Got this reel virtually overnight. They shipped same day. So I put some 30lb. braid on it with a fluorocarbon leader, 15lb.. With a new St. Croix 9’ rod, this set up felt seriously balanced. The local beach bite was on. I have hit keeper bass and cowboy blues every weekend since I put this set up together at sun up. What a great year for surf fishing. The Daiwa Saltist has an excellent, smooth, easy to adjust drag. The pick up on retrieve is plenty fast enough to bring in sport fish. I would buy another for my son if he would fish more with me. Another thing about Daiwa and why I chose to spend a fair amount of money on their product. I still have my first Daiwa spinning reel from a trip to Martha’s Vineyard in 1979. It is a light saltwater, heavy freshwater reel. They still stock parts for this reel and CUSTOMER SUPPORT is second to none.
Man, I have to say, this is the best reel i have, it has everything I need to plug in the surf,strong, some what sealed,gets a few splashes, no problem,close to 300yrs of 30lb braid. I also have to mention Saltwater Edge, these guys are great,made several purchases,no problems with any of my orders and very fast shipping, I just recently ordered a ODM rod on Sunday and it was on porch on Wednesday afternoon,the packaging was perfect
Out of the box reel is smooth. I have not had a chance to fish it yet but looking forward to spring so I can. Purchased for a spare 9’ moderate surf rod and it pairs nicely. Spooled with 30lb. braid. I own a BG and a BG MQ which been great so I figured I would go with the Saltist.