easiest casting reel I've used in a long time
September 15, 2014
This was my first daiwa reel. I was skeptical about it because of it's small size and graphite frame. When I got it home, I disassembled it. I was quite impressed with the internals of this reel. Brass alloy main gear and stainless pinion. What really blew me away though, was the drag stack. Daiwa's tournament carbon drag washers are massive!
First time out, I spooled it up with 30 lbs braid, probably close to 400 yards worth. First cast with a 3 oz spoon on a 7' tiger lite, got an easy drama free 75-80 yards. This thing is a rocket! It casts so easy and the centrifugal brake works so well, that I handed it off to my wife who has never messed with anything but a spinner, told her the bare basics of how to cast, and to just touch the rim of the spool when the bait hits the water. She managed about a 50 yard cast with NO BACKLASH!
Retrieve is very smooth and lightning fast, drag is very progressive and plentiful. Brought in a 25 lbs gag grouper with no drama whatsoever.
Ive got probably 20 different reels that I choose from whenever I go out on the boat. This one will always go with me because it is an absolute pleasure to fish with all day!
Pros:very easy to cast
strong tournament drag
easy to fish all day
Cons:haven't found any cons yet