Daiwa Saltist Black Gold Conventional Reel – STT20H/30H/40H Review

Daiwa Saltist Black Gold Conventional Reel - STT20H/30H/40H

Daiwa Saltist Black Gold Conventional Reel 1

Rating: 3.8/5

Gear Ratio




- The Daiwa Saltist can work better than more expensive conventional reels.

- It retrieves quite quickly, casts well, and makes fishing trips more enjoyable.


- The reel may take some getting used to for first-timers.

- The packaging of the product may not work as well as you'd like.


Daiwa Reels Comparison

  • Daiwa Tatula Baitcasting R100XS
  • 8.1:1 gear ratio
  • Ultimate Tournament Carbon Drag UTD
  • 8 bearing system
  • T-Wing system
  • Daiwa Crossfire Front Drag
  • 3 ball bearings plus one roller bearing
  • Gyro-Spin balanced rotor
  • Twist Buster line twist reduction
  • 4.9:1 or 5.3:1 gear ratio
  • Daiwa DF100A Giant
  • Suitable for freshwater or saltwater use
  • Smooth, multi-disc drag
  • Fully anodized for corrosion resistance
  • Stainless steel ball bearings
  • Daiwa Goldcast Spincast Reel
  • Oscillating spool
  • Rugged and durable metal body
  • 4.1:1 gear ratio
  • Rotating Tungsten line pickup
  • Daiwa Opus Saltwater
  • 4.6:1 gear ratio
  • 39.1” line retrieval
  • One ball bearing and one roller bearing
  • Smooth multi-disc drag


This reel is compact, but it packs a big punch. It can handle anything you can reasonably put it through. It has a durable aluminum frame with a protective finish, so you won't have to worry about damage. 

Daiwa Saltist Black Gold Conventional Reel 2

It also has a machined spool and anti-backlash control to make wrestling saltwater game a little bit easier.

Punching in at 16oz, this reel may not seem like much. However, it's going to have your back when you're fighting a big catch. Don't judge it by its size and weight, though, because it can meet your expectations and more.

Main Usage

This reel works much like a bait casting reel, though there are some differences. Conventional or trolling reels are not meant for casting, and they are usually rounder to allow for more line.

Conventional or trolling reels are meant for catching big game in the open sea. When you're trolling for migratory fish, a conventional reel is your best bet. When you troll fish, you drag your bait and lures behind a moving boat. This endeavor requires a strong and durable reel, and the Daiwa Saltist Black Gold Conventional Reel is more than up to the challenge.

Daiwa Saltist Black Gold Conventional Reel 3

Troll fishing can be expensive, because it entails the use of a lot of fuel. Thus, you'd best use a reel that can make your trip out to the sea worth it. The Daiwa Saltist reel won't break the bank, but it's going to give you the most bang for your buck.

Product Features

Reel Body:

The Daiwa Saltist Black Gold Conventional Reel has an aluminum frame with a protective anodized finish. Anodizing makes the natural protective oxide in aluminum tougher and more durable, making anodized aluminum resistant to corrosion and scratching.

Your reel will be undergoing a lot during the process of trolling. Therefore, you need a protective reel frame that can withstand a lot of use without sustaining damage. Part of the DaiwaSaltist Black Gold Conventional Reel's appeal is its durability. With its anodized aluminum frame, you'll have a durable tool in your arsenal when you head out to the open water.

Drag System:

The Daiwa Saltist has been fitted with Daiwa's Ultimate Tournament carbon drag. This system contains reinforced drag disks that have proven to be more durable than the common drag disk. These disks are made of woven carbon impregnated with oil. The Ultimate Tournament carbon drag lends the Daiwa Saltist its incredible fish stopping abilities.

A great drag system is important because it stops your line from breaking. It overcomes friction in instances when the fish pulls strongly on the line, which big saltwater game are prone to do. You can therefore rest easy that your line will remain secure and intact.

Daiwa Saltist Black Gold Conventional Reel 4

Ball Bearings:

Since you'll be using your reel in a saltwater environment, corrosion is a real possibility. It's a good thing then that Daiwa uses corrosion resistant ball bearings (CRBB) made of specially treated stainless steel. These bearings are designed to keep sand, grit, and saltwater out.

Daiwa Saltist Black Gold Conventional Reel 5

The ball bearing system in the Daiwa Saltist also has five balls, which makes it more efficient than two-ball systems. 5 ball bearing systems can spin longer and smoother under the same kind of load. Your fishing trip will be smooth sailing all the way, at least as far as your reel's ball bearing system is concerned.

Anti-Reverse Handles:

Anti-reverse is a common weak spot in many reels. However, it may be the Daiwa Saltist's best or at least most reliable feature. The reel's infinite anti-reverse creates no back play at all, which means that there is no line given back. It also keeps the spool from going into reverse while you're engaging the reel.

In the Daiwa Saltist, you can be sure that infinite anti-reverse will minimize shock to the reel, and no slack line will be released. The anti-reverse also kicks in right as you put the reel in gear.


All in all, this is a great reel for its price. It is made of great materials, and a lot of thought went into its individual components. Daiwa understands fishing and what avid fishers may look for in a reel. You'll surely be satisfied with how this reel works.

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