Daiwa Ballistic EX Spinning Reels

Daiwa Ballistic EX Spinning Reels

$199.95 - $209.95
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Ball Bearing + Roller BearingGear RatioLine Per CrankWeightMono Line Capacity
(LB. Test/Yards)
Max DragPrice
Ballistic Ex Spinning ReelML/L9 (1 CRBB) + 15.6:129.5''7.9 oz.6/135, 8/110, 10/908.8$199.95 USD
Ballistic Ex Spinning ReelM/ML9 (1 CRBB) + 15.6:133.2''8.6 oz.6/210, 8/170, 10/14015.4$199.95 USD
Ballistic Ex Spinning ReelM/ML9 (1 CRBB) + 15.6:137.4''10.4 oz.8/240, 10/200, 12/17015.4$199.95 USD
Ballistic Ex Spinning ReelXH/MH9 (1 CRBB) + 15.7:139.9''13.9 oz.10/300, 12/260, 14/21017.6$209.95 USD
The Daiwa Ballistic EX Spinning Reels are magsealed spinning reels which enable them to perform in either freshwater or saltwater conditions. These reels have a Zaion body and side cover to make them lightweight and corrosion proof.


  • Specification Upgrade
  • Magsealed System
  • ZAION Body & Side Cover
  • Dynamic Cut Aluminum ABS Spool
  • Digigear System
  • 5.6:1 & 5.7:1 Gear Ratios
  • Waterproof Drag System
  • Machined Aluminum Screw In Handle
  • Protrusion Free Air Bail
  • 9BB (1CRBB) + 1RB
  • Red Anodized Accent on Line Slider
  • Smooth, long-lasting and quiet Oscillation
  • Infinite Anti-Reverse System
5 Stars based on 14 reviews
By Jeff
Very smooth and lightweight!!!! Awesome
November 20, 2019
Just bought the ballistics late in the year almost winter and took it out to try it.. first impressions were I wish I owned it years ago..light weight and good balance very smooth like butter to reel in paired with my mojo s glass crankster rod!!
By Donnie
, Goldsboro nc
Awesome reel . New models are out now and 2500LT is bout same size.
November 5, 2017
Great reels. Own 4 and never one issue. New models out now and the 2500LT is bout same size as 2000ex. Very smooth and strong reels
  • Light/dependable
By Dax
Miami FL
October 26, 2017
Great reels smooth as silk and plenty of drag for inshore fishing. First time out wit them paired to st Croix moos and the snook bite was on didn't loose one snook largest was 37inches pulled hard and then got her to the boat. Was very pleased with the dark and how smooth this reel works
By Joshua
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Solid Reel
July 13, 2017
If you're looking to buy a reel in the $200 range, this is the reel to buy. It's very light and smooth with plenty of power and has held up to plenty of abuse with little to no maintenance. I've had it for two years and have used it for everything from freshwater bass to schoolie dolphin and everything in between, and it's been nothing but a pleasure to fish. I look forward to Daiwa's Ballistic LT coming this October.
  • High quality reel at a good price
  • None
April 27, 2016
Happy with this reel so far , nothing beats the test of time . finish is beautiful , aluminum spool with typical line lock on spool rim.
Handle stem is a beautiful anodized finish , handle / knob is a hard material that feels good in the hand .
I have not "dunked" the reel ion fresh or saltwater so I can't speak to the MAGNASEAL feature ..as I said ,time will tell.
A side by side comparison with the Shimano CI4 ...selo ita a Ford chevy thing . I Fisher the Shimano CI4 is an outstanding reel
But after looking at both in person ,side by side and talking with a three tacle shop owners (one in MA. one in FL and one in CT. and all three
Said the DAIWA was more durable with constant use and overall.

  • DAIWA reputation for outstanding service and support .
  • For 159.00 DAIWA should include a spare spool ...even if it was composite and not a duplicate aluminum spool.
  • Made in China with a large profit margin there is certainly room to add a spare spool and a decal .
By Db
new york, NY
love it
February 25, 2016
great light weight reel
use both freshwater and salt water..
very smooth and light weight
By Charles
Haw River, NC
Smooth and light!!!
February 11, 2016
A local tackle shop owner recommended I try this reel out and I'm sure glad he did. It is the smoothest reeling reel I have ever owned and light enough to cast all day. I used it mainly for speckled trout this fall, the drag was super smooth and handled 22" specks with ease.
  • Smoothest reel I have ever used. Super light.
  • None so far.
By Darren A.
Austin, Texas
Great Reel - Tough, light, and works inshore too
January 19, 2016
I use this reel inshore fishing for reds and specs. I went up to the 2500 size to take advantage of the powerful drag, 15.4 lbs max, which is more than I need, while keeping the weight very low 8.6 oz. The light weight allows not only helps me fight fatigue, but it balances well with my rod so I can feel even the tiniest bite. Sometimes you get that bite from behind where the trout hits the lure and runs straight at you. With this reel, I have more than enough speed to keep that line tight in these situations. I really love this reel. I have used it about 15 times and have dunked it in the saltwater on a few trips. This was accidental and I was very glad that the dunk into the saltwater caused no problems. I guess that magseal really works. Oh, and with a flip of my wrist, I can cast farther than my friends. I wade fish, so I cast all day long and I don't have tangles. Zero wind knots, never. The only problem I have and this might be partly user error is that about 2-3 times per day, I wind up to cast and I find that somehow the bail has not been opened and has slipped back shut on me. I don't know if this is because it is in just the right position where it closes easily or what is going on, but occasionally this happens and it looks a little funny. A couple of times it has caused my flourocarbon leader to snap and my soft plastic and jig go flying. But this is minor and I think if I pay more attention I can completely eliminate this. I have had it about 3months, which is not enough time to tell yet, but so far the anti-reverse is still working correctly. I have had problems with other reels where it gets sticky and quits working. I really wish there was not a switch to ever turn the anti-reverse off as I don't use it, especially when fishing inshore.
  • fast retrieve,
  • light weight,
  • powerful drag
  • none
By Jimmy z.
New York
Love it
September 1, 2015
With this reel set up with g loomis pro greens 883. Works out great
By Danny
Good for light saltwater species
May 7, 2015
smooth drag and handle, light but very delicate
By Michael
Boynton Beach, FL
solid reel
May 1, 2015
Great for light inshore and freshwater super smooth
By cristian
Lake worth, FL
April 23, 2015
Great reel for the price I wish it was a little cheaper though
By David
Horsham, Pennsylvania
Rock solid, lightweight reel.
December 21, 2014
I was looking for a lightweight reel to pair with my St. Croix Mojo surf 9 footer (MSS90MM2), and decided to give this Ballistic EX a go. Couldn't be happier with this reel. Though it's light in weight, it has a very solid feel to it. The drag is silky smooth, and it lays down braid quite evenly. The handle is comfortable, as well. Overall, this is a great reel for the money.
  • Lightweight, yet solid. Definitely has a quality feel to it.
By Kody
St. Petersburg, FL
Excellent reel with great technology
October 22, 2014
I purchased the 3000 and I have to say I am impressed. I am a shimano guy mostly however after picking up this reel I had to have it. I have been fishing it heavily for inshore and light offshore applications for the past 7 months and it is a sturdy well made reel. I fish salt water only and have caught 20-40+ lb inshore species with this reel with out any issues. I paired it with a 7 ft star seagis fishing mostly for snook, small tarpon, red fish, and large black drum. The drag is smooth and the reel is light weight. You can throw this thing all day
8 Questions & 8 Answers
from FL asked:
May 3, 2018
With the Mag Seal is the company saying it is fully sealed - in other words equal sealing to that of a ZeeBaaS or Van Staal? On surf entries from my Kayak, I will get waves pouring over my Kayak and I don't want the reel to be immediately ruined. I know a ZeeBaaS or Van Staal can handle that, but they are quite a bit more money. So will I have to shell out the big bucks for one of those reels or will the Daiwa Ballistic EX handle these kinds of conditions too (and keep working)?
1 Answers
Based on what you are describing I would strongly suggest going with a Van Staal VS or VR. While the Mag Seal system in Daiwa reels is effective at preventing water intrusion to the internal components, it does not make for a completely water proof reel. The Van Staals are completely 100% sealed to the point where they can be retrieved while submerged underwater. Mag Sealed reels are not designed to withstand complete submersion.
on May 8, 2018

from NY asked:
February 11, 2018
Which size for inshore kayak fishing for strippers and blues? And also a rod to pair it with?
1 Answers
The Daiwa Ballistic EX BLS-EX3000H paired with a St. Croix VIS66MF Avid Inshore Spinning Rod - 6 ft. 6 in. would be a great inshore kayak combo for striped bass and blues. If you were interested in a travel rod the St. Croix TIS70MF3 Tidemaster Inshore Spinning Travel Rod would be your best bet.
on February 14, 2018

from Chile asked:
December 4, 2017
Is there available spare spool for 4000 model? Regards
1 Answers
If the spare spools are available you will likely be able to order them through Daiwa directly.
on December 5, 2017

from Nyc asked:
June 28, 2016
Just received a 4000 for fathers day looking for a rod to balance it nicely. Planning to use it for false albies blues and small stripers from shore What do you recommend
1 Answers
Tsunami Airwaves Elite Braid Spinning Rod 7 ft medium/heavy should pair well with that reel.
on June 29, 2016

from Dagsboro, DE asked:
May 18, 2015
Is this a good reel for inshore fishing?
1 Answers
Aaron, The Ballistic Ex is an excellent reel for inshore fishing, With the new mag seal the reel is ready for what ever you throw at it.
on May 19, 2015

from Detroit, MI asked:
April 3, 2015
Does this reel have real four feature? Japan and AU have it in their ballistic ex. Thanks
1 Answers
Hello Lee. Unfortunately this is not one of the 10 Daiwa reels released in the US with this feature. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
on April 3, 2015

from edwardwwen@yahoo.com asked:
November 20, 2014
Can the Daiwa Ballistics 4000 EX spool be put on to a Daiwa Ballistics 3000 EX reel?
1 Answers
No. The spools are not interchangeable.
Customer Service
on November 21, 2014

from brisbane asked:
August 4, 2014
Are the spools interchangeable?? The 2500 spool on a 4000 body.
1 Answers
No, the spools are not interchangeable.
Customer Service
on August 4, 2014


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