Over the last few years, anglers have all benefitted by big improvements in top tier tackle. Our fishing gear these days is made lighter, stronger and tougher than ever. As with any new technology introductions, these new features are usually reserved for a manufacture’s flagship or high-end product.
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This migration of tech was instantly apparent when we first laid our hands on the new mid-range saltwater rods and reels from Shimano. Both the new Torium HG reels and the Teramar rods borrow several cues from their more expensive cousins the Trinidad and Terez rods.
Shimano Torium Reels
The Torium features very similar styling to the Trinidad A in the shape, handle and drag star drag. Both reels also sport very comparable drag pressure.
The most notable difference internally between the two is the bearings. The Trinidad features 9 bearings while the Torium has 3 bearings. This may sound like a huge disparity but when we fished the two side by side, they feel very similar. The Trinidad is slightly smoother on the retrieve but there is not a major difference .
Want more good news? The retail price on the new Torium ranges from $229-$249.
Shimano Teramar Rods
On the rod side of things, you will immediately notice the changes to the new Teramar rods if you’ve fished the original models. These new Teramar rods are lighter and thinner than their predecessors. These rods also feature a new “black graphite” finish and upgraded Fuji guides.
Just like the original Teramar rod, the Teramar was designed for the SoCal market and it shows. California anglers will love the selection of quality jig sticks and bait rods. The rod team from Shimano lives and fishes in our back yard and it shows in the style and action of these rods. To this end, they have released three 9-foot jig rods to keep all the SoCal iron slingers happy.
Keeping in line with the bang for the buck theme, these rods retail for $179-$219.
We have been using these combos during the better part of this epic season we have been enjoying in SoCal. We can say without question they are up to the task. Yellowfin over 40-pounds, bluefin to 70-pounds and a good handful or dorado have all been caught on this gear without a hiccup. Just like Shimano’s higher end products, this gear is strong, light and powerful. The Torium has proven features like a great freespool and silky smooth drags.
These new combos are really hard to beat, especially at this price point. They are flush with high-dollar tech that really shows as soon as you pick them up. Give them a look next time you stop by your favorite tackle store.
For more info, check out www.fish.shimano.com