I had zero experience with baitcasting reels but wanted to step up and start using them due to the obvious advantages. I did a lot of research and bought this reel. It is excellent. I have had zero backlashes by properly setting up the spool tension and magnetic brake. Those two controls (especially the magnetic brake) allow for a great deal of fine tuning on your casts. Casting consistently past your target?? Dial in a click or two more on the magnet and that nicely reigns it in. Also, due to this reel having 10 bearings, the casting and retrieval are SUPER smooth. Buttery! Pros: 1. Anti-reverse. You set the hook, and there is no reverse at all in the spool. You won't miss a fish because of the reel. Critical for when the bite is picky. 2. Adjustability. 3. Weight/comfort. This thing is super light so it won't throw off the balance of the rod. Very comfortable when palming as well. 4. Price. I don't think you'll find a better quality reel at this price point. Cons: The only minor gripe I have is the spool tension knob is a bit tricky to get just right. It's very tight so finding the sweet spot is a bit tough to nail...but once it is set properly, it won't "self-adjust." And you shouldn't have to be adjusting much anyway unless you're throwing lures with vastly different weights.
First I would like to say I am a Daiwa fan and I buy exclusively from them. I was excited about the rod's debut and found the awesome price hear at Overstock. I received my rods super fast ( 7'0 MH, 7'6 H) The rods are constructed really well for the price point and are very light. They fish great and load up on fish well. The only problem I have with this rod is the hook keeper. It is located on the side of the rod. Almost every cast, my line gets caught in it and I have to move it out of there. I haven't lost any fish or damaged line because of it. Honestly its just annoying. If they would have put the keeper on the front like Duckett Rods are, it would be a superior rod for the price point.
I would expect to pay a whole lot more than i did for the reel .The reel is smooth since i purchased this reel i have ordered another one but the size smaller i ave never felt i needed to duplicate a reel but can not let this one be a regret and a wish i had not done so .I Love this reel pure and simple
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