Daiwa BG Vs. Daiwa BG MQ (Which One Is For You?)


It’s reel comparison time!

Everyone wants to know if the extra cost of the Daiwa BG MQ is actually worth it over the regular Daiwa BG.

The short answer is yes.

But in this video, you’ll learn about:

  • All of the features of both reels
  • Specs on both reels
  • The biggest differences
  • And more

Check it out below!

Daiwa BG Vs. Daiwa BG MQ [VIDEO]

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Daiwa BG & Daiwa BG MQ Differences


Weight is the first difference.

The BG MQ is a full ounce lighter, which will definitely help if you’re throwing artificials all day.


Both reels have carbon fiber washers inside of the caps.

But the cap on the BG MQ is wider so heat will disperse much quicker on the BG MQ.

A substantial difference between the two reels is the max drag.

(22lb for the BG MQ versus 13.2lb for the BG)

But as an inshore angler, the drag on the BG is going to be plenty.


Although zinc is the gear material for both reels, the BG MQ’s main gear is about 20% thicker so you’ll get more power.

Waterproof Seals

Lastly, the Daiwa BG MQ has 9 internal seals while the BG does not.

Overall the extra bells and whistles you get with the BG MQ are worth the extra cost.

If you want something that is a little smoother, tougher, and will last longer, go with the Daiwa BG MQ spinning reel.

Daiwa BG & BG MQ Specs

Daiwa BG MQ 2500D-H ($199.99)

  • Gear Ratio: 5.7:1
  • Weight: 8.3oz.
  • Braided Line Capacity: 250Yd/10Lb
  • Max Drag: 22Lb

Daiwa BG 2500 ($109.99)

  • Gear Ratio: 5.6:1
  • Weight: 9.3oz.
  • Braided Line Capacity: 200Yd/10Lb
  • Max Drag: 13.2Lb


daiwa bg vs bg mq

The Daiwa BG MQ is going to last longer, be smoother, and is much more resistant to the elements.

But if you want to be a baller on a dollar, the Daiwa BG is a great reel as well.

You can get these reels from our shop here:

Daiwa BG MQ Spinning Reel

Daiwa BG Spinning Reel

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Which reel do you prefer?

Let me know down in the comments!

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Rafael M.
1 month ago

Hello, which is the best rod for an 8000 BG MQ?

Douglas Stewart
1 year ago

What rod is recomended for these reels?

robert brombach
1 year ago

Owned Diawa reels since literally when they first came out! Purchased 3 Bg reels to replace the older models I had for over 10 yrs! 5 yrs now and not a problem, but, this new MQ model is a great improvement so I got one! Third cast when I used it caught a 28” snook! Little later a 31” wade fishing around a jetty! They didn’t stand a chance, ultra smooth drag when cranked down keep away from the rocks, fast line retrieve when needed when they charged straight at me! Love the Bg’s but this MQ is a step above! Thanks Justin for the information

Greg H.
1 year ago

I’ve had a BG MQ 2500 for about 2 months now and it’s my favorite,but I’ve never owned a BG. No regrets with my purchase.

Dale Young
1 year ago

Took my BG MQ 3000 out yesterday for its first use and it worked flawlessly. I’m very happy with my choice. As an aside, my Shimano Ci4+ decided to spin backwards on 3 hook sets yesterday. I’m sensing a little jealousy.

K Carr
1 year ago

I was really thinking seriously about the Certate. BUT decided on a Florida Fishing Products CE 1000; weighs 6.5 ounces, made in USA, carbon fiber, etc. Ordering a Bull Bay BOLT rod, this will finish the complement of spin gear to go with my fly rods. Have heard some peeps dis the FPP reels, I have two of them, have given me good service for several years. Would love to see a comparison from SS with other reels also (than just what they offer online).

Steven Rackas
1 year ago
Reply to  K Carr

I have owned an original version of a FFP reel and had some mechanical issues. The HQ sent me a self addressed stamped envelope and fixed it for me with no questions asked. The reel works perfectly now. The individual I spoke with at FFP said that their first version of their product had some defects and that their 2.0 version worked the bugs out. They took out the anti-reverse switch to eliminate a spot for water intrusion. The reels are made in Asia and shipped here.

Aaron Higgs
1 year ago
Reply to  Steven Rackas

Yeah the are made by DMK. The osprey is actually a reel that cost 50 bucks on Alibaba.com apparently. Lol.

Aaron Higgs
1 year ago
Reply to  K Carr

FFA aren’t made in the USA. They are DMK made reels. DMK is a Chinese OEM. Strippers Online exposed that lie. The osprey can be had off alibaba for 50 bucks. https://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/topic/729569-florida-fishing-products-osprey-reel/

Steve Marsalese
1 year ago

The $100 jump would be easier with some Magseal. And jeez how much would it cost Diawa to add some extra seals in the BG? I have 2 Fuego’s and the BG and they have been great reels.

Aaron Higgs
1 year ago

MQ BG is basically the certate minus the Japanese assembly and magseal.

Andrew Sokol
1 year ago

I have several BGs (some of the original BGs that I still fish regularly) and BG MQs. I use the MQs when I target bluefish, false albacore, bonito and striped bass—fish that will pull drag and use the BGs for fluke (summer flounder) and spanish mackerel.

Love them both.

James Woodmansee
1 year ago

very nicely done Justin. I’d also like to see a comparison of the BG MQ 2500 with the Shimano Stradic HGFL 2500 if possible.

Matthew Broome
1 year ago

In regards to the one ounce weight difference, I prefer to go with the heavier one so I can capture those gains to my arms 😂

I ended up getting the BG to pair with my Bull Bay, love it so much. It has a lot to offer over the Fuego to be within a $20 difference. Maybe one day I will upgrade to the MQ. Great video man!

Last edited 1 year ago by Matthew Broome


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