Shimano TN12A Trinidad A Reel

Shimano TN12A Trinidad A Reel

Price: $479.99
Model
TD Code
Line Capacity (Test/Yards)Power Pro Capacity (Test/Yards)Line Retrieve Per CrankMax DragS SUS BearingsRoler ClutchGear RatioWeightPrice
TN12A
SHM-1621
12/300
14/420
16/220
40/280
50/275
65/175
38 in17 lbs.816.3:113.8 oz$479.99 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 39 reviews
By Steven
Paoli, PA
Smooth and powerful
June 19, 2022
I paired this reel with Jigging World Medium Heavy Black Demon Conventional Rod, which turns out to be a perfect match. I owned a Shimano Tranx 401A which is perfect for jigging, but I found the Trinidad is much smoother and easier to reel in the fish from deep water.
By Brian
West Islip, NY
Smooth and tight
May 20, 2022
I went with the 14a for blackfish. Paired it with a 7' blackhole rod and I'm very happy with the balance and the light reel. I'm ready to spool it up and send it.
By Trinity
Trinidad, Ca
art that reels in fish
November 30, 2021
beautiful piece of fishing equipment. Shimano makes good reels that are hard to beat
By Ryan
Virginia Beach, VA
Trinidad 12a, sweet little reel
June 24, 2021
This reel is a work of art. So smooth, casts a mile.
By Nathan
Los Angeles, CA
Best Inshore & Offshore reel
March 22, 2021
Bought for using at the local trip for yellowtail.
Very light but strong drag power.
Very smooth for casting jigs.
By Jason
San Diego
Still my best star drag reel
August 9, 2020
I own 8 of these TN20A reels now. I use the for just about every application and bluefin tuna up to 150 lbs. These reels are absolute quality and a dream to work on. For those that cast conventional reels, this reel should be your among your top picks.
Pros
  • Castability, drag, bearings, capacity
Cons
  • Price
By T B.
Bk NY
Unbelievable Quality
April 25, 2020
Upon touching this product you can get a sense of if craftsmanship, it is top notch, what makes it super special is the compact solid casing it’s solid, what’s even more attractive is the responsiveness and quickness of the spool, you can sense that casting this baby will get whatever you are throwing far out effortlessly... Great product great purchase.
Pros
  • Quality Material,
Cons
  • GOD BLESS AMERICA!
By Stephane
Springfield, MA
This reel can remove tree stumps
April 18, 2020
This reel costs a pretty penny but in the world of fishing "you get what you pay for". I own two Trinidad reels, 20A and 14A and both have more than ample torque to pull everything from porgy to striped bass into the boat. A1 buy if you can stomach the price.
Pros
  • Materials, Performance is exception and a lifetime buy. By far my best jigging reel.
Cons
  • The price is high but it comes with the territory of high end fishing gear.
By Hunter
Ocean city Maryland ,
Must need
April 10, 2020
One of my favorite go to reels super strong will handle anything I throw at it from flounder to offshore game fish own 1 . 4 more on the way
By Kenny
MD
Love the handle
November 19, 2019
As title says I really like the handle on this when it comes to conventional gear. It's a really smooth reel that packs a lot of punch for its price. love it
By Mike
CA
Best casting reel
May 17, 2019
This reel by far is the smoothest casting reel ever!! Will purchase another larger size soon!
By Wayne
San Francisco Ca
This reel does the job!!!!
April 7, 2019
Small light and tough
By MEL K.
ORANGE COUNTY, CA
SHIMANO TRINIDAD SERIES
February 18, 2019
Just bite the bullet and buy one. I did it 3 times for reasons you'll quickly discover.
By Nathan
Los Angeles, CA
The best star drag reel ever!!
December 31, 2018
It was super hard for me to decide between Trinidad, Saltiga, and Okuma Macaira and I am so glad that I chose the right one.
My TN16A is the smoothest reel I ever used so far.
Wow!! I am in West Coast.
I used this reel for both fly liner (live bait) and casting surface jigs.
WOW WOW WOW

Very strong drag and cast super far!!

Get it you won't regret!
By Bradley
San Diego, CA
Great Reel
December 27, 2018
Very smooth and casts easily.
2 Questions & 2 Answers
Victor Rodriguez
from Key Largo, Fl asked:
November 29, 2014
Which Trinidad model do you recommend for inshore fishing for snook, redfish, tarpon. Its just that I really like the way that these reels perform and I fish a lot of inshore and would like to use them inshore.
1 Answers
The 10A should work very well for you. If however you feel you need more line capacity, the go with the 12A.
Customer Service
on December 2, 2014

Phillip
from Alabama asked:
February 17, 2014
Can this reel handle bottom fishing for grouper?
1 Answers
Yes, this reel could easily handle grouper fishing.
Customer Service
on February 18, 2014

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