Daiwa Eliminator ELT8000 Spinning Reel

Daiwa Eliminator ELT8000 Spinning Reel

The Daiwa Eliminator Spinning Reels are built to provide big fish fighting power at an affordable price.

Price: $119.99
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BearingsGear RatioLine Per CrankWeightMono Line Capacity
(lb Test/Yards)
J-Braid Capacity
(lb Test/Yards)
Max DragPrice
33lb$119.99 USD
The Daiwa Eliminator Spinning Reels are built to provide big fish fighting power at an affordable price. They feature Daiwa's signature HardBodyz anodized aluminum frame and side-plate to provide the rigidity necessary to keep the oversized gears in line. The anodized aluminum frame reduces the possibilities of scratching and corrosion. The digi-cut gears will provide maximum cranking power while remaining smooth over time. The aluminum spool is outfitted with a rubber gasket and is braid ready.
5 Stars based on 31 reviews
By jim
April 27, 2021
I was blown away by the quality of this reel base on its price. affordable, strong, and smooth. i recommend this to anyone.
Proslight, smooth, strong
By Jeremy
North Walpole N.H
Great little reel 2500
February 4, 2021
Awesome little reel for the price. Matched it up to a 40 inch ice jigging rod for lake trout.
ProsIt?s a Daiwa!
ConsFelt drag washers
By Will
West Coast
As good as BG6500 if you don't need waterproofing
February 2, 2021
The Eliminator 6500 is a great reel for the sale price that I got from TackleDirect. I also have the BG6500, and the feeling of operation for both reels is pretty much identical. This reel has felt washers instead of carbon fiber washers, and there are no built-in rubber gaskets anywhere to prevent saltwater intrusion (unlike the BG6500). The BG is also not a sealed reel by any means, but it withstood occasional splashes without any problem. I am very careful in protecting this reel from saltwater sprays with a reel cover on the boat while not actually fishing, and so far it's performing as well as the BG.
ProsA bargain BG with identical feel.
ConsNo as saltwater resistant as BG. It should be lightly cleaned and lubed after each saltwater use.
By Mike
Cocoa, FL
Excellent light tackle reel
January 26, 2021
I wanted to fish a few times with this before writing a review. I am absolutely beyond happy with the performance of this reel. I have always been a Penn guy. I put this up against my Battle 3 DX 2500 and can say that this reel performs extremely well. Each has their own unique benefits, but I would put this up against higher dollar reels. My only "turn off" is the hex handle. I have a feeling that it will be the weak point of the reel in the end. A screw on handle would have been much more preferred.
ProsVery light Casts well Smooth retrieve smooth drag Gorgeous aesthetics
ConsHex handle
By Israel R.
Smooth Reel
January 26, 2021
If you're in CA this reel can take the surf long as it's not dunked in the salt water great lake reel also! Has some good counter wieght! I recommend buying this Reel!
By Aaron
Houston, TX
December 20, 2020
Very smooth action, takes a lot of line. Great retrieval. Well worth it.
By Sebastian
Naples, FL
December 16, 2020
no issues and has large line capacity
By Angelo
Fort Lauderdale, FL
December 10, 2020
Nice smooth reel.
By Heeb
Smooth reel
December 9, 2020
Feels like it should cost way more than what it does. Very nice reel. It should last a lifetime.
ProsCost Action Line capacity
By Paul
Plymouth, MA
Great inexpensive reel
November 23, 2020
Bought the 2500 to replace a cheap Daiwa D-Force reel. Much smoother cranking and the anti reverse made all the difference in the world. Perfect size for trout with 6lbs fluorocarbon line.
By Norm
Brooklyn, NY
Great reel at a great price
November 18, 2020
Picked up the 8000. She's a big one! Quite smooth and packs a real punch. Great value!
By lostatsurf
Clovis, CA
Big fish on a budget
November 17, 2020
Got the 4500. To me this is a big and heavy reel for a 4500 series. However, it is smooth and can take a lot of lne. The sale price justifies the purchase for those in tight budget.
ProsPrice, smoothnes, line capacity
ConsBig and Heavy
By Jason
Absecon, NJ
Nice aesthetics and function
November 12, 2020
This is my second Eliminator reel, already have the 3000 now have the 2500 paired on a 6'6" M rod for light tackle saltwater. Keep in mind the 2500 is true to size but the 3000 is more like a standard 4000 size, Daiwa is apparently funky like that. Smooth drag on both, 2500 is more for light tackle inshore jigging/small plugs or freshwater fishing, 3000 can be paired with a 7' or even an 8' for light plugging duties. Reel is prettier, casts better and is more firm than you'd expect at this price point and is essentially a somewhat pared down BG. As a Shimano guy in general, for full price you're probably better off with a Sahara for maximum drag and refined feel, but this is definitely a solid buy overall.
ProsSmooth drag Casts well Nice aesthetics especially at price point
ConsSlight handle play
By updateCategoryParent
Pflugerville, Texas
Good reel except for the handle.
November 3, 2020
Good reel for the price. Pretty smooth and cast. The reel is bendable and many times when I reel in the handle hits the reel. Still a decent price for reel.
By Keith
Palm Beach Fl
October 29, 2020
This reel is Awesome, it's beyond smooth and has reeled some some big jack cravelle which you know fight like crazy. So far it gets ?? ups. Don't see this opinion changing unless it just falls apart... Daiwi. Quality is too notch!
2 Questions & 2 Answers
from vb va asked:
August 23, 2018
What would be the right rod for this reel?
1 Answer
A stout rod, a 7 foot heavy, fast action rod for the 8000 size reel.
Submitted by: Bernie on August 23, 2018

Freddie G
from San Francisco asked:
October 27, 2020
Would a 10-12 ft spinning surf rods work with this reel
1 Answer
Certainly, the 10'-12' range would be a great match with this reel
Submitted by: Alex T on October 28, 2020


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