line on or started using the reels. My wife and I probably have close to 15 various spinning and casting reels and the two Tekota 600LC’s represent the continuing purchase of exclusively Shimano reels. We often have visitors from out of state come to fish and stay with us in AK. I’m always glad to put Shimano’s in their hands, regardless of their skill because I know it is highly unlikely that any fishing problems will be the result of their equipment. Though my brother-in-law complains it’s the equipment that keeps him from catching those Kenai reds (sockeye). Roger, bro’, technique, technique, technique. We love our Calcutta’s, Stradic’s and Symeter’s

    The Amazon experience was its typical no-drama follow through. Excellent price after much comparison and the free shipping is a sweet note for Alaskan’s as we are constantly gouged for outrageous shipping fees. Seems many vendors aren’t keenly aware that Alaska actually is on the north american continent, as they like to refer to their shipping service. And, many steadfastly refuse to use USPS flat rate shipping to help keep consumers costs down and oh yeah, support one of the greatest institutions this country has ever known. The US Post Office.

    These reels are of exceptional quality for their price. I have used several in action on guide boats fishing for salmon and bottopm fish in various saltwater venues in AK. If you are considering pairing these reels with rods you already own, be aware the reel feet are robust and may not fit typical salmon rods with overall reel seat lengths of around 4 3/8″ and widths of 13/16″. These dimensions nominally take reels like Calcutta’s very well, but won’t accept the Tekota’s more robust reel foot. Through much examination I ended up needing to buy a new rod to fit these reels. My wife’s Loomis GL2 fit fine and I ended up purchasing a Lamiglas G1000, 1342T, Kenai Pro. The Pro’s seat dimension overall length is about 5 1/4″ and mid-seat width is close to 1″. The rear foot bed of the seat is right at 3/4″ wide and you will need that. The 600LC fits like butter in tthe larger seat dimension. The lengths of the small reel seat are often over 1/4″ too short, in that the tightening nuts won’t move farther up the seat due to abutting the rear of the front handle cork. I tried modifying a handle/ seat but soon discovered it was just going to destroy the capacity of the rod for anything else and lowered the integrity of the seat to hold the new Tekota. Don’t do it. Just get a rod that accepts this reel and enjoy the confidence of a well matched fishing tool.

    I bought 600LC models rather than the 700LC after much thought about balance and capacity wih 30 lb test mono. For the nearshore (out to 10 miles) environs I want to take our 19′ runabout to, I decided I didn’t need to have 330yd capacity for 30 lb mono. Most use of our set ups will be for salmon trolling and mooching at depths of 150-200′ or much shallower. Trolling for kings and silvers rarely entails fishing deeper than 80′ at the very most (for kings). Coho are generally in shallower water. If you need heavier test line you may want to go up a notch to the 700LC. I didn’t want the extra weight and bulk of the 700’s for the rods I wanted to fish with. The 600LC will be good for halibut, rockfish and cod, etc. at these depths also.

  27. Webmaster

    The line counter is easy to reset and easy to read. Makes it easy to consistently get to the same depth when trolling. It is not going to be dead on accurate but it is consistent which is what counts. The “detached” level wind mechanism tends to stick on the cross bar so it works better than nothing but not as well as any other level wind reel I have used. The switch from free spooling to retrieve is too quick to engage with any movement of the crank and makes it difficult to adjust the drag while trolling. I can work around this but it is still a pain at times. It is my least favorite reel but it is an excellent value at the price. My next reel was a Daiwa level wind which suits me better but it cost more as well.

  28. Webmaster

    Already caught 2 Salmon on this reel 🙂 I love the Drag star wheel….I had to utilize it fighting my salmon on 25lb test always a fun thing. The drag makes clicking sounds so gives you an idea on your stages of drag tightness. The Counter on it is spot on and easy to read. I would recommend this reel for all experience levels…easy to use.

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Shimano Tekota 600LC FAQs:

Does line counter of TEK600LC counts in feet or meter?

It counts in feet.

Is this reel right handed?


Where is this reel manufactured?

On the box it say's Made in Malaysia.

What's the actual braided line capacity for tekota 600lc?

The line capacity on the Tekota 600LC is: 40/515, 50/510, 65/350 (lb/yds PowerPro) --- Also the mono-filament capacity for the 600LC is: 16/390, 20/300, 25/240 (lb/yds Mono). That should give you a good reference to compare any specific brand of braid you decide to use so you know a good ballpark on the capacity.

Is the line counter mechanical?

Yes, it is.

What does LC mean?

Line counter.

Is this a Levelwind reel?

Yes it is a levelwind reel.

How many bearings?

3A-RIB Stainless Steel Ball Bearings +1 A-RB stainless roller bearing

Does this reel work well with lead-core line?


What rod would go well with shimano tek600lc reel?

I would go with either a St. croix Eyecon trolling rod in a 8' or longer.

Does the reel come with a clamp?

Yes, clamp is included.

Can i put wire line on this reel?

Yes absolutely. You should probably be able to load a full 100 yards of 45 lb lead core plus base nylon line and a leader.

Left or right handed available?

Both Left and right handed are available.

Will this reel handle braided line well?

I use the 600LC with braid trolling for bass with no problems so far. Set your drag right since there is very little stretch. I have a ten foot mono shock leader.

Where can I get parts for my tekota 600?

I would look for a local rod/reel company in your area and see if they can get something for you. Otherwise you may be able to get replacement parts directly from Shimano.

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