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  1. Gabemorales

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    What do you guys use your 400 size lowpros for? I know I a lot mainly use for surface irons, but what general purpose do they really serve?

    bought a lexa a while back anticipating to use it for surface irons, but definitely enjoying conventionals a lot more. I’m debating if it’s even worth having in my arsenal anymore. Used it for schoolie Tuna and was a blast but I’m on the fence now. Kinda feels like a useless lowpros size. Too big and bulky to throw swimbaits, I can chuck irons but my conventionals do a much better job.
    Pros and cons of keeping it. Go lol

    P.S. keep the dang thread and your responses on what I’m asking about, no need to chime in on how lowpros/daiwa suck or how shimanos are the way to go or vice versa. Take your crap to the lounge :)

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    Hmmmmmm....

    I’ll start off by saying the the Lexa 400 is just a big fking reel. I too feel that it’s to big for fishing the kelp and that the 300 and 350 size reels fish that stuff a bit better then the full sized 400s like the Lexa and Komodo.

    I’ve used mine for light offshore fishing with jerk bait and plugs. It’s alright doing that stuff. Makes it really fun and sporty on the bullet sized fish and the patty rats.

    It’s a great reel, just kinda bulky. I’m getting a Fathom 400Hs and a regular 300 and I’m good.
     
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    That’s exactly what I’m thinking about doing. The Lexa is just impractical, for me, and the fathom 400 is about the size of my lexa 300. Id let it go, but it’s paired nicely with a PCH 801H.... if I get rid of the reel, the rod is gonna be lonely.. and I like the rod
     
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    Out of all Okuma’s products their PCH series to me stands out the best. Their bass rods in particular. The PCH series of those have plenty of options for a mixture of bait and soft plastics and then some meatier sticks as well.
     
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    They’re solid rods for the money. Don’t think the fathom 400 would balance well though, and I definitely don’t want to get rid of the rod.
     
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    As stated, the Lexa400 is a big fooken reel, but it's not bulky in my hands.
    It does well in the sub 20lb class for schoolies and patty work, but it got very little rotation time from me last year due to my FTH15 and FTH20 better suited for that kind of work paired with a 270-8h.

    I have my Lexa400 paired to an SCTi 801XH. It's an awesome match for when the larger Bonies are in play or island swim baiting, but TBH my PSW809H/Tranx400 took over that duty
     
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    Yeah, it’s just an over-glorified 300 LOL. Like no purpose at all for something that size, for me. I was thinking of replacing it with a fathom 15, but maybe I could just switch it around and throw the lexa on the jig stick and the fathom on the pch..... for kicks lol. Anyone have a tiburon clamp for a lexa 400 they’re looking to get rid of? Lol
     
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    That's a major shortcoming for the LP Baitcasters with use offshore...
     
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    Aside from line capacity, the 400 in theory doesn’t make sense. The 300s are smaller and have just as much power as their big brothers (or sisters) *being inclusive is important everyone
     
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    Uh, I don’t agree with the power part. At least in the Abu Garcia’s. My 300 pulls harder then the RTB 60 does, but the 400 has more drag power by some margin. That’s why I really like that 400HS... should overcome the IPT problem.
     
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    A few months ago I picked up a few of the beefier PCH rods, a 701xxh and 741xxh. Got em both on sale and they're nice sticks for the cash. Landed a yellowtail on the 701xxh running 20lbs of drag on 50# line and it felt nice, had some major balls. I know the 8' PCH rods are pretty popular too.
     
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    Told you 50lb fishes 40%...
     
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    I'm a believer now lol. Thanks for the tip. When I hooked that fish, guy next to me hooked one on a baitcaster and his took off running and broke him off. Mine went nowhere hahaha.

    I upped my drag on all my line classes
     
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    I wouldn't say that per se. I mean, if it works, fish it...
    This setup worked just fine for me until I went out like a tackle junkie

    A person can run themselves ragged trying to accommodate ideal setups for each situation.

    Took off running - smh...
    I mean mine did too, but it was tethered to 300lbs of barking blubber...
     
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    Talk about pull lol

    I made sure to rib that guy a bit. He said his drag was too loose. Duh. Loose drag and a baitcaster on the yoyo.....ok hahaha

    Gabemorales in my opinion your correct in your line of thinking that you might as well fish the conventional over the 400 size
     
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    Man, from experience, no matter how well you set your drag - always have the professionals double-check.

    Pulling against 2 furbags after a day of yo-yo can really work up a thirst.
     
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    On paper, they’re pretty dang close but I get you. Those RevoBeasts are their own thing though man. But bro, let me be salty about a purchase I made a while back, yeah? Lmao
     
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    Yeah dude. The only danger of that is getting deeper into the spool. But even then, I’m pretty sure at 1/4 spool the drag should only be 40lbs or so, the system will be under strain but nothing will break assuming you have good knots.
    sorry sorry, you’re right the Lexa 400 was a waste of ur money. I think you should put it on a TAC80MH and just yeet it off the side of the Liberty.
     
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    Oh I know, I’ll find some use for it. Loaner surface jig setup for my bro or something to play with and throw smaller irons when I’m out at the beds. I’m trying not to become a tackle junkie, but everything looks so pretty haha
     
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    Only if you’re there by my side holding my hand while I do it that way I have a shoulder to cry on and someone to comfort me hahaha.
     
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