Shimano :: Level Drag Reels :: Charter Special


Shimano Charter Special

Overall Customer Rating: 4.83 of 5 stars Shimano Charter Special Reels 4.83 out of 5 (6 Reviews)
Manufacturer: Shimano
Series: Level Drag Reels
Model: Charter Special
Reel Type: Conventional

Shimano Charter Special specifications

Model Line Capacity Gear Ratio Ball Bearings Reel Weight (oz.) Max. Drag Type


12/390, 14/330, 17/250


4 BB




14/480, 17/400, 20/300


4 BB



* All Charter Special Reels specifications from the official Shimano catalog. Shimano reserves the right to make changes without obligation.


Fishermen's opinions about Shimano Charter Special

Shimano Charter Special

Practical Reel


1/31/2013 11:08:40 AM 4 of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

Bought this reel for my son in law as part of flounder set up for beginners. Its easy for him to use and hassle free. Spooled with 50lb. braid. My friend has 2 of them and had them for over 3 years with no problem.
Good value for the money and guts to handle the rocks and pilings when flounder fishing.
Reviewed by: Gary Slayer (Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach)

Shimano Charter Special

The most versitile reel ever made


1/24/2013 11:11:42 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I received the reel as a graduation present 4 years ago. Since then i have fished in Mexico Oregon Washington and Canada and cough everything from rock fish and ling to marlin in the 150 pound range and a fair share of 30 pound king salmon.
the reel has held up very well and still works like the day i bought it.
Reviewed by: fishkid (Salem, OR)

Shimano Charter Special

Shimano Charter Special


12/14/2012 11:12:23 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I picked up a Charter Special 300 to use for bottom fishing and light trolling along the coast. I have used these reels previously on a friend's boat.
The real is excellent and compares favorably to my Penn 320GLDs. It is rugged and smooth for a reel at this price point. I highly recommend it for an all-around reel. When choosing between this reel and the Penn, you should hold both (preferably on a rod) to see which you like better. Both perform comparably although the Penns don't have anti-reverse and thus they have a little slop in the handle.
Reviewed by: FishTales (Mid-Alantic)

Shimano Charter Special

Saltwater Fishing


12/1/2012 11:11:02 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I've always been satisfied with Shimano.
I used the reel on a recent fishing trip to Los Barrillas, Mexico.
It performed well on the Tuna and Dorado which reached 35-40 lbs.
Wouldn't have been enough for the Blue and Striped Marlin, which ranged form 80-400 lbs.
Reviewed by: Mitch (Cottage Grove, MN)

Shimano Charter Special

Shimano reels


11/26/2012 9:37:06 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

Most reliable reels I have.
Even first time users have good experiences with them.
I love the lever dragon such a reasonably priced reel.
Reviewed by: Oakieman (Boston)

Shimano Charter Special

wonderfull reel


11/19/2012 11:10:03 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I like the Shimano reels, because I have two Shimano spinning it's completed satisfaction used in all terrain, all water, all climbs it's strong, the best materials/accessories manufactured.
Of course I recommend to my fisherman friends.
Reviewed by: Juanjo (Mar del Plata, Argentina)

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