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ICAST 2019 Coverage


Daiwa Raises the Spinning Bar with a Trio of New Reels


Date: 7/10/19
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Zander



Introduction: Daiwa makes some of the most advanced and refined spinning reels on the market, and yet each ICAST they seem to find a way to make these eggbeaters even better. This ICAST the company refreshed the premium Certate, and introduced the world to two brand new lines, the Kage LT and QZ reels.


The Certate gets an upgrade, and now features an aluminum monocoque body similar to the Exist


Certate LT: Reels like the Exist are the stuff of dreams for anglers that love a good spinning reel, and while the Certate has always played second fiddle to the Exist, the line has always been a bit more "accessible." This season the Certate makes a huge leap forward and cements status as an elite spinning reel with implementation of a new aluminum monocoque body design similar to the Exist, a Zaion Air Rotor, Air Bail, Magsealed bearings, and digigears that are smooth and precise. The reel's cold forged and digitally milled gearing provides accurate gear to tooth interaction with the brass pinion, making for smooth operation and incredible power transfer.


The Certate LT will be available in sizes from 2500 to 5000 and retails from $449 to $499 dollars. This may seem like a big investment but with all of these features, and retailing for over three hundred dollars less than the Exist, this elite reel is sure to make it into the arsenals of many spinning enthusiasts.



The Kage LT is an exclusive for Daiwa dealers and features some JDM styling and proven features


Kage LT: This ICAST Daiwa launched a brand new reel series called the Kage LT which will be exclusive to Daiwa dealers. The Kage LT resembles the Tatula and Ballistic reels, and makes use of a Zaion body, Air Bail, Air Rotor, and aluminum digigears. The reel makes use of a smooth and powerful ATD drag system capable of doling out 11lbs. of pressure and comes loaded with a 9+1 bearing system (1CRBB+8BB).


We absolutely love the Kage LT's premium cork handle which gives the reel a JDM-esque look.


The new reel is quite light, and the 1000 size weighs 5.8oz. while the 2000 size weighs just .2oz. more. The Kage LT reels will be available in a few months and retail for $199 dollars for all sizes.



The QZ 750 is a compact and affordable reel for light line trout, ice, and panfish applications


QZ 750: Daiwa makes a lot of high end reels but they also try and offer a complete portfolio, and the new QZ 750 ultra light spinning reel is designed to fill a value-finesse niche. The compact 750 Size has many different applications for serious trout, panfish and ice fisherman. The Light Body is strong yet balances well with delicate, ultra-light rod bends. The reel's operation is designed to be smooth with 6 Ball Bearings throughout the small reel, and the stiff aluminum spool is well-suited for handling 4 and 6 pound mono or 6 and 8 pound braided line. The aluminum folding handle makes the reel easy to pack, transport or store. The 5 to 1 gear ratio is balanced for both lure and bait fishing. Best of all this finesse reel only costs $49.99.









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