View Full Version : Sharking Reels TLD 20?

01-29-2007, 10:39 PM
Anyone out here fishing for blues and makos with TLD 20's? My dad just bought a 24' Angler that will let us get a little offshore. I'm looking for two-four relatively inexpensive rigs. As for rods, strait up Ugly sticks?


01-30-2007, 08:19 AM
I think that TLD 20's will be alittle on the light side. Penn 6/0 or 9/0 senators should do the trick for most blue and mako's.


01-30-2007, 08:40 AM
I have 3 of them... Great for bottom fishing, way too small for sharks. They will only get up to about 15 lbs of drag.
Note that the TLD 25 has the same drag just a wider spool, so that won't work well either. It's not that you will get spooled it's just that you can't get enough force on the fish.

Go for the 6/0-9/0 size, or better yet the gold 30 size.

01-30-2007, 03:17 PM
Thanks for the input, can you fish the TLD 20 or 25 with 15lbs of drag? Wouldn't #15 of drag be enough fishing with 65lb braid to a topshot of 50-80lb mono, seeing as we can chase the fish? I've heard good things about the shimano drag and poor things about the drags on the senators, not to mention how smooth the shimanos are.


01-30-2007, 03:40 PM
Shimano on there site gives TLD 20/25 at 22/23 pounds max at full, and 17 max at strike.

01-30-2007, 05:11 PM
thanks man, if that hold up then i dont see why they wouldn't work for me.

01-31-2007, 08:17 AM
I had taken the TLD 20's from the box and set them at the max. drag with free spool. Pulled over the giudes and got 15 lbs. Chasing is only good for a fish that runs out. When they dive it doesn't help. The frames remember are plastic. When that 10 ft Blue, or 150lb Mako show up...You'll certainly wish you had more.

01-31-2007, 11:02 AM
You won't want braid for sharking.

01-31-2007, 01:13 PM
Thanks for the info guys, I'll keep looking around.

01-31-2007, 08:27 PM
I bought (4) penn 114H 6/0 special senators on Senator 6/0 rods with a roller stripper and tip, I use them for small tuna. Seem to work great, star drag isn't great, lever drags would be nice. Each combo was $174 (tackledirect.com) ,which I thought was a good price to spend on first set-ups for tuna. I'm planning on using them for sharks.

02-05-2007, 09:45 AM
I have a couple of TLD-20's, and as someone else mentioned, they are great for bottom fishing of all types. 2 years ago I hooked big Mako and got it to the boat using a TLD-20. It took me over an hour and a half though.

My drag came set at 25 lbs. at max.

This was my first shark and I probably did everything incorrectly (fought it from the rail) but I was very happy and excited to when fish was along side of the boat.

What do people usually have their drag set to when shark fishing?

02-05-2007, 12:31 PM
My TLD20 was mostly used for sharking. I found it to be a fine reel for that application. You aren't likely to be using this for 500# makos, it isn't that big of a reel. But they can easily handle a 150# mako. :) I wouldn't worry about blue sharks but you may get spooled by a thresher. I landed plenty of small makos on my TLD 15s with no problems.

I would recommend this over the similar size penns (4/0 size).

Lever drags are an asset when shark fishing--if you are drifting bait, you may not want the reel in freespool with clicker on and the lever will allow you to set an appropriate tension for the drift.

02-05-2007, 12:54 PM
Thanks guys, I'm thinking about getting 2 TLD 20's and then later adding 2 TLD 25's. I usually only run 2 balloons and then keep one from as a pitch bait when I fish anyways. Slappy, those mako's weren't caught out of an inflatable were they :-%