Daiwa BG 2500 Spinning Reel Independent Review (On-The-Water Performance)
By: Luke Simonds on December 12, 2017
In this article, you’ll see an independent review of the Daiwa BG 2500 spinning reel.
Best of all, it’s focused towards on-the-water performance specifically for inshore saltwater anglers.
Because finding a good saltwater reel can be very tough.
It can be frustrating if you don’t know what to look for, and there are just so many options that it can quickly get overwhelming.
Plus, saltwater is tough on reels so we always need to condsider longevity expectations when deciding upon which reel to buy.
Many members have asked about which spinning reel is best for saltwater anglers who predominantly use artificial lures (aka – lots of casting and retrieving).
So I decided to start buying a variety of inshore reels from various manufacturers so that I can test them myself and then share unbiased feedback to our members since we are not affiliated with any reel manufacturers.
Most importantly, this review is on first-hand usage one the water instead of just looking at the specs… specs are great, but the data I care about most is how it feels and performs when actually using it out on the water.
So in this post, I’ll focus on the feel and performance that I’ve personally felt and seen whe using the new Daiwa BG 2500 spinning reel.
Daiwa BG 2500 Spinning Reel Usage
For the past few months, I have been using my new Daiwa BG 2500 reel in a variety of inshore fishing applications.
Most of the fishing I’ve done with it has been targeting redfish, snook, and seatrout up on the flats.
But I’ve also used it for lighter applications such as casting light jigs for the many pompano that have been showing up in Tampa Bay recently.
Daiwa BG 2500 Specs
I could bore you with the flashy phrases and new words from Daiwa’s website such as an “Over-Sized Digigear” or an “ABS Spool”, but you can go on their website and read that for yourself.
Instead, I’m going to tell you the pros and cons that I have noticed while using this reel… because let’s face it, no reel is perfect.
First, Let’s take a look at the core stats straight from Daiwa’s website.
Daiwa BG 2500 Specs:
- Weight: 9.3 oz
- Line Capacity: 190 yds of 10 lb. braid
- Drag Capacity: 13.2 lbs. of drag
- Ball Bearings: 6+1
- Gear Ratio: 5.6:1
- Line Per Handle Turn: 33.2”
Daiwa BG 2500 Price:
The Daiwa BG 2500 retails at roughly $100 dollars.
So that puts it roughly equivalent to other popular spinning reels such as the Shimano NASCI and the Penn Battle II.
Daiwa BG 2500 Spinning Reel Review
Here’s a video review that shows the pros and cons that I’ve found on the Daiwa BG 2500 reel so far.
I’ll update this post over time if anything else comes up, and I welcome any and all feedback from you in the comment section below if you’d like to share your experiences using the Daiwa BG reel with the community.
CLICK HERE to see the full cross-brand review that I recently updated for the Insider Club members.
At the end of the day, our goal should be to get a reel that best matches our needs while staying in budget.
This new Daiwa BG has proven to be a quality reel so far after putting it to the test for the past few months.
So far, I have been quite impressed with this reel.
It seems like a good deal at the $100 mark where it typically is listed.
And I just noticed that it is listed on Amazon for just ~$90 which seems to be an extremely good deal.
I’ll continue to use this reel to see how its longevity around saltwater holds up, and I’ll update this post for any notable updates.
Please feel free to use the Comment section below to describe your experience using Daiwa BG spinning reels or if you have any questions.
We’re looking for a few good inshore fishermen to join our private fishing club…
- Do you love catching inshore fish like redfish, trout, snook, tarpon, black drum, and flounder?
- Are you coachable?
- Are you a positive person who is fun to be around?
- Can you afford to invest 27 pennies a day?
Then we want you in the club!