Shimano Tranx Baitcasting Reels

300- and 400-size reels introduced for 40- and 50-pound braid

Shimano Tranx Baitcasters saltwater fishing reel
Two sizes made in four models means the new reels come in eight options.Courtesy Shimano

Shimano now offers two new sizes of its Tranx baitcasters — the 300 and 400 — joining the original 500HG and 500PG, which have become favorites for striper and tuna anglers. Each new Tranx comes in four models for a total of eight options: Four of the models feature 5.8-to-1 gear ratios; four offer 7.6-to-1 ratios. All feature the Hagane body, X-Ship bearing-supported pinion gear and high-efficiency gearing. The 300s handle 195 yards of 40-pound braid; the 400s carry 275 yards of 50-pound braid. They cost $279.99 and $299.99.