Daiwa Saltist Two-Speed Lever Drag Reel

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Daiwa Saltist Two-Speed Lever Drag Reel -

From tuna to billfish and more, Daiwa's Saltist Lever Drag Two-Speed Conventional Casting Reels are designed for absolute reliability. Spool with mono or braid, there isn't much Saltist Reels can't handle. Features include a one-piece aluminum frame and sideplate, precision helical-cut stainless steel gears, six CRBB corrosion-resistant ball bearings, machined-aluminum spool, Ultimate Tournament carbon drag, Infinite Spin™ freespool, and offset power handle with speed knob. The Saltist compact, smooth-casting design offers the ability to toss live bait or artificial lures with ease.

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  • One-piece aluminum frame


  • Seven corrosion-resistant ball bearings
  • Super-fast one-touch gear shifting
  • Perfect strike tension and premium cranking power
  • Infinite Spin free spool

Heavy-duty, two-speed saltwater reels combine compact, lever drag design with a free spool ability to easily toss live bait and hardware. Big game model is designed for superb reliability while trolling for larger gamefish like tuna and billfish. Preset lever drag lets you fine-tune your strike tension, with an aggressive cam that gets you quickly to max drag for near-boat fish control. Super corrosion-resistant ball bearings feature a shielded design to keep debris out and last up to 12 times longer than ordinary stainless-steel ball bearings.

Get perfect strike tension for bluewater trolling then push the drag to max for manhandling big fish near the boat. Corrosion-resistant Zaion™ drag lever and easy-to-adjust cam make it easy to fine-tune drag on the fly. Cast farther with Infinite Spin™ free spool and hit long-distance targets with live baits and lures. Its smooth-running team of seven corrosion-resistant ball bearings is shielded to last 12 times longer than conventional bearings. Precision-machined stainless steel gears for heavy-duty cranking power. The main shaft stabilizer bearing eliminates side pressure on spool bearings. Ultratough drag system with dual carbon discs for heat-resistant performance. One- touch, push-button gear shifter. Dual-point gear shaft support for high-stress reliability. One-piece aluminum frame and left sideplate for superior strength. Machined aluminum spool. Aluminum rod clamp. Winner of 2009 I-Cast Best Saltwater Reel.
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Positive Reviews:

Great reel

This is my 5th Saltist but 1st 2 speed. I used it a few times so far this winter. It handled double header Pollack. It is great to shift into a lower gear with that much weight on. The other Saltist I have had all needed bearing updates within a few years. I will wait and see how this does. For the money this is a great reel.
JohnJB at Cabelas on 12/17/2013

Most economical 2-speed

Primarily use this reel to cast live baits but could be a good reel to throw jigs for wahoo. Only used it for two yrs now and have caught 3 YFT over 100#. 50# Spectra to short 5-6' leader of 40-50# fluro. Great reel for the money.
fshholc at Cabelas on 12/03/2011

Negative Reviews:


I recieved the 30 Saltist lever drag reels, took it out of the box to look it over. It seemed smooth and looked OK but when I tried the lever it is rough and the lever dose not have ratcheting adjustment stops as other reels in it class have. I'm sending it back. I'm looking for the best small lever drag reel I can find for jigging Yellowtail. I have fished in 6 tournament with a star drag, winning prize money 5 times. I wish to up grade to lever drag.
CostaLotta at Cabelas on 06/10/2012

cheap 2 speed

This is a cheap 2 speed and i needed one but after about a month and a half im having problems with it already gonna try to get a return from cabelas not what i was hoping it be
hardcorefisherman at Cabelas on 07/23/2013