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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$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 29 reviews
By Mike
May 17, 2019
Best casting reel
This reel by far is the smoothest casting reel ever!! Will purchase another larger size soon!
By Wayne
San Francisco Ca
April 7, 2019
This reel does the job!!!!
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
December 31, 2018
The best star drag reel ever!!
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
December 27, 2018
Great Reel
Very smooth and casts easily.
By Jessie
November 2, 2018
Nice drag for the price
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
May 1, 2018
Muscle Bound
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
March 20, 2018
Supper smooth and durable
We outfitted the entire boat with these reels because of their versatility speed smoothness and overall performance
ProsSilky Smooth Powerful Durable
By Charles G.
Pasadena, CA
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!!!
ConsSingle speed
By Kai
Carpinteria, CA
July 31, 2017
12A Line Capacity
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
July 1, 2017
Excellent Reel
Smooth Drag, compact design. The high gear ratio helps me get fish of the bottom!
By Kevin C.
San Francisco
January 18, 2017
Super nice
Very nice I like it
By Christina C.
Fairfield, CA
January 12, 2017
Excited Husband
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
August 14, 2016
Trinidad 12A
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
July 16, 2016
TN14A - is unreal
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.
9 Questions & 9 Answers
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

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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