Daiwa Black Gold Series Spinning Reels
BG 60 & 90
I own a 60 and a 90 and have every snce they were first released. I have fished both reels on 7 foot two piece rods in Costa Rica for tarpon on two sperate occassions. Landing tarpon in the 100 to over 150 pounds class on 15# and 20# line was a blast and neither reel ever let me down. The drags are smooth and set correctly will add a real challenge to any anglers tug of war. I always take the 90 spooled with 20Lb when fishing local waters off San Diego on two and three day trips for Yellowfin, Yellowtai, Albies and Dorado. The perfect setup for pitching a chovy exacrtly where others can't with a converntional setup.
July 9, 2012
Rock solid and still silky smooth ...
I have a couple BG-60s I use for Tarpon. When a 150 lb Tarpon runs 100 yds, you the last thing you want to worry about is your drag failing. I have seen drag surge on some competitors reels during these runs - not a pretty sight. None of that on the BG-60 due to the low start-up inertia and large washers. Yes, it's not the prettiest reel on the market and the anti-reverse is not infinite which means there is some handle playback. But when I am fighting a Tarpon, I don't care how pretty it is, I just want it to perform. The BG's have just done that -- time and time again. I walk the docks whenever I am in the Florida Keys to see which reels the guides are using on their boats. If you do the same you see lot's of BG reels, because they are inexpensive and they are rugged. If you want looks, buy another reel. If you want a great value and workhorse that won't quit on you, buy a BG.
February 13, 2007
BG 13, 15
I have two of the BG reels. I have a 30yr old BG13 which was my Grandfathers reel. My largest fish was a 6Ib Brown trout. The reel handled it with ease. I have no complaints at all with the BG13.
I purchased the BG15 for walleye and Pike. I haven't had any issues with it. Two things I don't like about it are, The Drag adjustment is made of semi cheap plastic. It's works fine, it just feels a little cheap. The second has been mentioned before ,the auto reverse. If you are working a heavy bait, the handle kind of clicks back as the auto reverse engages. Slightly annoying, but doesn't affect the actual performance of the reel. I'm very pleased with it over all.
March 13, 2013
I've got a BG15, BG30, and BG90. I've had great results with all of them. I even caught my largest kingfish to date (35 lbs) on the BG15 and it worked great. The gear ratio of the BG15 is also perfect for topwater in my opinion. The BG30 is perfectly matched up for spoon fishing, as well as jigging. I regularly catch Grouper and Snapper on the BG30 and BG90 and the gear ratio and durability in all of them can't be matched for the price in a saltwater spinning reel.
February 5, 2008