Daiwa SALTIST6500 Saltist Spinning Reel

Daiwa SALTIST6500 Saltist Spinning Reel

Price: $249.95
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$249.95 USD
The Daiwa SALTIST6500 Saltist Spinning Reel was made for serious saltwater fishing. This reel was designed to provide reliability and performance.

Daiwa SALTIST6500 Saltist Spinning Reel Features:

  • Machined aluminum screw in handle
  • Waterproof carbon ATD drag system
  • Digigear system
  • Magsealed line roller and main shaft
  • Hard bodyz body and side cover
  • Air rotor
  • Braided line ready spool
  • Dynamic cut aluminum ABS spool
  • Protrusion free AirBail
  • Manual Return bail
  • Infinite anti-reverse system
  • Infinite dual anti-reverse system
4.5 Stars based on 30 reviews
By Israel
One of the Best!
August 26, 2020
This is one of the best saltwater reels out there. I don’t have to worry about the saltwater Corroding the reel. Very affordable and it won’t break the bank
ProsAffordable Work Horse Sealed Bearings
ConsT- Handle Wish the handle was more of a knob that is bigger.
By Prentice P.
Navarre FL
Smooth and Tough
August 23, 2020
Between the Eliminator, BG, and Saltist. I had put the BG over the Saltist until I caught my first King MAC. Definitely smoother. The reeling is faster. Definitely worth listening to the drag. I’m in love with this reel..I have 7 bg’s, 3 eliminator, and 1 Saltist and I need
ProsThe drag is amazing
Cons$$$ very pricey.
By Al
West palm beach
June 19, 2020
Great reel.
By Henry
Pensacola, FL
Great Reel
April 25, 2020
I have a 5000 and my dad has an older model 6500. The 6500 lived through a car wreck and still works great.
By DJ A.
Merritt island, FL
Very nice reel!
March 16, 2020
One of my "run and gun" reels for offshore fishing. My two others are 6000. Really nice reel with a solid drag system. Great line capacity too (braid). Use this reel mainly as one of my run and gun reels for offshore fishing. This being my largest spinning reel for that purpose. Good solid drag as well as great line capacity too. I've fished with this reel for about three years now on a regular basis with a maintenance schedule and never ever had any negative issues with it. And a really great price for what you're getting especially compared to the price of other reels in the same category. Highly recommended!
ProsGreat price, great line capacity and a solid drag system.
ConsI usually can think of something negative to say but honestly can't with this reel. Buy it!
By Mason
Gulf breeze, Florida
Absolute banger
December 12, 2019
I ordered 2 of the saltist 8000's and I love them. They are super smooth and an absolute banger of a reel. They hold a massive amount of line and the drag is flawless. They get the job done!!
By Kenny
Daiwa pulls through
November 18, 2019
To make a better version of one of the best budget reels on the market the Saltist will be by your side for a long time wether you’re plugging or jigging this thing is built like a bg but with better components. If you already own the BG you know what I mean
By Brett
Awesome reel for the money
July 13, 2019
I only use this reel at the canal, its extremely smooth and reassured you that its sturdy with every rotation of the handle. That ratio is also perfect for using lures. Definately would get another one.
By Fernando
national city, CA
Awsome reel
May 3, 2019
I love this reel, have awsome design and its very confortable, daiwa saltists 5000
By trevor
Good Price
April 2, 2019
I bought this for the fast retrieve when I go down to Cabo. Seeing that I live in NY there was no way I was going to spend the money on a Stella or Saltiga if it is going to only be used maybe a week out of the year.
By chau
worcester, Massachusetts
Nice reel
August 16, 2018
My 2nd reel just love it....
By chau
worcester, Massachusetts
Nice reel
August 16, 2018
Nice reel... pair excellent with my rod hold lots of 30 lds braid line.. a bit pricey but it nice reel
By eric s.
Hicksville, New York
Saltist3500 JDM
July 22, 2018
Sleek and smooth reel
By Michael
Edgefield, SC
Sweet reel...
July 4, 2018
I'm a diawa guy....so yes I love the reel and the color....I sm putting this on a st croix legend inshore rod with spiderwire stealth camo blue... it can not be stopped.
By seth
bergen county, NJ
Great Reel for the Cape Cod Canal!
June 3, 2018
damn good reel for the price! the 5000 series is perfect for the canal. plenty of line capacity. stealthy body design adds to the flair a bit. The high speed retrieve is just what you need to combat the fast moving current the canal is known for, especially when jigging 5 oz lead heads in deep water with a 6knot current. gave it 4 stars only because I prefer bail-less spinning reels
4 Questions & 4 Answers
from Ohio asked:
January 10, 2019
How would the 6500 work on a Snook/Grouper/ Tarpon set up? If one much better than the other which one?
1 Answer
The saltist 6500 would work great as well as the 6000 or 8000 Shimano Saragosa.
Submitted by: Bernie on January 10, 2019

from Brownsville, TX asked:
March 8, 2020
Is the 6500 good for surf fishing on a 12 ft. Tsunami Airwave XXH rod?
1 Answer
The Saltist 6500 should pair very well with that rod, offering a well balanced 12' surf fishing setup 
Submitted by: Brian on March 13, 2020

from North Walpole N.H asked:
April 29, 2018
Saltist 6500 paired up with a Odm Genesis 11' NXG-116 is it a good or bad match up for that rod.
1 Answer
The Saltist 6500 would balance well on the Odm Genesis 11' NXG-116. The two would make for a beastly setup surf fishing or fishing in canals.
Submitted by: Donald on May 1, 2018

russell farrow
from Queensland asked:
November 27, 2017
Is this a Saltist 6500 H
1 Answer
The Daiwa SALTIST6500 Saltist Spinning Reel is the Saltist 6500 H.
Submitted by: Donald on November 28, 2017


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