Shimano :: Star Drag Reels :: SpeedMaster IV


Shimano SpeedMaster IV

Overall Customer Rating: 4.83 of 5 stars Shimano SpeedMaster IV Reels 4.83 out of 5 (6 Reviews)
Manufacturer: Shimano
Series: Star Drag Reels
Model: SpeedMaster IV
Reel Type: Conventional

Shimano SpeedMaster IV specifications

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


20/480, 25/390, 30/330


3 BB



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


Fishermen's opinions about Shimano SpeedMaster IV

Shimano SpeedMaster IV

Great reel


8/29/2015 1:40:11 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

Had my speedmaster for many years. One of the long casting reels especially for med irons. I do run my drag at 13.3 to get 40lb xxx mono. Caught many tuna at 35-50lbs and yellow tail to 40lbs. Never required any work, well except changing to carbon fiber drag washers.

Love this thing...
Reviewed by: Dan (Oceanside Ca)

Shimano SpeedMaster IV

15 years plus


2/5/2013 10:01:03 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

Thats right, it's been over 15 years since Shimano introduced the Speedmaster to the UK market & I bought two of them the day they came available to the public back in 1990/1991.
Now I live in a lovely fishing town in Southern Oregon, my two speedmasters get constant use as they 'came across the pond' with me along with my Shimano rods & bigger reels.
Super fast retrieve for salmon fishing both trolling/downrigging & for surfcasting. They do need a bit of getting used to when casting as they are lighting fast & overruns can catch the unwary.
Otherwise they are a long lasting, strong, casting/boatfishing reel which I strongly recommend, special for anglers that use 'Super Braids' for fishing.
Reviewed by: Fisheruk (Brookings, Oregon)

Shimano SpeedMaster IV

speedmaster somkes Kings


1/22/2013 9:58:18 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

What a great bang for the buck. Don't waste your hard earned cash on some 400.00 over rated reel. This reel is set up on a 7' Star rod has already seen its share of Kings and Muttons.
Go buy this reel you wont be sorry.
Great 6:1 ratio easy to keep up with those Kings trying to smoke your reel.
Reviewed by: unior (hallandale fl)

Shimano SpeedMaster IV

Comparable to "Star"


12/10/2012 10:02:07 AM 4 of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

I bought one of these when they were designed and sold as "TLD Star" reels. This quick retrieve reel is a pleasure to use; easy to cast too. Drag is strong and dependable and the reel is strong so far. I've caught a small King or two with it, but the real test was a four foot shark in open water. It never had a chance with 20 lb mono and a 135 lb wire leader.
Reviewed by: Logan (Ashland, KY)

Shimano SpeedMaster IV

Driftin'' for snapper


12/1/2012 9:59:44 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

Drift fishing is an economical way to enjoy fishing, eating some of the most delicious fare from the ocean,and saving gas. However you often end up with lots of line out.
The high speed of my Shimano is just the ticket!
Reviewed by: Paul

Shimano SpeedMaster IV

SHIMANO for fast ocean fish


11/29/2012 9:57:20 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

Awesome reel for kings and works well overall for trolling.
Typical Shimano quality.
Reviewed by: Ronman (Ohio)

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