Daiwa Certate LT Reel Review (Pros, Cons, & Who It’s For)


It’s reel review time!

The Daiwa Certate LT series of spinning reels are a game-changer for avid saltwater anglers looking for a long-term solution.

These reels are not only a thing of beauty, but also a solid piece of gear that will stand up against constant use and harsh elements.

And of course, they’re not perfect, so you’ll also learn about some of the cons of this reel.

Check it out below!

Daiwa Certate Reel Review [VIDEO]

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Daiwa incorporates their monocoque frame that is an innovative approach to creating the Certate’s design of the reel body.

The solid aluminum body on the Daiwa Certate is tough and ready to perform against your biggest fish.

Also, the gears are bigger and thicker so you’ve got more power and torque.

You’ll actually feel like it takes less effort to bring in a fish.

Of course, the most important feature of this series of reels is the magseal technology.

This ensures your reel is protected from the elements for the life of the reel.

Pros & Cons Of The Daiwa Certate LT


  • MQ body design
  • Heavy-duty aluminum body provides little to no flex
  • Magseal technology on the main body and line roller
  • Lightweight air rotor and air bail
  • Tough Digigear™ digital gear design
  • 12x corrosion-resistant bearings ensure reels run smooth


  • Higher price
  • Not easy to maintain yourself (requires a special tool)

Given the price point, this reel may not be for everyone.

But if you are an avid angler and appreciate a quality piece of gear, this is a great long-term investment that will perform for you on the water for years to come!

And if you don’t feel the need to tinker with this reel, it does come with an expedited service warranty.

Daiwa Certate LT Spinning Reel Specs

Daiwa Certate LT 3000-CXH

  • Gear Ratio: 6.2:1
  • Weight: 7.4 oz.
  • Braided Line Capacity: 185 yards, 10#
  • Max Drag: 22 lbs

Daiwa Certate LT 4000-CXH

  • Gear Ratio: 6.2:1
  • Weight: 8.3 oz.
  • Braided Line Capacity: 220 yards, 10#
  • Max Drag: 26.4 lbs


Daiwa Certate LT Review

Overall, this reel is one of the best on the market and the like-new smooth performance lasts for a very long time!

Daiwa ensures this reel is always protected from the elements and has gone the extra mile when designing this technology.

So, if you are looking to make a long-term investment for consistent performance, the Daiwa Certate LT spinning reel is for you!

You can get this reel from our shop here:

Daiwa Certate LT Spinning Reel

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Have any questions about this series of reels from Daiwa?

Let me know down in the comments!

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Patrick Gurdiel
6 months ago

Hi Justin,

Thinking about maybe purchasing a Certate LT 4000 cxh once you have more in stock. I’m also thinking about purchasing a high end 7’6” medium power rod to pair with it. Of these four…
– Slot Machine custom rod
– St croix legend tournament inshore
– G Loomis IMX Pro Blue
– G Loomis GCX inshore
which would you recommend in terms of rod balance which I know you guys have talked a lot about?

Patrick Gurdiel
6 months ago
Reply to  Justin Ritchey

This is very helpful, thank you Justin.

Jack P.
11 months ago

How’s the line lay of the Certate LT from factory? Do you need to add any washer to have even line lay top and bottom?

Jack P.
11 months ago
Reply to  Justin Ritchey

Thank you Justin.

jules dupont
1 year ago

great review.can hardly wait to get one.i notice you use the century 7 1/2 foot rod.i have the 9 1/2 century for 1/2-2 1/2 oz.a magnificent rod.why the 7.5 over the 7?does this rod handle 1/8 oz lures?in your opinion what is the sweet spot for your 7.5 foot rod?would the 7 foot perform in a similar manner?thank you,j dupont-ps that century spin rod will go with the 4000 certate.

Matt Pfeiffer
1 year ago

Justin, thanks for a very thorough and awesome overview of this reel. That one is a thing of beauty!

Wyatt Parcel
1 year ago

Phenomenal review Justin!! Thanks for giving us some awesome insight on this reel!

Timothy R. Hall
1 year ago

Magnesium is NOT corrosion resistant !

Greg H.
1 year ago

Great review but please kill the monotonous background music!

Dean Carter
1 year ago

Wow!!! Pricey….

Richard Fiorentino
1 year ago

Thanks for review. Do you think it’s worth four times the price of the Fuego?

Demian McColgin
1 year ago
Reply to  Justin Ritchey

The Certate is worth every penny believe me, you will not be disappointed. 😊

Joseph Simonds
1 year ago

Definitely one of Daiwa’s best reels!

Tripp Watters
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph Simonds

Joseph? You are really growing up!

Sean Shimmel
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph Simonds

I bought mine two weeks ago through Salt Strong and have been using it daily ever since. Justin’s nuanced insights are certainly intriguing. And this week here in Satellite Beach, the smartfishingtides chart is predicting fiery bites all week. Will be pairing this reel with my new Black Pelican Weapon custom rod when it arrives this week.

Sean Shimmel
1 year ago
Reply to  Justin Ritchey

Now watch, my next glorious catch will be a cat


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