Whether it’s on the midshore grounds or offshore in the deep for tuna or tilefish, jigging is an active game of fishing and having the right setup to work a jig properly all day makes the difference between having an epic day or striking out. And if the fish doo cooperate, you’re going to want a reel that you can depend on when that tuna decides to make a blazing run or you have to peel that slob of a tilefish off the bottom of the Canyon shelf.
The new Dawia Saltiga55JP Lever Drag Reel is the right tool for the job when it comes to this style of fishing. You can count of better performance and less fatigue when this reel is in your hands. The SALTIGA LD55JP’s torque and gear stability is remarkable with the reel’s massive stainless steel gears. Its gearing yields a 5.2:1 ratio and impressive 46.3-inch line take-up on every crank.
It also features a lightweight and incredibly strong, aluminum body that allows strength and weightlessness to be achieved without the cost and corrosion issues of other metals. Daiwa’s Automatic Tournament Drag uses an improved drag grease that exhibits a low viscosity at rest, yet becomes more viscous immediately after drag start up. This reduces initial drag start-up inertia and combined with the structural changes of the ATD Drag System results in a smoother drag from the initial hook up. Additionally, Daiwa’s first generation of digitally engineered gear design ensures a perfect mesh between ultra-tough drive gear and pinion gears for optimized speed, power, durability and smoothness. The Daiwa’s unique of this reel system floats the spool independently on precision, stainless steel ball bearings. The pinion rides its own separate shaft, allowing the spool to spin freely, unhampered by gear train friction when casting.
This reel comes in only one ideal jigging size with a 550-yard capacity for 50-pound braided line. MSRP is $749.99