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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Tucker Falter
1 day ago

I’ve got numerous of the mq reels but nothing bigger than 5000 and was wandering if I could just get an 8000mq spool and put it on my 5000 body for yellowfin

Scott Mills
2 months ago

just got a saltist 2500 mq, will be using for inshore fishing mostly open hook 3-4″ swimbaits and other smaller soft plastics
fishing for schoolie striped bass and sea trout
any suggestions for a rod

Christopher Pedicini
2 months ago

Looking Into the MQ 6000. What rod would you recommend for this reel..

Chad Leavitt
3 months ago

What kind of rod would you recommend ? for a 2500 series saltist mq. Love all your guys information on fishing cant wait to join the club soon.

Derrick Falk
5 months ago

Which size do you think would fit best on a 11 ft St. Croix Seage or a custom 12 ft surf rod?

6 months ago

what is difference between this and ltd

Shekhar J Mistry
6 months ago

I’m really considering purchasing this reel…..question which size, 2500 or 3000, matches up closest in terms of physical size to a Penn Slammer IV 2500?

David Dyer
7 months ago

Saltist 4000 mq Would this be a good reel for striper in the CA delta? Will be on a Tsunami slimwave 7 ft mh 10/30# 1/2 to 2 oz

Last edited 7 months ago by David Dyer
Francisco H.
7 months ago

Looking to pair with a st Croix legend inshore 7’6 Medium Fast. Would you recommend going with the 2500 or 3000?

Francisco H.
7 months ago
Reply to  Justin Ritchey

Hey Justin, thank you for the prompt response. I plan on using this set up for “schoolie”striped bass in the 18-24” range as well as flounder, in the backbays using artificial soft plastics, spoons, and topwater lures. Debating on using 10-15lb braid with it as well.

Francisco H.
7 months ago
Reply to  Justin Ritchey

Currently have a 3000 Stradic fk that’s basically a 2500 size with a larger spool and looking to get something with more saltwater protection

Jack P.
1 year ago

How’s the line lay on the Saltist MQ? is it even top and bottom or need to add washer to get an even line lay? Thanks

Jack P.
1 year ago
Reply to  Justin Ritchey

Great to know, thank you Justin. I’m getting the same line except in island blue to match the blue theme.


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