Daiwa Lexa 400 for Rockfish

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I am planning to get a Daiwa Lexa 400 for NorCal rockfishing by Farallones Islands. What gear ratio is recommended? Thanks for your help
 
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No problems with my 8.1:1. The spool height isn't that tall so no issues with torque if you hook something heavy. I never wished I had gone slower.
 
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I fish Oxnard and Moro Bay for rock cod and lings. My go to is the Lexa 400 6.1:1 Love it enough torque for the big lings and sheepshead. Plenty of speed for the double reds and chuckleheads. I loaded it with 65 8strand braid and just adjust the top shot for the fishing conditions. I also use this reel for yellows and schoolie tunas. You can toss a jig a mile. It is very important to match it with the correct rod for your fishing needs. If speed is the issue get the Daiwa 750 electric reel.
 
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    Sold my Parker. You can find me on the Red Rooster.
    In SE Alaska at least, I wouldn't recommend a fast Lexa 400 for rockfish. We are typically fishing a pound of lead and cranking up that weight from 200 or 250 feet all day long with a 7:1 reel can get tiring; you get speed but not power. I have a 7:1 Lexa but usually use my Baja Special when I bottom fish -- partly because I'm really targeting halibut and need some power. The Lexa is great for tossing jigs to school tuna and yellowtail.
     
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    mmsblee

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    Consider adding a longer power handle to that high ratio Lexa 400. That is what worked for me.
     
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    Paulo Grandez

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    I use a Lexa 400LC 6.3 for Rockfish. If you look around online you can still find them 300 size too.

    It's perfect for fishing Rockfish, I especially like that it has a clicker.
     
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    Benorlo

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    Just get a conventional for rockfish. I fished a lexa for em before and a normal conventional outweighed the lexa by far in my opinion. Yeah the levelwind the lexa offers is nice but at the end of the day that things a bass reel. By that point get a smaller star drag (penn fathoms are solid).
     
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    Paulo Grandez

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    Just get a conventional for rockfish. I fished a lexa for em before and a normal conventional outweighed the lexa by far in my opinion. Yeah the levelwind the lexa offers is nice but at the end of the day that things a bass reel. By that point get a smaller star drag (penn fathoms are solid).
    It's Rockfish there's no need to make it complicated. Any reel will do, even a spinner.
     

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    It's Rockfish there's no need to make it complicated. Any reel will do, even a spinner.
    True, any reel can work for them, but mixing bass reels w/ rockfish makes everything more complicated compared with conventional reels intended to be used for them.
     

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    True, any reel can work for them, but mixing bass reels w/ rockfish makes everything more complicated compared with conventional reels intended to be used for them.
    No it doesn't, that's ridiculous.
    400 size baitcasters are just as effective as conventionals for 30lb and under.

    I keep hearing guys who are anti baitcaster constantly say that they've seen baitcasters get worked on tuna or big fish on party boats, but that's all Bs that's just them not liking change. You go on YouTube and you can see 400 size baitcasters make a quick work of school size tuna, even 60 pounders.
     

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    No it doesn't, that's ridiculous.
    400 size baitcasters are just as effective as conventionals for 30lb and under.

    I keep hearing guys who are anti baitcaster constantly say that they've seen baitcasters get worked on tuna or big fish on party boats, but that's all Bs that's just them not liking change. You go on YouTube and you can see 400 size baitcasters make a quick work of school size tuna, even 60 pounders.
    Yeah they work... for bass LOL , and maybe smaller model offshore species but ill agree to disagree that they can catch fish, just not of the capacity an avet or fathom would give.
     

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    I fish shallow water rockfish at San Nicolas about 4 times a year and all I use is a Lexa 300 on a 8.5’ all star bass rod. Braid with 20lb flouro top shot. Your shoulder will thank you.
     
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    nelson9

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    On my last Farallone trip it took 24 ozs to hold bottom
    using a trap rig with sand dabs. We were fishing 200+
    feet of water with a fast drift. I used a Lexa 400 with 6.3 to 1.
    It was a job to crank up 24 ozs and big rockfish/lings. I would
    not go higher than 6.3. Normaly I would fish 6-8 oz swimbaits
    or bars. If I fished trap rigs on a regular basis I would consider
    a conventional reel like a Fathom 15 or bigger.
     
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