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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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$479.99 USD
38 in17 lbs.816.3:114.7 oz$489.99 USD
46 in25 lbs.816.2:119.3oz$499.99 USD
46 in25 lbs.816.2:119.3 oz$499.99 USD
46 in25 lbs.816.2:119.8 oz$509.99 USD
46 in25 lbs.816.2:120.5oz$519.99 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.
  • Castability, drag, bearings, capacity
  • Price
By T B.
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.
  • Quality Material,
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.
  • Materials, Performance is exception and a lifetime buy. By far my best jigging reel.
  • 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
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
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
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.

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.
12 Questions & 12 Answers
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

Jose perignon ramiento
from Philippines asked:
January 9, 2022
Is there a trinidad20a lefty series? 
1 Answer
Hi Jose, Unfortunately the Shimano Trinidad A Star Drag Conventional Reels are only come in Right Hand retrieve. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on January 11, 2022

from California asked:
February 26, 2020
Do the TrindadA have better gearing and castability than the okuma Tesoro?
1 Answer
Hello Mychal, 

While casting distance is mostly reliant on the angler, in this case the Trinidad has the slight advantage over the Tesoro because it is equipped with Shimano's "Super Free" technology which specifically exists to improve casting distance. 

Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions! 

Submitted by: Brandon Smith on March 17, 2020

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

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

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

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 we can help you select the best size for the fishing that you are trying to do.
Submitted by: David 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
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

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

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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