Tranx 500 vs. a Trinidad 20A

Pablo2fish

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I’ve been looking at changing out the reel on my 9’ jig stick. I have it paired with a Trinidad 16A now, but I want some more line capacity. I am leaning towards the Tranx because of the level wind and I use this set up for throwing surface irons. Looking at the Trinidad 20A and the Tranx 500 side by side the spool size appears to be near the same. Does anyone know how much 65 pound Max Cuatro you can get on each of these? Shimano’s web site seems way off for the Tranx capacity.
 

hucklongfin

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I'd say the TranX 500 capacity on their web site is accurate. I got 270 yds of 65# PP and 315 yds of 80# Maxcuatro. The TranX 500 is a little smaller than a Trinidad 16.
 

lazyfisherman

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Tranx is more similar in size to the 16a. You generally don't pick the Tranx over a 20a because of capacity. You pick the Tranx due to ease of use. You pick the 20a if you're comfortable casting a conventional reel and you want extra capacity to throw lures at the bigger bluefin.
 

jimbo450

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Just completed an 8 dayer...it was split Tranx500 and 20a so both are popular reels and cast about the same distance with wahoo jigs and bombs. The only differences may have been experience having used the reel. I have a 20a being shipped right now due to what I seen on my trip. Used the 16a flylining the small sardines.
 
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Contractor.aten

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Tranx is more similar in size to the 16a. You generally don't pick the Tranx over a 20a because of capacity. You pick the Tranx due to ease of use. You pick the 20a if you're comfortable casting a conventional reel and you want extra capacity to throw lures at the bigger bluefin.
This is dead on..... Butttttt. I cant toss the shit out of both of them .... I have both of them set up for throwing jigs!!!!!!
 
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hucklongfin

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I throw iron/bombs on my 10 day trips using TranX 500's. I throw smaller stuff with a Lexa 400. Poppers I use a spinner. I still yoyo and fish bait with standard conventionals.
 

lazyfisherman

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I definitely think a Tranx has a place in everyone's arsenal. I mainly throw straight mono for jigs so a Tranx just wouldn't work for that situation. But I do see a place for throwing larger poppers and stickbaits, so I plan on getting one eventually.
 

muledeer07

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You can get 400yds of 65 max cuatro on the trance but take it from experience don’t do it it doesn’t cast for crap. Backlashing nightmare I wish I would have put the 80 max on it. I’ve tried everything to correct it. All brakes on extra tension control. You name it either I got a bad one or its the line. Going to strip it all off and go 80 max. If that doesn’t help. Going back to the shop.
 

hucklongfin

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I have 2 TranX. The 80# MC casts better than the 65#pp.

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Pitchinwedge

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I have both reels. Spooled with ~10lb of tension and filled to the top, the

TRX500 = 300/80lb MC or 440/65lb MC
Trini 20a = 420/80lb MC

Pretty big difference, IMO. I haven't tried spooling the Trini 20a with 65lb MC as I see no point.

In my own experience, there isn't a huge difference in casting either the 80lb or 65lb MC. If the 80lb MC is better, it's not by much. On the other hand, 80lb Berkley ProSpec solid casts noticeably better than MC.

TRX500 = 270/80lb ProSpec
Trini 20a = 380/80lb ProSpec

Hope this helps.
 
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hucklongfin

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As I recall, back when the TranX's came out, they were being referred to as Trinidad 20's with a level wind. It looked way off to me at the time too!
 

lazyfisherman

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I always thought the Tranx were Trini 16 sized with a levelwind, which is also similar to the Torque 25N. So many awesome reels in this size range it's difficult to say which one is the best choice. Pretty much why you should just get them all.
 

Lake

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I’ve heard the comments in the past about 80# MC casting and/or working better than 65. I really don’t get it. How in the world could that make a difference? I have 65# MC on both of my Tranx 500 HG’s and they both cast fine, especially with bombs and irons, although I rig one for bombs and one for poppers. Pretty impressive little reels. I’ve caught tuna, wahoo, yellowtail, and even a marlin on mine.