Daiwa BG Series Review & Comparison: Which One Suits Your Needs?

Last Updated on February 16, 2019

Daiwa Black Gold BG Spinning Reel Series is quite possibly the best value for a high-quality reel in history! You may not believe this quality in $100 reel.

These affordable reels are built better than anything under $250. The BG reels (under $100 reel) are built better than anything under $250. They are even better than Saltiga, Stella, and Stradic.

It feels like a nicely-put-together reel, and the specs suggest it will provide years of honest service. It shares many of the features of Daiwa’s more expensive spinning reels, such as tough threaded handle (just like Saltiga), Genuine stainless NMB bearings (just like my Stella), Air Rotor (but in ‘Graphite’, not ‘Zaion’), rotor brakes (to stop the rotor turning when the bail is open),  all-metal body & rotor, a braid-ready spool & roller and fantastically smooth carbon drag system; although it misses out on Air Bail. To top it all off, they look awesome.

Daiwa BG Size Comparison

The Daiwa next generation of BG spinning reel series comes in 10 models ranges from ultralight freshwater actions to heavy big game saltwater models. The three gear ratios of models range from 1500 all the way through an 8000 which means that you can find the right size for almost all of your fishing needs.

The BG2500 fits 300 yards of 15# braid and is your go-to heavy freshwater / light inshore reel. The BG3500 fishes 300 yards 20# braid perfectly for most inshore fish. The BG4500 fishes 350 yards of 40# braid and handles school tuna, dorado, sails, and yellowtail with its awesome smooth drag.

Check out the comparison between all models. (Bearings of all models are the same 6+1)

ModelMono Cap
Braid Cap
Max Drag
Gear RatioLine Retrieve
4.45.6:128.38.5 Check Price
4.45.6:129.58.5 Check Price
13.25.6:133.29.3 Check Price
15.45.6:137.410.8 Check Price
17.65.7:138.514.1 Check Price
17.65.7:139.914.3 Check Price
225.7:143.122 Check Price
225.7:147.422.2 Check Price
335.3:148.729.5 Check Price
335.3:153.330 Check Price

Daiwa BG Features

1. Black Anodized Machined Aluminum Housing (“Hard Bodyz” Body & Side Cover)

Daiwa BG is equipped with a machined aluminum body and body cover providing strength and internal part stability. To increase the strength in the form of corrosion and scratch resistance, Daiwa has Black Anodized the body and body cover. The anodization process allows for better adhesion to the aluminum and will not chip or peel like a painted surface, extending the brilliant look of the BG spinning series.

2. Over-sized DIGIGEAR™ (DIGIGEAR™ System)

Daiwa BG spinning series have integrated the largest drive gear in the history of Daiwa spinning reels. The benefit to having this oversized gear increases gear-tooth contact points, this provides smoother and extended gear life as well as more power and increased torque.

3. Solid Screw-In Handle

Daiwa’s Screw-in-Handle design provides zero movements or play between the main gear and handle arm. This lack of movement offers the angler both confidence and control when rotating the handle.

4. Air Rotor

The Air Rotor weighs up to 15% less than ordinary rotor designs. Its unique shape reduces unnecessary weight while distributing stress more evenly throughout the rotor for maximum strength.

5. ABS Spool

The ABS spool’s maximized core diameter and reversed taper mean 100% usable line. No “dead” line buried in a deep core. You can fill it with the line right up to the edge of the spool lip without fear of tangles. ABS cause less casting friction for longer and easier casting. The huge spool diameter line flows freely in larger coils and produces less line memory coil. Smaller spool diameter means line flows in tighter coils as well.

Other features include

  • Waterproof Drag System
  • Carbon ATD
  • Machined Aluminum Screw-In Handle
  • Manual Return Bail (4500 and Larger)
  • 6BB+1RB
  • Infinite Anti-Reverse System (4000 and Smaller)
  • Infinite Dual Anti-Reverse System (4500 and Larger)

Product Line of Daiwa Black Gold BG Spinning Reel Series

We have narrowed Daiwa models down to common applications on basis of sizes– there may be many other uses reels can be used for, but we trust you will find this guide very useful in helping you find and choose the best fishing reel for your needs.

Small-Sized Models

Common Applications (Guide only): Small fishing reel mostly suited for light fishing in lakes, rivers, bays, harbors etc.

Popular for fish type (most common species): Bream, Trout, Whiting, Bass, Flathead, Perch, Luderick.

Daiwa BG 1500

Daiwa BG 1500 review

Suggested mono: 1-2kg (2-4lb)

Suggested Braid: 4-8lb

Choosing a fishing rod to go with this size reel: As the 1500 sized spinning reel is quite small, a rod you would typically pair this reel to is one with a length of around 6-7 foot that has a fishing line rating of anywhere between 1-4Kg.

Daiwa BG 2000

Daiwa BG 2000 review

Suggested Braid: 5-10lb

Suggested mono: 2kg-3kg (4-6lb)

Choosing a fishing rod to go with this size reel: A 2000 sized reels being a quite small reel ideally will suit a fishing rod between 6ft – 7ft 6 inches in length that has a line class rating somewhere between 2-5Kg.

Daiwa BG 2500: Best size for bass fishing

Daiwa BG 2500 review

Suggested Braid: 5-12lb

Suggested mono: 2.5kg-4kg (5-8lb)

Choosing a fishing rod to go with this size reel: 2500 size reels are offered favored amongst anglers using a rod in lengths between 6-7ft which have a line rating of around 2-5Kgs.

All-in-all this is an impressive little reel, ideal for soft bait fishing or spin fishing of any sort, in salt water and fresh. With 5.6:1 retrieve, it’s good for micro-jigging too. The drag puts out a maximum of around 6kg and it’s silky smooth all the way.

Daiwa BG 3000

Daiwa BG 3000 review

Suggested Braid: 6-14lb

Suggested mono: 3kg-5kg (6-10lb)

Choosing a fishing rod to go with this size reel: 3000 Sized spinning reels being of a fairly light class would normally be most suitable for pairing up with a rod that is around 6-7ft 6 inches in length which has a line class between 3Kg-7Kg. you could also use this sized reel as a lightweight blackfish reel on rods which are around 9-10ft rated to 4Kg.

Daiwa BG 3500

Daiwa BG 3500 review

Suggested Braid: 6-14lb

Suggested mono: 3kg-5kg (6-10lb)

Choosing a fishing rod to go with this size reel: 3500 is a reel size you should dedicate to pairing up on a rod that is for around 6-7ft in length that has a line class rating anywhere between 3-7Kg but this size will also be fine to use on a light 10ft rod that is rated to around 4Kgs if it is blackfish or whiting that you are chasing.

Medium-Sized Models

Common Applications (Guide only): Medium fishing reel mostly suited to lakes, rivers, bays, harbors, light offshore boat fishing etc.

Popular for fish type (most common species): Snapper, Morwong, Tailor, Mangrove Jack, Cod, Bone Fish, Barramundi, Mulloway, Drummer.

Remember this is a guide only to suggest common applications so by all means, you can use this reel for several other applications as well.

Daiwa BG 4000

Daiwa BG 4000 review

Suggested mono: 4kg-6kg (8-12lb)

Suggested Braid: 8-20lb

Choosing a fishing rod to go with this size reel: A 4000 reel is where you start to gain a little size so this sized reel will generally suit medium action classes of rods in the 6ft-7ft (barra/snapper style rod) with a line class of around 4Kg-10Kg or in an 8ft-10ft (light surf) rod with a light line class rating of around 3-5Kg. 

Daiwa BG 4500

Daiwa BG 4500 review

Suggested mono: 4kg-6kg (8-12lb)

Suggested Braid: 8-20lb

Choosing a fishing rod to go with this size reel: 4500 model makes a great mid-size reel that will suit 6-8ft rods with a medium class between 4-10Kg. Though this is not what you are limited to as it will also be fine to use on a light surf rod as well rated up to 5Kg.

Daiwa BG 5000

Daiwa BG 5000 review

Suggested Braid: 10-25 lb

Suggested mono: 5kg-7kg (10-14lb)

Choosing a fishing rod to go with this size reel: 5000 Sized reels are of medium size and will generally marry up well with 6-7ft barra or snapper rods rated up to 10Kg or will be great to use on light-med 10-11ft surf rod rated up to 6Kg or you could even use this fishing reel on an 8-9ft general purpose rod.

Large-Sized Models

Common Applications (Guide only): Large size reel commonly used for boat fishing, beach or rock fishing.

Popular for fish type (most common species): Snapper, Morwong, Tailor, Cod, Mulloway, Aust Salmon, Kingfish, Samson Fish, Groper, Mulloway

Daiwa BG 6500

Daiwa BG 6500 review

Suggested Braid: 15-35 lb

Suggested mono: 7kg-9kg (14-18lb)

Choosing a fishing rod to go with this size reel: 7000 is a fishing reel size suitable for the likes of boat fishing rods (spin models), 10 or 12-foot beach rods, or even 8-9ft general purpose rods. In terms of the rods line rating, generally if using monofilament you should be looking for a rod that is rated approximately in the range of 6-10Kg and if you are going to use the braided fishing line you can usually use on rods rated anywhere between 6-20Kg. 

Daiwa BG 8000

Daiwa BG 8000 review

Suggested Braid: 20-50lb

Suggested mono: 8kg-10kg (16-20lb)

Choosing a fishing rod to go with this size reel: 8000 sized fishing reels are large fishing reels which are designed primarily with surf, rock or ocean boat fishing in mind. So, what you would normally be looking for in a rod to match is one that is of around 12 feet or more in length if surf fishing is your thing otherwise if boat fishing is more your style normally a rod with a rating of 10Kg or more should be fine.

You can put 400 yards of reaction tackle 80lb braid on it and it casts very well. It is a bit heavy in hand indeed but the quality and size you get with this reel are completely unmatched at this class of reel. No Penn or Shimano will come close to the spool size or drag pressure this has in the 100 dollar price range. Even, some 500 dollar reels don’t perform this well.


Daiwa Series offers the best value for the money and a lot of options given the range of reel sizes. The best feature of this reel is that you can just remove the bail trip ramp to make it a manual. These reels come with a one-year factory warranty. You can use it for everything including saltwater (i.e. catching bluefish) and freshwater.


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