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November 26, 2007

2008 Fishing-Gear Premiere - Reels

2008 Fishing-Gear Premiere - Reels

Shimano Trinidad DC
Shimano has brought to salt water the same high-tech, digital-control system it introduced on its Calcutta TE DC with the new Trinidad DC models - TN-16DC, 20DC and 30DC - a move that earned the company top-saltwater-reel honors at ICAST. The digital-control circuit stores energy on the cast, then "uses that energy to intelligently apply electromagnetic braking pressure, up to 1,000 times per second, during the next cast to control spool speed," says product manager Jeremy Sweet. That, in turn, controls how fast the line comes off the spool to tame backlashes and provide longer-distance casting.
 
The digital-control reels feature an eight-step adjustment knob so anglers can set up for specific conditions and lures. Dial-in the reel to handle lightweight baits or heavy iron, or windy conditions.
 
These Trinidads also come with all the proven features anglers have come to appreciate: 6.2:1 gear ratio and HEG gearing, six shielded anti-rust bearings, forged aluminum frame, redundant anti-reverse system, dartanium drag and Power Grip handle. All three DCs retrieve 46 inches per crank with a max drag of 22 pounds. The spools hold 420 to 450 yards of their specified line class - 16, 20 or 30. Retail cost ranges from $729.99 to $749.99.