Trolling Rod - 2019

I was lucky enough to receive a Tiagra 30WLRSA as a gift. Will mainly be used Perth Metro trolling for macks with the occasional trip up north. Thinking of spooling it with 15kg mono. From my research it appears that shimano updated their trolling line up last year and it appears that many of the previous features of the TCurve Tiagra are now on the Backbone... but I cannot find a 2018+ backbone in WA.

I did the foolish thing of looking at the top of the range Tiagra Hyper at Bluewater and wow, what a nice looking rod.

If you were to be buying a new trolling rod for a Tiagra 30 in 2019, what would you be looking at?

I have some vouchers for a well known supermarket style fishing store which I would ideally use, however I am noticing that they seem to specialise in lower end rods.

D_d_001's picture

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sorry to be a bit off topic

Mon, 2019-03-04 17:01

sorry to be a bit off your topic for a rod ..... the tiagra30WLRSA is an awesome reel but soooooooo overkill for mackies.  the LRSA is really built for 50lb line.  with this reel you will just be skull draging anything you get metro.  I've certainly caught my share of mackies.  most are easily done in on a 5000 shimano reel or something like a TLD15.




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All good, I get where you are

Mon, 2019-03-04 18:32

All good, I get where you are coming from.  With a couple of northern trips planned over the next year I will hopefully put it through its paces. Will not be chassing 400kg marlin and will be happy with any sized billfish. I figure i may as well use it locally rather than looking good sitting on a cabinet. Hence why I was going 15kg rather than 24.