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PREVIEW: Daiwa Millionaire Basara, Daiwa Catalina BJ & Daiwa Freams LTD

Besides Daiwa’s US domestic market reels, we also had a chance to preview Daiwa JDM 2015-2016 reels launched in September 2015. To target the growing light game, light slow jigging/bay jigging market, Daiwa recently launched 2 baitcast saltwater reels, the Daiwa Millionaire Basara and Daiwa Catalina BJ.

15 Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100

’15 Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100H & 200H

Daiwa’s new Millionaire Basara (meaning ‘diamond’ in Sanskrit) features Daiwa’s Mag-sealed Ball Bearing mounted on the pinion gear to shield against saltwater intrusion and ATD (Automatic Tournament Drag) all encased in a rigid, ultra-precision machine-cut, aluminium body. Automatic Tournament Drag provides a smooth start-up drag that quickly increases to its pre-set drag rating in a fraction of a second.

Millionaire Basara 100

Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100HL, equipped with a 100mm handle and EVA knobs

15 Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100

Top view of ’15 Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100HL

15 Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100

Daiwa Millionaire Basara 200H, with deeper spool, aluminium power knob and balancer

Millionaire Basara Knob

Close up view of the aluminium round power knob

15 Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100

The Daiwa Millionaire Basara features ATD (Automatic Tournament Drag) or also known as ‘Automatic Drag System”

15 Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100

Ported side plate to shave off some weight (looks good too!)

Millionaire Basara Spool

To open side plate, loosen the spool access thumbscrew located on the reel’s frame

Millionaire Basara Front

Front view of the Millionaire Basara

Millionaire Basara Magsealed

Mag-sealed Ball Bearings mounted on pinion for longevity against corrosive saltwater

MILLIONAIRE BASARA SPECIFICATIONS

Model Handle Weight(g) Line Retrieval Ratio Drag(kg) Line Cap.(PE./m) Bearings
100H RIGHT 295 71 cm 6.3 6 2-150, 3-100 6+1
100HL LEFT 295 71 cm 6.3 6 2-150, 3-100 6+1
200H RIGHT 295 71 cm 6.3 6 3-180, 4-120 6+1
200HL LEFT 295 71 cm 6.3 6 3-180, 4-120 6+1

 

Round baitcast jigging reel fans looking for a solid reel without breaking the bank will have good reason to cheer with the introduction of the Daiwa Catalina BJ (Bay Jigging). With a suggested retail price of ¥34,000 (approximately SGD407 as of time of writing), the Catalina BJ features an all-machine cut super metal housing for rigidity, synchronized level wind, double stopper and UTD (Ultimate Tournament Drag). We only managed to preview the Catalina BJ 100, which has a narrower spool and double paddle knobs. The Catalina BJ 200 features a 75/85mm crank handle and large EVA power knob.

15 Daiwa Catalina BJ 100

’15 Daiwa Catalina BJ 100

15 Daiwa Catalina BJ 200SH

’15 Daiwa Catalina BJ 200SH (photo from Daiwa web)

15 Daiwa Catalina BJ Spool

The side plate can be easily accessed by loosening the spool access thumb screw

15 Daiwa Catalina BJ Spool

Centrifugal brakes can be applied if needed

CATALINA BJ SPECIFICATIONS

Model Handle Weight(g) Line Retrieval Ratio Drag(kg) Line Cap.(PE./m) Bearings
100H RIGHT 280 71 cm 6.3 7 1.5-250, 2-200 6+1
100HL LEFT 280 71 cm 6.3 7 1.5-250, 2-200 6+1
100SH RIGHT 280 81 cm 7.3 7 1.5-250, 2-200 6+1
100SHL LEFT 280 81 cm 7.3 7 1.5-250, 2-200 6+1
200SH RIGHT 280 81 cm 7.3 7 2-250, 2.5-200 6+1
200SHL LEFT 280 81 cm 7.3 7 2-250, 2.5-200 6+1

 

15 Daiwa Freams LTD SH

’15 Daiwa Freams LTD SH

Apart from the 2 round baitcast saltwater reels, Daiwa also unveiled two limited edition versions of the Freams – the Freams LTD and Freams LTD SH. The Freams LTD SH features key Daiwa technologies such as a Mag-sealed shaft, Air Rotor, Digigear II, ABS II and Air Bail. It is only available in sizes 2000 and 2500. In addition to all the features listed above, the Daiwa Freams LTD (without SH) is equipped with ATD and available in sizes 2000 (gear ratio 4.8:1) , 2500 (gear ratio 4.8:1) , 3000 (gear ratio 4.7:1) and 4000 (gear ratio 4.9:1).

FREAMS LTD SH SPECIFICATIONS

Model Weight(g) Line Retrieval Ratio Drag(kg) Line Cap. Bearings
FREAMS LTD 2000SH 250 81 cm 6.0 4 2.7kg/125m, 3.6kg/100m, 4.5kg/85m 4+1
FREAMS LTD 2500SH 265 90 cm 6.0 7 2.7kg/190m, 3.6kg/155m, 4.5kg/130m 4+1

 

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