Shimano TRX400A TranX Baitcasting Reel

Shimano TRX400A TranX Baitcasting Reel

Price: $299.99
Model
TD Code
Inches Per CrankGear RatioMono/Fluoro Line
Capacity
(lb test/yds)
PowerPro Line
Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)Hand
Retrieve
Price
TRX400A
SHM-3232
305.8:112/330
14/260
20/160
50/275
65/170
80/140
225+112Right$299.99 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 65 reviews
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..
ProsPower, Smooth Reel in, Compact.
ConsN/A
By Eric
California
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.

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Prosnot sure, it's just as smooth as my daiwas but they always like to fail.
ConsThey fail fishing exclusively in saltwater.
By David
Connecticut
Insane water resistance
August 27, 2021
My lucky day included a beautiful 25Ē fluke on the kayak, AND pulling a heavily encrusted tranX 300a attached to a 7í 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, thatís zero exaggeration. Iím going to put a new star drag and handle on purely for aesthetics. Reel (and rod) worked like new. Iíll never know for sure, but Iím 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) couldnít. Iím actually amazed. That CoreProtect is real!
ProsAmazing
ConsNone 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
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 Iíve used it with. When rigging my rods prior to fishing. I always tie my anticipated ďbest lureĒ on it. Iím 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 25í 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
Michigan
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
Iíve 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. Itís very smooth and Iíve already pulled in some nice fish on it. Itís got a lot of power from the bottom thank you the low gear. If youíre wondering if itís 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.
ProsLightweight
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
1 Question & 1 Answer
David
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.
Donald
on January 31, 2017

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