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This heavy action Daiwa® DF100A Giant Spinning Reel definitely offers way more bang for your buck. Because of the DF100A Reel's large line capacity, it's the perfect size left hand retrieve reel if you’re going to battle a large catfish or when saltwater fishing from a pier or beach. The stainless steel main shaft and lightweight aluminum spool are fully anodized for superior corrosion resistance. Weighing just 30 oz., the metal reel features durable metal gears, multi-disc drag and an efficient 1 stainless steel ball bearing system.
Best purchase ever
Awesome reel I have it on a daiwa beefstick 10ft. I just landed a Is 42" bull redfish at Dauphin Island. This reel has plenty of drag power to slow most fish at 33lb drag!! Will be purchasing another one!
July 7, 2012
Good reel. Beware of braid slide.
Reel very rugged!! Exceeded expectations. Beware of the braid sliding on the spool due to the large diameter! Spool mono or tape first. I made the mistake of not doing so and put on quite a comedy show for several people on a fishing pier as I was trying to stop a small 3' shark from spooling my huge reel and 12' rod. I had no gloves or wrap stick close by to stop him.. You only grab fast moving braid one time and learn quickly to use your rod butt... I'm writing this as a confession that I blamed the Diawa reel for the drag turning loose. It was an operator error. Thanks Diawa and Bass Pro for this cost effective, well made reel!
June 16, 2012
This reel has a very large capacity and handles large fish with ease.
February 28, 2012
What a work horse
I ordered this reel several months ago for fishing crab snares off the pier jetty and beach on the California coast. I teamed it up with a 12ft beefstick and am I pleased. I have fished it a lot and hard and have found it to be as much I could hope for and more. Yes it is big and heavy but for bait fishing its great. I do not think you could find a better reel for the price to use for this purpose. I have it loaded up with cheap 25lb test mono and it casts great. When striper season comes around I will put some lighter and higher quality line on it and really see what she will do. And you can bet it will on the beach next to my Penn and Lamiglass set up when I am bait fishing for stripers for a long time.
February 11, 2012
yes and about 200 yards or so. i recommend braid though. 12 lb mono backing with 50 lbs braid(12 lbs matches the 50 lbs braid. just cover the spool with it and tie to braid) with another topshot of 40 lbs mono will catch you anything
Spooling with 100 lb. mono would be a big mistake for any spinning reel as you won't be able to cast it very far. This reel holds 460 yards of 20 lb. mono and that should be good for just about any fish up to 100 lbs. Proper drag setting and skill are more important when playing a big fish than heavy test line. Using anything over 20 lb. test will kill casting distance. Combine this reel with the 12 ft. Daiwa Beefstick and the long rod will not only increase casting distance but also protect the line from breaking. It's just about impossible to break 20 lb. mono with a 12 foot rod as long rods are very forgiving when playing large fish.
I am thinking of getting this reel for surfcasting. From my experience a spool made for surfcasting is usually very long and with a very shallow lip. By just looking at it, its telling me it won't, because it has the exact opposite features. I use 20lbs line for casting
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