Shimano Tranx Baitcasting Reels - 200, 300, & 400

Shimano Tranx Baitcasting Reels - 200, 300, & 400

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TD Code
Inches Per CrankGear RatioMono/Fluoro Line
(lb test/yds)
PowerPro Line
(lb test/yds)
Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)Hand
123+18.3Right$199.99 USD
123+18.3Right$199.99 USD
123+18.3Right$199.99 USD
123+18.3Left$199.99 USD
225+111.6Right$279.99 USD
185+111.6Right$279.99 USD
225+111.6Left$279.99 USD
185+111.6Left$279.99 USD
225+112Right$299.99 USD
185+112Right$299.99 USD
225+112Left$299.99 USD
185+112Left$299.99 USD
Shimano TranX Baitcasting Reels allow the angler to tackle anything that swims in freshwater or saltwater. X-Ship & HEG technologies combine to provide massive cranking power with a smooth effortless retrieve, perfect for throwing big baits and catching big fish. These reels feature Shimano's new CoreProtect water resistant technology for long lasting durability in harsh environments.
  • New Coreprotect water resistance feature for dependable use in tough conditions
  • HAGANE Body, X-Ship and HEG Gearing for big baits and big fish
  • Higher gear ratio, higher drag rating and more line per crank
  • HG model has a 70 mm single handle with a Ci4+ handle knob.
  • Low gear model has a 102 mm double handle with oversized rubber knobs.
5 Stars based on 61 reviews
By Salt C.
Hackensack, NJ
Strong and lightweight
July 21, 2021
Awesome reel for my bottom fishing needs in the Northeast. Can't wait to test it on Tog
ProsLight, strong, oversized dual paddle handle
By Joshua
Valley Lee, MD
My favorite baitcaster 201
July 19, 2021
Bought this to pair with a G-Loomis E6X swim bait rod. Rod is on back order, but so far it has been amazing on every rod I’ve used it with. When rigging my rods prior to fishing. I always tie my anticipated “best lure” on it. I’m getting ready to order another one when I get a shipping time frame on the G-Loomis.
ProsGreat casting, control, and smoothness. Comfortable. Good looking. Great for salt water too. Plenty of power for fishing heavy cover. Great amount of line capacity.
ConsNone that I can think of
By Joshua
Valley Lee, MD
I’m saving up to buy another one!
July 19, 2021
I bought this for throwing bucktails and larger soft plastics (1-3oz) and it does this very well! I wanted it to be a heavier setup I keep on my kayak Incase an opportunity presented itself on a big striper or a big cobia. So far I have only caught big specks and schoolie sized bass. It is easy to manage and pairs well the the bigger baits. The handle is amazing too. I put a oz egg sinker on and I can cast well over my barn which sits 88 yards away and is 25’ tall.
ProsGreat handle. Comfortable too use for extended periods retrieving large lures. Casting. Looks great.
ConsI can?t think of any at this time
By JohnHolliday
Tranx 400
June 27, 2021
Amazing reel, feels great in hand, casts well, and has the brakes of a truck.
By Kris
So Cal and Colorado
West Coast Inshore Perfection
May 9, 2021
I bought this reel specifically for fishing west coast bays - something I have done for decades. I have used my small Shimano Calcutta's in the past, and was looking for a low profile reel for flipping docks and throwing swimbaits for Spotted Bay Bass. I was contemplating this reel or a Shimano Curado - which I have owned before for Largemouth fishing in the Southwest. I chose the tranx because of the saltwater use and the extra level of protection it offers for this environment. I just used it for the first time on Mission Bay and it performed better than I had dreamed. Don't get caught up in counting bearings - I learned long ago that bearing count isn't nearly as important as bearing QUALITY! And this reel will throw a 3/8 oz jig into the wind with no issues - Sure any baitcaster can sling a 1 oz but when you go light, that's where you see just how smooth and drag free the reel truly is. Had a blast fighting plenty of Spotties up to 2+ pounds - Fishing 10# mono, they will pull drag and require some quick reeling to yank out from the dock pilings - which the reel did to perfection. Not to take anything away from a Curado - but if your fishing salt - this reel is the ticket!! I know its bigger brothers are fantastic offshore - but this little guy definitely deserves its family name and can hold its own in the light line salt game. Put your money where your mouth is - I am - I am purchasing 2 more. Well done Shimano!
ProsSmooth casting with light baits Drag is smooth and didn't fade after many runs Gear ratio + Larger Handle = quick retrieve but power when you need it Sealed for Saltwater use Good Price Value
ConsThey are often out of stock - very popular reel for good reasons
By Robert
Mastic, NY
Just as advertised
March 17, 2021
I’ve been looking to grab a baitcaster for a while. For months I would go back and forth on if I wanted to spend the $ on the tranx. So glad I did. It’s very smooth and I’ve already pulled in some nice fish on it. It’s got a lot of power from the bottom thank you the low gear. If you’re wondering if it’s with it....100%. Pull the trigger.
By jon
salisbury, MD
Powerful and smooth
March 13, 2021
This reel is super smooth and has plenty of drag power. Pairs nicely with 7'6" hf tidemaster.
By Terry
Longwood, FL
Great light weight SPJ reel
February 24, 2021
I bought this for using some my lighter SPJ setup and it pairs really well with it.
By Cody
Portland, Texas
Great reel
February 17, 2021
Great reel fast shipping and good customer service.
By Ricardo S.
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Mexico.
Just get it.
February 1, 2021
If you're using swimbaits or anything over 2 oz just get it. I paired it with a Dobyns 806SB and I can bomb soft baits a mile, almost spooled it with an 8' magdraft. Love the power handle but if you don't just get a gomexus handle on eBay, way cheaper than getting the standard Shimano handle. (Only the 7 gear ratio comes with a power handle)
By Johnny
Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Great reel
January 13, 2021
From throwing swim baits to bottom fishing for tog this reel does it all
By jon
salisbury, MD
Smooth Reel
January 6, 2021
Spooled w/ 50 # and paired on a 76 h tidemaster for inshore around OC. Looking forward to casting eels at big cobia and bottom fishing for drum, tog, and doormats.
ProsHandle is nice
By Kane
Tranx 401
December 27, 2020
I love it. Best reel ever
By Timothy
Marmora, NJ
Tran x 400hg is a power house
December 14, 2020
This fall I was trolling with the 400hg for albies and it handled it with no problem I feel like this reel with the power handle reels them in easier then most 20 conventionals. They say the drag isn’t strong enough but for your normal fish it is fine. It has caught albies, mani mani, hound fish, strippers. I can only imagine what the 500 is like
ProsSmoothness, power handle
ConsNo clicker option
By Rockamike
Great Reel
November 17, 2020
Perfect size, great reel, I own about a dozen other reels this one stands out. Great handle and has a smooth feel.
ProsGreat handle
36 Questions & 36 Answers
from Thailand asked:
January 12, 2020
Will this rod (spec below) match the Tranx 300HG?

- 6'6" jigging rod

- PE 1-3

- Jig weight 40-120 gram

1 Answer
Depends on the reel seat of the rod for some bait casting reels to match up. However typically a 6ft6 40-120g rod we would say is a medium to medium heavy power and would pair great with the 300HG. 
Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on January 14, 2020

from long island ny asked:
December 28, 2019
What reel would you match with 200AHG for fluke in bay,Thanks
1 Answer
If you mean rod, the Trevala S ML 6ft 3 would be perfect for jigging fluke in the back bays. 
Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on December 30, 2019

from Lanexa, Va asked:
July 9, 2019
Will tackle direct put line on a reel if you buy a new reel?
1 Answer
Yes, mono is free and any other line you would just add to the order and add instructions for spooling under comments/instructions. 
Submitted by: Ethan on July 13, 2019

Nicolas gamboa
from Colombia asked:
May 28, 2019
How the 200 size reel will handle big peacock bass on the amazon river?
1 Answer
You'll be better off going with the 300 series much stronger drag 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 29, 2019

from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania asked:
April 30, 2019
Can a power handle be attached to the 400 size?
1 Answer
A power handle can be attached 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 8, 2019

from Norfolk, Va asked:
October 31, 2018
What would be the best south east teramar for the 300? Could the 300 withstand a small Cobia
1 Answer
The 300 would withstand a small cobia and the 7 foot heavy or the medium heavy.
Submitted by: Bernie on October 31, 2018

Jon underwood
from Plainfield illinois asked:
September 25, 2017
Can the 400 ahg handle Muskie? Can it also hold 100 lb power pro line, if so how much?
1 Answer
I would lean more towards the Shimano TranX TRX500HG. It has 25 lbs of max drag and will hold about 230 yards of power pro. The 400 ahg will maybe hold 100 yards of braid with a small max drag of 15lbs.
Submitted by: Bernie on September 25, 2017

Michael Riverin
from Chicoutimi, Québec asked:
February 24, 2021
TranX 301 A Will match Ste-croix mojo inshore casting rod , 7’.6’’ , heavy , lyres wheight 3/4-2 oz ? It’s for stripper bass With 1 1/2 oz swimmy Eels  Jigs.... 

I’m fishing striper bass on Miramichi river N-B . 

1 Answer
Yes, the TranX 301A will pair up nicely with the 7'6" Mojo Inshore rod. 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on February 25, 2021

from Pennsylvania asked:
February 2, 2021
would the tranx 300 fit well on a new 7'6" mhf  mojo

 inshore .basically using it for stripers ,blues and black fish???

1 Answer
Yes these rods would pair very well with the Tranx 300 for your intended fishing application,

The 7' or 7'6 MH would be perfect depending on your preferred length 

Submitted by: TackleDirect Customer Service on February 3, 2021

from Pennsylvania asked:
January 30, 2021
I recently bought a st croix mojo inshore but the reel I was going to use has 

a larger base and wont fit in the reel seat. will the 300hag


1 Answer
Yes this reel would pair extremely well with the Mojo Inshore series. this reel will secure properly to the reel seat
Submitted by: TackleDirect Customer Service on February 2, 2021

David Carlson
from Williamsburg Virginia asked:
November 16, 2020
Will the 200 size be good for bass fishing and saltwater?
1 Answer
Yes, the 200 would be ideal for bass and inshore applications.
Submitted by: TackleDirect Customer Service on November 17, 2020

Chris Tabb
from Portland, ME asked:
May 17, 2020
Do they have this in left hand retrieve?
1 Answer

Any model ending in "1" is a left-hand retrieve Tranx. ex. 201AHG, 301A, etc
Submitted by: Ryan on May 20, 2020

from Georgia asked:
April 29, 2020
I’m thinking about buying a TRX201AHG to have a reel that I can take for bass fishing but also use for inshore fishing. Will a 300 be better for this?

Also, I’m thinking about pairing the 200 with St. Croix Mojo Inshore Casting Rod - Model MIC76MHF. 

1 Answer
The 300 will give you significantly more drag power for lifting fish off of the bottom in inshore scenarios. It will also work great for bass allowing you to throw bigger lures and handle bigger fish. 
Submitted by: Sydney on May 1, 2020

from Long Island asked:
August 22, 2019

Would the 300a pair well with shimano teramar ne tmce70mh? Primarily for blackfish 

1 Answer
That would pair perfect and balance perfect as well. A nice lighter blackish set up perfect for using tog jigs. 
Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on August 30, 2019

from queens ny asked:
March 28, 2019
I've got a fast action spinning rod paired with a penn international 975 for fluke jigging and light bait. However when the current gets really strong I had to use a 5-6 once flukeball to hold bottom and it has damaged the free spool button. So I am thinking of getting a tranx 300 preferably high gear model since it's a much tougher reel. basically I just don't like the idea of bringing two setups on the crowded little boat. Do you think the tranx will cover both occasions of jigging and bottom fishing with 5 or 6 once lead?   
1 Answer
Submitted by: Andrew Montagna on April 12, 2019

from FXB, VA asked:
January 3, 2019
Looking to get the 400 for casting top water for stripers and small tuna, likely using 0.5-3 oz lures - best rod recommendation?
1 Answer
I would recommend using either Phenix or Shimano Terez casting rod.
Submitted by: Ricky on January 4, 2019

from Chicago Illinois asked:
January 8, 2018
Will the 400A be a good musky reel?
1 Answer
The Shimano TRX400A TranX Baitcasting Reel would be a good reel for the application your using it for. Definitely has the line capacity and strength needed for musky fishing.
Submitted by: Donald on January 9, 2018

from CA - California asked:
July 7, 2017
Does the 300 have a clicker
1 Answer
Neither size in the Tranx has a clicker.
Submitted by: Devon on July 8, 2017

Carlos Sandoval
from Great Neck asked:
June 29, 2017
Would the 400 be a good reel to put on a tsunami TSCCB-7311 for tog and bottom fishing? Like fishing block island for cod,ling,sea bass, and porgies?
1 Answer
The 400 would be perfect to use with that rod for bottom fishing.
Submitted by: Devon on July 3, 2017

Bart Hegeler
from San Diego asked:
May 24, 2017
Can the 300 handle up to 30' yellow fin tuna?
1 Answer
A 30 lb yellowfin would not be a problem for the Tranx. A 400 size might be a bit more appropriate as it has significantly higher line capacity.
Submitted by: Devon on May 29, 2017

from New Jersey asked:
May 23, 2017
Can 30lb power pro be effectively used on the 400AHG? Looking for a light, do-all baitcaster for inshore fishing. Mainly casting and chunking for blues and stripers as well as jigging for fluke, sea bass and tog. Is there a lighter model that would be better for this?
1 Answer
For stripers and blues the Tranx 300 would be a perfect fit. It might not be necessary to use something as large for fluke and seabass, but the Tranx 300 will be a good choice for a "do it all" baitcaster. You can look into the Curado I 200 or Chronarch MGL.
Submitted by: Devon on May 27, 2017

Josh Stewart
from New Port Richey, FL asked:
April 17, 2017
Is a 300 size Tranx the same size as a Curado 300 or perhaps a Calcutta 300?
1 Answer
The Tranx 300 is very similar in size to the Curado 300E. It is also similar in size to the Calcutta 300 however the Calcutta feels a bit bulkier as it is round as opposed to a low profile.
Submitted by: Devon on April 18, 2017

from Jetty country nj asked:
March 28, 2017
Are the 300 and 400 about the same size and just spool size is different?
1 Answer
The sizes of the reels are different in size, 400 larger than the 300. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
Submitted by: Donald on March 29, 2017

from Fords, NJ asked:
March 24, 2017
Can I get the power handle on the 300A?
1 Answer
The power handle only comes with the 7.6:1 gear ratio models (AHG). We recommend contacting Shimano with inquiries about purchasing and installing a power knob for a model that doesn't come with one.
Submitted by: Devon on March 24, 2017

from Mn asked:
March 5, 2017
Does this new Tranx have stainless or brass gears?
1 Answer
The Tranx 300 and 400 uses a CNC machined brass drive gear and pinion gear.
Submitted by: Devon on March 7, 2017

from san francisco california asked:
February 26, 2017
can this reel handle anything from ling cod stripers and halibut fishing? catching fish weighing up to 30lbs looking for a baitcasting reel that can handle this type of fishing and also was looking at some abu garcias are there any recomedations there that can handle it as well?
1 Answer
It sounds like the Shimano Tranx would definitely be a suitable reel for the applications you are describing. The Abu Garcia Revo Beast series as well as the Daiwa Lexa 300 + 400 sizes would also be good options.
Submitted by: Devon on February 28, 2017

from São Paulo, Brasil asked:
February 22, 2017
Do the new tranx family reels have a casting brake system? I did not see any at the reels description page.
1 Answer
the Shimnao Tranx reels have a VBS Brake System effectively reacts to spool rotation speed to provide ideal brake force at all times during cast
Submitted by: Donald on February 23, 2017

from Mauritius, Indian ocean asked:
February 13, 2017
What difference Between TRX300A&TRX301A
1 Answer
301 is a left handed model. 01 for Shimano always means left hand.
Submitted by: John on February 14, 2017

Kenny Hill
from Peoria,Arizona asked:
February 5, 2017
I'm Throwing 8 inch Hudds and Fishing them Slow on 20 pound FC line. Would the 400 be the Best Reel for this app?
1 Answer
Yes because of the increased line capacity.
Submitted by: John on February 8, 2017

bill Ramsey
from Cook county,il asked:
February 3, 2017
how does the left handed tranx 401 compare to tranx 500 for reeling in musky double ten bucktails.
1 Answer
No clue, we won't see them for 1 more month so can't give a comparison yet. The 400 size is obviously smaller.
Submitted by: John on February 8, 2017

from Providence, RI asked:
January 30, 2017
What's the difference between the "A" and "AHG" models?
1 Answer
The A is a lower gear ratio and the AHG is a high gear ratio.
Submitted by: Donald on January 31, 2017

Eric G
from Massena NY asked:
January 27, 2017
To be included in the pre-order do I just add this to my cart while signed in? Do I have to pay now or do I wait until the reel is available?
1 Answer
When making a pre-order on our website you will only be charged once the item becomes in stock and ready to ship. You will likely see a "pending" charge for the total on your bank statement. This simply means that we are authorized to charge this amount when appropriate.
Submitted by: Devon on January 28, 2017

from Calhoun New Brunswick canada asked:
January 26, 2017
Do they come in left handed? ...thank you very much!
1 Answer
The Shimano Tranx Baitcasting Reels - 300 & 400 does come left handed.
Submitted by: Donald on January 27, 2017

from Pembroke Pines, FL asked:
January 26, 2017
Your description reads "HG model has a 70 mm single handle with a Ci4+ handle knob" but I would like to know if this handle can be put on the non-HG model?
1 Answer
The handle would not match the HG model of the Shimano Tranx.
Submitted by: Donald on January 26, 2017

adolph e guzman
from san antonio tex asked:
January 26, 2017
ts the reel handle same as the one in your pic? I have seen some models but the reel handle is different and looks like it was halved. Also, the 'SUBSCRIBE & SAVE' on the left side of the screen is obstructing and annoying. how can I get rid of it?
1 Answer
The 300 does come with a different size handle than the 400 and i would try refreshing your browser to try to get the add off the page.
Submitted by: Donald on January 26, 2017

from Boynton Beach asked:
January 24, 2017
Where is it made?
1 Answer
The Shimano Tranx Baitcasting Reels - 300 & 400 are made in Malaysia.
Submitted by: Donald on January 25, 2017


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