Which Is The Better Reel: Daiwa BG or BG MQ?
The Daiwa BG or BG MQ???
Which way should you go?
We had the chance to speak with Mark Mills of Daiwa at iCast 2022!!
Check out his answer in the video below!
Daiwa BG or BG MQ? [VIDEO]
Both are excellent inshore saltwater fishing reels that can handle most inshore situations, however, the BG MQ is just a step above the BG in design and, of course, the price.
Before we dive deeper into this question, we first want to say there is not truly a “BEST” reel.
It depends on application among a bunch of other different factors.
The current rendition of the Daiwa BG has been in production for the last 6 years.
I personally have owned all different types of BG reels from 2500 sizes and higher and it is remarkable how much of a beating these reels can take.
At the beginning of this reel’s production, inshore anglers were hesitant of change but guides and deckhands on boats and vessels found it to be exactly what they needed.
It was about when this reel came out that anglers started paying closer attention to the details and inner workings of spinning reels.
The biggest thing I noticed on the BG was Daiwa’s Digigear System.
The main gear is bigger with bigger cut teeth creating smoother alignment between the teeth and the pinion gear.
In addition, Daiwa also went with a larger Zinc gear.
And when compared to competitors’ reels in the same price range, Daiwa’s Zinc gear was about 30-40% larger in size.
A bigger gear gives a reel more durability.
Moreover, Daiwa also incorporates an Air Rotor into this reel.
The Air Rotor is designed to alleviate the weight of the rotor on the reel itself.
The heavier the rotor, the heavier the reel and it can be harder to turn the handle after long periods of time.
Air Rotors make the reel feel overall lighter and create a smoother rotation for every turn of the handle.
Daiwa BG MQ
If you take a look at the Daiwa BG and BG MQ side by side, you can see some noticeable differences in color and other things off the bat.
But what you may not pick up on are the number of screws and access points on each reel.
The Daiwa BG has 4 main screw-in points on the side plate that is able to come off.
These 4 screw-in points create points of stress on the reel.
Some areas of the side plate are more secure than others.
These screw-in points eliminate gear space as well as adding more materials which add more weight.
In the case of inshore spinning reels, sometimes less material is actually stronger.
With regards to the Daiwa BG MQ, there are no screw-in points along the side plate.
There is a 360-degree disk that keeps the gears and inner workings in alignment.
The access point on the handle acts like a jar lid so the more secure it is, the fewer contaminants that can access the main gear.
This reduces the overall weight of the reel and actually strengthens it.
The gear ratio is the same on both reels, however, it is easier to crank the handle of the BG MQ when under a load of a fish than the BG.
When it comes down to it, there actually is not a lot of sealing in the Daiwa BG.
But there are NINE rubber seals within the BG MQ.
There are several seals along the main shaft to protect the main gear as well as further seals along the side plate to prevent contamination of the inner workings.
This dramatically reduces the amount of spray and splash that these reels may endure on nearshore or offshore fishing trips.
The Bottom Line
The jump up in price from the BG to the BG MQ is justifiable.
You’re getting a bigger gear in relation to the body size, a reel that is carefully sealed on all sides, and the BG MQ is more lightweight than the BG.
The Daiwa BG MQ does everything you would want it to do for nearshore, offshore or even inshore fishing.
Daiwa has thoughtfully and carefully crafted some of the best spinning reels for saltwater anglers on the market.
I firmly believe that every inshore saltwater angler should get their hands on the Daiwa BG MQ if they’re able to.
These reels stand the test of time and will set you up for inshore fishing success.
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