Daiwa Ballistic LT Spinning Reels

Daiwa Ballistic LT Spinning Reels

These Magsealed reels boast Daiwa's Zaion Housing LT Concept, and a Machined A7075 Aircraft Grade Aluminum DigiGear.

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SizeGear RatioLine Per Handle TurnMono Line Capacity
(lb Test/Yards)
J-Braid Capacity
(lb Test/Yards)
BearingsMax DragWeightPrice
6 (1CRBB, 5BB, 1RB)11lb5.8oz$229.99 USD
6 (1CRBB, 5BB, 1RB)22lb6.3oz$229.99 USD
6 (1CRBB, 5BB, 1RB)22lb6.3oz$229.99 USD
6 (1CRBB, 5BB, 1RB)22lb6.5oz$229.99 USD
6 (1CRBB, 5BB, 1RB)26lb7.9oz$229.99 USD
6 (1CRBB, 5BB, 1RB)26lb8.1oz$249.99 USD
6 (1CRBB, 5BB, 1RB)26lb11.1oz$249.99 USD

The Daiwa Ballistic LT Spinning reels were designed to provide anglers with a stronger, more powerful spinning reel in the lightest and most compact package possible. The Ballistic LT embodies Daiwa's LT design concept of Light but Tough with a feather-light yet rigid Zaion housing. At the heart of the reel is a machined Aluminum Alloy DIGIGEAR designed for smoothness, strength and durability. The main shaft utilizes Daiwa's proprietary Magseal technology, which prevents water and debris intrusion. The reel is long-casting and extremely smooth employing a 7 Bearing System. With models ranging from 1000 to 6000 size the Ballistic LT spinning reels are designed for a wide range of applications incorporating many different techniques in both fresh and saltwater. The Ballistic LT series of reels is a prime example of Daiwas commitment to the LT Concept of modern spinning reel design, smaller, lighter yet stronger.

Daiwa Technology Found In Ballistic LT Spinning Reels :

  • LT Concept - The LT family of reels boast a smaller, lighter, more compact body which is paired with a larger DigiGear for the ultimate combination of Light and Tough.
  • DigiGear - The all-new DigiGear is precision machine cut and polished. This results in unmatched efficiency, better transfer of energy, and maximum smoothness.
  • MagSeal - MagSeal is the process of using MagOil, a special liquid developed through space engineering, to create a water and dust resistant barrier. Unlike rubber seals, MagOil will not effect the rotational performance of a reel. This creates a seal that allows the reel to maintain a light and smooth rotation for optimal performance.
  • Air Rotor - The Air Rotor weighs up to 15% less than ordinary rotor designs. Its unique shape reduces unnecessary weight while distributing stress more evenly throughout the rotor for maximum strength.
  • Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearings - Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearings boast a lifespan up to 12 times longer than traditional stainless steel bearings.
4.5 Stars based on 19 reviews
By Matt
Smooth like butter
December 3, 2020
Daiwa does it again.. great reel. Super smooth. Highly recommend
By Mike B.
Tampa, Floirda
Favorite reel - 5000 Daiwa Ballistic LT
July 11, 2020
Buttery smooth. So light, yet tough. Have caught 31.5 inch grouper, 29 inch Red Snapper, and a few big AJ on the first trip out. Got a jigging handle for it and can't think that a Stella would be any nicer. Get one. I want a 6000 now.
  • Light, smooth, not that expensive
  • None
By Lou M.
Marlton NJ
Love it
July 4, 2020
Lightweight, great drag, extremely smooth. Not much else to say. It's an awesome reel.
By Will
Lady Lake, FL
Ballistic LT 6000
January 18, 2020
Ultra, ultra lightweight for a 6k reel. Smooth and long-casting as well.

Great value for such a light 6k reel
  • One of the lightest 6k reels available
  • Long-casting
  • Good value
  • None so far
By James
Indianapolis,, IN
Daiwa Ballistic
December 3, 2019
Have the 3000 and use for finesse application with 4 to 6 pound fluro. It lays the line very well without twists or wind knots. Given the small line I back off the drag which is smooth and reliable. Casts Ned Rigs accurately and with distance even into moderate wind.

Also have a Shimano CI4 which is also a great real. Perhaps this reel is slightly smoother if that is possible, and does have a stronger drag although for how I use them this is not an issue.
  • Small and very light
  • Silky Smooth
  • Casts for distance and with accuracy
  • Smooth and reliable drag
  • For many applications The Daiwa Fuego can match this real at a much lower price, although a clearly heavier.
By Kenny
This things on another level
November 18, 2019
Until the Stradic FL came out, this was the best reel in its price range but now Shimano had to upgrade their stradic up to even compete with this reel in this price range. The ballistic is such a phenomenal reel and this is coming from a shimano fan boy
By Kyle
Meansville, GA
5000 Balistic LT.
July 20, 2019
First impressions were great, well packaged and on time. Put an entire 300yrd spool of 30ib braid on it and spent a week in Daytona, fishing hard all day in the surf. The reel handed amazing, and the more I fished the reel, the better it got. The sealing on this reel is amazing and kept all of the salt water and the sand out. 10 out of 10. Keep it up Diawa!!!
  • Well sealed, super smooth, hard drag, and looks great
  • A little pricey
By Nick B.
Squeaky , grinding noises after a couple of bigger blues . WTF
May 28, 2019
I did my research and discovered amazing results and reviews fo the Daiwa ballisric 6000
I live on Long Island and have put this reel on my 9'2" custom Lami hoping to catch a few 25 to 30 pound stripes.
After hooking into my first 10 pound blue , the reel started squeaking as if it had no answer to the impact of the fight.( my Lami performed flawlessly)

Im kinda bummed because this real is light and smooth yet i feel cant handle the bigger saltwater fish.
I am gonna take it for service and keep you guys posted,
Hopefully I got the only lemon in the bunch and the rest are as flawless as the reviews say.

I wish also they came with a beefier handle in the 6000 sized model.

Thanks for letting me state my opinion.
By Joe P.
Power in a small package
May 25, 2019
I recently purchased the Daiwa ballistic LT and i couldn't be happier with the performance of the drag on the BLSLT6000-C .This spring I've caught stripers up to 36lbs and numerous blue fish without a problem and the reel only weighs 11 oz . since getting this reel I have decided to get a 5000 and a 3000 size reel to use for fluke and false albacore in the fall.
  • Great dependable drag , lightweight and magseel
  • none
By Timothy
Salley, SC
Amazing Reel
May 20, 2019
I have the 6000 which I use for offshore vertical jigging and pier fishing for snook. The reel is amazingly light. It has more capacity and about the same drag as the saragosa 8000, but it weights half as much. !!! It is also very smooth and freespinning. The 6000 is between a bg 5000 and 6500
  • Smooth
  • Lightweight
  • Superior to competitors
  • Magseal makes you send it to Daiwa for it to be serviced.
By Johnny
Monterey California
March 12, 2019
This real is the truth light and solid pulling in stripe bass and large perch off the beach
  • Lite and solid
  • 4000 is smaller the bg 4000
By scott w.
awesome reel
February 14, 2019
very light and smooth. will buy another.
  • lightweight/ mag sealed
By Don
LaGrange nc
Love this reel. The 1000 on a 6'6 star seagis med light and have fun. Ballistic is dominating in my area.
December 8, 2018
Ballistic reels are great. Mostly have 2500s but a 1000 on a star seagis ml 6'6 rod and weighs nothing and can handle most all inshore species .
By Ann
Best spinning reel made for inshore salt or fresh water. Even though called a freshwater reel it's built to withstand salt.
November 18, 2018
Diawa made a great reel again. Even the original heavier ballistic reels are great . I sold most other reels like ci4s when the LT ballistic hit the market.
Light and tough
July 14, 2018
I use this reel for jigging gulp. This 5000 sized reel is lighter then most regular 3000 sized reel. Drag is smooth and it is able to pull good sized fish into the boat.
25 Questions & 26 Answers
from Boston, MA asked:
January 3, 2020
What's the spool diameter difference between the Ballistic 1000 and 2500? Also, what's the handle diameters? Thank you!
1 Answer
Daiwa Spool 1000 Daimeter: 40mm

Daiwa Spool 2500 Diameter: 45mm 

Handle Diameter 1000:  .75"

Handle Diameter 2500: .80"

Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on January 7, 2020

Senad Katana
from Tn asked:
November 19, 2019
Does Ballistic 6000lt has bigger spool then Stradic 5000fl ?
2 Answers
Yes the Ballistic 6000 LT has a bigger spool. 
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on November 20, 2019
The 6000 Ballistic holds 310 yds of 40lb braid and the 5000fl holds 185 yards of 40lb braid
Submitted by: Ethan on November 20, 2019

Carl Johnston
from Atco, n.j. asked:
April 27, 2019
Looking at the Ballistic lt for salmon and pike. Would the 4000 be a good choice or do you have a better suggestion. Thanks for your help
1 Answer
The Daiwa Ballistic 4000 would be a great choice. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 1, 2019

Michael Dumas
from Sebastian, Florida asked:
March 5, 2019
What is duel retrieve 
1 Answer
Meaning the handle can be switched from right to left hand retrieve. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on March 6, 2019

from HUNTINGTON, IN asked:
January 30, 2019
are they saltwater rated
1 Answer
They are magsealed and ready for saltwater
Submitted by: Bernie on January 31, 2019

from quincy, massachusset asked:
December 22, 2018
i bought the 6000d because i was told it has a faster retrieve speed, i looked up the retrieve speed online and its says its slower than the other models is this true or is there a 6000d and 6000d-c
1 Answer
The fastest retrieve is a 6:2:1 but that is only available in a 2500 size
Submitted by: Bernie on December 24, 2018

Dillon Besnier
from Tampa, Florida asked:
November 14, 2018
About how many yards of 30 lb power pro could i fit on the 6000 lt ?
1 Answer
Your looking at about 350 yards of 30 pound power pro
Submitted by: Bernie on November 15, 2018

from apple valley ca 92308 asked:
August 7, 2017
when do you charger for this reel
1 Answer
This reel right now is a pre-order and well be getting them in the middle of October. When the reel ships off to you then the charge will occur.
Submitted by: Bernie on August 7, 2017

Ulises Jaramillo
from Dallas Texas asked:
February 11, 2022
Can the 4000 handle go on the 3000 
1 Answer
Hi Ulises, According to Daiwa, The handles are interchangeable for the Daiwa Ballistic LT 4000 and 3000 sizes. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines. 
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on February 14, 2022

from Columbia, SC asked:
September 29, 2021
comparing the vanford 3000 to the ballistic 3000 which would be the better option for freshwater fishing ranging from creek smallmouth to river striper?
1 Answer

Both are really nice reels and fairly similar spec wise, you can not go wrong with either.  For what you are looking to target, the Shimano Vanford 3000 would be the recommended reel, since you are targeting fish in moving water.  The Vanford 3000 has a faster retrieval rate and higher gear ratio.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 30, 2021

from New York asked:
September 7, 2021
Do you think the 2509 is a good sized  reel for fluke (summer flounder off the beach in the north east? 
1 Answer

That would depend on the length of the rod you are looking to pair it with.  For the Daiwa Ballistic 2500 reel a 6'6" to 7'6" rod would pair best.  If you are looking to use an 8' or 9' rod, then the Ballistic 4000 would pair best.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 9, 2021

from Brick NJ asked:
February 13, 2021
How would the 3000 ballistic pair with the BB76MXS rod for light bay, surf and jetty fishing. Throwing 1/2-3/4 soft plastics and buck tails?
1 Answer
The 3000 would be perfect for light tackle scenarios like the one you described.
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on February 13, 2021

Craig J Moore
from NJ asked:
May 7, 2020
What size reel would you pair/balances best with a Mojo Inshore 7" MH (MIS70MHF)?  Thank you!
1 Answer
The Ballistic 2500 or 3000 would make the best fit for this rod. If you plan on using it for bottom fishing you can consider a 3500 for extra stopping power. 
Submitted by: Sydney on May 7, 2020

Phil Cusimano
from New York asked:
December 29, 2019
Will the Daiwa Ballistic Lt 2500 D pair well with the G Loomis 843S F IMX PRO Blue for bottom fishing?
1 Answer
We recommend going up in size for the Daiwa Ballistic LT. A 4000 size or even the 5000 would pair better with the rod and for what you are doing. The 2500 will be too light. 
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on January 2, 2020

from NY asked:
June 6, 2019
what's the size difference between the 3000 ballistic and the 3000 saltist back bay? 
1 Answer
Hi Sir! Thanks for the question! The Daiwa 3000 Ballistic Spinning Reel is weighed in at 6.5 oz. The Daiwa Saltist Back Bay 3000 Reel is weighed in at 9.9 oz.
Submitted by: Christopher Riegel on July 1, 2019

from CA asked:
October 18, 2018
What are the 30lb (I use J braid and Sufix 832) braid capacities for the 3000, 4000, and 5000 sizes?
1 Answer
Unfortunately, Daiwa only lists mono capacity. Braid capacity is determined from approximation. Here are the mono capacity ratings for the 3000, 4000, and 5000 size reels. 3000: MONO: 12/220, 16/160, 20/130 4000: MONO: 16/220, 20/160, 25/140 5000: MONO: 16/250, 20/195, 25/140 Hope this helps, thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
Submitted by: Rebecca on October 23, 2018

from New Jersey asked:
April 28, 2018
I am thinking about a ballistic LT for my trevala tvs66mh rod, but not sure if I should go with 5/6000 size. Thanks
1 Answer
Either size would work with the rod. I'd suggest going with the 5000 so long as you will be able to get a sufficient line capacity with the desired line you are using. The 5000 size line capacity is as follows, 16/250, 20/195, 25/140 (monofilament). The 6000 size line capacities are 20/270, 25/225, 30/160 (mono).
Submitted by: Devon on May 7, 2018

Bucktail Bill
from Dover, Delaware asked:
March 23, 2018
For the 5000 Ballistic LT, how much 14-lb original Fireline can it hold? How about for the 4000 Ballistic LT? And could the spool for the 4000 also fit on the 5000?
1 Answer
The 5000 Ballistic can hold approximately 300 yds of 14 lb fireline. The 4000 can hold approximately 270 yds of 14 lb fireline.
Submitted by: Donald on March 27, 2018

from MA asked:
March 12, 2018
Which size reel would be best for a 7ft okuma nomad inshote rod?
1 Answer
The 4000 and 5000 size reels would be suitable for the 7' okuma nomad inshore rod.
Submitted by: Donald on March 16, 2018

from Goldsboro nc asked:
March 8, 2018
What is the weight,drag,and braid capacity for the LT6000. And also the line retr. Per turn? Thanks
1 Answer
The weight of the reel is 11.1 oz, drag 26 lbs, braid capacity is 15 lb 460 yds.
Submitted by: Donald on March 8, 2018

from Tampa, Fl asked:
March 3, 2018
What are your rod recommendations for the Daiwa Ballistic 6000. Iâ‚"ll be using it for snook, redfish, jacks, mangrove, mutton and red snapper.
1 Answer
The Avid Inshore 8' M would match well with the Daiwa 6000 for the application your using he combo for.
Submitted by: Donald on March 14, 2018

from Oakland, California asked:
February 15, 2018
what's the line test and yard on the 5k reel and ho much drag can the reel put up
1 Answer
The mono specs are MONO: 16/250, 20/195, 25/140 and the max drag is 26 lbs.
Submitted by: Donald on February 15, 2018

from Fl asked:
February 6, 2018
What does the c stand for in the ballestic lt 3000d-c
1 Answer
The C is a letter used in the model for the 3000,4000,5000 and 6000 sizes. This letter just separates models based upon their sizes.
Submitted by: Donald on February 13, 2018

from NC asked:
December 27, 2017
What is the weight and line capacity for the BLSLT6000D-C? Also would like a size comparison of each reel size compared to each other and other reels also. Thanks
1 Answer
The 6000 size weighs 11.1 oz. The braid capacity is 540/50 450/65 320/80. Daiwa tends to runs large with their sizing on other models, however the Ballistic LT is consistent in its sizing to other manufacturers such as Penn and Shimano. In other words, it is a true 6000 size.
Submitted by: Devon on December 30, 2017

from Ny asked:
December 24, 2017
Hi, what is the difference between the 2500 XH and 2500 ballistic LT Thank you
1 Answer
The XH has the higher gear ratio which is 6.2:1 and the D model is 5.3:1 and the difference is 5 inches per crank with the D model being 29.6â‚. The XH model is 34.5â‚ per crank.
Submitted by: Donald on December 28, 2017


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