Tranx 400 vs Lexa HD 400

619Fishing

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lookin for a #30 reel for flylining and irons and basically got it down to these two. Imma mount it on a Calstar 800m. Basically gonna be for football tuna and yellows. Only thing I can see is the Lexa has more line capacity but looking for opinions from people who’ve fished them. Also what would be the best way to mount it, tiburon clamp or any other cheaper alternative?
 

hucklongfin

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I compared them and went with the Lexa HD 400hs-p. I like the bigger capacity, stronger drags and stainless main/pinion gears. I’ve caught Wahoo, YFT, YT with it. All my rods have seats.
 

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I can confirm the lexa 400 is a sweet reel! I use it for my 20# application and it's a sweet rig.
 
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well it sounds like it’s gonna come down to personal prefrence, im leaning more towards Lexa.. anyone know a better alternative than a tiburon clamp?
 

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If you waited two more weeks, there would be lots of Black Friday deals. I save all my big purchases till BF when you can get 15-20% off.
I actually got a pretty good deal because I got it via the VIP program with Shimano, but I guess I can use Black Friday as an excuse to buy more stuff:D
 

619Fishing

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i already got a 20a on a 90j I just wanted a low profile #30 reel haha and yeah I’d rather go with stainless than brass, that’s just me though!
 

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Daiwa also makes a nice ARSC1 clamp but I think its no longer in production.
The Daiwa ARSC1 clamp doesn’t sit flush on the Lexa 400. It bumps up against the gear box and makes it sit at an angle. I ended up getting the tiburon clamp which works fine on my 8’ deckhand rod. The Lexa 400HD is a great Little reel and easy to service. I use it with 50lb braid and 40-50lb topshot but originally picked it up as a 30lb reel.
 

hucklongfin

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I think Shimano sized the TranX 400 the way they did to make it the same capacity as the Calcutta 400 rather than aim at the larger Lexa 400 or Komodo 450.
 
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I have both and both are good... It's comes down to personal preference. You pay more for the Tranx, but that doesn't translate into the better reel.

The Lexa - WN is the latest and is more comfortable with the Winn Grip Knob. My jigstick is wrapped with cord and then Winn Grip Overwrap. The Lexa is secured to the rod using a Tiburon Lexa Clamp.

This past summer, this became my go-to setup ripping lips on Calico's, YT's and schoolie YFTs, BFs and DoDo's. Not only does this set-up balance well, but the aesthetics is SPOT-ON in Blue...

Hit me up if you need more info.
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Lexa HD is a substantially tougher reel with larger capacity.

As above the Tranx 400 is more a swimbait reel (like the old Curado) rather than a real popping or surface iron go to beast.

Just get what works for you, but that deal at Turner's above was not to be missed.
 

tugasangler

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Tranx 500 I feel like is more comparable ... and there’s no comparison to me with THOSE TWO. It’s tranx 500 all the way .. kinda how they used to compare saltiga 40 to Trinidad 20 ... that’s where they equal out .. and saltiga would win .
 

caballo del mar

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Tranx 500 I feel like is more comparable ... and there’s no comparison to me with THOSE TWO. It’s tranx 500 all the way .. kinda how they used to compare saltiga 40 to Trinidad 20 ... that’s where they equal out .. and saltiga would win .
This is probably true,but isn’t the a Lexa like half the price? It’s a very good reel for the price.
 
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hucklongfin

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A Lexa hd 400hs-p is about $250 and the TranX 400 is about $300. The much larger TranX 500 is about $500.