Tranx or lexa 400

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What do you prefer? Price point on lexa is better but don't mind paying more for a better reel.
 
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What do you prefer? Price point on lexa is better but don't mind paying more for a better reel.
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LEXA 400
 
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Skahn

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The Tranx is a 500 size reel, while the Lexa is a 400 size. The Tranx is a larger reel. The lexa does cast better out of the box, but i feel like the TranX cast much better once you have the braking system dialed in.
 
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johndtuttle

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What do you prefer? Price point on lexa is better but don't mind paying more for a better reel.

Depends on the use.

Locally in SoCal, probably Lexa 400 or Revo Toro S/Beast. Bassin', YT and schoolies. Komodo 364 totally in the conversation as well.

7-Day range, you will enjoy the Tranx on Wahoo more (faster reel) and on the larger model fish.
 
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johndtuttle

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saw the okuma komodo 400 at fred hall. it looked BIGGER then the lexa 400. did not get the capacity

I'll take an Okuma over a Daiwa any day but still encourage anyone to just get one! The Lexa is still a great reel.

If the Komodo 400 has slightly less capacity than a Lexa 400 it really doesn't matter. Anything that spools one is going to spool the other and the Komodo should be stronger with a "tighter" form factor that won't flex as much under load.
 
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Tranx is a little bigger. Both are nice. Both fit a niche between your Curado 300 style reel and your conventional bait outfit. Both fit it a little differently.
 
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Consider how you will use it? If you are throwing heavier jigs such as a Tady 45 on the long rod such as a90 or 100j to fish the surface yellows definately go with the Tranx.


Yes, and if you want something to throw smaller poppers then a Lexa is going to be a better choice too, imo. After using a Tranx a little more with light stuff (<2oz) that has a bit of cross section (so that it slows quickly) I feel it really is not that great with that sort of lure. Fine once you get over 2oz or for more dense stuff (iron), but not so great with the small poppers that are so good in the SoCal bight.

Lexa can handle stuff down to maybe 1/2 oz or a little more and still cast big stuff superbly.

I still prefer a Revo Toro Beast for all-around :D.
 
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bparker1225

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Again it all comes down to how and where you are fishing? Inside Sportsfishing recently had an excellent three part series on fishing the long rod with surface iron for yellowtail predominatly inside the Coronados near San Diego. Greg Trompas and Rick Maxa are two of the masters and have schooled me more than once. The last two years these fish have all been all in the 20-40 pound range. You need a reel that you can depend on. A heavy strong reel is essential as well as a strong back. I primarily use a Trinidad 20 with 40 or 50 as do both of those guys. The Tranx is comparable in its capabilities. When fishing day after day on these toads, the tranx is a strong reel that you can depend on. Last year the giant bluefin also showed up close to this region and as tempermental as they were, a surface iron was one way to get bit. However landing those 30-60 pounders on a 9-10 foot rod was a different story. Good luck with the lexa in that situation. Its a matter choice and use.
 
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johndtuttle

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Went with the Tranx hg, looking forward to fishing it

Its a beast!

Eventually you will fill out the quiver with smaller and lighter stuff too :).
 
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vincent2003

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I would say tranx for the HG but now you can get an 8:1 lexa.
Tranx has better cast control if you want distance.
I replaced my lexa bearings with boca for improved distance. I hoping to swap out my older lexa 400 HG for the 8:1 pinion and gear.

Don't get hooked on popping or heavy waxwing with a tranx. There's no turning back
 
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Jones-White

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Ehh I like a challenge, use a curado 300 ej with 65 power pro 20/30 top. Smashed 40 pound yellowfin all day while all the old timers are bitching at me for fishing "light tackle". Guess who caught more fish
 
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I’ve only used my 400s for big swimbait fishing but I have tossed some pretty heavy lures and caught some pretty big bass with them without issue . I am I about to start using them as my introduction to slow pitch jigging reels . They are bad ass and smooth as butter in all senses and ones even been dunked . Freshwater but still
 
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    Love my tranx hg. Got a 120# bluefin on it .
     
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    Last year the giant bluefin also showed up close to this region and as tempermental as they were, a surface iron was one way to get bit. However landing those 30-60 pounders on a 9-10 foot rod was a different story. Good luck with the lexa in that situation. Its a matter choice and use.

    This fish was caught on a Lexa 400.
     
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