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Old 02-27-2011, 10:58 AM
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Question Which Lever Drag Reel is the Best

Hi there Folks....
1st let me say that im excited to be a part of the form, I have been reading few articles & theres a lot of good info on the board. Iam planning a trip to Florida in couple months & i was looking at few Lever Drag Reels... (Since iam a student I have a limited budget.. I was hoping to get a rod & Reel combo for about $200)

I narrowed it down to the following three
1- Offshore Angler Ocean Master --- OML-25C
2- Shimano Triton --- TLD25
3- Okuma Solterra Level Wind --- SLR-20L

I have been doing research online & on this form BUT I havent been able to find any good reviews. Can you guys plz give me more info based on your knowledge & experience that would help me make my decision. If you have any other reel OR rod/reel combo plz let me know...

Thnx everyone in advance....
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:09 AM
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Welcome to the forum. I don't know anything about the three reels you listed, but there will be no shortage of opinions on them in 3....2.....1....
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:18 AM
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I have only fished the Shimano TLD25. I don't know anything about fishing in Florida, but its been a great reel for me in MA for mostly sharks and a cod reel for friends
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:30 AM
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Out of all three three reels your best choice would be the TLD25. They have been proven and if you searched this site many people fish them including myself. In Florida this is all you need and will catch anything you will be after down there. Watch ebay and this site for people selling them. I picked up a set of 5 tld25 rod reel combos about 4 years ago for $800.00 in excellent condition. Hope this helps.

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Old 02-27-2011, 12:03 PM
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what are you fishing for? Is there a reason you want a lever drag?
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:44 PM
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I'd go with the TLD. It'll last you for years. They are real workhorses. Check listings regularly, and you can pick up a nice clean used one for allot less than BPS.

Then you can use the rest of your budget on a good quality rod to match.
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:10 PM
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Hi guys Iam hoping to catch a marlin or maybe a shark on my trip to florida. So far all my fishing has been in Georgian bay , Ontario. I have used the bait-caster reels for trolling but iam not a big fan of the Star drag.
Since I was going to buy a new reel for the trip I thought I might as well get a good quality reel that I can use later for trolling in the Georgian bay for salmon & musky .
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:27 PM
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Of the 3 TLD hands down!
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by joemayo_696 View Post
Hi guys Iam hoping to catch a marlin or maybe a shark on my trip to florida. So far all my fishing has been in Georgian bay , Ontario. I have used the bait-caster reels for trolling but iam not a big fan of the Star drag.
Since I was going to buy a new reel for the trip I thought I might as well get a good quality reel that I can use later for trolling in the Georgian bay for salmon & musky .
Just shot you a PM, I can help you out.
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:23 PM
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I do most of my fishing with TLD 25s. They are great reels.
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:24 PM
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Of the 3 you listed the TLD 25 without question.
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Terminator Tackle View Post
Just shot you a PM, I can help you out.
i would def talk to captain joe. great guy, answers questions very quickly and even better prices other retailers ive looked into. im buying my electronics from him this week
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Shimano Tyrnos
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:53 PM
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Shimano TLD is a great choice,flEa- bay can have deals!
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:08 PM
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TLD, check out ebay
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:40 PM
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So, nobody likes the TLD?

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Old 02-28-2011, 04:59 AM
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Originally Posted by ThreeLittleFish View Post
Shimano Tyrnos
x2. take the Tyrnos if you can find a used one and the price is in your budget.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:45 PM
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I have several TLD 25s for light trolling in Florida-dolphin, wahoo, blackfin tuna, sailfish, kingfish, etc. The OP mentioned marlin fishing... a blue is likely to spool all three of the reels listed. I did my own maintenace and upgraded the TLD 25s with the carbon fiber drag washers at $20 ea plus Cal's drag grease, as Alan Tani recomends.

My father in law bought 2 of the OML 25s. He said they were half the price of the TLD 25s. I opened one up last week to lube the internals, check the drag washer and lube the bearings. He had used it for over a year with no prior lube/maintenance...out of the box onto the rod. It looks like an HT100 woven fiber washer, unlike the canvas drag washers used in the TLD 25. The reel seems to be similar inside to the TLD 25. Lots of little metal parts: some have a little dab of grease, others are dry (same as the TLDs). I saw surface rust on two bearing shields that cleaned up easily with Corrosion Block and paper towels. A good coat of blue Yamaha grease takes care of all the metal parts. I only opened 2 of the bearings. They had a wierd plastic frame under the metal shield for the ball bearings instead of the metal frame you usually see. I lubed the bearings with a light oil and used Cals grease on the drag washer. After putting it back together, the reel had 15 lbs of drag at strike with freespool. They seem like a decent reel for light trolling (20-40lb test) at ~$100.00.
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TLD...... If you can scrape up some more money Avet would be a great purchase also
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Thnx for all the comments guys... you guys gave me a lot of good info and pointed me the rite direction.

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