Shimano Tiagra 50 WLRSA
The Shimano Tiagra 50 WLRSA nestles in perfectly between the Tiagra 30 and Tiagra 80.
Their is three different Shimano Tiagra 50 models. The 50A, which is a narrow version and then the two wide models the 50WA and our preferred model, the Tiagra 50 WLRSA…
Tiagra 50 WLRSA gives you close to 40lb worth of drag as opposed to the WA that will only give you about 26lb.
In the age of braided lines one can easily fit 600 meters of 80lb backing and another 200 meters of 80lb class mono on top of that. Combine that with a 40lb drag and it becomes the ideal reel to target big game fish like Tuna and Marlin on heavy stand-up tackle.
According to the Shimano website the Shimano Tiagra 50 WLRSA reels feature an innovative hydrothermal drag system that virtually eliminates the drag setting variances. I can confirm this after years of setting drags on multiple different brands of top spec big game reels. Nothing holds its drag like a Shimano Tiagra!
Why is this important you may ask?
When you hook that Tuna of a life time, in a ruff sea 70km out of Hout Bay it is great to know exactly where you are drag wise to ensure that you can never ever break your line.
We suggest fishing the Shimano Tiagra 50 WLRSA with 80lb class line on these Tuna trips with a “strike” setting at about 9kg, this will put you at about 14kg on full drag or as we prefer to call it… Sunset!!! So you are still only at about half of the line breaking strain and if you consider that a deep diving Tuna or grey-hounding marlin still adds a lot of pressure on the line then you should be real safe as far as line breaks go…
When that big yellow fin tuna settles 100 meters below the boat with those steady recharging circles simply engage the the conveniently located two speed gear to really crank down on the fish. This feature will get her next to the boat in no time and save you a lot of sweating!
Sure the Shimano Tiagra 50 WLRSA is not cheap, but should be considered a investment for life time…
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