Shimano Shimano set ups

dreezy562

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hey guys newer fisherman here, really having fun on the San Diego offshore overnighters and hunting the yellows and the blue fins. I am putting together my equipment and had some questions and looking for some suggestions. I post here in the Shimano section because I have 2 Shimano reels already and really like the quality of the builds and think my reel/rod purchase will be Shimano as well (maybe others for rod choice). I plan on doing the overnighters out of San Diego with longer range stuff in the near future.

Currently I have a gold Trinidad 20 with about 350yards of 60lb seagur threadlock on a Daiwa Proteus PRTB80HF Rated 20-50lb, just been throwing on short a flouro leader 20-30pounds .
I also have a talica 20ii that’s still brand new in the box. Looking for suggestions on rods and line for the reel. I’m thinking this is going to be my heaviest set up.
I’m looking to expand my gear with one more rod/reel to cover whatever gap will exists between the above two set ups. Been looking at the smaller talica’s and The newer Trinidad A’s, Phenix hybrid rods and seeker.

Again mostly going to be yellow and bft hunting with this stuff. Surface irons jigs flatfalls and a lot of live bait.

Any suggestions guys? Thanks in advance
 
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Jim Schmitt

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Another good choice would be the new UC 80 Raptor: Fishordie tells us it's a great #80 pound rod...he's da man on this gear stuff. That is, if you are interested in 8 foot options.
 
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That Trinidad 20 should fish 30-40, so I’d suggest you get a Trini 12 or 14 to fish the 15-25# range. If you’re wanting more reels, get a 16(I really like the 16N) also and use that for 30#,keeping your Trini 20 for 40#.
 
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You should focus on having 20, 30, and 40lb set ups to start. That will cover the bases for 90% of that fishing. Those reels would be something like a 14, 16, and 20, respectively, in the Trinidad line. You can change the 20 to a Talica 10 for 40lb, but since you already have a Trini 20 and have larger holes to fill, don't worry about it now.

As far as rods go just go to any respectable tackle shop and start bending. It's a matter of opinion, and everyone is different. Just match the rods to the drag settings for each line class, and that's something every good tackle shop can do.

Once you have those start expanding into the heavier gear. For the Talica 20 you've been given some good options from Seeker and UC, both are great rods. If you want to save a bit of money the Phenix Axis rods are an option, but I'd rather fish the UCs or my buddy's OPSs than my Axes.
 
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If you’re interested in Phenix Rods that are great for YT and BFT, plenty of lifting power but won’t kill your back, get the Axis series. I have 8 of them haha.

Trinidad 20 will go well on a 909HJ or a 820H. Jigs on 30-50#.

Talica 20 pairs perfectly with a 720X2H or 780X2H, 40-100#.

Talica 12 or an Okuma Andros 12 goes great on a 720XH, 25-60#.

Talica 8/10 or Andros 5 and a Phenix 820ML is awesome for 20-40#
 
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dreezy562

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If you’re interested in Phenix Rods that are great for YT and BFT, plenty of lifting power but won’t kill your back, get the Axis series. I have 8 of them haha.

Trinidad 20 will go well on a 909HJ or a 820H. Jigs on 30-50#.

Talica 20 pairs perfectly with a 720X2H or 780X2H, 40-100#.

Talica 12 or an Okuma Andros 12 goes great on a 720XH, 25-60#.

Talica 8/10 or Andros 5 and a Phenix 820ML is awesome for 20-40#

i have aquired a talica 12 and a psw 700xh, this will be my 40-50#, trini 20-30#

some good suggestions i really like the seeker rods any major factors between the ssr 7660 and the osp 1x3, either paired with the talica 20. also considering the phenix axis in xxxh models
 
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7raptor

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i have aquired a talica 12 and a psw 700xh, this will be my 40-50#, trini 20-30#

some good suggestions i really like the seeker rods any major factors between the ssr 7660 and the osp 1x3, either paired with the talica 20. also considering the phenix axis in xxxh models

OSP 1x3 is a serious rail rod and is way too much rod for the Talica 20. Stick with a Phenix Axis 720 XH or X2H for that reel, either of which can be fished standup on a private boat or on the rail of a sportboat.
 
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OSP 1x3 is a serious rail rod and is way too much rod for the Talica 20. Stick with a Phenix Axis 720 XH or X2H for that reel, either of which can be fished standup on a private boat or on the rail of a sportboat.
For me the 1x3 is an 80# rod and the TAC 20 is perfect for this applications. Tac 20/25 fish 80-100# no problem.
 
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Bantam1

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Terez TZCX66XXH is a good option for the TAC20II.

I would suggest a Trinidad 14A and 20A. This will cover you from 20-40# with no problem. Just fish a shorter leader on each and this will let you adapt to the bite that day.

For the iron you can go with a Tranx 500HG or Trinidad 20A.

If these are slightly out of your price range, look at the Torium HG models.
 
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