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Academy H2O Xpress TAC-40 Reel

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Has anyone tried this reel? I have a large gift card there and I'm thinking of buying this reel. There aren't a lot of reviews on it yet. It replaces the Motive reel which had killer reviews as do their Mettle reels. It seems like it has some of the features that you'd find in reels that cost $30 more on average, including carbon fiber drag. Either way, I'm not very worried about it because I have an Academy store nearby that I visit regularly if I should have any issues with it.

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I handled it and thought it was really nice but I am having a hard time spending my money on a house brand over name brand. I’m sure it’s made by one of the name brands but without knowing much I can’t pull the trigger.

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Reminds me very much of an older Curado 😉

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I ordered it. I'll give a review.

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I've been happy with all the H2O products I've owned. Whoever makes Academy's stuff does a good job of it. 

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It came in today. It feels like a very smooth reel. They didn't waste money on making it all shiny. It looks "murdered out" like the local Nova you never want to race for money. I'm going to spool it up right now. It's replacing an old, heavy BPS Johnny Morris JMX-1000 5.2:1

Features:

Machined aluminium frame 6.2 oz.

carbon fiber drag

alloy gears

carbon fiber handle\EVA knobs

6-pin centrifugal system-already adjusted half-way

The spool looks shallow, but it claims to hold 100 yds of 12lb mono

7.3:1 retrieve, 30"/turn

I hope to ge to use it this weekend

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21 minutes ago, the reel ess said:

It came in today. It feels like a very smooth reel. They didn't waste money on making it all shiny. It looks "murdered out" like the local Nova you never want to race for money. I'm going to spool it up right now. It's replacing an old, heavy BPS Johnny Morris JMX-1000 5.2:1

Features:

Machined aluminium frame 6.2 oz.

carbon fiber drag

alloy gears

carbon fiber handle\EVA knobs

6-pin centrifugal system-already adjusted half-way

The spool looks shallow, but it claims to hold 100 yds of 12lb mono

7.3:1 retrieve, 30"/turn

I hope to ge to use it this weekend

Sounds nice. And yeah definitely a shallow spool. But that's not always a bad thing. Especially if you use braid.  

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2 hours ago, CroakHunter said:

Sounds nice. And yeah definitely a shallow spool. But that's not always a bad thing. Especially if you use braid.  

The reel I was replacing had half a spool of 30#braid on it with half a spool of mono backing beneath it. I reeled just that braid up on the new reel and it filled it. Boom! New braid (the new end). :)

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4 hours ago, the reel ess said:

It came in today. It feels like a very smooth reel. They didn't waste money on making it all shiny. It looks "murdered out" like the local Nova you never want to race for money. 

 

Told ya looks like ol school Curado...all business!

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Remindes me of an older Doyo platform but in a smaller finesse form.  I think there was a prolite finesse on this platform but it was still over 7oz.  Neat reel.

 

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Updated review yet?

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I have the Meetle and had it for a few years ,fished it hard and the drag went out.Took it to Academy to get it fixed and they gave me a new one no questions asked.There H20 line is really good for the money plus there customer service is great.

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Updated review yet?

Well, I haven't fished yet. It's been too cold and I've been too busy. Honesty, if it wasn't so windy, I'd go. I did take it out in the back yard and toss a small spinnerbait around. It seems very smooth and casts a light lure well. That's all I can report yet.

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I can say the rods feel amazing.  They are crazy light 

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On 1/13/2018 at 11:59 PM, Porkrind said:

Updated review yet?

I finally got to use the reel yesterday. I can't imagine what more you'd ask from a $100 reel. It operates pretty much the same as the $130 Lew's Tournament MB's I own. It doesn't have the mag brake, only the centrifugal one. But it casts just as well. I can set the cast control so the bait slowly drops and cast fine with no backlash even if I don't stop the spool. It's quiet and smooth. There's only .5 oz. difference in weight, but the TAC-40 just feels a good bit lighter. It also feels smaller in the hand. I used it with a 3/16 oz. jig and did catch my first bass on it. I even practiced skipping the jig with some success and no (major) overruns. It's just the first outing, but I see zero cons, only pros. I would certainly recommend it. I would buy another later if this one holds up, but it should be a long time before I need another one. I have three of the Lew's reels.

 

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