Most Durable Low Profile Reel for Shallow Water Rockfishing?

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  1. flyliner

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    I am looking to get a 300 or 400 size low profile reel for a new light tackle shallow water rockfishing combo (big lings, sheephead, reds, etc.). I need something that is going to stand up the best against a fair amount of abuse.

    This reel will go on a shimano trevala 66m (absolutely love this rod).

    A tranx 500 is too big - I want something smaller and lighter. Line capacity is not a big deal as I am fishing 140 feet max (usually 80 to 120).

    So I am looking at the tranx 300/400. I don't know much about the offerings from Abu Garcia, Daiwa or Okuma - this is where I need help. Again - I want something relatively light and durable here.

    Thanks,
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    Daiwa Lexas are half the price of Tranx
     
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    I've got an Okuma Komodo 364 and a tranx 400. They are both good as long as long as you rinse them off when you get home and will hold more then enough line to do what you want. Havent had any issues with either one and fish them probably at least twice a month.
     
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    Which one do you like better if you had to pick one? Thanks.
     
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    The Okuma, mine is the older model (grey and red). The reason being it has a clicker and the level wind is synced during freespool which is nice for fishing vertical. It also has plenty of drag to handle a bigger fish if needed.
     
  6. PaDDy Killer'

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    I use my tranx 400 and 300. I also have two small stella's I use. Nice thing for me with the spinner's is I can fishing two rods efficiently.
     
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    jer dog Fishing is life

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    Last year I used the 400 Tranx, at ST Nick,
    with A white Grub Tail when we fished Shallow,
    it was A Blast.
     
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    The Komodo reels are the most rugged and durable low pro reels I have used, the frames are very strong and you just can not beat an all stainless steel drive train.

    I like them better the the Lexas and Abus I have used, considered trying out the Tranx, but it really doesn't offer much in the way of features and performance that made it worth keeping so I returned the Tranx.

    The Abu Revo Toro Beast and Tranx are the most refined for sure.

    I prefer the gearing feeling of stainless steel gear on stainless steel gear when cranking a powerful fish up from the depths.
     
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    sdfishkiller Cod Smuggler

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    Avet SX/SXJ/MXJ?
     
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    The OP wanted low profile. Avet's aren't low profile
     
  11. Cubeye

    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Did you change the handle on your Komodo, or is it the stock handle? The length on mine seems to be a little short.
     
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    The large Komodo has rapidly become one of my all time favorite reels. With a few minutes work you can easily fit a larger handle from a Cortez 10 reel. Makes a very good reel absolutely perfect. These reels are beefy yet very compact. IMO they are a more durable reel than the Lexa or smaller TranX. I have two already and will be buying more. Best value out there.
    Jeff
     
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    Not yet.

    Which size Komodo do you have?
     
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    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    KDS-471. First time out it locked up on me. Had to send it back to Okuma. That makes the third Okuma reel that I had to send back for warranty service. Their quality control really sucks.
     
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    Interesting, I own three 471SS's and used to own an original 364 and I beat the crap out of all the reels and never experienced a single issue.

    When I sold the 364 this past summer it functioned better then new after 3yrs of heavy use.

    Wish I would have kept it though.
     
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    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    The quality of the reels are good. They need improvement on their quality control. The clicker on that same Komodo that locked up on me fell off. I opened it up and tried to put to back on. The "E" clip could not fit into the groove. I finally had to remove the flat washer so that the groove would show. In other words, the shaft on the clicker was too short, so the person assembling the reel simply forced the "E" clip onto the shaft and not in the groove of the shaft. That's why the clicker button fell out.
     
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    I totally agree. I have the 300 size and 400 size. They are lightweight but built like a tank. So strong, so smooth (especially considering all the Stainless Steel inside). They are my primary bottom fishing reels, not only because of the durability/line capacity, but because of the non-disengaging level wind. The line comes off even, and goes back on just as even.

    If you can't find a Cortez 10 handle, you can buy one of these off of eBay:
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5336488034&icep_item=323312802504

    It fits perfect, and feels really good.

    Highly recommend the Komodo reels.
     
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    I am hoping to get some of the new komodo power handles once available.
     
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    I have Abu and Diawa. The Abu's are nice but pricey and no more durable than the Diawa 300CC. The 5.5:1 ratio and counterbalanced power handle are great for rockfish, drowning swimbaits, small flylined bait, etc.

    Nice clicker too!

    $148.52 on Amazon, I have 3 of them loaded with 30lb spectra.

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    Lexa 300. If you like a non counter balanced handle just grab a used trini or tranx handle. They fit the Lexa 300 and 400 series
     

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