Daiwa Saltist MQ Spinning Reels

Daiwa Saltist MQ Spinning Reels

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Model
TD Code
Gear RatioLine Per Handle TurnMono Capacity
(lb test/yd)
Braid Capacity
(lb test/yd)
BearingsMax DragWeightPrice
SALTISTMQ2500D-H
DAI-3753
5.7:121.5in8/240
10/210
10/250
15/185
6BB+122lb8.8oz$299.99 USD
SALTISTMQ3000D-XH
DAI-3754
6.2:136.8in10/280
12/220
15/250
20/220
6BB+122lb9.5oz$299.99 USD
SALTISTMQ4000D-XH
DAI-3755
6.2:139.1in10/360
14/250
20/280
30/200
6BB+126.4lb10.2oz$299.99 USD
SALTISTMQ5000D-H
DAI-3756
5.7:137.8in14/280
20/180
30/230
40/160
6BB+126.4lb15.3oz$319.99 USD
SALTISTMQ6000D-H
DAI-3757
5.7:139.9in14/340
20/270
30/320
40/240
6BB+126.4lb15.2oz$319.99 USD
SALTISTMQ8000H
DAI-3758
5.7:143.4in16/330
20/280
40/330
50/280
6BB+133.1lb21.9oz$349.99 USD
SALTISTMQ10000H
DAI-3759
5.7:146.2in20/330
25/280
50/330
65/280
6BB+133.1lb22.4oz$349.99 USD
SALTISTMQ14000H
DAI-3760
5.7:148.3in25/330
30/290
65/330
80/280
6BB+133.1lb22.2oz$349.99 USD
SALTISTMQ18000
DAI-3761
5.3:149.4in30/400
40/280
65/440
80/330
6BB+144.1lb29.5oz$389.99 USD
SALTISTMQ20000
DAI-3762
5.3:152.9in40/330
50/280
80/440
100/330
6BB+144.1lb29.6oz$389.99 USD

Poised to dominate in any variety of saltwater environments, the Daiwa Saltist MQ Spinning Reels utilize some of Daiwa's most advanced design features to provide ultimately dependable power and performance. Built around a heavy duty aluminum frame for maximum durability, the Saltist MQ implements Daiwa's Monocoque Body (MQ) design for even more power in a more compact frame. A feature brought down from Daiwa's flagship level of spinning reels, Monocoque Body refers to the use of a one-piece frame and reel body. A single piece body allows for exceptional strength and rigidity, improved water resistance with the absence of screws, and significant weight reduction. Perhaps best of all, the MQ frame design provides better spatial efficiency and allows for a larger gear to fit inside of the reel, adding power and longevity to the gear set. Anglers can expect the same effortless rotation and fluid operation they are used to from Daiwa reels, in part thanks to the ultra-lightweight Zaion Air Rotor perfect for all day casting and retrieving. With a Magsealed main shaft for exceptional durability, the Saltist MQ can take a splash without skipping a beat, making it a great option for use from either the beach or the boat. The Saltist MQ is available in a full range of sizes to fit any application, meaning anglers can select the ideal reel to battle any fish whether its from the surf, along the coast, or out in the deep.

Features:

  • Monocoque (MQ) Aluminum Body
  • Zaion Air Rotor
  • Air Bail
  • Magsealed Main Shaft
  • Tough DigiGear
  • Waterproof Advanced Tournament Drag (ATD)
  • Aluminum Round Handle Knob
5 Stars based on 15 reviews
By Kevin
Naples, FL
Solid reel and quality construction. smooth for the price.
August 3, 2022
I love this reel, very durable and holds up great to the elements. perfect for inshore big tarpon fishing
Pros
  • durable
By Jason
Cambridge
Bestbreel
August 1, 2022
Very smooth and light
By joseph
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Daiwa jigging reel
July 13, 2022
Excelente carrete para jigs! (Excellent reel for jigs!)
Pros
  • Presenta excelente fuerza de arrastre y un inmejorable freno!. (It has excellent drag force and an unbeatable brake!)
Cons
  • Pesado! (Heavy!)
By Jason h.
Cambridge md
Best reel I ever bought
July 7, 2022
This reel is so light and smooth and plenty of power
By Glenn D.
Wilmington, NC
Super Smooth
June 30, 2022
Purchased two of these in a 4000 and 6000, and I have to say these reels are incredibly smooth casting and reeling. I use the 4000 for closer inshore fishing for trout and redfish, and the 6000 for throwing spoons and plugs off of piers and the surf. Overall great reels!
Pros
  • Plenty of strength in the reel with smooth casting, with enough capacity for line.
Cons
  • drag knob feels cheap and clicking when the drag goes off isnt as loud as I would want it to be.
By Johnny
Oklahoma
Awesome Reel!
May 18, 2022
Smooth as a knife cutting through butter.
By James
Pensacola
Favorite new reel
April 18, 2022
Paired the 5000 with 300yrds of 20lb braid on an Okuma Rockaway 12í 1-4oz rod and this is now my favorite pompano setup. Great reel for the price and I have a 5000 Certate to compare it too. I would choose the Saltist for an all round reel. Can easily handle pomps to bull reds.
By Chris
Massachusetts
as good as saltist and now lighter
March 31, 2022
this is a big upgrade. the saltist is a really good reel, but it is heavy. the mq solves that issue and build on an already strong platform. very smooth retrieve with tons of torque. the only downside is that the handle knob is too smooth and i find myself slipping off of it even with gloves on when they are wet
Pros
  • strong gears. smooth retrieve. great reel
Cons
  • handle knob is too smooth and slippery
By Jason
New York
Strong little beast
March 28, 2022
Super strong and light. Great all around reel. I mainly use it for striped bass but also bring it when I travel. In a world of boring reels, this one looks pretty cool.
Pros
  • Bang for buck. Strong. Great drag. Great handle.
Cons
  • None
By Michael
NJ
Wow!!
March 10, 2022
Wow is all i can say, this reel is not only lightweight,beautiful, and has some serious drag power, its sealed it the most important areas, cant wait to buy another one!!!!
By Eddie
Brooklyn
Great Reel Saltist MQ 6000D
February 25, 2022
Great reel very smooth and light. Very fast shipping and reliable from tackle direct. Wanted this reel for a few months but it was out of stock, finally it came back in stock very happy to own one. Get it when you still can before its all gone. Will test the reel out very soon. Probably will get another one =).
Pros
  • very smooth and light easy to use. Looks good I like the color blue and ball handle feels great.
Cons
  • So far nothing
By Kevin
Florida
great reel
December 24, 2021
I love this reel, it is not necessarily the best at anything, but it is very good at everything. It's powerful enough to horse a medium sized tarpon, but also small enough that you can still fish for smaller inshore fish as well. very durable and holds up great to the elements.
By Mookhram
Maryland
Great product
December 7, 2021
Very satisfied with this reel. Will purchase another soon.
Pros
  • Light compared to other reels that I own. Just started using so pros and cons not yet established
By VIETWICH
Surf side , TX
Super smoothe , light , and strong
October 8, 2021
2 trips out at the surfside jetty and has performed spectacularly with speckled trout and a few reds including a new pb 37Ē Bull red. The drag is super strong and made quick work on that bull. The reel performs similar to my shimano twinpower but a bit cheaper on price. The ball handle is a nice touch and works well for spooning. Up close the special composite material on the rotor and monoque looks like cheap plastic similar to the bg line up. Could have made that part look higher end with some nice paint like shimano does . Overall excellent reel for now until it need servicing a few years from now .
Pros
  • Strong drag. Light , silky smoothe
Cons
  • Cheap plastic feel on monoque body and rotor although it?s special composite .
By Javier
Charlotte, NC
Daiwa for the win!
September 28, 2021
Daiwa this year has left me in awe with the quality of product the produce. I tried the Saltist MQ for a few weeks and itís my favorite saltwater reel currently. I tested it at the Outer Banks, Murrells Inlets, Frying Pan Tower and much more places here in NC. I had the previous version of the Saltist and it still fights like a champ!
32 Questions & 33 Answers
John Hammerschmidt
from Asheville NC asked:
August 8, 2022
If I am slinging 3/4 - 1.5 oz metal on an 116 rod rated for the same weight, should I go 3000 or 4000 size? I feel like the 4000 or bigger would not balance well. Its tough to buy these when no one Stocks (I live 6+ hours from the beach) them for you to hold in your hand. 
1 Answer
Hi John, We recommend going with the 6000 or 8000 size Daiwa BG MQ to balance the rod out as these reels are smaller than the original Daiwa BG. Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with!
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on August 9, 2022

Andrew Leverette
from Jacksonville, Florida asked:
July 27, 2022
What size is best for a medium power 7ft st croix mojo inshore
1 Answer
2500 is the best fit, but if you plan on using 20 lb braid or higher, I would consider the 3000 for its increased line cap. 
Submitted by: Billy - TackleDirect Customer Service on August 1, 2022

Shea
from Bonita Springs, FL asked:
June 29, 2022
Could you put a 6000 model spool on a 5000 model?
1 Answer
Hi, Shea, The Daiwa Saltist MQ does not allow you to swap spool sizes due to the bail and rotor not being the right size for the reel. Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with!
Submitted by: Huy - TackleDirect Customer Service on July 4, 2022

Jason
from MD asked:
May 28, 2022
What size reel would be a good for a 11ft surf fishing rod?
2 Answers
Jason, 


A 6000 is best for lure fishing, an 8000 is best for bait fishing. 

Submitted by: Billy - TackleDirect Customer Service on May 31, 2022
Thanks for the question Jason. Some brands are larger than others but, generally speaking, a 5000 to 6500 size reel is good on an 11' rod. Some exceptions would be the Shimano Ultergra reels. In these, you want to go with the 14000 size on an 11' or longer rod.
Submitted by: KRAIG FRIEDMAN on May 31, 2022

Josh
from NC asked:
May 26, 2022
Which of these would pair best with a star vpr 106 rod for targeting tarpon off the beach?
1 Answer
Josh, 


6000 size would pair best with a Star VPR 106. 

Submitted by: Billy - TackleDirect Customer Service on May 31, 2022

Ashton
from Naples FL asked:
May 9, 2022
would the 6k Daiwa saltiest MQ be the same size of the Daiwa BG or Shimano Saragosa 6k
1 Answer
Hi Ashton, The Daiwa SALTISTMQ6000D-H Saltist MQ Spinning Reel would be closest in size to a Shimano Saragosa 6000 SW Spinning reel and slightly smaller than the Daiwa BG 6000 Spinning Reel. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on May 10, 2022

Nick
from Honolulu, Hawaii asked:
May 2, 2022
Planning on picking up the 14000 and putting 80lb braid on it do you have suggestions on rods i should pair it with? Looking for something good quality 9ft max but something stong and 2 piece. Gonna be doing shore fishing. Thank you 
1 Answer
Hi Nick, I would recommend a Ocean Tackle International OTI-TS286080 TS2 Popping Rod. https://www.tackledirect.com/ocean-tackle-international-oti-ts286080-ts2-popping-rod.html This rod would pair well with a Daiwa Saltist MQ 14000 and be ideal for using 80lb Braided line for your fishing application. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on May 4, 2022

Sebastian
from Savannah, GA asked:
March 21, 2022
The 4000 and 6000 have the same amount of drag. Is the only difference spool, rotor and frame size, or are the internal gears different sizes as well?
1 Answer
Hi Sebastian, According to Daiwa, The Daiwa Saltist MQ reels share different size bodies so size of the gearing, rotor, and spool will also increase for each model. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on March 23, 2022

Sebastian
from Savannah, GA asked:
March 21, 2022
Is the pinion gear also made of zinc? Is there any rubber sealing in the reel?
1 Answer
Hi Sebastian, According to Daiwa, The Daiwa Saltist MQ features a thick and finely cut Zinc alloy for both the Main and Pinion Gear. The MQ body is supported by a series of 2 gaskets that serve to seal the reel from water penetration for the body. The reel also features a MagSealed barrier that surrounds the mainshaft. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.


Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on March 23, 2022

Sebastian
from Savannah, GA asked:
March 21, 2022
How much 30lb suffix 832 braid can an 8000 hold?
1 Answer
Hi Sebastian, The Daiwa SALTIST MQ 8000 Spinning Reel would be able to hold approximately between 413yds to 430yds of 30lb Braided line. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines. 
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on March 23, 2022

Sebastian
from Savannah, GA asked:
March 21, 2022
How much 20lb suffix 832 braided line can a 5000 hold?
1 Answer
Hi Sebastian, The Daiwa SALTIST MQ 5000 Spinning Reel would be able to hold approximately between 288yds to 300yds of 20lb Braided line. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on March 23, 2022

John D.
from New Jersey Shore asked:
March 17, 2022
Looking for recommendations for a surf/river bank fishing rod to pair with the Saltist MQ 4000.  
1 Answer
Hi John, Based on your fishing application I would recommend a St. Croix SES80MMF Seage Surf Spinning Rod. https://www.tackledirect.com/st-croix-ses80mmf-seage-surf-spinning-rod.html This would be pefect for both surf and bank fishing applications and pair nicely with you Daiwa Saltist 4000 MQ Spinning Reel. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on March 18, 2022

Zach Nelson
from Florida asked:
February 10, 2022
What is your return policy if I buy two of these reels and they are to small for I am wanting?
1 Answer
Hi Zach, our return policy is as follows: If you are not satisfied for any reason you may return new and unused items in the original box with all accessories within 30 days for an exchange or refund to the credit card account charged, less any shipping fees incurred by the seller or purchaser. Shipping and Handling is non-refundable. https://www.tackledirect.com/info.html#Returns Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on February 11, 2022

Sebastian Alzate
from Georgia asked:
January 26, 2022

what materials are the main shaft and main gear made of?

1 Answer
Hi Sebastian, According to Daiwa, The Daiwa Saltist MQ spinning reel series will have the Main gear made of Zinc alloy, and the Main shaft is made of stainless steel. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on February 2, 2022

Tony Jackson
from Georgia asked:
December 18, 2021
Is this a left/right retrieval reel?
1 Answer
Hi Tony, The Daiwa Saltist MQ Spinning Reels have interchangeable handles that can be left or right hand retrieve. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on December 20, 2021

Francis
from New york asked:
November 25, 2021
Does this reel have the same dealings as the bg mq aside from the mag seal.
1 Answer
Hi Francis, According to Daiwa, The Daiwa Saltist MQ Spinning Reel series are mag sealed. The Daiwa BG MQ series is not mag sealed. The BG MQ uses rubber seals which surrounds the Drag knob and also has seals around the gear box for this series. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on December 7, 2021

Vidyasagar.g
from India,kerala asked:
October 6, 2021
Is this available in india
1 Answer
Vidyasagar,

TackleDirect does ship Daiwa product currently to India.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on October 6, 2021

Mohamed
from Riffa asked:
October 3, 2021
Is this reel good for fast jigging?
1 Answer
Mohamed,

The Daiwa Saltist MQ can be used for fast jigging.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist with. 

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on October 4, 2021

Steve
from 92126 asked:
October 2, 2021
Which Model Daiwa Saltist MQ would you recommend for jigging for Tautog, Sheephead, and Flounder, along structure.

I plan to buy a Shimano Jigging Rod PX Model M 6'6 and MH 6'6 in length.

1 Answer
Steve,

The Daiwa Saltist MQ 6000 spinning reel will pair nicely with the Shimano Trevala PX spinning rod in either M or MH.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on October 4, 2021

Aret Ozsolak
from ńįstanbul asked:
September 18, 2021
Tkiyeye gderim yapńĪyormusunuz
1 Answer
Aret,
evet t√ľrkiyeye g√∂nderiyoruz - yes we ship to Turkey
Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 20, 2021

Christopher walsh
from Long Island asked:
September 14, 2021
What is the difference between the bg mq and saltist mq seem to be pretty similar to me 
1 Answer
Christopher,

The main differences that the Daiwa Saltist MQ has over the Daiwa BG MQ:

Mag-sealed main shaft

Zaion Air rotor

Air Bail

Aluminum Round Handle

Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 15, 2021

Shannon
from Florida asked:
September 13, 2021
Can this reel be switched over to left handed retrieve?
1 Answer
Shannon,

The Daiwa Saltist MQ can be made right or left handed by switching the handle to the other side of the reel.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 13, 2021

Mike Decuir
from Texas asked:
September 9, 2021
What kind of drag washers does this reel have?  Carbon Fiber or Felt?  Also, how are the drag washers oriented?  Are there drag washers on top of the spool as well as on the bottom of the spool?  Any info on this would be appreciated.
1 Answer
Mike,

The Daiwa Saltist MQ drag system is Carbon, the Advanced Tournament Drag (ATD) system. The washers are all located above the spool to allow best heat dissipation, not allowing it to be trapped underneath the spool.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.


Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 14, 2021

Robert Payne
from CT asked:
September 1, 2021
Does the 6000 model have a manual bail
1 Answer
Yes, manual bail on the 6000 size.
Submitted by: Brian - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 1, 2021

Gary
from NY asked:
August 31, 2021
Hi, how heavy is the 6000 model? And how much line retrieve per spin for this size
1 Answer
Gary,

The Daiwa Saltist MQ 6000 spinning reel weighs 15,2oz and has a line retrieval of 39,9in per turn of the handle.   Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 1, 2021

Jimmy Leo Smith Jr.
from Washington, NC asked:
August 31, 2021
Which model do you recommend to pair with a 7.5  - St. Croix Avid MF action for in-shore salt water fishing?  Target species are Red Fish, flounder & trout.
1 Answer
Jimmy,

The Daiwa Saltist MQ 4000D-XH will pair nicely with the St.Croix Avid Inshore rod VIS76MF for trout, redfish, and flounder.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 1, 2021

Abraham Pantoja
from CA asked:
August 25, 2021
I am picking between the 8000 and the 10000 for mahi mahi, yellow tail, salmon and what ever else bites any advice on these reels and also what rod would you pair this reel with. Thank you
1 Answer
Abraham,

The Daiwa Saltist MQ 10000 would be the first choice for the types of fishing you are doing, as it has more line capacity and only weighs .5oz more.  As for he rod, the Daiwa Proteus spinning rod PTB70MFS will pair well.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with. 

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on August 26, 2021

Allison
from Florida asked:
August 20, 2021
I have a Saltiga 70HS jigging rod. Would a 5000 or 6000 pair well with that for slow pitch jigging?
1 Answer
Allison,

The Daiwa Salist MQ 6000 reel would be the one to pair with your Saltiga 70HS jigging rod.  You might even want to go up to the 8000 depending on the size of the fish you are jigging.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on August 20, 2021

Dartain Washington
from Darrow, Louisiana asked:
August 19, 2021
Which daiwa saltiest MQ will pair best with Tsunami Carbon Shield II Casting Rods Medium 7‚€™0‚€ and 7‚€™6‚€ ?  Thanks for your help
1 Answer
Dartain,

The Tsunami Carbon Shield II 7ft medium rod would pair nicely with Daiwa Saltist MQ 4000 reel and the 7'6" medium rod with 6000 reel.  I would choose the 6000 over the 5000 because you get more line capacity for a slighter lighter reel.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.  

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on August 20, 2021

Fazil
from Brunei asked:
August 18, 2021
Where is this reel manufactured? 
1 Answer
Fazil,

Daiwa Saltist MQ spinning reels are made in China.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on August 18, 2021

Tris
from Folsom, CA asked:
August 9, 2021
What would be a good fit of Daiwa Saltist MQ on 10ft Penn Carnage Surf Rod Medium (CARSFII 1530S10
PEN-1460) ?
1 Answer
Tris,

For the 10ft surf rod, it would be paired nicely with the Daiwa Saltist MQ 6000, you get a bit more line capacity than the 5000 and weighs slightly less.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on August 10, 2021

Scott Stallone
from Springfield asked:
July 30, 2021
Does this new model have the Mag Sealed line roller bearing?
1 Answer
Scott,

Daiwa does not state anywhere that the line roller bearing is mag-sealed.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on August 4, 2021

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