By Stephen C.
November 24, 2021
I have the BG 60...Bought it in the 80's....just got finished giving it a lube/cleaning job... works perfect, silky smooth and waiting for next year...people, take care of your gear and it will take care of that 35 lb. striper on the other end. This reel has another 10 years before I retire it...
Classic tough as nails
July 19, 2021
I have the bg 10,13,15,and 30. I've used these reels for years and not had any problems with any of them. Their one drawback is their weight, as they are metal framed and metal geared, making them more useful for live bait fishing than for casting continuously. Living in South Florida, these reels are a common sight on charter boats.
ProsSimple, strong, robust construction at a reasonable price.
ConsA little too heavy for a full day of plug casting, but great for live bait fishing
Another Daiwa legend
May 16, 2020
Just like it's cousins GS9s this is a one awesome reel. We've had our for over 30years and still going. Ours is the original made from Japan and the the smoothness when brand new like my new one, feels smooth as the modern reels now.
Lake Worth, FL
Reels are a beast
May 6, 2020
Catch everyting on these reels. Easy to maintain, easy to fix if anything goes wrong. Never have any issues with these.
Absolutely terrible company for saltwater reels!
December 3, 2018
Had mine for a year and so did a friend (bought at the same time). Within the first month had a grinding in the ball bearings. I don't do any beach fishing at all so i assumed that i got salt inside of it and cleaned it to no avail. A week later my friend's reel started doing the same. Now both of these reels were thoroughly cleaned after each use. Luckily another friend of ours knew a Daiwa rep., and we got all of the internals replace for free. Upon receiving it the worked great.....for about a month again..... I went as far as to replace the "sealed" ball bearings inside with ceramic ones i bought online, which did help, but has not totally absolved the issue with their crappy bearings grinding and locking up.
ConsShould not have to replace bearings after only a couple of uses with proper maintenance being done each time
By Mark d.
Need a part
December 31, 2017
Where can i find parts for my BG30?
By Xavier A.
July 11, 2016
Es un excelente carrete para pesca aqu√¬≠ en M√¬©xico lo usamos para troleo y pesca con carnada viva . De los mejores componentes a mi gusto.
ProsMantenimiento muy sencillo.
Would have given it six stars
June 1, 2016
I have owned this reel for one year now and have put it through its paces. Including big sharks and even a 30 pound king mackerel. The reel has handled with smooth drag and powerful cranking, time after time. One of the best features of this reel is the big drag knob on top makes it very easy to adjust during a fight. If you are looking for a reel to start saltwater fishing these reels are a great start. I will be buying a few more in the near future.
ProsThe price is great, larger drag knob for easy adjustment, durability.
ConsNot a reel for fishing lures just bait
Best bang for the buck
May 21, 2016
I cast plugs/jig from boat. inshore stripers, blues, flounder...I own four of these and one is still going 30 years later. I have a ton of reels, these are my favorite spinning reels. Great reels, don't let the low cost fool you.
ProsSmooth drag, tough in saltwater environment, very durable , reliable. Tremendous value
This thing works well
December 24, 2015
Put this reel on a Pole and casted out some plugs, and caught some Stripers. They were small (25 - 27") but it was fun catch and release. I bought this to handle medium sized fish - i.e 5 - 30 lbs and It feels like its going to work out pretty well. Nice feel, good mechanics and pretty good quality for the cost. I am replacing some of the penn 4000, 5000, 6000's that I bought last year because I am not happy with them, and I think I have found my replacement reel. I will probably get one of these in the spring as well.
ProsThis came on time and all parts were in the box I fish in saltwater, and this is a saltwater reel.
ConsI have nothing bad to say
December 10, 2015
i have 2 of this "HULK" old school reel. it's tough, smooth and durable. i landed a 45+ stingray fish with this reel. Also, the line capacity is excellent. it will last long time. i recommend it to everyone.
May 7, 2015
Classic reel but not very good durability as one would expect, broke twice on me
Malfunctioned after landing first fish
April 30, 2015
Bought this reel after researching online. Read nothing but positives relative to this being a workhorse basically bulletproof reel. While landing my first fish it malfunctioned with what seems like the gearing and possibly anti reverse acting up. Immediately sent it to Daiwa for warranty work/replacement. Given all the positives I read while researching I am assuming mine was simply a fluke. Otherwise I like the reel very much thus 3 stars instead of one or two.
Great value for the money
December 23, 2014
Very durable reel, there is nothing that can breake or malfunction. Very reliable. I use it for catfish fishing and trolling.
ProsSturdy, reliable reel for heavy duty freshwater and light saltwater applications
old school reel but very RELIABLE
October 1, 2014
this is my 3rd bg 90 already! the 1st one, I bought it several years ago and still working like new! very reliable, easy to maintain, rinse off with fresh h2o after each use and grease it 1x/yr and you're good! still waiting for the drag to give up and probably replace it with carbon but it's been yrs and they're still good. bearings are very accessible for packing them with grease. I especially love the foldable handle. it makes it easier to transport. love the wooden grip as well. it makes it look classic. I've caught cudas, wsb, lings etc with it with no hiccups. the one reel to have and if you could only keep one!
Heavy duty reel
June 28, 2014
I have the BG 60 and its a brute. Used it in Florida for pier and bridge fishing for 7 years. Never let me down. Just wash it after each use and keep it lubed and it will last many years. Great drag and strong gears. 65 lb bull shark was biggest I caught and many smaller. Never any problems with it.
ProsAll metal construction. Powerful retrieve. Built to handle huge fish.
April 2, 2014
Another great reel from Daiwa.I fish for rock fish or striper with it .I caught a 46 pound with it
Quality not there
February 16, 2013
I bought one of these years ago and it was a good reel. It was stolen 3 years ago so I bought a new one. The anti-reverse mechanism has broken twice with minimal use.
ProsSolid. Feels strong
ConsCheap Chinese parts
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