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Shimano Trinidad A Reels

Shimano Trinidad A Reels

Trinidad is a name that resonates with all Saltwater Anglers. It has earned an impeccable reputation for power and reliability world wide.

$459.99 - $499.99
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Line Capacity (Test/Yards)Power Pro Capacity (Test/Yards)Line Retrieve Per CrankMax DragS A-RB BearingsA-RB BearingsGear RatioWeightPrice
38 in17 lbs.816.3:113.8 oz$459.99 USD
38 in17 lbs.816.3:114.7 oz$469.99 USD
46 in25 lbs.816.2:119.3oz$479.99 USD
46 in25 lbs.816.2:119.3 oz$479.99 USD
46 in25 lbs.816.2:119.8 oz$489.99 USD
46 in25 lbs.816.2:120.5oz$499.99 USD
Trinidad is a name that resonates with all Saltwater Anglers. It has earned an impeccable reputation for power and reliability world wide. Our quest for the new Trinidad A was no easy task. Lighter, smaller and more compact were the key physical characteristics and they were accomplished. The performance goal was to build the best casting reel in this category. We shattered our targets and have built a reel for casting which all others will be measured by.
  • High Efficiency Gearing (HEG)
  • X-Ship Gear Support System for enhanced Efficiency, Power and Smoothness
  • New Dartainium II Woven Carbon Fiber Drag for High Pressures and Durability
  • Super Free for incredible freespool and castability
  • E.I. Surface Treatment for extreme corrosion protection
  • Ultra-Lightweight Cold Forged Aluminum Magnumlite Spool with E.I.
  • Compact, One-Piece Cold Forged AL Frame and Left Sideplate Design with E.I.
  • One-Piece Cold Forged and Machined AL Right Sideplate with E.I.
  • S A-RB (Shielded A-RB Bearings)
  • Super Stopper with Silent Twin Pawl Assist Stopper
  • Manual Metal Clutch Lever with Corrosion Prevention Pad
  • Adjustable Handle Shank
  • Lightweight Ergonomic Handle Knob
  • Chrome Plated Screws
  • Clicker
  • Cold Forged AL Drag Star with Micro-Click
  • Metal Rod Clamp
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for Mono, Flurocarbon and PowerPro lines
5 Stars based on 18 reviews
By Kevin Cheung
San Francisco
Super nice
January 18, 2017
Very nice I like it
By Christina C
Fairfield, CA
Excited Husband
January 12, 2017
I brought this reel as a Christmas present for my husband just this pass December and he couldn't wait to put some brightly colored braid on it and try it out. He has the Calcutta that he has been using for years and he remarked that the Calcutta is smooth but that the Trinidad was like butter when he cast, so I'm guessing that I did a good job on Christmas! By the way, my husband has hooked into four oversized sturgeons, a stingray, two pikes and a lot of striper bass since since December 27 when he got the Trinidad braided and put it on his black steel seeker.
By Rubberneck
Middletown, NY
Trinidad 12A
August 14, 2016
I got this thing attached to a trevala S rod. This reel is like a truck winch. I use in the northeast for wreck/bottom fishing
ProsLarge crank and handle. Light spool.....casts like a champ
Consgotta say it...the price. it's expensive...but well made.
By Andrew
Middletown, NY
TN14A - is unreal
July 16, 2016
i got this reel on a trevala s rod. it casts amazing well into the wind. great power and gear ratio and drag. This reel gives you versatility. I loaded it up with 30lbs braid and put a 10 yd 25lbs topshot of mono.
Proscompact size. casts amazing well. power and drag
Consthe spool does not auto-engage. although i don't really consider it a con. but some would.
By Nathan
Perris, CA
August 15, 2015
I have this reel paired with a Terez rod and just recently took it out on a tuna trip here in So Cal and not only did it cast great with live bait but it also did great with the jigging. It was very well balanced with the Terez and I had no problems reeling in Blufin anf yellowfin in the 20-50lbs ranges and I believe it could have handled larger if I had hook one:)
ProsNot only performs great but also looks great.
ConsCan't think of any..
By myong
long Island, NY
great for fluke and black fishing
July 7, 2015
heavy enough to bring fish on to the boat. great for tautog and local cod fishing.
Prosgreat white handle look beautiful.
By Michael
Good for jigging and bottom fishing
January 26, 2015
High gear ratio and narrow spool is awesome for jigging.Smooth and high max drag is great too
By Thomas
San Jose, CA
One solid Reel!
October 31, 2014
I ordered this reel after reading many reviews about it. I'm sure glad I ordered it! This reel is a beast! I have it on one of my terez rods. Its way overkill for some of the fishing i do. Who cares? I don't.
Prosfeels great to know you have a high end reel thats a workhorse.
ConsPeople with hate on you when they see you holding your setup.
By Jose
West Hills, CA
great to cast and bottom fishing reel.
October 20, 2014
Smooth easy to cast reel, was able to cast an anchovy with a 1/8 egg sinker about 50 feet without a problem. Have caught yellowtail, halibut and white sea bass up to 30 pounds and was able to land them without a problem.
By Leon VanHolsbeke
Great Reel
September 30, 2014
Another great Shimano product.
ProsWell built Aesthetically pleasing Good line capacity
ConsWould prefer a lower gear ratio Not a 2 speed
finesse star drag reel
August 1, 2014
This reel is smooth as butter. The drag is very to use. You can feel the solid construction of it at the first touch. light weight but solid are the terms
Proslight and solid
By samuel
santa barbara, CA
Bought a second !!
July 3, 2014
Liked the action and workmanship so much I bought a Second reel! I love the Shimano for its smooth working and power
ProsSmooth, great drag, Love the double action
By John
Riverside, CA
Great Reel
June 7, 2014
Remarkable reel; Very compact, but with braided line can easily be used with 40# line for tuna. And is capable of casting light baits, like anchovies, with ease.
Pros Compact and tough.
By Thomas
Philadelphia, PA
Wait for the bugs to be worked out.
April 15, 2014
I was very excited to see this reel come out, I prefer the star drag to the lever so this was the reel for me. I bought it to cover a heavy day of bottom fishing fluke, the being a small tuna setup. I feel the reel comfortably meets those requirements. The reel I ordered had an issue in manufacturing, where I couldn't get the bolts into the reel seat to attach the rod clamp. I exchanged it for a 20 wide which doesn't have the same problem. Paired with a 7' heavy action terez it is my go-to setup.
ProsLight, easily cast. Big comfortable handle , star drag.
ConsReel seat issue.
By jerrry
clayton, NC
great jigging reel
March 18, 2014
i love my 16a. ever since i started jigging with this reel my success has increased noticeably. this is the perfect reel for blackfin tuna and amberjack as well as toothy critters such as kings and wahoo. the high gear raito and high retrieve rate really let you rip a jig through the water. the star drag has precise clicking ajustments.
Prossmall light strong high speed perfect for jigging
Conswish the handle wasn't white
By alex
sewell, nj
powerful reel
January 17, 2014
i have the 14a on a lamiglas triflex tfx7030 its super lightweight but powerful.loaded with 50 suffix 832 and youll be set for anything in nj
Proslight smooth good drag
By Walter A
El Cajon, CA
amazing power and drag
June 1, 2013
loaded this reel with 50lb. braid and got 305 yards on it. drag has everything it needs to fish 50 lb. with it hammered down.
By alex
margate nj
great reel
January 8, 2013
got the trinidad 14 for christmas as a new fluke and striper reel and it looks and feels sweet worth every dollar havent fished it yet but i know it will preform great
Prossmooth light powerful
Consprice but its worth it none
5 Questions & 5 Answers
from CA asked:
January 7, 2017
what rod would you recommend for the trinidad 10 for inshore?
What type of fishing are you looking to do? Is there a specific target species?
on January 9, 2017

from Orlando, FL asked:
September 8, 2015
Do the 10, 12 and 14 sizes share the same size body with different size spool? Does the same apply to the 16-30 sizes? Which reel would best match a Game Type J 40# Casting Rod? Thanks.
Some of these reels have similar sizing, it would just depend on the models that you are trying to compare. Which reel would fit that rod best would partially depend what it is you are fishing for. Considering that rod series is so light, I would probably stick with the smaller reels to keep the overall weight down. If you give us a call or send us an email at we can help you select the best size for the fishing that you are trying to do.
on September 10, 2015

from miami asked:
July 26, 2015
which one of the trinidad models would be ideal for jigging ? i want something with a narrow spool
That really would depend what you are jigging for. Give us a call and we should be able to help you out.
on July 27, 2015

from Hoboken, N J asked:
June 30, 2015
I have a Loomis heavy weight 20 # travel casting rod I want to take to Alaska on an upcoming trip to cover larger salmon, would this reel be appropriate, and which model would you suggest?
For that rod and its weight/length, I would recommend the two smallest sizes of the reels, the TN10A and the TN12A.
on June 30, 2015

from Atlanta, GA asked:
June 12, 2014
How much 30 lbs and 40 lbs mono does the 16a hold?
We do not have specs for those line classes. Definitely over 550 yards plus a good amount of backing.
Customer Service
on June 12, 2014

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