Daiwa BG MQ Reel Sizes: 4000 vs. 3000 vs. 2500
Let’s talk about reel sizes!
The Daiwa BG MQ series of reels are tough, powerful, and super light.
And honestly, the sizes of the 2500, 3000, and 4000 reels are very similar.
So in this video, you’ll learn about the size differences between all three reels so you can decide which was is best for you.
Check it out below!
Daiwa BG MQ Reel Size Comparison [VIDEO]
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Typically when people think of a 4000 size reel, they think of a bigger, heavier, “do everything” reel.
But there is not much difference between the sizing of the 3000 versus the 4000.
The body frames appear to be the exact same size and there is only a fraction of an ounce difference in weight.
If line capacity is important to you, then the 4000 size reel may be the best fit.
Although the 2500 and the 3000 size reel are very similar, the body of the 2500 is slightly smaller and there’s a full ounce difference in weight.
With only slight variations in body size, gear ratio, line capacity, and weight, this series of reels from Daiwa may make it tough to decide which one will work best for you.
Here are the specifications for each size Daiwa BG MQ reel:
BGMQ2500D-H – [Gear Ratio 5.7:1, 6+1 Bearings, 22Lb Drag, Line Capacity 210Yd/10Lb, Weight 8.3oz.]
BGMQ3000D-XH – [Gear Ratio 6.2:1, 6+1 Bearings, 22Lb Drag, Line Capacity 220YD/12lb, Weight 9.3oz.]
BGMQ4000D-XH -[Gear Ratio 6.2:1, 6+1 Bearings, 26.4Lb Drag, Line Capacity 250YD/14lb, Weight 10.1oz.]
Please reach out to us if you need assistance deciding which reel will meet your needs!
If you are in the market for a new inshore spinning reel, the Daiwa BG MQ reels are a solid choice.
Whether you are targeting smaller inshore fish or larger big game fish, these reels get the job done!
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I surf fish more than anything else. I have seen several times where you all state 20-30lb test braid is more than enough. We have caught some big reds, rays, and sharks before and felt after being broke off to use a higher test like 50lb. With that said the 4000 won’t hold much of that test, which takes away one of the benefits the BGMQ provides in being a compact, light reel if I go with a bigger version. Thought please?
With the 3 reels so similar, and with the 4000 weight so light… outside of the cost factor, when would the 4000 not work as well as the 2500? It seems like the 4000 has the wider range of applications and more advantages for both smaller and larger fish.
Ultimately, I would say it’s overall weight of the Reel. Many Anglers choose to go with the lightest option available when outfitting their Inshore set-ups. But I agree with your point of view: when comparing the 2500 and the 4000, the 4000 has more going for it (*when it comes to the BG MQ Family of Reels). If it were a comparison between the Procyon AL 2500 and the 4000, I would go with the 2500 all day long—mainly because the Gear Ratio is higher in that Family on the 2500D-XH Model. It really takes an all-encompassing knowledge of Daiwa’s products to narrow in on what is best for each angler’s style.
I love Diawa reels and I have the bg3500’s and in comparison the 4000mq looks and feels lighter and smaller, not much! But the strength of this reel is what is impressive! 26.7 lbs of drag compared to 17 in the Bg! Higher gear ratio and retrieval! And the price is 40$ cheaper in the SS store than anywhere else I’ve seen! Thanks for the information Justin , nice meeting you and thanks for the rod information you gave me for this reel!
Thank you, Robert! I know you’ll love the BG MQ Series.
So, I have a 8FT TFO TAC INSHORE Mag H. Currently I have it paired up with a Cabo 40. I use this set up at night when fishing from land in Fort Pierce. I have had success with this set up landing Snook under 40″. Even landed a 50lb Goliath. But I think that Goliath did some damage to the handle of the Cabo. Would the 4K MQ be the move for me?
I would say Yes! The 4000 BG MQ might come in a tad smaller than the Cabo 40, but in terms of Drag, Line Capacity, and overall Strength (because of that Main Gear) I think that would be a good move! Fishing Ft. Pierce with a 4000 is definitely doable. It can be a bit sporty for those Monster Snook, but it’s not impossible when using the right size Braid & Leader. You definitely have the right rod for that application. Good luck, Asner!
I feel like you made this video for me. Thanks for the insight Justin!!
Great piece. Question: How would the 4000 do for cobia, kingfish etc and what rod would you recommend. My spinning outfit is really big and this would help me size it down and still handle fish.
The 4000 Size is just a LITTLE too small for Kingfish and Cobia. Could it work? Sure! But you always run the risk of hooking a 30lb. Kingfish or a 40+lb. Cobia, and fish of that caliber would give you a handful. I can’t in good faith recommend the 4000. I’m pretty crazy with downsizing my gear, and I wouldn’t even do it! Haha. I would stay safe and go with a 5000 minimum for those particular species. The 4000 could work well with Tarpon under 60lbs. (in a pinch), but Kingfish and Cobia are a different ball game. Hope that helps, Mitch!
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Hey Justin, what are your thoughts on the 4000 being used as surf reel?
I think for light duty Surf applications the 4000 size would work well! It’s definitely not the size of a Spinfisher VI 5500 (which holds a lot more line), but if you plan on matching the 4000 on an appropriate 9′ or 10′ rod then the 4000 would be a good match. Keep in mind: It’s definitely not a Van Staal or Tsunami Salt X where the reel is 100% Waterproof. But if you plan on casually fishing for Whiting and Pompano, and want a reel that can double-duty for throwing Lures and Live Bait Inshore, then the BG MQ 4000 is a good choice!
Hi Justin, my fingers are crossed to get one of the new SS/BB rods from your shop. If I score one, which of the 3 do you suggest pairing up with that rod?
I live in SWFL (placida/Boca Grande) so I’ll be fishing inshore from my kayak mainly using soft plastics. Plan on spooling with 10-15 power pro and recently caught some nice over 30” reds with Med action BB and Fuego 2500
Thanks for all the great info you guys put out. Much appreciated 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
Hey John! I would go with the 3000 size, personally. If you’re an artificial lure Angler and you plan on fishing out of the Kayak majority of the time, I think the 3000 will get the job done. No need for the additional line capacity on the 4000 unless you plan on using some bigger Live Baits for Tarpon in the Bay! If your Fuego 2500 can handle those Big Reds, then the 3000 BG MQ is more than enough!
Thanks Justin! I scored a SS BB rod!
Gonna go with the 3000.
Thanks for the review, Justin. You may already know this, but for others who really want to know more details about parts and sizing I have another suggestion – download the parts schematic for the reel. You can often find part schematics at the manufacturer’s website. Across sizes, you’ll be able to see which part numbers are shared, indicating the same parts, and those that have different parts. Across brands some similar reel sizes share only a few parts in certain places, like bearings, and others like Daiwa may share numerous parts between similar reel sizes.
For sure, good point Adam. The schematics don’t lie!