Daiwa® SS Tournament® Spinning Reels
I own 3 of these reels 2 1300's and 1 1600. They are workhorses!!!! I own other manufacturers reels that cost more than twice the price but the Diawa SS Tournaments are the only reels on my boat. Best drag on any spinning reel i've owned.
August 16, 2012
Tough Reels, A++
i have 4 1300s and 4 1600s. I fish salt water in SWFL. I use the 1300's for reds, snook, sea trout, pompano, etc and the 1600's for larger beach jacks grouper and tarpon. The reels are the toughest, built like a tank, reliable reels on the market. I love 'em. The drag is excellent. I fish about 50 days a year and use the reels hard...they hold up great with basic maintenance. The 1300's never cease to amaze me...last summer a hooked a 100 lb tarpon on the beach at keywadin island and my little 1300 hung in there for a half hour. Think I would've landed the beast had my leader not failed. Don't be fooled by bells and whistles...these reels deliver value and results. Here's a 30 pound jack landed on a little 1300...
May 26, 2012
Not the sexiest, but the best. Smooth drag, long casting, durable. Not a hiccup after 5 or 6 years. Outlasted my quantum catalyst and energy which were a dream at first and then a nightmare as they seized up. Don't buy another reel!
March 19, 2012
After my first season with the Daiwa SS Tournament, let me offer this opinion. I purchased the 700 size, spooled with 8lbs fireline, and matched to a light action 8lbs class rod for smallmouth and panfish. I will agree with other reviewers that this is not the most "modern" reel and lacks the unnecessary luxuries of todays designs. With that said, a titanuim frame and 10 ball bearings is not going to help you land fish. What will help you land fish is an incredibly durable and smooth drag system, which this reel has. The reel does not advertise a waterproof drag, but after several wading trips to my favorite stretch of river when the reel was accidently fully sumberged in water, the drag still performed flawlessly. I've caught LARGE fish that are beyond what this reel was designed for...my largest was a 23 lbs asian carp...and the drag was smooth while despensing steady pressure on the fish to tire it. I was amazed that the reel was this good vs such a powerful opponent. I've also landed catfish around the 10lbs mark and wipers ranging from 5-10 lbs which the reel handled without any apologies. Stellar product from one of the most trusted names in fishing. Buy this before you buy over-engineered junk from Quantum.
September 25, 2011