So I got a Lexa 400

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I recently bought a lexa 400hs. It did not however come with a power handle. My questions are: what other applications are this reel good for other than throwing big swimbaits and surface iron fishing and also what rod should I pair up with it to throw irons? I should get a power handle for it right?
 
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Welcome to BD!
Good pick up. You don't necessarily need the power handle, there are plenty of people who fish without it. I recommend taking it out once or twice and deciding if you want/need it or not. I've used my 400 for a bit everything including flylining, flat falls, yoyos, but mostly surface iron (I have a 300 for swimbaits). IMO the most versatile rod for it is the Phenix PSW 809h because I can comfortably use it for all of the above, but that's me. When I'm throwing surface iron I use either my Calstar BTG690j or Seeker F100. You're not too far from me so if you ever want to meet up and try my rods out, or try the power handle on my Lexa, feel free to hit me up. Hope this helps
 
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Yea I think I'll try the paddles first. And I was also looking at that rod, seems like a great combo but the price point is a bit high. Do you think the lexa would go well on an M1 Inshore? I was thinking the 8'2"H model 20-45? People have told me the reel is too big for the rod. Anyone know if thats true?
 
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I had a 400 on the M1 you are looking at....yes it is big. A 300 is a better reel for that rod.

I use the tiburon clamp and have mine on a UC CE Monster 8' DH. Super light, casts a mile and can handle big fish fine. The moderate action also makes smaller fish fun.
 
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Definitely too big for the M1. If you are looking for a off the shelf rod checkout the Daiwa Proteus Rods. They make a 8ft heavy that would pair awesome with that 400. Usually less than $200.00. Performance Tackle in Los Alamitos has them. If you want a custom Calstar GF800 heavy or medium, it will be more expensive. Performance can help you with that too.
 
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My 400 is on a Phenix 809h. I've caught lots of YT on it using Megabaits, stickbaits and poppers. I even got a Wahoo on it on a 10 day last year.
 
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My 400 is on a Phenix 809h. I've caught lots of YT on it using Megabaits, stickbaits and poppers. I even got a Wahoo on it on a 10 day last year.

My 400 is on the 909H
My 300 is on the M1 8.2 MH.

While yak fishing in Baja throwing the 7xJR, the M1 can handle anything from 2#-40#.
The 400 throws the full size 7X.
 
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bbales

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Alright, I think I'm gonna put my 400 on a 869H or 809H, seems like phenix is the way to go. Pricey, but definitely worth it
 
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I've got a 400H on an PSW 809H and an HD 400 HS P on a PSX-909.

I don't know that the power handle adds much, but it is nice.

I like the HD 400 HS P for lite iron and anchovies. It casts very well with the 9' rod. I did get an 18# dodo on it last summer and it was fine. Plenty for local cuda, bass, etc.

The 400H is also a nice chovie rig. I've got YT and YFT to 22# on it, at that end of the scale, the fight gets longer. Once biting, I switch to something more powerful. Now, one thing I like this rig for is bottom fishing. The level wind is very nice. It does big swim baits well too, but I like the 300 sized reels for swim baits a little better.
 
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Chris1007

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I just got one too. Should i put 50# braid or 65#? Does it matter besides the capacity? Will be using 40# leader.
 
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I've got a 400H on an PSW 809H and an HD 400 HS P on a PSX-909.

I don't know that the power handle adds much, but it is nice.

I like the HD 400 HS P for lite iron and anchovies. It casts very well with the 9' rod. I did get an 18# dodo on it last summer and it was fine. Plenty for local cuda, bass, etc.

The 400H is also a nice chovie rig. I've got YT and YFT to 22# on it, at that end of the scale, the fight gets longer. Once biting, I switch to something more powerful. Now, one thing I like this rig for is bottom fishing. The level wind is very nice. It does big swim baits well too, but I like the 300 sized reels for swim baits a little better.


You can cast anchovies with the 400?
 
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