Daiwa® Saltist® Saltwater Spinning Reels
hard to beat
The saltist is a work horse! I had plenty of options for tarpon reels, I've paired four 5000 saltist's on 30lb 8ft stellar lites and for my money I couldnt be happier. I like the manual bail for flat lining and you get every ounce of the 33lbs of drag. Most of my clients compliment me on my quality of gear and they love my tarpon rods. If you're looking for excellent performance everytime in a reel of this class you cannot go wrong with these.
June 16, 2013
STT5000H was to replace my Daiwa reel that my dad bought about 35 years ago mainly for saltwater jetty fishing. Overall it's a very nice reel, except for one major flaw that you may want to consider before purchasing this reel.
The bail on Daiwa Saltist are solidered together and the solder on this reel just pops out. Daiwa replaced the first one free of charge, but last year another solder on the bail came loose. Contacted Daiwa and they wanted approximately $47 to replace the bail.
My friend bought STT6500H and within a couple years, his needed replacing as well. He bought a Shimano Stella, but I am not sure whether I can afford a Stella.
I am debating whether to purchase a Shimano spinning reel instead and get rid of this reel because it's matter of time before the solder comes loose. Google it and you will find others with the same problems.
April 1, 2013
used this reel on washington beaches sand and salt
this reel stood up to rough treatment and sand and salt water, for two stright days and it worked great with only a little bit of cleaning
December 29, 2012
Very good purchase
I bought the reel to put on a 12.5 foot surf rod (not the advertised purpose). As the reel retrieves over 50 inches of line per revolution of the handle is what I wanted. As the bail does not automaticly close it took a ;little getting used to but not that much of a problem. I fished it every day for a week and it preformed very well, in fact in intend to replace another reel with an additional one of these
May 21, 2012