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Old 04-29-2019, 07:42 PM
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I am looking to buy a saltwater proof bait caster reel. I grew up fishing bait casters on the lake and i love the accuracy and distance I can get with them. I want one that I could cast on a school of blackfin tuna or throw into a weed patch for dolphin. Has anybody ever used these for this purpose and if so what would you recommend.
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:28 PM
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I would check out a Shimano Tranx if you want one with levelwind, trinindad if you want one without....
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:54 AM
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
I would check out a Shimano Tranx if you want one with levelwind, trinindad if you want one without....
And the Calcutta too. Got my wife one a few years ago and I end up using the thing all the time. But Tranx is #1
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:50 AM
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Diawa Lexa are worth a look also. My 400 supposedly produces 25 pounds of drag
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I would second the Tranx- I have a 300 and 400 and love them.
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Old 04-30-2019, 07:18 AM
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Iv got at least 5 Lexa’s. They are great and have caught plenty of fish but I had to replace all bearings in the first year. Tranx is the #1 in my book. If I had it to do over again I would go Tranx with power knob
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Old 04-30-2019, 08:38 AM
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we use the tranx
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Old 04-30-2019, 07:57 PM
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I have four Tranx 500’s and three Lexa 400’s. The Tranxs are much larger. Both are great reels and I am happy with all but the 500 gets my nod for being a little more heavy duty for abuse and bigger fish. I can cast the Lexa further than any reel I’ve ever owned.
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Old 05-01-2019, 10:46 AM
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Calcutta TE series are great reels. You can find some nice ones on ebay.

An old school 400B works well to, just a slower line retrieve.
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Old 05-01-2019, 10:54 AM
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Round - Calcutta, Makaira, Ocea Jigger, Tesoro, Trinidad. LowPro - Lexa, Tranx, Curado. May have missed a few. I personally have calucuttas, Curados, Makairas, Trinidads, and an Ocea Jigger. Really depends on what you want to do with them, but all are very capable.
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:09 AM
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Non of them are salt water proof really if not taken care of appropriately....
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:10 AM
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The okuma komodos are pretty decent.
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:47 PM
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I got to put my hands on a Tranx today. Needless to say I gotta get one. Im thinking the 400 AHG would be best for what I plan on doing. Any rod suggestions? I don't need anything too heavy but something that could fight a small tuna or dolphin.
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