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Offline Dhil12

Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« on: October 30, 2017, 03:39:16 PM »
I have 2 old Penn 209's I've had since a kid. They are mint but struggle a little downrigger fishing.They work great for mooching. Thinking of replacing them with either the Tekota 500 or 600 since Johns sporting goods has them on sale, either one for $159. Sale ends tomorrow. Does anyone have a preference between the two? it appears the 600 has a little more line capacity, but I don't know the difference beyond that.

Thanks, Darrell
Darrell
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Offline First Cabin

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2017, 03:44:22 PM »
I have 2 old Penn 209's I've had since a kid. They are mint but struggle a little downrigger fishing.They work great for mooching. Thinking of replacing them with either the Tekota 500 or 600 since Johns sporting goods has them on sale, either one for $159. Sale ends tomorrow. Does anyone have a preference between the two? it appears the 600 has a little more line capacity, but I don't know the difference beyond that.

Thanks, Darrell

The Tekota 500 is more than large enough.  No sense going with the 600 unless you intend to fish halibut with it.  They will be a big step up from a 209!
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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2017, 03:45:36 PM »
I believe the only difference is the line capacity and the weight of the reel. Both the same 4:2:1 gear ratio. I find it a little slow for my taste but a lot of people love those reels! Especially the line counter models for trolling
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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2017, 03:52:06 PM »
I agree with First Cabin on the 500. It should be plenty especially if you use thin diameter braided line
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Offline Dhil12

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2017, 04:05:19 PM »
Thanks guys. I think I will go the the 500's, and maybe 2 new lumiglass rods also since they are on sale too.

Darrell
Darrell
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2018 Yamaha 200
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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2017, 04:14:49 PM »
What model Lamiglas rods are you considering?
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Offline Danno

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2017, 04:19:22 PM »
Love my Tekota 500. Unfortunately, I don't get to use it on salmon very often. It's not much good here in So Cal but I dream if the days I can fish with Russ or other degenerates on this site.
Previously owned a 1998 19' SR

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Offline Dhil12

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2017, 04:22:18 PM »
the The Lamiglas CG86MHC
Darrell
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Offline Dhil12

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2017, 04:25:46 PM »
any thoughts or suggestions for under $100?
Darrell
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2018 Yamaha 200
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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2017, 04:34:35 PM »
The Lamiglas you mentioned sounds good for downrigger salmon for the price. The other models can get pretty $$$.
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Offline Dhil12

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2017, 04:37:20 PM »
Thanks. Being new I thought it is a good rod for the price. As I gain experience , I may want to upgrade, but for now....
Darrell
2018 Sea Legend ht with bulkhead
2018 Yamaha 200
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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2017, 04:46:59 PM »
Have fun with your new rig. Good luck fishing! :gone_fishing:
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Offline Dhil12

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2017, 06:02:06 PM »
Thanks. I'm loving it!
Darrell
2018 Sea Legend ht with bulkhead
2018 Yamaha 200
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Offline Mcneilcab

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2017, 07:36:36 PM »
I use the 600 s on my boat. No line counters. I've used the 500 before and it is more than adequate. I got a great deal so went larger.
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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2017, 07:59:54 PM »
Dhil12, I also would like to mention a reel that I personally use for salmon fishing, an Abu Garcia 6500 C3 pro rocket black edition with the extended power handle. A smooth, great casting, all around good light reel. Weighs only about 11 Oz. 5:3:1 gear ratio. Cost about $180-200 on Amazon. Also the regular Abu Garcia 6500 C3 is a solid reel for about $100 or a bit more now. Parts and service easily available. I really like the light weight of these reels on a good light rod. Been using them for big king salmon for many years. The Tekota 500 should serve you very well I just wanted to mention the others in case you decide to add more reels to your collection. Also, I’m sure you already know but always give your reels and poles a light rinse with fresh water after Fishing in the salt water.
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Offline BigSid

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2017, 08:02:40 PM »
500’s plenty large for salmon. I have a pair of Lamiglas Classic Glass 8’6” that I’ve used for the past three years, good rods for the money. Pretty bulletproof and a nice rod for the riggers.

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Offline Markshoreline

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2017, 08:40:19 PM »
Shimano makes amazing reels.  I use T100 for mooching and T200 for downrigging.  They are smooth, reliable and last forever.  For $35 you can ship them to Shimano in California and they will rebuild or replace. 
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Offline Dhil12

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2017, 09:18:57 PM »
Thanks for the comments guys, very much appreciated. For now I think I will go with the tekota 500, since they are on sale and also the lumiglass classic rods. If any of you want to go out fishing, My boat is in the water and always have a pot of coffee on. Always welcome

Darrell
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2018 Yamaha 200
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Offline Threeweight

Re: Any thoughts on Shimano Tekota 500 or 600?
« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2017, 04:19:25 PM »
Great combination.  I own a couple of Tekotas and a couple of Classic Glass rods.  Both are great.

In a similar price range, I also like the Daiwa Saltist reels.  They are a bit heavier and the line counter isn't as nice, but less dissimilar metal issues on the internals.

My favorite inexpensive salmon reel is the Daiwa Sealine SG47, either in the line counter flavor or not.  An old-school, kinda clunky reel compared to the Tekota or Saltist, but nice drags, dead simple to work on, and they last forever.
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