Power and performance: It's what's on the menu. Shimano have been somewhat under fire by their long-standing enthusiasts for an entirely positive reason: owners of their products can't get enough, and the demand for a lever-drag reel that's in the middle of their price range has been growing every year.
Shimano have made good on that need, and now we are excited to have the SpeedMaster 2 available for sale here at Nihon Fishing. Two-speed reels like this one are exceptionally powerful; they're mainly designed for use on near-shore and offshore fishing. Helpfully, the SpeedMaster 2 has also been found in testing to be excellent for use in bottom fishing when in deep water as much as its suited for light trolling activities.
The all-metal design here helps improve rigidity and longevity, and the SpeedMaster 2 can comfortably pull an impressively hefty 40lb of drag thanks in part to its carbon drag system.
Our opinion: Shimano wizardry; what else is there to say? If you're looking to catch Jaws on your next trip out, you'll want a reel like the SpeedMaster 2. It's deceptively smooth for a reel so powerfully equipped, and we love the fact that its provided with an extra lever drag that's suited for mono lines. A worthy investment for big game anglers, this one.
- Gear Ratio - 5.7:1 / 3.1:1
- Line Retrieve per Crank (inches) - 42 / 23
- Mono Line Capacity (lbs/yds): 20/250, 25/280, 30/230
- PowerPro Line Capacity (lbs/yds): 50/580, 65/400, 80/355
- Max Drag: 40lbs | Weight: 25.7oz | Bearings: 4
Package Dimensions: 10.7 x 9.3 x 4.4 inches