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 3 out of 5 by Fisherman209 An Average Reel
I was in the market for a $50 reel and one of the employees recommended this reel. When I hear the name Mitchell, I don't think Abu Garcia. Never the less, Michell is a name brand I have used and enjoyed in the past.
After using the reel a handful of times, it has held up fairly well. I have not experienced any birds nest that was not my fault. The only thing I have noticed is some possible durability issues. The reel recently started making a squealing sound when the drag allows line out. Could just need lubrication, but I wont know for sure until I look under the hood.
Not a bad reel in the $50 range. Not my first go to reel, but it will definitely stay in my arsenal.
December 31, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by PeterPiker1978 I want to like it
At this price point, this is an amazing reel on paper. Attractive, comfortable and sturdy are my first impressions of this outfit. Paired with an Ugly Stik Lite, the combo is a durable inexpensive setup, capable of clubbing an angry beaver and still pulling in a decent fish. I did find my experience very similar to others that reviewed this product. Hang ups on the drag knob, line tangles resulting in 100's of yards of wasted line, and the mild grinding sound of gears not meshing. It did survive, but did not excel at Piranha and Peacocks in the Amazon. "Fair" reel at a "Fair" price.
August 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by chefvinny Still the best
My first reel was a Mitchell at the age of eight. During my lifetime (61 yrs), I have owned some of the top reels available. When I saw that BPS offered the line I immediately purchased one (300Xe). Mitchell, in my opinion, is still one of the best reels on the market. A true value.
June 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Logo Amazing product
I recently bought this reel thinking it was going to be a decent product. I knew the very first cast that it was worth every penny. Very smooth, and easy to use. I think i will be using this for a long time.
May 21, 2012
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, 10 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.