I would like to get the shimano tranx 400 reel, left hand with the 5.8:1 ratio. im going to use 80 lb braid on it and throw mostly bucktails, a spinner bait or two and once in a while a top water bait. The problem is right now nobody has that reel in stock. What is the main difference between the 300 and the 400 series ? I do have some time, a few months at least, but time goes by quick. I go musky fishing about 6 times a year presently, but who knows what the future holds. Opinions on either reel is appreciated. TIA
Shimano Tranx 400 reel
Vegas makes a great point about the power handle on the Tranx 400... if you get the A and not the HG it does not come with a power handle. You can get one aftermarket and they work. I like the power handles especially if you are going to retrieve large blades. If you go with the 400... I would highly recommend going with the lower geared 400A v. the HG. The gearing in the HG really isn't designed to take the abuse of the big double blades. With that you can use it and I have used mine but I also have about 10 different rods and reels... one specific for each type of application., For a general all around reel I really would suggest you get your hands on a 400A and give it a shot.
If you are looking for an all around go-to reel, get the Tranx 400 ahg. My wife has one and it is great. Put the power handle on it and it will handle your double 10's just fine. It's actually worth waiting for...when trying to buy one.
Tranx is very smooth and easy to cast.
Personally, I prefer my Beast high speed, but that 400 ahg is a really good reel, too.
I think the 300 is a little small for muskies, but that is just an opinion, I've never casted one or used one.
And the 500 PG is too big. It has just too much weight on it for my liking. I had one for a year and sold it.
I personally would not go with the 300... in fact I would not go with the 400 either if you are planning on fishing with the D10 or D12s all day either. The gears are not really that great for those large of a lure with the drag. If you are going to work the big D10s + go with the 500 PG. Yes it is a low profile reel, yes it is a Shimano (if you really want one Reeds has a bunch right now in south paw)… but it is really not a 400 class reel
For just all around fishing I love my 400 but I have an old Toro Beat Winch that is a 4:9:1 that works great for the big double blades... it is a high maintenance reel though. I will also note that the 400 size balances fine on my Big Nasty but it looks funny... very small compared to how big that rod is.
You can get a 300 as long as your not doing double tens or large rubber. Smaller to palm the reel and I use mine for 6-9” cranks, double 8s and spinner baits. 90% of the lures I throw
I use my 400 for all purpose but on a 9’3” rod to balance things out. A little big in the hand though.