September passed in a flash. 4 days fishing in the English Channel, numerous pike fishing trips and getting stuck into a busy month at work has left little time for blogging. Missed me? I doubt it but I am sure you will find my new purchase interesting.
The last trip aboard the Anne Clare could (should) have been sponsored by Daiwa. An arsenal of Saltist reels and Kenzaki rods ripping pouting from the wreck 200ft below. It appeared I had brought a 4.2:1 reel to a 6.1:1 fight. Not wanting to feel left out a Daiwa Saltist 30HA LW magically appeared in my tackle box the next day.
Saltist™ Levelwind Reels Features:
- Rugged, all metal construction with rigid, one-piece aluminum frame
- Four CRBB shielded, corrosion-resistant ball bearings and a roller bearing
- Powerful, high-strength alloy gears
- Up to 30% greater winding power
- Super Drag with up to 22 pounds of drag max
- Dual Anti-Reverse systems
- Dual-position power handle
- Aluminum rod clamp
The Saltist range of reels is aimed at the ‘higher’ end of the ‘performance scale’. This is reflected in the quality of components, construction and feel. Looking at the features listed above you can see there is no messing around, Saltist – serious business. Loaded up with yellow power pro braid I unleashed the Saltist on the Anne Clare. The high retrieve rate became my wrists new best friend, especially after a day of hauling 3 billion pouting from the depths.
Using the reel for a another 3 days fishing for a variety of species over rough ground, wrecks and sand bars I couldn’t fault it in anyway. Everything you do with the reel is smooth, controlled and so comfortable. I have a freezer full of black bream and pollack, each fish gracefully and effortlessly extracted from the sea with the Saltist.
Modern reel technology, build quality and performance has reached a point where you can pick up a great reel for as little as £50. You can purchase an excellent reel for around £100, or you can buy a phenomenal Daiwa Saltist for £180.
I don’t really know what else to say about the Daiwa Saltist. You need one in your life, I promise you won’t be disappointed. (unless you are being awkward on purpose, or you are a super human fisherman that catches 100lb congers 356 days of the year and never bothers to rinse or maintain their reels).
Once again, if you would like to purchase one of these reels, please please do speak to either Mark or Jim at Exeter Angling (email@example.com – 01392 436404). Combine it with some nice yellow power pro braid and a Daiwa Kenzaki rod and join the pouting bashing revolution.