Daiwa carries several types of reel styles with different functionalities. As a result, it is a popular brand among new and seasoned anglers. They offer both high end and lower end gear so you are sure to find a fit for your needs. Daiwa fishing reels – specifically Daiwa spinning reels are the best go to if you’re looking for something good quality and under $120.
Daiwa BG Spinning Reel
I own two Daiwa BGs and love how smooth and easy they are to cast and reel. While the BG is not a high end reel, it performs better than almost any you will purchase at this price point.
The Daiwa BG 3000 is built with stainless steel and aluminum with a waterproof drag system. It weighs 10.8 ounces and has a 5.6:1 gear ratio (37.4 inch retrieve) and drag max of 17.6. I use this reel for bass or crappie in freshwater and Spanish Mackerel and the like in saltwater.
I use the larger Daiwa BG 6500 for fishing King Mackerel, Jacks, small Tuna, etc. It weighs in at 29.5 ounces and has a gear ratio of 5.3:1 which gives 48.7 inch retrieve, with a drag max of 33.
Baitcasters are a little more difficult to use and I don’t recommend a beginner to learn on these. They are a closed-face type reel that offers more control than a spinning reel and are used more with heavier lures and heavier line while fishing for larger fish. Also, unlike a spinning rod that is mounted to the bottom of a rod, a baitcaster sits on the top of a rod and the handles cannot be swapped out from left to right.
There are round and low profile baitcasting reels. Round can hold much more line, but the low profile are more popular.
Round casting reels can also be used with heavier lures, and because they hold more line and heavier line they are great for fishing larger, harder fighting species.
Baitcast reels also come equipped with braking systems to help prevent backlash, which is a total pain. If you don’t know what backlash is, it is when your line becomes knotted and tangled as a result of the spool continuing to revolve after you have finished casting and the lure lands. It will make you want to give up. This is one big reason I don’t suggest this type of reel for beginners.
Also, just as a side note – buying a baitcaster with a level wind makes everything easier so you can focus on landing your fish, instead of making sure you reel in your line evenly on the spool.
Power Assist Reels
Power assist reels are mostly used in saltwater for off-shore deep dropping and reeling large, powerful fish such as Grouper, Swordfish, and Tuna. You will find them more in commercial fishing than you will recreational, but if you’re interested in landing some huge fish, it’s worth the investment.
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Why I like Daiwa
I do fish with more than Daiwa products, as you probably already guessed. I do however, think that Daiwa is the best brand to purchase if you’re looking for great quality and don’t want to spend a ton of money at one whack. I have had 0 problems so far and I do tend to favor the BG over the other spinners I have simply because of how well it performs.
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