Simple design, user-friendly features and proven performance
8-bearing system including instant anti-reverse
Polymeric body and rotor
Comfort Touch body coating
NeverFail™ bail spring
Multi-disk drag stack
Free spare spool
The Mitchell 300Xe Spinning Reel has the same simple design, user-friendly features, and proven quality as Mitchell’s 300X series in a smoother-running, stronger, lighter version. The 300Xe offers an 8-bearing system including instant anti-reverse, polymeric body and rotor (stronger than graphite) with Comfort Touch™ body coating, high-performance gearing, NeverFail™ bail spring, line twist reduction system, and multi-disk drag stack. FREE spare spool.
Rated 5 out of 5 by CrappieFisher88 The only reel I use.
The Mitchell 308 XE reel is great. These reels allways work good and I dont ever have any problem at all with them. I crappie fish and bream fish with these 308's and use the 300 to bass fish with.
April 11, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by troutbumrich bang for your buck!
great reel, smooth drag and overall nice reel design
April 1, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by fishbug No dice
Have had a 308 for years without complaint. Purchased the 300 xe reel feb. 2013 - within a week the make-believe metal coating on the PLASTIC handle was eroding and the spindle was rusting. It was used in salt water however it was thoroughly rinsed after each use. I would purchase this reel only under full advisement of these issues. I was also disappointed in the casting action (yes, I understand it is not a casting reel). Compared to the old 308, it was not at all impressive.
March 30, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by williameeyore decent reel
I have had this reel for 1yr now and it has some problems but its still the first reel i grab when i get to the lake.
I have abused this reel in ways many of you will find hard to believe. it has been submerged in the lake several times left outside for most of its life forgot in the boat with the plug in submerged then frozen in a block of ice, dropped, stepped on,nearly buried in sand. the only maintenance it has received is an occasional shot of reel magic.
pros; the 210 yards of line and smooth drag make landing very large fish possible (i have landed 2 hybrids at once on umbrella rig both over 10 lbs)
it still reels in easy (does make a slight scraping noise?)
cons; the bell has never wanted to close on its own, the line likes to hang on the drag knob (if you let it do this and cast you will get a horible bird nest), and the drag seems to loosen itself over time.
at first i had to be careful not to let it hang on the drag knob i do it now without even looking and until i let someone else use it i had forgotten about it. i have read that if i sand down the corners on the knob it fixes it?
overall its light, strong, great drag, and durable but you have to deal with the line catching on the drag knob.
March 10, 2013
Yes it is, but the bearings in this reel are of poor quality! The one I have started making a whirring noise after the second cast! Never even caught a fish with it just a bit of current, retrieving a lipless crankbait! I have a friend who has one as well, and he has the same problem! Mitchell has always been a good reel, but unfortunately with this model the quality has gone down a bit! Other than the bearings, it works well,feels solid, and the new rubberized coating feels great, not the Mitchel of old. I have a Mitchel reel that is over thirty years old and works better than any new reel out there, don't know what happened, wish they would upgrade the bearings!
I use 10lb, mostly because that's what I had to begin with, and never used anything different. 12 shouldn't be a problem. If that's what you were wanting to use, I would say go ahead and try it, and if you have problems then go lighter.
Personally, I prefer 10 pound test for most local fresh water fishing and coastal salt water. It should handle 12 lb test easily enough and I would recommend it if you are going after heavier, deeper running fish or if you do a lot of crappie fishing around heavy brush and snags.
thats what i run berkley trilene 100% fluorocarbon 12 lb
2 years, 11 months ago
- phila, pa
I don't recommend putting a larger diameter line on then recommended. They tend to twist up. The line roller is not designed to handle a line this diameter. I use 10lb on my 300ex and it works great. Be sure to put the line on the correct way so as not to twist it right off the get go.
i think 12 is pushing it but i dont see why it wouldnt as long as you use a smaller diameter line such as fireline or something comparable. I use 8 lb. stren on mine because its cheap and i have never broke it with a fish on or setting the hook or any of the stressed situations. so as far as im concerned yea if you want go for the 12 lb test but unless your fishing very deep or in alot of sticks and heavy cover id stick with 8 or 10 lb.