Shimano TRX500PG TranX Power Gear Baitcasting Reel

Shimano TRX500PG TranX Power Gear Baitcasting Reel

Price: $519.99
TD Code
Line Retrieve Per CrankHollow Ace Capacity
PowerPro Capacity
Mono Capacity (lb/yds)Max
S A-RB BearingsRoller BearingsGear
30 in40/350
25lb714.6:120.0 oz$519.99 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 22 reviews
By Mike
Key Largo , Fl
Shimano TranX
July 1, 2012
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 !

  • Smooth casting
  • Smooth drag
  • Very powerfull
  • High amound of line
  • Easy to scratch
  • Handle gets dirty fairly easy (white)
By Capt F.
Jacksonville FL
TRANX - best of the best!
May 23, 2012
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!

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  • EVERYTHING, I'm a shimano low-pro junkie!
  • Can't find anything!
By Jason
New York
All around beast
March 28, 2022
Great casting. Great jigging. Great power. Light! I use this real for everything from cod to tuna. Awesome reel to travel with as well. Caught grouper, snapper, and jacks on it as well.
  • Everything
  • None
By Wayne
Tranx 500
August 30, 2021
This really is great. Very smooth and casts a mile. Plenty of power for bigger fish.
By Paul Y.
Gardena, Calif
The BEST reel for your jig stick
August 24, 2021
This is the ULTIMATE reel for casting jigs! Once dialed in just let it fly, no thumbing the spool! Coupled with the stopping power of shimano drags, this is why Shimano is the brand you can TRUST!
By Ryan
Virginia Beach, VA
Unbeatable reel
March 10, 2021
I honestly don't think there's a better reel on the market. $500 might seem like a lot, but once you use its worth every penny.
By Tim
Carlsbad, CA
Awesome Reel
November 3, 2020
Awesome Reel, a great buy if you want to be able to cast far and hang some bigger grade fish.
By darrell
great jig reel
July 23, 2020
i prefer levelwind for jigs and surface irons. best levelwind i’ve used.
By Kai
Carpinteria, CA
My wife's forvarite reel and I like it too!
February 19, 2020
Super vestal reel, and lots of power. My wife uses this reel for everything from bottom fish to pelagics. Spooled with 65lb PowerPro, which allows you to fish a wide range of topshots.
  • Price
By Michael
Oak Lawn, IL
April 30, 2019
Outstanding reel! Casts great! Works great whether tossing to Mahi, burning jigs or wreck fishing! Great drag! Paired with Shimano Terez 70 mh! Great combo!
  • Best baitcasting option paired with best drag for the money!
  • N/A
By Pete C.
Colorado Springs, CO
The best IMO
December 30, 2018
Very strong, really dependable. I’ve used 80 pound for fishing the bluefin and held strong the whole time.
By Jose
West Hills, CA
Excellent powerful reel.
December 29, 2018
I am able to cast anything from an anchovy to a heavy iron on this reel and able to reel in big fish, the only downside is the line capacity.
  • Cast-ability, power.
By Alan
Suwannee, FL
Awesome reel but...
December 15, 2017
I purchased the TranX 300A to replace a Torium 16 on a Shimano medium jigging rod because the reel clamp on the Torium interfered with the reel trigger. Used it only once and it easily landed numerous black sea bass and gag grouper up to 27" on a 90 gram butterfly jig. Early on, I put the reel in free spool with my thumb while fighting fish. Oops. I learned to use the contralateral (opposite) thumb to apply additional drag to the top of the spool. This is an awesome combo paired with Berkley 50# professional braid and a 60# fluorocarbon leader. I refuse to lock down my drag to the max and break lines, loose fish at the surface or bend hooks. Too much fun giving the fish a fighting chance. My Torium 16 is a 5 star reel now on a trolling rod. If I were a freshwater fisherperson, I would give it 5 stars.
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth drag that is so silent that my dog cannot hear it
  • Deceptive amount of drag in a small package
  • Time will tell
  • My wife keeps asking how many reels do you need....
By Kai
Carpinteria, CA
HG and PG are both great
July 31, 2017
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.
  • Lots of power and super easy to cast
  • Expensive, 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
  • Lots of power
  • Heavy
3 Questions & 3 Answers
from APO, AP asked:
April 13, 2022
What rod would be a good match for the Tranx 500PG?  Preferably 8'+, Seeker, Calstar or Phenix.  Thanks.
1 Answer
Depending on what your fishing for, I would recommend a Phenix PSW809XH-J Silver Reel Seat Black Diamond Casting Offshore Conventional Rod. This would pair well with your Shimano Tranx 500PG for many saltwater fishing applications. Please let me know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on April 20, 2022

from Pomona.CA asked:
June 5, 2019
Can you fly line live sardines and mackerel with the tranxs 500hg
1 Answer



Submitted by: Andrew Montagna on June 6, 2019

from los osos ca 93402 asked:
December 18, 2015
dose the trx500 come in a left handed retrieven Vinson
1 Answer
It does not come left handed, and unfortunately it is not interchangeable.
Submitted by: Kaitryn on December 18, 2015


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