Most Durable Low Profile Reel for Shallow Water Rockfishing?

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  1. yakmandan

    yakmandan Newbie

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    I have a lexa 400 and an Abu Garcia torro beast The Lexa casts way better then the Abu but I caught a 50+ bluefin with the Abu and have yet to catch anything with the Lexa. I have never tried the Okuma komodos but now I'm gonna have to buy one after reading this.
     
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    I may just have to go the route of the cortez handle then.

    However, looking at the Tesoro handle, it should fit the Komodo without modification.
     
  3. Yella1

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    You won't be sorry.:beerbang:
     
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    I Checked yesterday the Tesoro 10 handle fits Komodo 400,but the screws are different sizes on the nut keeper’s. No dremel work tho...
     
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    Yeap, I found the same thing.

    A Tesoro handle (the handles are the same on the 5, 10, and 12) and the screw from the Tesoro.
     
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    How do the komodos work as a bait reel. Soaking sardine and chovies for tuna? I got one late last year and I haven’t tried it for that application yet.
     
  7. writebrian

    writebrian ... and I'm 6'5"

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    I have only fished mine as a bait reel and it is outstanding in every way. I can outcast 90% of the boat with even a tiny sardine and can therefore present my bait directly in the chum as it falls. I have been in the top 3 sticks on the boat each time I fished it when we had that small bait in the fall. One trip me and an older gentleman both had em' and together racked up the majority of the count. Next guy closest to our count was fishing a Lexa.

    They are outstanding bait reels if that's how you wanna use em. The 400 size is large enough to back pedal a bait with no problem at all.
     
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    I can’t wait to try it. Thanks.
     
  9. Heartoak

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    I totally agree. Really solid reels that are extremely versatile. Flyline....throw iron....fish deep...pretty much my go to reel. Might be my all time favorite reel.
    Jeff
     
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  10. onehottip

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    I was using my Calcutta and Corsair for albacore in the mid 90s. All my friends said I was crazy. I thought it was almost perfect at the time. I would tell all who would listen about the extra casting distance and feel the it gave me with a live bait. Mostly sneers. Then Trinidad 14 came along.............
     
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    I like my Lexa 400 for rockfishing, throwing surface irons and flylining. Same concept different ree I guess
    These 400 sized low profile reels are convenient to fish with
     
  12. Heartoak

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    The Komodo and the Lexa are both very nice reels. I own them both. I think the Lexa feels smoother right out of the box.....but I have had issues with it when flylining baits. Had it not want to go into gear when a bait has been picked up a few times. More than once. But it is fine throwing iron. The Komodo does great flylining a bait and never balks at going into gear. No matter how violent the strike. It really shines once your hooked up. Much beefier feel than the Lexa. Just really needs the Cortez 10 handle or a similar sized handle to bring out the true potential of the beast inside.
    Jeff
     
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  13. makairaa

    makairaa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I will take the komodo over the lexa just for ease of service. Never had a problem dropping a reel off at okuma and getting it fixed. Everybody I know who has dropped reels off at Daiwa sooner or later has one of those stories.
     
  14. Heartoak

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    Uh huh....I am waiting on Diawa right now. Better still I have not had to send anything from Okuma back for repairs. A light cleaning and oil/grease is all they have needed. Nothing I have bought from them has broken or worn out.
    The Diawa I sent in had only a few hours on it when it failed....and I had to call multiple times to get any answers. They need a wake up call. Will stick with Okuma from now on.
     
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