Calcutta 400TE how strong is this reel?

Discussion in 'Shimano Fishing Gear' started by acechanley, May 21, 2015.

  1. acechanley

    acechanley Newbie

    Location:
    South O'
    Name:
    JEFF CHANEY
    Boat:
    KAYAK,HOBIE OUTBACK
    • Messages:
      (72)
    • Likes Received:
      (11)
    Have a Calcutta 400TE gathering dust.
    Was thinking of making this a 25 # schoolly Tuna/Yellowtail reel.
    Will use a Loomis Backbounce 8' Rod rated to 25 #.
    Thinking of filling it with 30 or 40# spectra and a 2 to 3 foot or a 15 to 25 yd fluoro top shot?
    Live bait chovies (if they are around) and dines .
    whadya think?
     
  2. Tuna rob

    Tuna rob Member

    Name:
    rob
    Boat:
    triumph 170 cc
    • Messages:
      (64)
    • Likes Received:
      (216)
    I use my 400 with 25# all the time. It has a smooth drag and a lot of power. Caught a 30 # yellowtail last year, plus many in the 20# range, with no issues. It does seem to need to be oiled more often then most of my other reels but that's no biggie with me. Had mine for about 6 years now and still feels smooth.
     
  3. jtw0524

    jtw0524 Member

    Location:
    Temecula, Ca
    Name:
    Jimmy Williams
    Boat:
    none
    • Messages:
      (305)
    • Likes Received:
      (169)
    I just picked up a 400te. I have a 400b that I have fished for years and caught lots of yt and tuna up to 35lbs. Last year caught a bft about 50lbs and wrecked it. I don't know if that helps but there's my $.02.

    50lb braid with 20lb topshot
     
  4. jiggyn

    jiggyn Do you even fish?

    Location:
    Torrance
    Name:
    Jerr
    Boat:
    That boat!
    • Messages:
      (5,448)
    • Likes Received:
      (2,508)
    Upgrade the drags and bearings you'll be good to go. I've used it for 25lb on a seeker 809 great for paddy and schoolie fish
     
  5. walkerman

    walkerman I've posted enough I should edit this section

    Location:
    Ventura
    Name:
    Steve
    Boat:
    n/a
    • Messages:
      (3,560)
    • Likes Received:
      (1,189)
    Upgrade with what? Brand, etc. thanks
     
  6. Bantam1

    Bantam1 Shimano Rep Advertiser

    Location:
    Irvine, CA
    Name:
    Dan
    Boat:
    N/A
    • Messages:
      (2,129)
    • Likes Received:
      (719)
    This is a tight tolerance reel made for heavy freshwater applications. It can handle use in saltwater, but will require a little more maintenance. It is perfect for 20-25# leaders.
     
  7. manh3

    manh3 Member

    Location:
    san diego
    Name:
    manh
    Boat:
    nada
    • Messages:
      (176)
    • Likes Received:
      (39)
    I have a 401te that I upgraded the drags with carbontex and some.e cal grease. I think its my favorite shimano reel and I have quite a few. I have caught numerous yellowtails and yellowfins ranging from 20-30lbs. The reel can do a little bit of everything but not one thing all that great. If you're fishing on your own boat then its ok to fish it heavy for yellowtail and tuna but if you're on party bots they are going to be pissed at you for taking so long to reel in the fish and being taken around the boat. Still the Calcutta will always be with me when I fish but its now designated to fish no more than 15lb test.
     
  8. jiggyn

    jiggyn Do you even fish?

    Location:
    Torrance
    Name:
    Jerr
    Boat:
    That boat!
    • Messages:
      (5,448)
    • Likes Received:
      (2,508)
    carbontex drags with cals grease
    and orange boca bearings
     
  9. steelfish

    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

    Location:
    Calexico, Ca / BAJA,Mexico
    Name:
    Alex
    Boat:
    Boatless
    • Messages:
      (708)
    • Likes Received:
      (216)
    calcutta 400TE is always better on the boat that collection dust on the basement.
    here in baja is the perfect small weapon to kill Sierras

    my combo is a calcutta 400TE and gander musky rod, it that combo can kill a big musky than it can kill a big sierra (and anything that swims inshore)

    [​IMG][​IMG][/URL][/IMG]


    50# braid to the top and short 40# mono leaders, cranck the drag down and do a "mano a mano" on those fishes.
     
  10. hucklongfin

    hucklongfin Deep release specialist

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    MarkT
    Boat:
    Blazer Bay 1860
    • Messages:
      (7,476)
    • Likes Received:
      (4,286)
    My 300TE's do great with a 25# leader. A 400TE would have a little more capacity.
     

Share This Page