new Lisbon, NJ
May 26, 2022
great reel and easy for beginners. I bought this size and its little sister both for Fluke/weak fishing set ups only and was not disappointed.
Prosgreat reel and easy for beginners
By C A.
Nicely made with a bad design flaw
October 3, 2020
The Lexa 400 is basically a solid competent reel. I have fished with one for about a year and have found that the line leveling guid that disengages on free spool is simply a bad design. After hauling in a recalcitrant Lingcod from 300 feet, the line guide may or may not be in line with line on the spool, and with the braided line dug into itself from the previous haul, you may literally have to pull the line off the reel on the next decent. No such problem with the Okuma Komodo, which is what I now use.
ProsSolid, nicely made.
ConsDisconnect of line guide in free spool is a source of real (no pun intended) frustration.
January 18, 2020
I learned to cast a with a baitcaster/conventional with this real and it was great. I had only experience with spinning gear prior to this real and the mag casting controls made it easy.
Great Musky Reel, also great for larger fish such as northern pike, catfish, large bass, salmon, redfish, etc
December 16, 2019
I bought this for casting for Muskys, and I am very happy with it. It casts really far and really smooth with negligible problems with spool overrun The drag sets easily, and the gear system is superb, handling even the toughest Musky. For the money, this is the best value I have ever found in a Musky reel, and I can use it for many other kinds of fishing as well.
ProsGret Gear system, great drag system,
Top of the line
November 8, 2019
Reel has everything you'd want in a bait caster. Handles and casts like a dream.
Hopes were too high
October 21, 2019
Just does not have the power to battle large fish...good for a bass set-up though.
October 12, 2019
I already had one of these reels. Was out on a few overnight and day and a half trips with plenty of fishing hours going. I found more than a few times that the bite was on and although I had several different setups the Lexa was spot on. If a leader broke or I needed to tie on another hook, or another lure, not being the fastest guy to tie knots I went ahead and bought another Lexa. With at least 2 on the deck ready to go I was still able to out fish most of the other guys on the trips. The Lexa 400 casts so freakin far its incredible. In times where you need bait and lures as far away from the boat as possible this reel will get it done. The freedom of not having to worry that your line will backlash lets you fish with the utmost confidence. When I saw the price listed with Tackle Direct at $209 no tax no shipping I couldn't place my order fast enough. Basically I'm really stoked🤘🤘
ProsCasting distance is on par with Shimano TranX at about half the cost. It out performs Okuma Komodo. Reel so far seems to be extremely durable.
Best bait casting reel
October 12, 2019
I just wish that I knew about this guy earlier , because I would have gotten many different size for each of my poles. But I’ve already gotten another brand before the diawa lexa.
ProsIt came with the power handle, that?s the first thing I wanted on this reel.
Big and powerful
September 19, 2019
Great reel to pull those big blades on bucktails.
August 20, 2019
I have this reel for surface irons here in SoCal, smooth retrieve and excellent drag on this reel
Great reel for small surface irons and top water baits
August 13, 2019
I love fishing this reel with the smaller surface irons as well as stick baits when targeting California yellowtail and other pelagics. It’s makes it a breeze to fish straight spectra with a short topshot. Awesome price too!
Los Angeles, CA
The Very Best
July 20, 2019
I bought this reel for the start of rockfish season, and it has served me extremely well. I've caught a jackpot rockfish with this reel, and it didn't break. In fact, it is so well made and well crafted that I was able to reel in, albeit lose a MASSIVE lingcod. The feel of the reel is so nice, as well. It feels really comfortable when I palm the reel, and the power handle is very comfortable. I do wish that there are more left handed options, as well as lower gear ratios for this version of the Lexa. I take immense care of this reel, even though the reel is stainless steel, because it deserves that respect.
La Habra, CA
June 30, 2018
Very smooth and very strong. Best baitcaster on the market!
By Mark M.
New York City NY
October 6, 2017
Fantastic Reel, smooth ,easy ,and solid. Handles the big fish with ease. Casts far and long with thumb control, no birds nests or tangles.
ProsSolid build, casts far, use mono or braid line, ease of use, magnetic and centrifugal brakes, looks great
ConsNone so far
By Barry F.
This Reel cast like the wind blows!
March 21, 2016
Got one of these for Christmas and I matched it up to an Okuma Shadow Stalker bait casting rod. Spooled up with some Firewire Ultra-cast Invisibraid 40lb. After watching a couple of youtube videos on how to setup your bait casting setup; I took it out to the park. After spending 5 minutes dialing it in. I started casting. Lightly at first as I had anticipated some bird nesting. After several cast no bird nest and I started going for distance. Man this thing just goes! I finally had to start putting some thumb on it as it wouldn't stop and seemed to spin faster. It started nesting around 50 to 60 yards and would come to a jerking stop. I will work on the end of my casting technique but smiled all the way home thinking WOW! Took it out to Mexico on a monster yellowtail trip and it performed flawlessly landing 4 out of 5 huge yellowtail. The 5th one spit the hook. Decided to put it on a stouter rod, an ugly stick rated at 50 lbs. Put 65# Xtremebraid with 50# Xtrememono with 1 1/2 oz of weight on a sharp Japanese hook and it was on!
ProsIncredible stopping power Cast crazy far! Looks super sharp and compact
By Barry F.
This Reel cast like the wind blows!~
January 4, 2016
Got one of these for Christmas and I matched it up to an Okuma Shadow Stalker bait casting rod. Spooled up with some Firewire Ultra-cast Invisibraid 40lb. After watching a couple of youtube videos on how to setup your bait casting setup; I took it out to the park. After spending 5 minutes dialing it in. I started casting. Lightly at first as I had anticipated some bird nesting. After several cast no bird nest and I started going for distance. Man this thing just goes! I finally had to start putting some thumb on it as it wouldn't stop and seemed to spin faster. It started nesting around 50 to 60 yards and would come to a jerking stop. I will work on the end of my casting technique but smiled all the way home thinking WOW!
November 22, 2015
strong,smooth and steadfast. I caught a 12lb Tautog and it work perfect. The retrieve was like a 3lb porgy.
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