Shimano First 40lb Set Up

Mr. Chang

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Will be going on my first LR (6 Days) in the summer of 2015. I would like to invest in a good casting 40lb reel that would be spooled with spectra/short topshot (fishing bait). Was thinking between the trinidad 16A or the talica 12ii.

Questions:

1. Does the trini 16a have enough guts/power to fish 40lb? (star vs. lever?)

2. Do you really need two speed for 40lb setup on a 6 day trip?
 
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Penn Torque TRQ25 NLD2 Lever Drag 2 Speed Reel (MADE IN USA) One great reel!
 
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Since you did not mention Okuma, I will not suggest Okuma. Of the 2 reels you mentioned, the Talica would be a better choice and yes the two speed is nice in that class of line. As mentioned by another poster, the high ratio on the Trinidad is not ideal for bait and especially at that line class. Hope that helps....
 
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Trinidad 20A or Talica 12II/16II. There is nothing wrong with using a high speed reel to fish bait with 40# especially when they have power like the Trinidad.
 
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Trinidad 20A or Talica 12II/16II. There is nothing wrong with using a high speed reel to fish bait with 40# especially when they have power like the Trinidad.
so true' no problem with the newer reel's' that was the problem A long time ago with old reel's'
I fished at the rock's on A 8 day and used mostly my Trini #30 and Torium #30 with 40 LB' for 50 LB class Tuna no problem.
 
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Fishing bait...go with a two speed for 40lb and not necessarily Shimano. What is your preferred price range and why just Shimano?
 
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If you had to get just one, get the talica 12 2 speed. Can also double as a yoyo rig. The Mak 10 2 is an awesome 40-50 bait reel as well if you want a another option.
 
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I would like to get a reel that has the best casting ability with live bait (sardines/chovies). In my experience and from doing some research on the forum, it looks like the trinidad/Talica are some of the best casting (flylining) reels on the market. I figured the trinidad has a good balance between finesse (light bait castability) and power (torque). Also LR fishing is one of the types of fishing I do the least, so I twant to invest in a reel that could be applicable to other fishing applications (inshore, bay, etc.)

I am open to other suggestions...
 
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Mxj raptor from avet...or okuma mak 8 or 10
 
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Fishing 40lb bait.....I'd go with a 2 speed. I am really liking Okuma New Andros Two Speed A Series 5II for 40lb OR 12II for 40 and 50lb. You can also look at Penn New Fathom Level Drag Reels in either the 25N or 30 sizes, great reels at even a better price. I have owned all the reels we've discussed(except new version of Andros) they are all great but for the $$$/value I put Okuma and Penn ahead of Shimano. Keep in mind the Penns here will cost half as much as a Shimano Trini or Talica and you are NOT gettin any more reel. CHeck some of my previous posts for more info.
 
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Will be going on my first LR (6 Days) in the summer of 2015. I would like to invest in a good casting 40lb reel that would be spooled with spectra/short topshot (fishing bait). Was thinking between the trinidad 16A or the talica 12ii.

Questions:

1. Does the trini 16a have enough guts/power to fish 40lb? (star vs. lever?)

2. Do you really need two speed for 40lb setup on a 6 day trip?
I have no problems with shimano. Own many. But since I have gotten back into LR as specifically September 6 days on the left is my 40lb reel. On the right is my 50 lb reel. Just one man's choices after much research and the 25n was so badass and overpowering for its size I dished the money for reel #2. I considered the fathoms and own some of the star drags but everyone knows high end USA built Penns will still be solid equipment 3 decades later. I choose withe costly 2 speeds too measure twice and cut once as my father did 30 years ago

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I have no problems with shimano. Own many. But since I have gotten back into LR as specifically September 6 days on the left is my 40lb reel. On the right is my 50 lb reel. Just one man's choices after much research.

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Love those reels but still hate that damn gold color!!:)
 
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Go with the Trinidad 20A like Dan said. Nothing cast better and Trinidads have plenty of power. You don't need a 2 speed to catch fish under 100 lbs.
Need? No. But you also dont need a Ferrari to get from point a to point B. But I'd rather use a Ferrari than a prius lol
 
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I much prefer a Talica 12/16 over a Trinidad 20 with a 60# Bluefin Tuna on the line. Could you do it with the Trinidad? Probably, however the 2-speed would make it much easier and more probable.
 
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