Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 53
Rated 5 out of 5 by mmars010 solid
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by drew8107 Honest Opinion
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by sshhaadd all time best
have 5-1300's, 5-1600's(1 in box). bought my 1st. in 98. If I had 1000 different spinning reels of all makes and models and could only pick 1. I'd throw all but this one in the lake to built a trash pile for the fish i am going to catch using the daiwa pro series. LMB, SMB, stripers, panfish, cats, and hybrids, lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams doesn't matter. Only way you will replace it is if you step on it or drop in the lake. ALL TIME BEST. can't but at stores only on online.
August 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tightloops65 Great reel!!
Hands-down one of the most reliable, best built reels of all time. These have been around for years and are still selling well. Much better than the fancy 20 ball bearing reels made today. TRICK: take off the bail spring housing lid and add 4-6 splitshot with a little 5-min epoxy to secure them and then you will a rotor that is pretty well balanced!! Great reel, I own the 700, 1300 and 1600. I use the 700 for stream Smallmouth and the 1300 and 1600 for general purpose freshwater and also for Snook fishing in Florida. Probably the most reliable drag system you can find in a spinning reel. These reels will not disapoint.
July 21, 2011