Tranx 300/400/301/401

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Tranx 300/400



The Tranx family is now much larger and more diverse. Shimano created the large low profile reel market with the Tranx 500 model. The addition of the 300 and 400 sizes provides heavy duty low profile reels for multiple applications. We took several steps to improve durability for the saltwater market as well as the demanding freshwater anglers. Available in both right and left hand models in two gear ratios.



The compact body design allows for increased comfort and ergonomics. The physical size of the 300 is smaller than the current Curado 300E. We made the spool slightly taller to improve casting performance. It also aids in line pick up when using a slower gear ratio.


Coreprotect is a feature that we have been using in our spinning reel models for a few years. This is a water resistance design to prevent water entry in susceptible areas of the reel. We have now added this feature to the Tranx 300/400 model reels.


Worm shaft seal: The first area where water can enter the reel, when sitting in the rod holder taking ocean spray, or while fishing with the reel.


Anti-Reverse bearing seal: This is a common area for water to enter the reel from heavy spray on those rough days. Seals are used on both sides of the bearing to eliminate water from getting into the bearing.


Frame Seal 1: The pinion support bearing is a common area for corrosion when used in saltwater. We have made design changes to the spool and frame to eliminate water from entering this area. A special seal was also added to further reduce the possibility of water getting into the bearing and gear box.


Clutch Button Seal: Another common area for water to enter the reel from both spray and use. A seal has been added to the inside to keep water out.

Frame Seal 2: Special grease has been used between the side plate and frame to prevent entry through this area.


A special clutch retention mechanism was developed to prevent the clutch from tripping on a hard cast. We further reduced the chances for the clutch to trip by use of a new carbon handle knob (HG only). This greatly reduces the weight of the handle knob and inertia when casting.

The drag range has been adjusted for use with heavier lines. The drag curve is very steep and is appreciated when fishing with heavy braided line and leaders.

Gear strength and durability has been increased greatly over Curado 300E model.


Hagane body

Aluminum A-side plate (handle side)

Cross Carbon drag

22 pounds max drag (standard model), 18 pounds max drag (HG model)

X-Ship

VBS braking system

Escape Hatch side plate access

5.8:1 gear ratio (Standard) 30 inches per crank

7.6:1 gear ratio (HG) 40 inches per crank

300/301 Line Capacity Mono 12/230, 14/180, 17/150 Power Pro 40/195, 50/190, 65/125

400/401 Line Capacity Mono 12/330, 14/260, 20/160 Power Pro 50/275, 65/170, 80/140

5+1 S-ARB bearings

11.6 ounces (Standard) 12 ounces (HG)

300/301- $279.99
400/401- $299.99

*Available early March* (Fred Hall Show Long Beach for the local anglers)
Left hand models will be available in April
 
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Dan, will the 500 get remodeled to match the smaller newer reels at some point soon?

These ones looks great and adressing some of the shortcomings of the popular reels in the same class should make these hot sellers.
 

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Reels look great. Handle knobs are definitely lame compared to the revo beasts/tranx 500, but I'm hoping that's an easy fix.

How much line per crank on the high speed 300 size?

I'll take three, please!
 

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Are they releasing the lefties at the same time?
 

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Will a power handle be available for the 300?
 

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Will the 400 have the normal shimano knob (like the tranx 500) or will it come with the one in the picture above?
 

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It's in his post 30 and 40 inches
Unless the spool diameters are the same, that doesn't make sense. And 40 inch/crank is a ton for a 300 sized reel smaller than a Curado 300E.

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Are these 8mm main shafts like the Tranx 500 or 7mm like the baitcasters? Would the handle assemblies be transferrable, considering dimensions other than the the shaft diameter.

How about the shafts the knobs attach to, same as old baitcasters or Tranx? That way maybe just change out the knob instead of the whole handle. Personally, I much prefer an EVA knob than the old Tranx knob, and I've seen the EVA knobs put on the stock Tranx handle.

Also are those line capacity numbers really right? Do you really lose 100 yards going from 50# to 65# PPro in the 400? The Lexa gets around 250ish yards of 65#, I'd at least hope for 200. Hell, with 170 almost half the spool is gone casting a surface iron.
 
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The math doesn't add up...but since I'm a friendly guy who just wants to know whether to buy the 400 as well as the 300, here's how it works...

The 400 is physically bigger than the 300, because the 400 spool has a higher capacity. There are two sizes of reels (300 and 400), and two gear ratios per model (5.8:1, 7.6:1), which means 4 unique combinations, which means there should be 4 different line retrieve rates for 4 unique reels.
 

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The math doesn't add up...but since I'm a friendly guy who just wants to know whether to buy the 400 as well as the 300, here's how it works...

The 400 is physically bigger than the 300, because the 400 spool has a higher capacity. There are two sizes of reels (300 and 400), and two gear ratios per model (5.8:1, 7.6:1), which means 4 unique combinations, which means there should be 4 different line retrieve rates for 4 unique reels.
Exactly, because unless the diameter of the spools when full are the same for the 400 and 300 the retrieve rate isn't the same. I mean it's possible, but if the 300 is smaller than a 300E...I don't think so. Although with that relatively small line capacity for the 400, maybe the 400 is just wider? At least one thing here has to give.
 
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Inches per crank is based on gear ratio and spool circumference. The width of the spool does not factor that number spec. The spec is based on a full spool of line. Using Trinidad as an example the 16N, 16, 20 and 30 all have the same spec of 46". Technically if you have the same line on each reel the 400 will pick up line slightly faster because you will have more line on the spool after a cast. Usually someone will use heavier line on the 400 because of the applications. It will make things pretty equal since you wont be using 80 pound braid on the 300, but the 400 is a possibility.

These reels have taller spools than the Curado 300E.

Yes the handles will be available for purchase if you want to swap them around. The new double handle is very long. Long enough that you won't feel under powered if you hook a better fish.

The knobs that come with the reels are what are pictured. The reason we went with the carbon knob is to prevent clutch trip issues. The larger rubber knobs are heavy and can cause the clutch to trip on a hard cast, or if the handle is in the 12:00 position.


Here is my opinion for what each reel is best suited for.

300- swimbaits for calico and other inshore species. It doubles as a good reel for smaller swimbaits and umbrella rigs for freshwater bass. Deep cranks like the 10XD and similar. 40-50# Power Pro with 20-40# leader

300HG- Hardbaits for calico like our Colt Sniper jerkbaits and stickbaits. Small Waxwings (88-118). 40-50# Power Pro with 20-40# leader

400- Larger swimbaits/Heavy kelp situations for Calico/Inshore species. Big weedless baits for Calico. Larger swimbaits and glide baits for freshwater bass. Big spoons for freshwater bass. 65-80 Power Pro with 30-50+ pound leaders.

400HG- smaller surface jigs like Tady AA, A1, 4/0 or similar. Smaller poppers for tuna like our Orca 90. Smaller metal jigs like Colt Sniper and Flat Fall or similar. Larger hardbaits for Calico. 65-80 Power Pro with 30-50+ pound leaders.
 
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Calico for the 400? You know people going pelegic fishing with them!
 

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So that pretty much confirms what I was saying, the Tranx 400 is more like a 350 than a true 400 sized reel, based on line capacity and suggested application.
 

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So that pretty much confirms what I was saying, the Tranx 400 is more like a 350 than a true 400 sized reel, based on line capacity and suggested application.
I would think that 275 yards of 50# is more than enough for local pelagics under 65# (majority of fish) and then 140 yards of 80# as a kelp cutter for Calicos.

Daiwa rates the Lexa 400 for 300 yards of 55#. IF there is a real difference in capacity you aren't gonna notice it on a fish or if so, more like you needed a 500 sized reel to begin with.

For most of my fishing I prefer the 400 sized reels over a 500.
 
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I would think that 275 yards of 50# is more than enough for local pelagics under 65# (majority of fish) and then 140 yards of 80# as a kelp cutter for Calicos.

Daiwa rates the Lexa 400 for 300 yards of 55#. IF there is a real difference in capacity you aren't gonna notice it on a fish or if so, more like you needed a 500 sized reel to begin with.

For most of my fishing I prefer the 400 sized reels over a 500.
I completely agree John, but 50# doesn't seem to cast well for jigs, 65# and 80# come off the spool better, and the Tranx is can only hold 175 yards of 65# if the line capacity Bantam posted is accurate. That's my concern

Diawa also states the Lexa can hold 200 yards of 80#, which makes sense, as I definitely have significantly more than 200 yards of 65# on mine. And it'll cast a 7X as far as any other reel, with plenty of line left on the spool. In that regard the Tranx 400 seems to come closer to the Komodo 350 than the Lexa 400.

I'd love to trade in my Lexa 400 for Tranx 400 on my jig stick, but if I'm going to have more than half my spool depleted, I'm a little concerned. Bantam suggested the 400 is more suited to small irons, leading me to believe the 500 is the Shimano offering for larger irons, and I don't want a reel that big on the rod I'm fishing.