Low profile reel comparisons

rancanfish

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I have Lexas in 400/300 and I love them. But this comparison will have to be edited once the new Penns are out and being used.
 

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Got a question regarding the Kamodo. Is it true that the level wind also is active when you cast?
 

lougio

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I have had the Lexa 400HD, Tranx 400HG, Komodo 471SS, and Revo Toro Beast 60HS.

They all cast about the same distance. The engaged levelwind of the Komodo does not make a differance.
Good to know thx. I tought it was a cool feature though.
 

jackpotjoe

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I have Lexas in 400/300 and I love them. But this comparison will have to be edited once the new Penns are out and being used.
I ordered a penn squall 400 sent it back to small and some plastic parts on it. Not that penn products aren't great. Just the low profile 400squall compared to any three of these is not my first choice.
 
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jackpotjoe

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I have Lexas in 400/300 and I love them. But this comparison will have to be edited once the new Penns are out and being used.
The squall400 loo
I have Lexas in 400/300 and I love them. But this comparison will have to be edited once the new Penns are out and being used.
The penn phathom400 looks like good quality its the tranx400 body size. $249. For that price I would choose lexa 400 or komodo 400.
Unless you want a smaller body reel.
Just my opinion.
 
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PL_Fisherman

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The squall400 loo

The penn phathom400 looks like good quality its the tranx400 body size. $249. For that price I would choose lexa 400 or komodo 400.
Unless you want a smaller body reel.
Just my opinion.
I gotta say, the Fathom 400 beats out the TranX 400 for me. The drags are better on the Fathom, they don’t back off and are silky smooth, but most importantly they are consistent. Also the added bearings of the Fathoms are noticeable over the Squall series for operation.
 
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Kai

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I am happy with extra distance on my casts with 200 size reels. Because there is more inertia involved, pretty sure the 200 casts better.

Holds more than 200 yards of line with braid.

Doing well with my Abu Garcia Revo Premiere. Heck it cast better than my 200 Curado HG.
Sold my Calcutta 200TE for that reason, lagged last in distance.

300-400 size reels I say forget it and use a conventional. Wait until the levelwind starts stacking line unevenly.
That is when my Torque 12 star comes to play.
 
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tunanorth

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I ordered a penn squall 400 sent it back to small and some plastic parts on it. Not that penn products aren't great. Just the low profile 400squall compared to any three of these is not my first choice.


It should be noted that one of the major differences between the Fathom and Squall "Low-Profiles" is that although both have metal frames, the lower-priced Squall has a graphite sideplate on the handle side, and the higher-priced Fathom has a metal sideplate on the handle side. Both have graphite sideplates on the "off" side.
 
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Paulo Grandez

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I have all the above mentioned reels. Their all good and will land fish. I like em all but I gotta say I'm partial to the Lexas. I use my Tranx 400 for 20/25# duty since I like to use a mono topshot. In the 400 size my favorite is the Lexa 5.1 which I use for 30# bait. I sold my Komodo471 cuz it was too wide for me. In 300 size which I use for 20# I like em all. For bait I use the Citrix 5.4 and for Coltsnipers I use the Lexa 7.1 and Curado EJ.

I'm not a fan of the Tranx 300 because of the line capacity or lack of.

My all-time favorite BC's are the Tranx 500 HG Lexa 400WN 5.1 and Calcutta 400D

The Penn's are nice and I'll eventually get one but there's nothing extraordinary about them.
 

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I am happy with extra distance on my casts with 200 size reels. Because there is more inertia involved, pretty sure the 200 casts better.

Holds more than 200 yards of line with braid.

Doing well with my Abu Garcia Revo Premiere. Heck it cast better than my 200 Curado HG.
Sold my Calcutta 200TE for that reason, lagged last in distance.

300-400 size reels I say forget it and use a conventional. Wait until the levelwind starts stacking line unevenly.
That is when my Torque 12 star comes to play.
I think that is partly why Okuma stuck with the non disengaging levelwind for the Komodos.

Line stays level no matter what.
 
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jackpotjoe

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Heres a view of tranx400 , lexa400, komoto400. I personally like each one for bait or light lures they cast nice.
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Thanks for the feedback its good to here what is working or not working.
This info gives us reasons to try different tackle and setups leading us to more confidence and more fish landed. Nothin beats experience on the water. Its fun during the slow months to talk gear and tackle.
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PL_Fisherman

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If and when that happens just go buy another reel.
Or just replace it. Not a hard part to come buy lol. No need to be willing to drop $500 (based on your personal preference) every time you go to buy a low pro. Also replacing the bushing or bearing may help.