1000 vs. 3000 Spinning Reels: On The Water Performance & Feel
1000 series reels are flying off of the shelves!
They’re lighter than the comparable 2500s or 3000s, and they’re certainly strong enough to handle just about any fish you’ll come across inshore, but how do they actually feel and perform on the water?
In my mission to find the best inshore spinning reel, I took a 1000 and 3000 Daiwa Fuego paired with the same rod, line, and lure to see how they compared.
A few weeks ago, I did a casting distance contest between these two and the 3000 won by about a foot or two, so I was eager to see how they performed in this new experiment.
The results were surprising as something that I thought definitely would happen didn’t happen.
I also found a really compelling reason to use one over the other that I hadn’t really considered before.
Check out the video below to see the results!
1000 vs. 3000 Performance Contest [VIDEO]
- Reel: 1000 and 3000 Daiwa Fuego
- Rod: 7′ 6″ Medium Power TFO Pro
- Line: 10 lb. PowerPro
- Leader: 30 lb. Ande Mono
- Lure: Slam Shady BOMBER
- Glasses: Smith Optics Guide’s Choice Green Polarized Green Mirror
This was a windy day and since the 1000 has such a narrow spool, I thought for sure I was going to run into some wind knot problems.
As it turned out, I didn’t get a wind knot with either reel, which is a win for both of them.
They felt equally capable of handling any fish I came across (I hooked into a decent size red and snook on this trip), and the 1000 was obviously lighter.
However, over my three-hour trip, the weight difference (which was just about one ounce) didn’t seem like it made a difference either way.
The real difference I noticed was that the 3000 reeled in my lure much faster.
This is especially important on a trip like this where I was power fishing and quickly covering a lot of ground.
Do you use a 1000 or 3000 size reel?
What are your most important pros and cons?
Let me know down in the comments!
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