Light tackle spinning reels are all the rage with saltwater fishermen. Modern super braid coupled with ever-greater technological advancements by reel manufacturers are providing saltwater anglers better and better products each season. Well, if you’re looking for a beast of a do-it-all lightweight saltwater reel for targeting anything from tiderunner weakfish to cow stripers to small tuna and everything in-between, then you’re going to want to give the new Daiwa Saltiga Bay Jigging Reel a serious look!
The flagship saltwater spinning reel in the Daiwa line, the Saltiga Bay Jigging Reel utilizes cutting-edge technology and the smoothness of operation from a 13-bearing system. The hallmark of this distinctive reel is the ground-breaking development of the one-piece Monocoque Body. This design incorporates a one-piece aluminum frame and a one-piece threaded side plate into its construction. Because screws are not necessary to attach the side plate and hold the main gear, the interior space in the body is greater allowing for a larger and more powerful gear held in place by the lighter, sturdier body rather than the traditional side plate configuration. The threaded 360-degree support system side plate also increases the integrity of the body as a whole and prevents water or debris intrusion. The strength-to-weight ratio of this design is unmatched. The larger main gear is of Hyper Digigear design and tooled from harder brass. The main shaft is Magsealed reducing saltwater and debris intrusion.
The Saltiga Bay Jigging Reel is designed for a variety of inshore and offshore fishing and jigging applications and heralds the arrival of the next generation in spinning reel design. It is currently available in two sizes. The 3500H features a 5.7:1 gear ratio and holds 220 yards of 30-pound braid, while the 4000 features a 4.9:1 gear ratio and holds 270 yards of 30-pound braid. The MSRP on both models is $799.99, check them out at your local Daiwa dealer!