Perfect for anglers who still want the control of a casting reel when throwing lighter baits, the Daiwa Lexa 100 Casting Reel features a precision balanced, super lightweight A7075 aluminum spool capable of casting the lightest lures in addition to Daiwa’s advanced Magforce Cast Control. Featuring a new, compact design as well, the Lexa 100’s aluminum frame and sideplate keep it lightweight, and a seven bearing system ensures consistently fluid casts and retrieves. Also featuring a sleek, stealthy look, the Daiwa Lexa 100 Casting Reel delivers the reliablility and tournament caliber performance anglers have come to expect from Daiwa reels.
-Ultimate Tournament Drag System
-Infinite Anti Reverse
-Rugged, Six-point drive train support
If you like throwing lighter baits with a casting reel instead of a spinning reel, the Daiwa Lexa 100 Casting Reels have everything you need and more.
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Comments: I purchased the 6.3:1 and the 4.9:1. I planned on using the 6.3:1 for spinner baits/chatter baits, and the 4.9:1 for crank baits. I was super excited to get them being I am on a tight budget & getting $130 reels for $60 is very nice. Once I received them and put them on the designated rods, I was pleased on how they felt. Unfortunately, once I got on the water and tuned them, they both started making odd sounds after a few casts, almost like a grinding noise when casting. Then the cast button would re engage mid toss. Not happy. Sending both to THreelcleaning to get inspected and new upgraded bearings this winter.
From: Mark: Ingleside, IL 10/28/15
Comments: These reels are an absolute steal! At the current clearance price, you won't find a better reel for the money. I was able to cast a Sammy 65 topwater plug approximately 25 to 30 yards with a medium lite rod and 12 lbs test suffix superior mono. The handle knobs have one bearing each and I was able to add another bearing to each knob with ease. The reel feels super smooth on the retrieve. The profile is very comfortable to palm and fish with all day. The only downside to the reel was that it lacked a sufficient amount of lubrication on the worm gear out of the box, but even that was a simple and quick fix. I've been fishing this reel hard chucking and winding various lipless, squarebills, and divers for the last 3 months and I see no signs of wear. Loved it so much I was able to grab one of the last 6.3 to 1 ratio versions before they ran out.
From: MaxZmus: San Diego, CA 10/26/15
Comments: When I got this Lexa in & spooled it up & casted it was noisy like a lot of people complained about. All I had to do was put 3 drops of reel butter under the spool tension cap & now it casts like a dream. Very satisfied with it. My only complaint thus far is it is a little heavy & tends to want to twist the rod counter clockwise when I'm reeling in. But maybe that's because I'm using a medium light crankbait rod. Before giving the product a bad name, maybe you should make an attempt to solve the problem first?
From: Aaron: Wichita, KS 10/13/15
Comments: One of the worst reels I've ever used. It is cheaply made & there is a significant gap between the spool and the frame big enough for line to get caught in. It was sometimes noisy on casts, and it clicked on retrieve. I took it by the reel repair shop I typically use, and he mentioned he's seen a lot of those come in for repairs. Maybe I got a bad one, but it's definitely going back.
From: GC: San Antonio, TX 10/11/15
Comments: For the sale price right now (59$) this is the cheapest reel i have bought and by far my favorite. Casts extremely far & i can only remember backlashing with it once. Do yourself a favor and pick this up!
From: Logan: VA 10/8/15
Comments: I have had this reel for quite a while and I do not recommend it. I absolutely love Daiwa but hate this reel. You get what you pay for. I would recommend you to invest in a tatula. It is very loud and clanky. Not smooth and casts terrible
From: Bo: GA 10/4/15
Comments: I just received this reel. It is very smooth well built with large handles. Great for the price!
From: Hunter: USA 9/24/15
Comments: I have used this reel about 10 times now, and it seems to be holding up well. I would highly recommend it for the price. It does throw light baits far, as other reviews say, with no backlash. I also find it comfortable in my hands, but that's just me. For the price it was worth it to try and not be disappointed.
From: Kris: Austin, TX 8/27/15
Comments: I bought this reel a while ago and have used it a ton. I love it! I do everything with with this reel from flipping in heavy cover to cranking deep and it has not failed me yet. My friends have Tatulas, Speed Spools, Curados, you name it, They still think my reel is better! If you are thinking about getting this reel do not hesitate, You will not be disappointed.
From: Brody: Clovis, CA 8/16/15
Comments: I have had this reel for 2 months and have used it for everything from bass redfish speckled trout and decent sized snook. It is a very solid reel flat out.
From: Jenkins: Orlando, FL 8/9/15
Comments: This is an AMAZING reel for anglers who are looking for a LEFTY CRANKING DEEP DIVER reel, get it while you can.
From: Ed: NY 8/8/15
Comments: I purchased 2 of these reels during the 4th of July 20% off deal they had so I got 2 of these, Took them out on a trip and before hand I oiled and greased them up, about 20 cast in on one of them it started acting up, the cast was noisey and the retrieve was rough. The other one worked flawlessly. Overall I would NOT recommend this reel. Some people have had great experiences and some have had the same as me. Bad.
From: Rick: Midlothian, TX 8/1/15
Comments: Purchased a 4.9:1 left handed reel for squarebill & medium diving cranks. After 10 casts reels starts making screeching sound bad bearing. TW took care of it and exchanged it. I have used the replacement reel for about 100 casts & caught 10 fish on it, reel is starting to make a noise when casting sounds like a bearing is about to go. Not too pleased with quality, the reel is smooth while it works out of the box.
From: Jorge: USA 7/30/15
Comments: Awesome buy for the 60$. A little on the heavy side but it makes a great back up reel or a beat up reel. This thing is buttery smooth and the cast control is great. I have the 4:9:1. Let me tell you, that is SLOW. Helps to slow down the cranks in deep or cold water. Do not pass up this deal.
From: Beast Mode: MN 7/15/15
Comments: Bought one of these reels because of the price and as previously stated: You get what you pay for. Right out of the box it felt so rough reeling and was so noisy I never even spooled it up. Maybe it would have fished ok but I know there wasn't any way I could tolerate that grinding feel all day. Gave it away. Too lazy to return.
From: Will: Hampton, VA 7/9/15
Comments: I love this reel.. Its easy to setup smooth & feels great in the hand paddles are large but very ergonomical..I have a quantum pt..bps pq.. Lew's LFS and the lexa is better for me got 4.9-1 and 7.1-1 both are excellent PS I can't stand reviews that only bad mouth products or reviewers who have not used the products
From: Joey: Old Hickory, TN 6/27/15
Comments: I own Lew's and shimano citica but after one day I think this may be my favorite. Handled two to five pound bass drag and all glad I bought two. I would suggest to anyone.
From: Logan: NC 6/19/15
Comments: Good reel for the money. It does cast light lures well but I think the comparable retail priced Revo S has a better drag. I use it for throwing wacky rigged senkos to smallmouths.
From: Dale: MI 5/24/15
Comments: You get what you pay for! Mine performed miserably out of the box. Made noise while casting & was rough. Despite cleaning and lubing, it didn't get any better. I might have gotten a bad one but I wouldn't recommend it.
From: Gary: CA 5/23/15
Comments: This reel is much better than my $129 Citica G, not to mention about the deal. Cast very well even with 1/4 oz lure. Only $69 !!!
From: Yang: Palo Alto, CA 5/12/15
Comments: I know I might be in the minority, but the Lexa is one of my favorite Daiwa reels. I currently own several Steez reels, several Tatula and Tatula Type R reels & then several Lexa reels. I legitimately prefer the Lexa over the Tatula. It fits better in my hand & performs just as well as the Tatula. At the current sale price, it would be crazy to not load up on them.
From: Slade: KS 4/24/15
Comments: I purchased the Lexa 100H A while back and have used it extensively. It's a solid, smooth casting reel and I've been very pleased with it.
From: David: Cutler Bay, FL 4/20/15
Comments: For you saltwater fisherman that visit this site like i do, this reel is PERFECT for spotted bay bass. put some braid on this reel and it is absolutely perfect for getting at the spotted fellers and not having to worry about cleaning every use.
From: Jon: San Diego, CA 1/9/15
Comments: I like my Lew's and Quantum reels better, but at $69.99,I would not hesitate. I like it enough, at evben a higher price. No problems with the reel, but I don't use my reels nearly enough to encounter the problems people have with reels. Out of production Quantum's might be better, but the Lexa 100 is a good deal.
From: Ed: Roscoe, NY 1/4/15
Comments: I know your probably thinking that this can't be a good deal because of the price, and I'm here to tell you that you would be dead wrong. Straight out of the package, this reel is stunning. it's smooth as could be and is at a nice balance weight. The reel knobs are a little bigger than most but you'll find that the bigger size comes in handy when throwing bigger baits. The drag star is extremely smooth, and so is the thumb button and all of the other trinkets. it casts light lures with little to no effort at all (even with the wind gauge ALL the way down). Do yourself a favor and pick this thing up. enjoy:0
From: Paul: USA 12/26/14
Comments: If you take care of this reel you wont have any problems mentioned below,its like any other mechanical parts. After use and dirt gets in the gears it starts to tear down amd wear out thats where you get the noise and vibration. If you take a part and clean every so often (actually clean dont just put a little oil on it) you wont have any problems,its the same as any other reel ypu have to realize that.
From: Brandon: Lawrenceburg, KY 10/11/14
Comments: Purchased this reel in april and only last 4 months. Started to make grinding sounds during the cast and retrieve. Uncle bought the same reel on the same day and had the same problems around the same time. Don't know what happened to this reel, kept it clean and lubed. Shame Diawa. My tatula is a beast though.
From: Victor: San Diego, CA 10/7/14
Comments: Having issue with mine, after a 3-4 trips the reel feel very rought even after cleaning and lubing it. It has a lot of vibration. I am going to contact Daiwa and see what they say. Overall, not happy.
From: Pao: Fresno 9/16/14
Comments: The retrieval rate of the 4.9:1 model is awesome for cranks and topwaters and has the torque to pull in those lunkers, especially with the leverage provided by its 100mm handle and nice chunky knobs. It casts fantastically and if you have an educated thumb even light baits aren't a problem. This reel is smooth and refined for the money yet seems quite durable. Throw it on a fiberglass rod and let the treble hooks fly!
From: Tony: Yukon, OK 9/13/14
Comments: I've pulled 40+ fish out of thick cover with this reel so far and it's has one of the best drags and casting reels that I've used I can pitch 1/4 (and lighter) ounce finesse jigs with this rod no problem just a dap of reel oil and it's perfect easy to use.
From: Andrew: Hingham, MA 6/4/14
Comments: I got this reel as a gift. I have always shimano fan curado and chronarch, but to give this rod a fair try i took it out. I'm impressed, casts great easy to tune any size lure. "Second cast I hit a 90cm' 15kg Barramundi. If you have been to OZ you know this is fight. The reel pulled him in like magic.... going forward I will probably give my new lex just as much time as my shimano definitely a great reel highly recommend
From: Izzy: NT Australia
Comments: Super good reel! Definitely not missing my curado.
From: Razorfish: Los Angeles,CA
Comments: Awesome, Awesome, Awesome reel.This thing is way nicer than my curado g. It cast farther and "feels" more solid. Wouldn't choose another for the money.
From: Larry: NH
Comments: Holy cow these things are sick! They cast a mile, you can't get a better reel than this, affordable for the price also, will be buying me many more, outfitting all my rods with these reels
From: Ryan: Albany, GA
Comments: Nice value reel, but dont expect it to be a curado killer. In my experience the drag is awesome, but spool bearings can use a tiny drop of lube. The thumb bar and other parts need to be kept clean and free of debrit. Free spool is what you would expect from a 100$ reel. If u have an educated thumb buy a Curado or abu.
From: Nate: La Verne, CA
Comments: This is a great reel for the price. It casts very smoothly and the drag is quality. I have several of these and they are all equally smooth and quiet. They can also take a beating. I have even been using one on a flipping setup for heavy cover and it has worked flawlessly. Don't buy into the negative press. Demo one or try it at a local shop and see for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
From: Justin: SC
Comments: Just got this reel to add to my current line up. T3 ballistic, revo stx Gen 3, and 2 bps pro qualifiers. Didn't expect much because of the negative comments. I think I'm gonna stop reading these reviews... mine is quiet, smooth, higher quality than expected, and better looking too. Clutch engagement is smoothest I have felt. It is definitely worth $140. Never owned a reel by any company that didn't work, but get the impression that only lews are worth buying. I think fan boys like to trash other reels for the hell of it. Ordered another lexa handle assembly for my ballistic.
From: Rob: Cape Cod
Comments: I got the 100H and The reel is smooth on the cast, smooth drag, no backlashes. It bombs lipless cranks and the low profile makes it comfortable to fish all day
From: Sean: So Cal
Comments: Out the box this reels sweet! And at the price point its spot on. Casts lite baits well. Casts 1/2oz & 3/4oz baits very good as well. In testing not once did i get a backlash (Over Run) even with the break on 3. Reel got smoother with in the first hour of using it. Overall i recommend this reel TEAMRIPPNLIPZ RODS UP!
From: Sonny: Wareham, MA
Comments: This reel is awesome, Do not let the weight scary you.. Demo it if your feeling iffy i promise you will love it. It looks awesome pair with a Phenix M1 The casting is awesome, and the feel is truly one of a low profile reel. I would compare these to the E7, not G7... E7 ..maybe better
From: Jakarvis: AL
Comments: The reviews on this reel read more like a Tackletour thread than an actual review. And guy that is pushing the Pro Qualifier are you SERIOUS??? You own 12 of those made in China pieces of crap? Also, other guy, just because you can read specs that say "8oz" does not mean you are entitled to leave a review on this reel. Besides, at this price range dont you want a little more weight in your reel? Because you wont get magnesium for under $199.00 and you know that if it aint magnesium making it sooo light THAN ITS PLASTIC!! Companies are making reels cheaper because people are buying into this sceme!! I have not used the real yet and therefore cannot help you..... Except for this Daiwa and Shimano are the only two companies that know how to build these things. Abu got close with the Winch. There!
From: Nate: Bellingham, WA
Comments: Not sure why the negative reviews, perhaps bad models? Honestly I've found mine to be a fantastic reel. I've dialed it in to where I can cast 3/16 oz lures without a problem. Dropped a dab of reel lube on parts and it has been a splendid reel. One of the best baitcasters I now own. I've never had a reel that I could set so perfectly that I don't even have to thumb the spool. Granted, I don't have a Steez, Calais, etc., but for the money, this is a heck of a reel.
From: RM: VA
Comments: Only thing good about this reel is the aluminum frame. Not smooth, drag is a hit or miss. Throwing light lures? ...yeah right. Its horrible at that. Better off getting a procyon or something 100
From: Opama: CA
Comments: Agreed. Don't overlook the bass pro shop's low speed pro qualifier's, either. Quite possibly, the best $100. baitcaster, on the market. I own, at least a dozen, and have NEVER had any trouble w/ any of them.
From: Wheels: New Berlin, NY
Comments: There are many lighter and more compact low gear models if you look just a little ie; Komoda, Winch, EXO, & Lews with many models under 8oz.
From: Josh: Clinton, MI
Comments: Shimano does not make a 4.9:1 gear ratio in the small size reels. The Lexa 100PL looks like it will be the lightest and smallest profile/low gear ration bait casting reel on the market at this time. I hope SHIMANO MAKES A CHRONARCH or CURADO 50/51 with 4.9:1 gear ration in the future.
From: JF: NY
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