Daiwa Lexa Spinning Reel
Daiwa HardBodyz Reels;
I've been fishing for 60+ years, long before monofilament line was invented, or nylon for that matter. Over the years I bought the first of everything that hit the fishing market, and over the last ten years years I found my finger's, dexterity in my wrist and forearms started to work a little slower than they used to. I started to slowly switch to spinning gear to overcome the problems age created in my fishing.
I tried Shimano, Quantum, Penn, and other brands I can't remember any longer. I never bought cheap tackle, and I like to take good care of it, and I expect to keep it for a long time. I didn't like the feel of Shimano spinning reels, Penn was slow to keep up with technology, but Quantum was a good fit for me. I bought four spinning reels, then a couple of season's later I had some small issues with a couple of reels. I tried to order parts for them and you'd of thought I was from outer space! Apparently Quantum doesn't stock parts after a couple of years. Now, I can order parts for a red Ambassador 5000 from the 1970's, but a 2005 Quantum, not so much.
I ordered a Daiwa Hardbodz spinning reel 2500, forget the model, then bought three more. I had those reels for several years without problems, but ended up giving them to my grandson. I ordered six new Daiwa Hardbodz reels in the 2500 size, then two more in the 3500 size.
I live on the Chesapeake Bay, and the major spawning area for Striper's in the Chesapeake Bay is about 1/4 mile from my front porch. I've caught Stripers to 40# on my 3500's, tossing 7" Flukes, and large poppers without a problem. I use 15# Fireline with a 25# Fluocarbon leader, and my reels work flawlessly, year after year.
My point is, Daiwa makes a superior spinning reel, and you don't need to spend $400-$500 to have a really great and dependable reel.
As for the lack of lubrication, I've never had that problem, but I don't doubt it has happened. Most of the time I find reels have too much lube, or grease in the places there should be oil, like spool bearings on baitcasters making casting sluggish.
For my money, I don't think there is a better reel for the money, smoothness, quick starting and smooth drags even in the higher settings, great line management and capacity, and the finish holds up well in brackish water.
October 30, 2014
No more Shimano
I WAS an avid Shimano guy. But, after playing with this at my local BPS I had to have it. This reel has the by far the best drag system I've ever used. It is a little heavier than similar reels in its class, but is also made of much more durable materials than anything else in this price range. Since buying the Lexa, I've bought 2 more Daiwa products(Tatula baitcaster and lexa rod to match the reel). I am sold on the company and timing seems perfect, as Shimano seems on the decline from what they used to be. Do yourself a favor and oil and grease out of the box, as they seem to use very little grease on the gears in the factory. But, after that it is by far the best reel for the money. Regardless of the freshwater spinner you plan to buy, I recommend at least trying one of these out, at the store, before spending your money on something that most likely last half as long as this great reel.
April 5, 2014
I picked up the 2500 model and mated it to the Lexa medium light, fast rod and am amazed at how well it works. Casts are smooth and long, tangles non-existent. Line winding is even and level. The reeling action and drag are both very smooth. This reel has the sensitivity and power to handle whatever you throw at it, from large crankbaits to light finesse spinners or dropshot rigs. I've successfully caught small slabs and big bass with no problems. This reel takes a lot of the headache out of your fishing trip and replaces it with joy. I highly highly recommend this reel.
March 30, 2014
Daiwa Lexa Spinning Reel
This Daiwa Lex2500SH is one of the smoothest spinning reels I've ever owned. the cast is so effortless, it really gets the lure out there. The retrieve is great.
October 20, 2013