The New Daiwa Saltist MQ Reel Review (Pros & Cons)

The NEW Daiwa Saltist MQ has arrived!

This is a lightweight reel with advanced features that will conquer almost all conditions.

But is it the best inshore fishing reel on the market?

Check out the pros and cons in this new review video!

The New Daiwa Saltist MQ Reel Review [VIDEO]

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The Daiwa Saltist MQ is designed to tackle the elements and provide a premier experience for those that want the most out of their inshore fishing reel.

Here is the full, unbiased review (and an on-the-water review is coming soon):


  • Monocoque Body style (MQ design allows for reduced size and weight of the reel)
  • Increased drag and easier to turn the handle
  • A smaller compact body makes it a better reel for inshore fishing
  • Larger sizes (5000 and 6000) are going to be lighter weight overall
  • The aluminum round knob is rare to find and gives you less resistance
  • Body and rotor made of Zaion (Zaion is Daiwa’s version of a composite plastic that is very lightweight and more durable than magnesium)
  • Magsealed with a magnetized plate that creates low pressure where water and contaminants can’t make their way down the main shaft and into the body of the reel
  • Threaded top that sits over the plate of the Magseal
  • Light rubber seal at bottom of the main shaft that will also prevent water from going down the main shaft and into the rotor
  • 22-lbs of drag on carbon fiber drag stack
  • Solid aluminum body in a compact rigid design


  • This is a pricey reel at $299.99 (but this is a high-quality investment)
  • Rigid boot designed for protection but once taken off you can see the main gear and the oscillation can (separate piece not part of the aluminum body)


Daiwa Saltist MQ

You can push this reel to the limits.

It is a quality reel that is an investment for an angler that desires a top-tier reel with specific advantages.

The Daiwa Saltist MQ is meticulously designed to be a finesse heavy-duty reel!

This reel is built to last and will withstand most elements.

If you have any further questions about the Daiwa Saltist MQ, ask me down in the comments!!

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Mark Johnson
6 days ago

If you had to make a choice between the Diawa Saltist MQ or the Diawa Ballistic MQ what would be the choice? What would be the difference in making a decision? Pros and Cons ? Thanks

Capt Bill Bennett
5 days ago
Reply to  Mark Johnson

I’m sure Daiwa has come a long way over the years. I bought Daiwa BG 20’s & Penn 550’s over 30 years ago. The Daiwa’s gave out 15+ years ago. I’m still catching Grouper, Snapper & even Dolphin with the Penn reels.
I know they are antiques at this point but Penn Battle ll or lll are newer models that work great for an affordable price. I currently use them also.

Mark Johnson
5 days ago
Reply to  Justin Ritchey

Thanks Justin

6 days ago

But where is it made?

Ron Mattson
6 days ago

Thank You so much for the excellent visit video. I have been somewhat afraid of the Magseal process due to costly repair. One needs a special tool to refill or pay the piper. When I need to keep saltwater out VanStall if my choice.

Malcolm Hayward.
5 days ago

Here we really disagree.

In shore, not light coastal.

Unless you don’t have the thumbs or are just peverse, must be a multiplier.
Cast control might be nice but heavier bearing oil will serve.
Inshore, beyond most casting except for game.
75′ to 200′.

Value, style, build quality and shear numbers.
Penn Torque TRQ15XNLD2.
Mine is Silver, Gold is vulgar.

5.5:1 / 2.8:1 38″ / 19″.
Mono 20lb, 220yds.
Braid 50lb, 310yds.
Weight, 20.4oz.
Drag, Strike 23lbs, Full 28lbs, Sunset 33lbs.

No lugs, lightweight inshore after all.

Just the business. I will be buried with mine.


Calvin Carpenter
5 days ago

Great review. Can you make a video on how you oil and clean the new Dawia MQ’s do you treat them the same as older reels? Will the oil penetrate and get where it needs to go


David Brooks
5 days ago

I have the Diana Procyon, I am impressed with that reel. Awesome inshorereel, I have already put it to the test with redfish, big flounder and bluefish

Dennis Wheelus
12 hours ago

Which size rod and action would you pair this with? I bought the Saltist MQ 3000D-XH. Plan to use 10 lbs. but could go to 20lbs. Artificial 95%. Life time member please recommend rods I can buy in the Saltstrong store please.


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