Shimano® Tiagra® Conventional 2-Speed Saltwater Reels
Tiagra-16: BIG punch in a small package!
If you like to tackle BIG fish with light gear then you've got a give this reel a try. Before the advent of spectra, anglers were forced to use bigger heavier reels in the 30-80 size to accomodate line capacity. I was able to get about 400yds of 80lb spectra and still had room for about 100yds of 60lb mono. This is perfect for targeting fish up to 200lbs when flylining bait at closer range. I like to keep the reel in high gear until the fish goes straight up and down and then switch to low gear to winch them in for the gaff. The drag on this reel is awesome and has so far maintained constant and even pressure during long runs dished out by trophy yellowfin tuna and other pelagics. While fishing on a 10 day trip out of San Diego, I was able to land monster yellowfin in the 100-180lb range as fast if not faster then some of the other passengers that were using larger reels. I have no doubt in my mind that I owe this accomplishment to the overall lighter weight of the Tiagra 16 and it's incredible drag strength and cranking power. I've found that fishing with the smaller form factor allows me to concentrate more on fighting and landing fish rather than fighting to keep the rod and reel stable without a harness. Keep in mind that fish of that size are very rare on 10 day trips(and shorter)and that was my main reason for sticking to the lighter gear. It was totally unexpected. When it came down to crunch time I thought I was not going to be able to handle them with this Ti-16 reel. It was the best mistake I've ever made and stand up fishing has never been more fun! Thanks again Shimano for a great product!
July 22, 2007
I brought the ti16 to Canada for big muskie it handled it perfectly fine. I also went to Florida and caught a lot of tuna ranging from 50-200 pounds with 80 lb braided dacron.
June 7, 2013
Shimano vs Avet-Pro
I own a Shimano Tiagra 50WLRA a Penn VS70 and 2 Avet-Pro EXW50/2 reels. The Avet-Pro is by far the better reel for the money. The Avet has more line capacity, higher and smoother drag, and is just as durible as Penn or Shimano. The Avet is lighter weight and comes in a variety of colors, plus Avet is made in America. I'll take the Avet any day and I always hope the bigger fish hit on my Avet while I'm out trolling.
June 5, 2013
the toughest real money can buy
I used the biggest one of this set of reels to catch tiger sharks of the east coast. I landed a 2,500 lb.
one on this reel. It's the best and the toughest money can buy.
June 7, 2010