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Calcutta TE 250 DC

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I was cleaning out some old reel boxes and found a reel I had forgotten about in it's box. It's a Calcutta TE 250 DC that I got somewhere around 2008ish. I remember casting it from the dock to check it out but I don't remember ever using it. It's a nice reel but it seems Shimano dropped the line sometime while my reel was in hibernation. When did that happen? I'm building a couple of rods for sight casting cobia and drum and this reel might work out for that. A 300 would be better but a 250 is what was in the box! Using 30lb braid I can squeeze on enough line but the advertised 10-11 lb of drag is a little lite. Can anyone tell me how much drag these reels were bumped up to by changing the drag washers? And the 300's, how much drag did they have?                                                                Thanks

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Somehow this topic has posted four times. I tried unsucessfully to delete a couple using the edit function. Can someone tell me how to reduce the number of posts please?

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6 hours ago, obxer said:

Somehow this topic has posted four times. I tried unsucessfully to delete a couple using the edit function. Can someone tell me how to reduce the number of posts please?

Don't keep hitting the post button , sometimes you do need to hit it a 2nd time but never 4 times .

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I don't think they had a te DC 300

 

Also the spool is quite shallow (i have a pair of 200's)

 

Great casters, slow retreive.  

Better off with one of the large low profiles if you want drag numbers.  Higher gear ratios in fishing reels mean larger drive gears....larger gears mean larger diameter drag washers = more surface area for friction.

 

If I recall and I may be wrong....it's just a single "dartanium " washer in that reel.

 

 

 

Upping to a carbon fiber washer isn't going to get you much if anything in terms of increased drag.

 

Sell it...you'll probably net 300$ for it.  Possibly more if pristine.

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Take scoot’s advice ^

 

you can sell it for 300 maybe even up to 400 depending on condition, etc. the reels have a bit of a cult following, so you should be able to flip it pretty quickly.

 

for pitching big baits in saltwater to cobia you’d do better with a large lo pro reel like a tranx for the increased drag and line capacity

 

i wouldn’t want to hook up the cobia of a lifetime on a shallow spool largemouth bass reel

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I'm all for swapping out that reel for something a bit larger. I've decided on a Tranx over the Lexa and Scoobydoo's review helped make that decision. Another contender is an Avet sxj mc. I use sx mc's now and found a "j" that I tried cast further and felt better in hand. Can I get some opinions on casting distance (2oz bucktails) between a 300 & 400 tranx? The 300 holds enough line for my purposes and is smaller which I like but the 400 just looks more powerful and might serve me better if the casting distance is close. Then there's the sxj mc. Can anyone tell me how they compare distance wise against the Tranx? Power wise my Avets are just right but it sure would be nice to have a level wind if the Tranx can match the Avet's power. I'm sure all three would do just fine but can I get some opinions from someone who has used the reels.

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On 1/24/2023 at 11:16 PM, obxer said:

I'm all for swapping out that reel for something a bit larger. I've decided on a Tranx over the Lexa and Scoobydoo's review helped make that decision. Another contender is an Avet sxj mc. I use sx mc's now and found a "j" that I tried cast further and felt better in hand. Can I get some opinions on casting distance (2oz bucktails) between a 300 & 400 tranx? The 300 holds enough line for my purposes and is smaller which I like but the 400 just looks more powerful and might serve me better if the casting distance is close. Then there's the sxj mc. Can anyone tell me how they compare distance wise against the Tranx? Power wise my Avets are just right but it sure would be nice to have a level wind if the Tranx can match the Avet's power. I'm sure all three would do just fine but can I get some opinions from someone who has used the reels.

Check out the newer lexa 400 tw (it's smaller than the old 400)...and the new 300 non tw.

The versatility of that brake is really really nice.

 

I'm talking punching a bait into the wind without fear....then bombing with the wind at your back....On a boat it's very advanatageus.

 

 

No fumbling with side plates....

 

I only fish spinners when I absolutely must.....and those two reels have been put to work the most.

(note..i wasn't the biggest lexa 300 fan when they first came out...loved the 400hd....the 300hd..not so much.

 

I did notice that after a few 50# plus fish this fall...the lexa 300 no longer feels new.

 

 

 

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Thanks for that scoobydoo. I've always felt my Diawa plugging reels held up better in salt water and I like the external adjustment of a magnet. Opening the reel up to change the spool centrifugal adjustment, well that just doesn't happen does it? I'm glad to see they made the reel a little smaller too. Thur. I got a new stainless ball and socket in my left shoulder so I can kick this one around while I recover. Do you use 50 or 40(braid) on your 400? Thanks again, you seem to know your reels very well.

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