Calcutta 400

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  1. mindbent

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    I have the older Calcutta 400 with the 4.7:1 gear ratio. Was thinking inshore fishing for calicos. Does anyone or has anyone used this reel in saltwater? I am leery about levelwinds in saltwater.
     
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    Two months back, I used mine, loaded with 50 pound braid, and took one of the large Yellowtail (25 pounds) at the kelp. I won't say "no problem" but the drag was smooth as silk, but for sure longer runs than you would get with an Avet, Accurate, whatever. Some guys say take off the level wind--maybe a good idea, I don't know.
     
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    Those reels are built like tanks! You'll be fine. Just remember to hose it off after every outing and standard servicing.
     
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    Not a problem and I have been fishing levelwinds (those that are purpose built for the salt) since 1990.

    The Calcutta is intended to be fished in saltwater. Do a complete service and keep the handle and level wind oiled and you will have many years of service.
     
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    use mine for calicos and YT all the time...
     
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    Well then, I think 50# braid sounds about right with a 20-25# leader. Going to throw big hammers and similar soft baits, maybe some hard baits. Kind of a wide spool so I'll leave the levelwind intact. Thanks for the replies, now to get a rod.
     
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    Use mine in salt all the time with no issues. Only problem I have had is with braid. For some reason it gets overwrapped and breaks when I cast the bigger baits. My buddy had the same issue. Went to mono or flouro and has not happened again. Have been told the level wind causes this but I cannot say - just know it has never happened on other reels with braid.
     
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    If you're using braid to cast big lures, especially for freshwater swimbait fishing, you want to fish with 65 lb braid or less. A lot easier to cast than 50lb braid. Snapped off many hudds using 50lb braid. Haven't had an issue since I went to 65 lb braid.
     
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    The 400 was my go to reel for Albacore when they were around. Fish it with confidence.
     
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    I've also used the 400 and 400s for about 4-5 years now in saltwater. Never had a problem fishing calicos or YT even shallow water rock fishing. Had 50 pp and 15 and 25 lb mono. For both bait and throwing plastics. Always rinsed with fresh water after trip and a drop of lube. It was my favorites for a long time!
     
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    I spooled it up with 20# izor for calicos on the twilight trip I've got coming up in a few weeks. I'll be tossin some big hammers and some crank baits. Might even put an 8oz torpedo sinker on it and drop shot it. Will see how it goes. Thanks a bunch for the replies, reel does look and feel solid. I tore it down, cleaned and re lubed it and it seems smooth.
     
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    or if you have disposable income get the 400BSV which i have. exactly the same except no LW.
     
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    If I like the reel I might check it out.
     
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    here's a photo of mine n old video to give you an idea;



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    Have a gold 400 and have caught many albacore with 20# mono on it and rock fish. Smooth drags. Also have a gold 700 with lw I have loaded with 65# spectra I started using for rock fish about 3 years ago. Don't have to touch the spectra and love the reel.
     
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    I've been using the 400TE since 7-8 years and only but smiles and fish on the ice cooler, as John said, just do a complete service every year and you are good to go.

    3 years ago I changed the stock drag sheets (dartanium) to carbontex and that made the drag smoooother, 100% recomended upgrade
     
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    I've used mine almost 20 years ago and caught 20lb+ albacore and this was with mono line. Worked great and a lot of fun. Thinking back I might have pissed off a few fisherman on the sport fishing boat at the time with the light tackle. I don't have the level wind, but I know people who have "cut" their's out. Now I use it more for rock fishing or halibut and it still works great
     

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