Rod for Lexa TWS 400

mmills

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Oct 12, 2020
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Michael Mills
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Carver 28
I just got a Lexa TWS 400 and wanting to fish it for bigger calicos and yellowtails. Maybe some kelp paddies. I was thinking it will be mostly for surface irons, larger swimbaits and colt snipers, etc. I was at Hogan's today and the guy talked me out of the Phenix M1 Inshore. Does anyone have any recommendations? I have a 800L I use for live bait and I really like that for live bait, but I am looking for something a little stiffer. Thanks!
 

lazyfisherman

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  • Nov 28, 2006
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    877
    Garden Grove
    Name
    Bobby
    Boat
    Cattle Boats
    Calstar 800ml or 800ml if you want something a little stiffer than the 800L. I use my 400 sized reels on a UC us85mega or us85monster. Switching it out depending on the size of fish I'm after.
     
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    hucklongfin

    Deep release specialist
    Jul 3, 2003
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    MarkT
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    Blazer Bay 1860
    Nothing wrong with a M1… I think there’s a couple of 8’2” MH in my garage!
     
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    mmills
    That is what I was thinking. Seems like a good rod.
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    F.I.S.H.Y

    Fishermen.
  • Sep 27, 2019
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    Erick
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    Stay away from the M1. I've broken 3 now. Only rods ive broken so far. Check out the Okuma Guide select if you want something similar price to the m1. I got a 70lb bluefin on the 7'11XH with a komodo 463p in 30-45 mins, 12lbs of drag I think.

    I got my lexa 400tw on a Blackhole Challenger 801mh. If I could change that I would get a UC GP Mega 80. The black hole is a really great rod though, also highly recommend.
     
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    birdie800

    ReelBigFish
    Jul 11, 2009
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    Chay
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    I have my Lexa 400HD on a M1 82H and have landed many schoolie sized YFT up to 30#. No issues so far and one of my favorite lightweight setups using 20-40# leaders.
     
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    yessokk

    Luck favors the well prepared.
    Sep 18, 2006
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    Name
    Walt
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    11 ft Sears W/Duel 5.2hp
    Have a similar lexa 400 that is the nuts for yellow tail and small tuna under 40lbs. The key advantage to that reel is its ability to cast a sardine as far away from the boat as reasonably expected. Any med action 8' rod would be ideal. Would reccomend to stay away from the fast action rods and try and target a med action first or a , med fast action . Something that has a softer casting action for casting the live baits. The faster action blanks unload too fast, are great for artificial but tend to whip the sardine off the hook. And not to worry about the rod "Power" for the fight , just reduce the arc of the rod and transfer the more of the fight to the reel rather then the rod. Most are unaware of this concept but works beautifully when necessary.

    My suggestions for your consideration,
    Walt
     
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    jbmiranda14

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    Javier Miranda
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    Check out UC Swimbait Finatic series. I have a 711MH and it was money for all around use at Cedros Island (plastics, light jigs, stick baits). Caught yellows to #30 and loads of calicos, bones, and cudas.
     
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    mmills
    Thanks! What charter did you use out of Cedros?
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    jbmiranda14

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    Javier Miranda
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    Went with Cedros Island Fishing Charters (Formerly cedros kayak) on one of the MC swimbaits trips this past October. Good times fishing with Corey. I already put down my deposit for 2022!

    Corey, and Jeff at Cedros, really focused on artificials and lighter tackle, so my UC-711MH and M1-79H both got a good workout. I caught yellows on both, but hands down preferred the UC.
     
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    mmills

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    Oct 12, 2020
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    Mission Viejo, CA
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    Michael Mills
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    Have a similar lexa 400 that is the nuts for yellow tail and small tuna under 40lbs. The key advantage to that reel is its ability to cast a sardine as far away from the boat as reasonably expected. Any med action 8' rod would be ideal. Would reccomend to stay away from the fast action rods and try and target a med action first or a , med fast action . Something that has a softer casting action for casting the live baits. The faster action blanks unload too fast, are great for artificial but tend to whip the sardine off the hook. And not to worry about the rod "Power" for the fight , just reduce the arc of the rod and transfer the more of the fight to the reel rather then the rod. Most are unaware of this concept but works beautifully when necessary.

    My suggestions for your consideration,
    Walt
    What is w
    Have a similar lexa 400 that is the nuts for yellow tail and small tuna under 40lbs. The key advantage to that reel is its ability to cast a sardine as far away from the boat as reasonably expected. Any med action 8' rod would be ideal. Would reccomend to stay away from the fast action rods and try and target a med action first or a , med fast action . Something that has a softer casting action for casting the live baits. The faster action blanks unload too fast, are great for artificial but tend to whip the sardine off the hook. And not to worry about the rod "Power" for the fight , just reduce the arc of the rod and transfer the more of the fight to the reel rather then the rod. Most are unaware of this concept but works beautifully when necessary.

    My suggestions for your consideration,
    Walt
    What is Walt?
     
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    cow man

    Tuna addict
  • Aug 29, 2012
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    Jake Waardenburg
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    US GP80 Mega. Nice soft tip with a ton of backbone. Light enough to still make pulling on the smaller stuff fun but beefy enough to pull the better grade fish out of the kelp. Also a great setup for that schoolie tuna or paddie dorado.
    Awesome blank!!!
     
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