The Fast Crowd, High
Speed with the Daiwa Aggrest Hyper Speed Baitcaster
Total Score: 6.91 -
Looking for a lightweight
high speed reel at a reasonable price? Daiwa’s Aggrest baitcaster is designed to
be a cost effective reel that features a number of proven Daiwa features in a
compact and lightweight footprint. Does the Aggrest have what it takes to
attract anglers in the highly contested sub 200 dollar range?
Line Capacity (lb/yds)
2CRBB + 4BB + 1RB
Red free floating aluminum spool, Magforce-Z, infinite anti
reverse, low profile, clicking drag adjustment, swept handle
The Daiwa Aggrest is designed to
be an affordable lightweight high speed baitcaster
The Aggrest slots
in between the very affordable Exceler alongside the moderately priced TD
Advantage HSTA and below the pricier Zillion series. What makes the reel unique
is that it is relatively lightweight and includes many of the features of higher
end Daiwa reels including CRBB anti-corrosion bearings and a high speed 7.3:1
gear ratio, yet it retails for a sub 200 dollar price.
The Aggrest is available in Japan
as well with slightly different cosmetics
The Aggrest is also
available in Japan under the same name and though the profiles are near
identical the reels do have different cosmetic treatments.
The Daiwa Aggrest sits in the lab
ready for a closer look inside
The Aggrest features
a branded plate on top of the center of the reel, we suspect Daiwa did this to
help distance the series from the Exceler and Strikeforce which have very
similar profiles and the same basic layout. But does the reel offer enough to
justify the 100 dollar premium over the Exceler? It is time to find out.
The first thing of note is the
drag star is made out of plastic and features a brass insert nut
Inside we get a look at the main
gearing and drag system...
...which is not your standard
Daiwa multi-disc drag and features a single small diameter washer and steel disc
Real World Test:
To test the Daiwa Aggrest baitcaster we fished for both largemouth bass and
stripers. The majority of the test was spent fishing fast moving baits where the
high speed retrieve could really be put to the test. This included a whole lot
of ripbait fishing for landlocked stripers. We paired the Aggrest with a range
of rods including Carrot Sticks as well as Daiwa’s own Light and Tough rods.
The Aggrest features a very
similar profile to the more affordable Exceler
Designed for high speed
applications we test the Aggrest with both plastics and reaction baits
The Aggrest proved to be an excellent caster in our tests and in many ways is
just as good as the more expensive Zillion. Both short and long range casts were
easily accomplished and the reel was surprisingly good at pitching weightless
rigs. The Aggrest makes use of a well balanced aluminum spool but what makes
this reel such a competent caster is what is concealed beneath, the Magforce Z
cast control system. This proven automatic magnetic braking system continues to
stand the test of time and combines the attributes of mechanical braking with
magnetic braking design.
We quickly discovered the Aggrest
was a good caster, capable of casting a wide range of lures with ease
Right behind the sideplate
anglers will find an inductor cap which is retracted when the spool spins at low
speed. This makes start ups quick as there is no magnetic effect applied. This
makes it possible to pitch lightweight baits without the magnetic system
applying too much distance robbing force.
The reel features a swept handle
Once the spool approaches
high speed the inductor cap moves outwards into the gap where the magnets apply
consistent breaking to prevent spool overrun, then as the spool slows it drops
back so the spool winds down at a smooth even rate. As with most Daiwa
baitcasters this system is adjusted externally on the non handle sideplate via a
Making one handed casts for
The Aggrest is only available in one retrieve speed and that is 7.3:1. With each
turn of the long handle the reel brings back 32 inches of line. This makes this
reel a good choice for fast moving low water resistance baits, making it a good
choice for jerkbaits and not so good for deep cranking. Another advantage of
this rapid retrieve is you can pound spots quickly with plastics or jigs and
bring the lure back when you feel like the lure is out of the strike zone,
essentially wasting less time between casts in unproductive water.
On the non-handle sideplate
anglers will find the Magforce-Z cast control knob
The Aggrest does feature
Daiwa’s “swept handle” design which brings the knobs closer into the sideplate,
this feature is designed to create less wobble and provide more leverage. Wobble
typically isn’t something we observe on low profile baitcasters but the design
doesn’t seem to affect performance negatively and adds a nice cosmetic element
to the reel.
The reel provides good access to
The Aggrest makes use of 2
CRBB, 4 BB and 1 RB and feels reasonably smooth and connected but is definitely
not as polished as the more expensive Zillion reels. It never feels sloppy like
some competing reels but under load can feel a little hollow which is more of a
result of the frame and sideplates versus the actual gearing.
A schoolie striper faces the fast
retrieve of the Aggrest
Am I nitpicking?
Yes. But at the 179 dollar price point there is some serious competition to
consider including the Shimano Curado 200E7 (7.0:1) at the same price and the
Abu Garcia Revo SX (7.1:1) which is actually 10 dollars cheaper.