At ICAST 2013, Daiwa is introducing new additions to their lineup. One of the series of fishing reels we are looking forward to seeing is the Daiwa Lexa 400 Baitcasting Reels. The Lexa 300 has been extremely popular for saltwater anglers looking for a really lightweight, low profile reel that has strong gearing and a powerful drag system to handle big fish, but the line capacity is limited. With the new 400 size reels, the line capacity has increased.
As a comparison, the Lexa 300 holds 180 yards of 55 lb braid. The new 400 holds 300 yards of 55 lb braid. That is a significant increase. I have not seen the reels yet, only the picture that I have attached but I am being told that the reel is larger in size than the 300. It’s not just a deeper cut spool or a wider version. The entire reel is larger. Daiwa has not released the weights of the new reels but we will find that out soon.
The Daiwa Lexa 400 Baitcasting Reels will be available in seven different models. Four righties and three lefties. Three different gear ratios, which will cover a wide variety of uses. 25 lbs of drag at max. Reels retail for $249.95. Should be out in August.
If Daiwa is able to keep the weight down then these will be very popular. Can’t wait to see them in person. We only have a few more days until ICAST!