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Shimano TranX Baitcasting Reels

Shimano TranX Baitcasting Reels

The revolutionary design and shape of the TranX provides the comfort of low profile with the capacity of a conventional reel.

Price: $499.99
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TD Code
Line Retrieve Per CrankHollow Ace Capacity
PowerPro Capacity
Mono Capacity (lb/yds)Max
S A-RB BearingsRoller BearingsGear
43 in40/350
25lb716.6:120.0 oz$499.99 USD
30 in40/350
25lb714.6:120.0 oz$499.99 USD
Shimano TranX reels have a revolutionary design and shape that provides the comfort of low profile with the capacity of a conventional reel. Shimano TranX is offered in high gear (HG) and power gear (PG) models to cover a wide range of applications.
  • X-Ship provides an extra smooth retrieve with superior durability.
  • HEG - a larger drive gear and pinion gear increase cranking efficiency.
  • SF - Superfree Bearing supported Pinion Gear eliminates friction with spool shaft for better freespool.
  • E.I. Surface treatment on the spool protects against corrosion from saltwater soaked braided line.
  • S A-RB coating protects bearings from rust in saltwater use.
  • Super Stopper eliminates handle back play.
  • VBS Brake System effectively reacts to spool rotation speed to provide ideal brake force at all times during cast.
  • Dartainium II Drag Washer provides incredibly smooth drag performance with durability.
  • Ergonomic Power Handle for better leverage
5 Stars based on 11 reviews
By Mike
Key Largo , Fl
July 1, 2012
Shimano TranX
I have put this reel on 30+ fishing trips so far catching everything from Snapper / Grouper / Jack Cravelle / Baracuda / 5ft Nurse shark est weight 50+ lbs and this reel is top notch. Everything about this reel is super smooth and I could not have asked for a better baitcaster... now im ready to take on deep water Dolphin / Tuna !
ProsSmooth casting Smooth drag Very powerfull High amound of line
ConsEasy to scratch Handle gets dirty fairly easy (white)
By Capt Dave Sipler's Sport Fishing
Jacksonville FL
May 23, 2012
TRANX - best of the best!
This reel is for the major fishing and tackle ENTHUSIEST. And yeah, I'm one! I love all my Curado 300 DSV's and all my Curado 300 EJ's. But I can see when it comes to serious man-maker fish. Out comes the TRANX. This reel is like having a Cummins Diesel engine on top of your reel seat. Everything, it was supposed to be. Now I need something to challenge it, and it needs to be HUGE! My video discussing these reels: More, articles on my fishing reports blog at:
ProsEVERYTHING, I'm a shimano low-pro junkie!
ConsCan't find anything!
By Kai
Carpinteria, CA
July 31, 2017
HG and PG are both great
I purchased both, but fish the 500HG more, as I love to toss surface iron for yellowtail, and this reel just dominates! The PG is awesome if chasing tuna offshore. These reels are really easy to tune, and my wife loves the 500PG for live bait fishing since they rarely backlash.
ProsLots of power and super easy to cast
ConsExpensive, but worth it!
By Peyton
July 16, 2017
This reel is great for small tuna it has just the right amount of power you'll need to reel in those fish and is all around a good reel for the price
ProsLots of power
By Ronald
Chalfont, PA
January 28, 2017
Outstanding reel
Outstanding reel. Beefy size, but very smooth! Another quality Shimano product. Can't wait to try fishing for Muskies!
By Jim
February 11, 2016
One Sweet Reel
Robust and smooth. Casts wonderfully. I loaded it with #50 braid and a 10 yard #60 fluoro topshot. It sits on a Terez XH 7' rod.
ProsPrecision built. Technical piece. Looks good too.
ConsNone to list yet.
By Tom
April 16, 2015
Shimano Tranx 500pg
Nice smooth and a lot of power for all big game
ProsA++++ all the way
ConsHard to find a reel bag
By cary
Roseville, CA
July 10, 2014
Must have for Bow Jiggen
I absolutely fell in love with the reel over my last Tuna Trip. I was casting out 50-60 yards with a blue and chrome Tady Yo Yo jig. I would wait about 30 sec to 1 min and then crank it in as fast I can. I caught 5 yellowfin in 2 hours and felt like a rock star on the boat (limit for the day). No one else could achieve the speed that the Tranx could, I would say close to 30 mph at full crank. No one else caught a fish, even when they used the same jig and believe me they tried. If you crank the jig too slow Tuna can get a good look at it and back off. The speed of the retrieve made all the difference in the world.
ProsLight and absolutely fun. I felt like I was fishing with a trout pole. Pair with a Terez 8 plus med 30-60 I bought a second one today.
ConsLine must be wet to avoid tangles on long casts.
By Gayee
Burbank, CA
April 13, 2014
Awesome reel for building your jig stick...
Very smooth casting and retrieve. Sits low on your seat and since it is a levelwind no need to worry about your line. Think of this as your baitcaster but for bigger fish and bait.
ProsMy friend went the next day to get one.
By Mohamed Hassan
Sharjah, Sharjah
September 19, 2012
multi use baitcast reel
nice looking reel build with quality materials
ProsStrong and smooth drag, Looking and coating color is nice Big Size Baitcast reel.
Conscentrifugal brake is not the best Handle is short and white
By GeirP
July 15, 2012
Swiss army knife...
The Tranx is very smooth. powerful, light and comfortable. Have been using it for jigging , casting and trolling of 7-12oz rubberjigs for halibut here in Norway. It can handle 80lb Halibut with no problems regarding drag, levelwind and cranking power. Fantastic reel. Switched to a Stella knob for even more comfort.
Proslight weight, smooth drag, very easy to use
Conssmall knob?
13 Questions & 12 Answers
from brooklyn, ny asked:
September 11, 2017
Do they make a left handed reel?
Shimano only makes this reel in a right hand model.
on September 11, 2017

from TN asked:
April 2, 2017
Does the TRAN X have a disengaging level wind ?
Yes, the level wind will not move back and fourth while the reel is in free spool.
on April 3, 2017

from Duluth, GA asked:
March 23, 2017
I am looking to purchase The Shimano Tranx HG, for casting small-medium surface poppers as well as soft baits and smaller live baits, to Dolphin, Blackfin Tuna, Cubera Snapper, Roosterfish and smaller Yellowfin Tuna. Which of the Shimano Terez rods would be best suited to this kind of fishing/application? Yours Sincerely Karl Hyde
The Shimano TZC70MHBLK Terez Conventional Fishing Rod Black would pair nicely with the The Shimano Tranx HG. Thank you for considering TackleDirect fro your fishing needs.
on March 25, 2017

from Tyson va asked:
August 27, 2016
Does this reel come in left hand ? Thanks
Tam, Hello they do not make it this reel in a left handed model.
on August 29, 2016

from Houston asked:
April 16, 2015
Is St Croix Legend Salt 7' MH power a good fit for this reel?
Vincent, It would fit well on that rod, but to better answer your question what type of fishing will you be doing.
on April 18, 2015

from miami asked:
September 29, 2013
The Shimano Terez conventional/casting rods are a good fit for that reel. The size and weight depends on the type of fishing you are looking to do.
Customer Service
on September 30, 2013

from png lihir asked:
July 30, 2012
how would they go for fighting tuna and spanish mackerel?
The TranX is well suited for Spanish, and should be able to handle some smaller tuna.
Customer Service
on July 31, 2012

from asked:
June 9, 2012
thank you for your reply for the suitabilty of the tranx reels for barra fishing.My question now is which option should i choose. the HG or the PG model.i intend to use it for barra and boat fishing .
I would fish the High Gear for that application.
Customer Service
on June 12, 2012

from maryborough qld austraila asked:
May 30, 2012
would these reels be OK for barramundi
Yes, it is an awesome reel for the big barramundi.
Customer Service
on May 31, 2012

from Shelter Island, NY asked:
May 18, 2012
What is the best set up saltwater bass fishing in Northeast? Avg weight between 20 and 35 lbs from boat.

from perth, western austrlia asked:
May 15, 2012
does the reel have a bait clicker or ratchet like most other conventional reels?
The Shimano TranX does not have a clicker.
Customer Service
on May 15, 2012

from st catharines Ontario Canada asked:
April 24, 2012
What is the max drag of the new Tranx real
Fred, The max drag is 25lbs on both models of Tranx.
Customer Service
on April 24, 2012

from TI asked:
April 15, 2012
Does it come in a lefty?
No it does not, sorry.
Customer Service
on April 17, 2012

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