Shimano Trinidad A Star Drag Conventional Reels

Shimano Trinidad A Star Drag Conventional Reels

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

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Model
TD Code
Line Capacity (Test/Yards)Power Pro Capacity (Test/Yards)Line Retrieve Per CrankMax DragS A-RB BearingsA-RB BearingsGear RatioWeightPrice
TN12A
SHM-1621
12/300
14/420
16/220
40/280
50/275
65/175
38 in17 lbs.816.3:113.8 oz$459.99 USD
TN14A
SHM-1622
14/300
16/270
20/200
40/375
50/370
65/240
38 in17 lbs.816.3:114.7 oz$469.99 USD
TN16NA
SHM-1623
14/300
16/270
20/200
50/370
65/240
80/190
46 in25 lbs.816.2:119.3oz$479.99 USD
TN16A
SHM-1624
16/450
20/320
50/530
65/330
80/250
46 in25 lbs.816.2:119.3 oz$479.99 USD
TN20A
SHM-1625
20/420
30/350
50/710
65/375
80/310
46 in25 lbs.816.2:119.8 oz$489.99 USD
TN30A
SHM-1626
25/420
30/350
50/1015
65/515
80/415
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 30 reviews
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.
By Jessie
nj
Nice drag for the price
November 2, 2018
always been a Penn man, but after looking at reviews on the Shimano reels I might have to try one instead of getting another Penn.
By Chris G.
Loreto Baja Mexico
Muscle Bound
May 1, 2018
I live in Baja and the Trinidad has become my "Go To" reel. I have hooked Dorado, snapper of all kinds , groper etc and this little mighty might has put the smack down on all comer's. Smooth and powerful.
ProsGreat and powerful drag
ConsI find the clicker a little sticky
By Seth
Palm Beach, Florida
Supper smooth and durable
March 20, 2018
We outfitted the entire boat with these reels because of their versatility speed smoothness and overall performance
ProsSilky Smooth Powerful Durable
ConsNone
By Charles G.
Pasadena, CA
Castmaster!!!
February 21, 2018
I love this reel!! I typically fish lever drag, but decided to give a star drag reel a try. This reel cast further than any reel in my collection. Best purchase of 2018 so far for me!!!
ProsCasting
ConsSingle speed
By Kai
Carpinteria, CA
12A Line Capacity
July 31, 2017
Purchased the 12A, super fun reel for both inshore, and light offshore fishing. It holds 300 yards of 40lb Daiwa Samurai braid with room for a short fluorocarbon topshot. Can't wait to use it on kelp paddy dorado!
ConsWhite handle knob
By Danny
Water Mill, NY
Excellent Reel
July 1, 2017
Smooth Drag, compact design. The high gear ratio helps me get fish of the bottom!
By Kevin C.
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.
10 Questions & 10 Answers
Tim
from Florida asked:
October 30, 2019
I have a st Croix avid inshore series rod (VIC80HF). It is the 8ft 17-40 heavy rod fast action. Which model would you recommend for this rod? Looking to be casting baits from shore down in Florida for snook/tarpon and also as a boat rod.
1 Answer
I would pair that with a 14a
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on November 1, 2019

mitch miller
from 37075 asked:
August 20, 2017
Can you have 65lb yellow braid put on before you ship?If so how do you order?
1 Answer
Mono is always free with the purchase of a reel, braid would have to be purchased along with the reel then we can spool it before shipping.
Submitted by: Bernie on August 21, 2017

Kyle C
from New Jersey asked:
March 25, 2019
Hi, which rod do you recommend to match the TN12A for NJ coast fluke and blackfish jigging, sometimes up to a 10oz weight?
1 Answer
Here's a few recommendations:

Lamiglas Tri-Flex Graphite Inshore series, Silver Hook Series Inshore Conventional Rod, or the Jigging World Black Demon conventional rods would pair well. 



Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on March 29, 2019

FRED Taylor
from Sewell New Jersey asked:
March 5, 2018
I have a 12a my brother gave me for a birthday present what type of Rod should I match up with it for flounder fishing
1 Answer
A Shimano Trevala 6'6'' M would be a good rod to match with the Trinidad 12A for Flounder fishing. The Trevala provides the backbone you need being a light rod.
Submitted by: Donald on March 9, 2018

Avi
from N.y n.y asked:
November 24, 2017
Can I buy the12A with left hand retrieve
1 Answer
Unfortunately theTrinidad is not available in left handed models.
Submitted by: Devon on November 25, 2017

Andres
from CA asked:
January 7, 2017
what rod would you recommend for the trinidad 10 for inshore?
1 Answer
What type of fishing are you looking to do? Is there a specific target species?
Submitted by: Devon on January 9, 2017

Christian
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.
1 Answer
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 sales@tackledirect.com we can help you select the best size for the fishing that you are trying to do.
Submitted by: David on September 10, 2015

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

Matthew
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?
1 Answer
For that rod and its weight/length, I would recommend the two smallest sizes of the reels, the TN10A and the TN12A.
Submitted by: David on June 30, 2015

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

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