This $650 rod-and-reel combination is a testament that big fish don't always require big, heavy gear - here's why we recommend it

Posted On: Sep 16, 2019   |   Posted By: Business Insider

This $650 rod-and-reel combination is a testament that big fish don't always require big, heavy gear - here's why we recommend it

When it comes to fishing for larger fish, big, heavy, clunky gear isn't always necessary, and it's a relief to forego for smaller, lighter-weight tackle.
Shimano's Tranx 400 AHG baitcasting reel is deceptively small: It looks like something you'd use to fish a pond or a lake, but a sealed drag, high gear ratio will get the job done on everything up to and including mahi-mahi and small tuna.
Paired with G. Loomis' new, also lightweight IMX-Pro Blue casting rod , the Shimano Tranx is a delightfully lightweight setup to fish all day and night without destroying your shoulders.
Having grown up fishing and working on fishing boats on and off throughout my life, I've been pretty stubborn with my fishing gear over the years. I buy the same rods and reels over and over again, and I don't fuss too much about trying new gear.
When it was insisted that I try this particular reel, I was baffled. I'm a saltwater fisherman through and through, save for the occasional fly-fishing trip up a mountain stream. This reel looks...

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