Absolutely terrible company for saltwater reesl!
December 2, 2018
Had mine for a year and so did a friend (bought at the same time). Within the first month had a grinding in the ball bearings. I don't do any beach fishing at all so i assumed that i got salt inside of it and cleaned it to no avail. A week later my friend's reel started doing the same. Now both of these reels were thoroughly cleaned after each use. Luckily another friend of ours knew a Daiwa rep., and we got all of the internals replace for free. Upon receiving it the worked great.....for about a month again..... I went as far as to replace the "sealed" ball bearings inside with ceramic ones i bought online, which did help, but has not totally absolved the issue with their crappy bearings grinding and locking up.
Santa Paula, CA
Smooth and strong drag
May 2, 2018
I bought this reel in the 400 size and have been using it for a couple of months know and I love it would trade for any other casting reel..
ProsLight and strong reel
ConsNothing bad yet
It's a boomer!
November 2, 2017
Just returned from a ten-day fishing trip to Baja. A highlight was testing out my new Lexa 400 reel. All I can say is, Wow! I had the reel loaded up with 65 lb. braid. We were casting from the boat towards an island several hundred feet away and after the first couple of casts I had to take a little off my casts because I was consistently hitting the rocks on the island. I have never cast so far with any other reel. Retrieves were smooth, 25 lb. drag was awesome, dial-in magforce cast control was great. This is an extremely strong reel but it is so light that you don't realize how strong it is until you hook up a Yellowtail.
ProsToo many to mention. I love this reel and bought an HD400 in addition.
ConsIt is very difficult to see the indicator for the mag drag dial so at first I couldn't tell whether I had the dial on 10 or off. That resulted in one pretty massive birds nest but with a quick adjustment it was dialed in and making me look like a casting pro! One more note - the rated capacity of this reel is 200 yds with 80 lb braid. I put just about 200 yds of 65 lb on it and had to pull off a good 20 yds or so because the spool was too full to cast.
By Kent E.
October 29, 2017
all around great real. west coast fisherman, pair this with your favorite jig stick and toss your surface iron further than the guy next to you.
Prossmooth drag, great castability, comfortable grip. great reel for the price. suits all my needs from casting punkers to strippers, whopper ploppers to schoolie yellowfin, or a tady surface iron to yellows. comparable reels will cost you a bit more. not to mention, diawa has great customer service and tech support should you have an issue or need service.
Consnot so much a "con" but something to be aware of. the high speed model has a high gear ratio but the inches per crank isn't quite as much as a high speed conventional reel such as diawa saltist HS. while considered high speed amongst other low profile/ baitcasters the spool size is much smaller thus less line per crank. nonetheless, it provides plenty of speed for most fishing methods.
By CAL H.
Daiwa LEXA 400HS reel
October 28, 2017
Very pleased, exceptionally smooth and casts great! Highly recommended!
By Bret R.
High Capacity braid
October 27, 2017
This reel has lots of drag and holds plenty braid for large fish, very smooth drag and lots of power.
ProsGreat for top water jigs with plenty drag to bring in the big ones.
By Steve W.
Hanover Park, IL
Love the reel.
October 27, 2017
With this purchase, I can keep one for myself and give one as a gift to make someone very happy.
Great musky reel
October 10, 2016
I've had this reel for two years, and it has definitely performed to my expectations. Casts really well, and the drag is really solid. Probably not the best option for large double bladed bucktails, but it's a very versatile reel for just about any other method of musky fishing.
By Joseph J.
September 19, 2016
When I first purchased I was extremely excited about the quality of this reel. I have had this reel for two seasons now and I have only been able to use it for about one half of a season due to mechanical errors. I am now waiting on parts they are out of stock on and by the time I receive the parts the fishing season will be over. Very disappointed in the duality and service for a pricey reel.
Boynton Beach, Florida
June 10, 2016
You get what you pay for, and you get an amazing reel that is well worth the money
ProsSuper smooth and great drag
Awesome muskie reel
March 28, 2016
The 400 HSP is an awesome reel for rubber and jerkbaits for muskie. Holds up incredibly well in the coldest conditions and it is smooth as it was the day I bought it.
Great reel for the price!
June 27, 2015
This is my go to reel just because it was cheap and I'm not afraid to damage/lose it... but it's also got great features. It's not a chronarch, but it's similar to a curado! I also have the lexa casting rods, and when they're paired together, boy is it beautiful. It's also lined with 12lb Hybrid from Yozuri in purple smoke... and that's even more bad@$$! The reel is smooth and performs very well. The drag is smooth and casts are deep and long. The mag brakes help to stop nests, so it's a nice added benefit. Overall highly recommended.
ProsGreat features for the price Used in SW and FW with no problems Drag is smooth
February 12, 2015
Great reel for snook and tarpon
great handling reel
November 19, 2014
used this for fishing saltwater for tog, used 40lb braid and it worked great. Love the line pick up and once you get the you get it set up with the weight you're using, no birds nest. made sure to clean it real well after the salt and my next trip will be for strippers.
Prosline pick up and cast control.
West Hills, CA
My favorite cheap baitcaster.
October 20, 2014
I have owned lexa 100 reel for about 2 years now, it cast a country mile and works great. I use it in saltwater and freshwater, never have had a problem.
By Mahmoud A.
A Special and Interesting Reel
May 4, 2014
If you are an angler who enjoy using the tackle as much as fighting a good fish then you should try this reel. Being a saltwater angler and mainly spin reels user, picking up this reel was an interesting thing after testing (casting and bringing back the line) it for around 2 hours casting from a beach I found:
Pros1- The reel ergonomics are great; I was able to cast above 100 yards. This is my first time to cast using bait-caster/multiplier and I casted more than 15 times over these 2 hours without any major backlashes. 2- The reel is very smooth and fast (7.1) I haven’t seen this ratio in any surf reel. It is true that you can get good gear ration in multipliers, but you will not get the same ergonomics. 3- Price is very comparative especially when you consider the features. If you cast lures, bait, offshore or surf fishing and looking for a new enjoyable change, try this reel.
ConsIf you don’t have an overhead road you will need to buy one
Outstanding reel for both fresh and salt water
March 26, 2014
You only need 1 reel for both salt and fresh water luring. With it's high capacity, casting poppers and top water lures is not an issue. Its a great reel to keep in your arsenal.
By Hong G.
New Market, Alabama
heavy duty baitcaster
March 5, 2014
this is one little workhorse baitcaster! got the 400H, it packs quite a bit of drag for such a small reel, very impressed!
great light muskie
January 10, 2014
This reel is great for lighter muskie applications. I own 3 of these in various ratios and they are good reels for smaller Bucktails and top raiders and jackpots. Easy to cast and has a good drag in a small reel. They are the best fitting reel I've touched for someone with medium size hands which is nice when casting all day. All in all I would have no problems recommending this reel.
ProsFits nicely in hand Good drag Long effortless casting
ConsDoesn't handle the bigger baits to well
Awesome Reel. Great Price
August 28, 2013
I bought the 300 with the power handle and use it for inshore fishing in the gulf coast. The high capacity and drag are great and the cast control works perfectly. It is my first daiwa reel and i would not hesitate to buy another daiwa product in the future.
ProsLooks. Drag. Capacity. Power Handle. Cast Control. Corrosion Resistance. Price.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Very good reel and worth buying
February 3, 2013
Im an really satisfied in this reel. Casting performance is really awesome. Drag are very strong, I have tried it for king fish and golden trevally and no worries about the drag. Design are really perfect for big fish here in dubai. I will recommend this reel.
ProsCast control and casting performance and the design is perfect on my hand
Dubai, United Arab emirates
Very good reel
February 3, 2013
It was really good, the reel is perfect on my hands and it's casting performance is really good. Magnetic cast control works great. Very good drag.
ProsCasting ability and the looks
By ULDIS A.
January 27, 2013
Lightsome, powerful and reliable. Try and You not lose!
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