Have the Abyss 809 w/ a 16NA and I like it more than the sx raptor I had. It's kind of like a tac8II. I think I like the star drag. Plus depending on size the trini 16 has more drag than the smaller Talicas
Having both a trin 14a&20a and talica 10&12ii I prefer the talica for live bait tuna fishing... I'm just a fan of the level drag, along with the smoothness and drag. It's nice to get a nice bait out on a circle hook and apply the drag pressure when hit to set the hook.
It will depend on the bait as well. Casting a 'chovy with the Talica will be tough if/when we see them again. I prefer the Trinidad for 30-40# line. I will use the Talica 2 speed for 50+. To me that is when you can take advantage of the 2 speed. Plus I like the reduced weight when casting all day. Both reels will cast sardines very well and will work for our local fishery. I just prefer the Triniad for most of my fishing.
50lb PP...30 or 40 top shot. No need to go to 65 if you will only be fishing line up to 40. 50 pp will give you a more line on reel which gives you a little more confidence in case you hook into a bigger model.