Daiwa’s redesigned Saltiga LD reels feature a single-piece machined aluminum frame and side plate to assure precise alignment of bearings and gears for smooth performance, less flex, increased power and reduced binding during the fiercest battles. Oversized spool bearings reduce side load which makes turning the handle easier and smoother so anglers can concentrate on fighting fish rather than the reel. Single and smaller two-speed models, along with the high-speed tournament sailfish reels, boast soft-touch rubber handles for fast, comfortable retrieves. The larger size 50, 55 and 60 2-speed models feature a long “T” style offset aluminum power handle to improve leverage. Max drag ranges from 22 to 45 pounds for most models while line retrieve per handle turn runs from 39.9 to 47 inches. The tournament-style sailfish models (ideal for Florida) have a max drag setting of 22 pounds and blazing line pickups of 54.3 to 56 inches. MSRP $449.99 – $799.99. Backed by Daiwa’s Executive Saltiga Five Year Warranty and Service.

Published Florida Sportsman Magazine December/January 2021

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