It constantly amazes me how manufacturers are continually getting higher performance out of smaller and more compact reels...
A case in point is the Daiwa KIX LT series of spin reels, available in 2500, 3000 and 4000 sizes.
Over the last couple of months I have had a KIX LT 2500 model to play with, matched to a Daiwa TD Black Channel Macka 701MFS rod, and have put it through its paces on a number of smaller (up to 93cm) kingfish and snapper to 68cm. At one stage I also had a short but spectacular encounter with a mako shark of around 30kg that almost spooled me before biting through the light trace!
Two things about the reel impressed me. First up is the strength of the reel’s body and the lack of ‘twist’ when under pressure. The ‘LT’ in the model definition stands for ‘Light and Tough’. Some reels suffer from the effects of torque, twisting under load. Despite being put to the test on fish above the average many anglers would expect to encounter, the reel stayed solid as a rock.
This is due to a full alloy body, spool, side plate and machined screw-in handle. The result is a significant increase in structural rigidity. The elongated handle knob is also comfortable to use for extended periods.
The reel feels ‘solid’ yet is lightweight. Using automotive parlance, the drive train, incorporating Daiwa’s patented Digigear II, (where a high-precision cutting technique achieves perfect gear meshing) adds to the feel of smooth operation.
The second positive impression came from the drag. It has a low inertia point where initial resistance created by a fish pulling is met with a smooth line release. I like to fish with a quite high drag-setting for the line weight being used and it is often that initial shock that will break a line or a poor knot if there is even a hint of drag bind. The reel is rated to 10kg, which is good for its size. The KIX LT 4000 is rated at 12kg, which is a lot of available hurt to put on a fish.
Designed specifically for New Zealand conditions, the matching TD Black Macka 701MFS rod is a good fit. A standard 7’ length, it offers a medium action that has plenty of lift in the butt section. This is perfect for deeper soft-baiting.
The rod cast well and had no trouble handling 8” soft-baits on the one-ounce plus jigheads I had been using with for deep 60-80m drops. At one stage I fished a 100g Kohga jig with no problems.
For the scientifically minded, the rods are manufactured using HVF Nanoplus technology which introduces nano resin to “unidirectional HVF fibre, resulting in a lighter, more durable blank with maximum graphite density.” Blank wall strength is enhanced using what Daiwa call Braiding X technology. This allows for a lighter, smaller diameter blank to be made, creating a more dynamic rod.
Fuji Alconite K guides are used, along with quality neoprene grips and an ergonomically designed reel seat which allows comfortable angler control for both casting and fish fighting.
To sum up, I enjoyed fishing the Daiwa combo. As mentioned above, I found it ideally suited for the style of soft-baiting I enjoy most – prospecting the deeper foul for decent snapper. It proved to be lightweight but strong – you can fish it through an extended session without fatiguing.
To me it represents good buying at a competitive price – and no one should regret purchasing quality. For more information and technical descriptions, go to www.daiwa.co.nz.
Daiwa KIX LT
Gear Ratio: 5.3:1
Max drag output: 10kg
Line capacity: PE1.2/300m
Daiwa features: Digigear II drive system, LT Body and Spool Concept; Air Rotor; Air Bail; washable design
Daiwa TD Black Macka 701MFS Rod
Guides: Fuji Alconite K
Reel Seat: Fuji
Grips: Full-length neoprene
Lure Weight: 7-21g
Length: 213cm (7’1”)
Blank: HVF Nanoplus and Braiding X graphite construction
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