Shimano Tekota 600LC

(10 customer reviews)

Shimano Tekota 600 LC is a trollers dream 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.

Description of Shimano Tekota 600LC:

  • 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.

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10 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.

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