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 craigd Great value, very good performance
This reel is smooth strong. It comes with an aluminum spare spool and is reasonably priced. I love my Mitchell spinning reels...I have three of them and they all deliver the goods.
May 20, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Pabmusky Reliable
This Mitchell may not be the most expensive or have the best features but it cannot be beat for it's price. I have had this reel for three years without having a problem. It still works as smoothly as the first day I had it.
March 6, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by robert6548 mitchell 300XE
Always have used and love the Garcia Mitchell 300 series reels. I just bought one and it was packaged (a 3ooXE) and the bail is hard to close and most of the time it has to be done manually. Not typical of the 300 series at all. NOTE I didn't get the reel from BassPro
January 31, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by BWezz 40+ Years and counting
I bought my 1st Mitchell 300 in August of 1969 and I still use that reel on EVERY fishing trip I take and I'm out about 2 times a week throughout the year. I own 6 Mitchell 300s (Various models) and every one works like a charm and have the smoothest drag of any spinning reel I've ever used. For my money (and I don't have a lot) they cannot be beat. I recently purchased one as a Christmas present to myself (and went out Christmas day and got a kuppla channel cats) and it felt as though is was a part of my hand from the 1st cast. Get yourself 1, you won't regret it.
January 29, 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.