Shimano TRX400A TranX Baitcasting Reel

Shimano TRX400A TranX Baitcasting Reel

Price: $309.99
TD Code
Inches Per CrankGear RatioMono/Fluoro Line
(lb test/yds)
PowerPro Line
(lb test/yds)
Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)Hand
225+112Right$309.99 USD
The Shimano TRX400A TranX Baitcasting Reel allows 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. This reel features 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
  • Low gear model has a 102 mm double handle with oversized rubber knobs.
5 Stars based on 71 reviews
By Trevor
Best saltwater baitcaster
June 11, 2022
This is the best saltwater baitcaster in my opinion. I have the 200,300 and 400 they all perform well. Amazing reel for the money.
By Brian
Baja California Sur
Excellent Reel!
May 15, 2022
The Tranx 400 is an amazing reel. I also have the Tranx 500. I fish the mangroves of Baja California with this reel. I highly recommend the Shimano Tranx 400.
By Adam
Go To Fluke Fishing Reel
December 12, 2021
Perfect reel for all my fluke fishing, both in the bay and on the ocean. Light weight is great for working a bucktail all day. While there isn't much difference between the 200A and the 200HG, the slightly lower gear ratio of the 200A results in a small difference of inches per turn on the retrieve which definitely makes reeling in larger bucktails and bigger flounder less of a chore. Great match for any medium or even medium heavy conventional rods.
  • Lightweight, smooth, ergonomic
  • Lower profile can result in your index finger getting in the way of the line coming off and going on the reel when fully palming the reel.
Long Island
Great for Light Tackle Fluking
December 10, 2021
Used for quite a few party boat trips for Fluke this year on South Shore of Long Island. Handled very well. Drag is smooth and if you need a little extra oomph you can thumb the spool easily. Caught a few large bluefish with this reel as well and no hiccups. Highly reccomend for Fluking with Bucktails.
  • Small, lightweight.
By paul
Strong, Smooth Gearing
September 29, 2021
Bought this for deep cranking and smaller swimbaits. Handles both tasks perfectly. Although not known as one of Shimanos best casting reels, it bombs baits farther than I expected and winches in hard resisting baits with ease. Very happy with the purchase and have since purchased the 300 size for larger glide baits (up to 5 ounces). Another great product from Shimano.
  • Never in stock.
By Michael
Burke, VA
TRX301 Great Reel
September 21, 2021
Use primarily for Fluke and Tautog fishing. Left hand retrieve and power handle make reeling very comfortable.
  • Power Handle
By Dara
Orange County, CA
Best Reel for both Salt and freshwater..
September 2, 2021
I purchased about 1 month ago, I went out of San Diego on Overnight chasing Tunas and Yellowtails. Hooked on a 35lb. bluefin it was amazing, button down the drag and just started reeling it in with ease. The reel is soooo smooth. Next week I went to Daimond Valley Lake and Hooked to a 18lb striper and it was so smooth to Reel the fish in..I would RECOMMEND anyone who wanted small Reel with power and smoothness for saltwater and freshwater..
  • Power, Smooth Reel in, Compact.
  • N/A
By Eric
Not a saltwater reel.
August 30, 2021
Ok this reel is alright, but it's not a good saltwater reel. It's a musky reel made for freshwater. Daiwa lexa tw has replaced the larger size tranx's but I still have my 200. The Daiwa lexa tw has a better saltwater design than the bigger 300-400 tranx and a lot more torque maintaining the same weight and better cast ability.

I honestly believe the tranx 300 is better suited for salt than the bigger tranx's because of it's lack of bearings, there is pretty much nothing to corrode.

  • not sure, it's just as smooth as my daiwas but they always like to fail.
  • They fail fishing exclusively in saltwater.
By David
Insane water resistance
August 27, 2021
My lucky day included a beautiful 25” fluke on the kayak, AND pulling a heavily encrusted tranX 300a attached to a 7’ St Croix rod. The rod and reel were so covered with saltwater nastiness, that I had no idea what I had pulled up at first. Regardless, I brought it home to throw in the trash rather than just toss back in the ocean, then noticed the Shimano font on the reel cover. A quick pressure wash later (and a little bit of toothpick work) and the reel worked. Smooth as butter. I cracked open the case the next day to see that almost zero growth was inside. A tiny bit on one for the bearings that was easily removed. When I say it looked new inside, that’s zero exaggeration. I’m going to put a new star drag and handle on purely for aesthetics. Reel (and rod) worked like new. I’ll never know for sure, but I’m guessing that the combo was immersed in a saltwater bay notorious for heavy growth for a minimum of a year. Can your Diawa do that? Two that I threw in the trash after months of use (and several $ervice appointments later) couldn’t. I’m actually amazed. That CoreProtect is real!
  • Amazing
  • None noted at this point.
By allen
Bakersfield, CA
very light and effective
August 4, 2021
very fun to handle when the fish runs...
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
  • Light, 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.
  • Great casting, control, and smoothness.
  • Comfortable.
  • Good looking.
  • Great for salt water too.
  • Plenty of power for fishing heavy cover.
  • Great amount of line capacity.
  • None 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.
  • Great handle.
  • Comfortable too use for extended periods retrieving large lures.
  • Casting.
  • Looks great.
  • I 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!
  • Smooth 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
  • They are often out of stock - very popular reel for good reasons
1 Question & 1 Answer
from MN asked:
January 31, 2017
What's the difference between the 400 models?
1 Answers
The gear ratios are different and there are to different retrieves. Left hand and right hand.
on January 31, 2017


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