DAIWA Wins “Best Saltwater Reel” at ICAST 2023

Foothill Ranch, Ca. – Just shy of 6 pm, on Wednesday, July 12th, DAIWA notched another “Best of” ICAST win—this year for “Best Saltwater Reel.”

“Globally, DAIWA has become synonymous with designing and manufacturing the kind of reels required by bluewater anglers fishing big fish in deep waters—says DAIWA Marketing Director, Marc Mills.

“We are incredibly honored to have won ‘Best Saltwater Reel’ at ICAST 2023. The credit, however, should really go to DAIWA’s extensive staff of saltwater ambassadors, their design input, and our engineers for creating what we feel is a stand-out power assist reel at a competitive price,” adds Mills.

Yes, the new SEAPOWER 1200 is an incredible power-assist reel, obvious by the number of saltwater anglers lined up in the expansive DAIWA booth to see the brand new offering on ICAST 2023 day 1.

At the center of DAIWA’s SEAPOWER 1200 is an exceptionally powerful brushed variable speed motor with elite gearing. Built inside the spool, the SEAPOWER 1200’s engine drives precision planetary gearing. Common in industrial applications, this advanced system features a center gear (sun gear) with evenly distributed planetary gears. The SEAPOWER 1200’s planetary gearing grants exceptional power, torque, and durability.

How much power? DAIWA Marketing Director Marc Mills says, “The SEAPOWER 1200 is 50% more powerful than our Tanacom power-assist reels.” Such faculty gives the angler an advantage over brutes like swordfish, snowy grouper, tilefish, and other hard-pulling deepwater dwellers.

Beyond its power and torque, features-galore further define the new lightweight, aluminum-framed SEAPOWER 1200. Starting with the stellar display, the SEAPOWER 1200 sports a brightly lit, easily operated dot LCD screen that can be read at all angles. Moreover, languages are selectable for international applications.

Mills is also quick to point out the level-wind guide. “It’s made from an extremely hard silicon carbide (SiC) material and is generously sized for swivels and line connections to pass through. This is a key feature for kite fishing, and what offshore anglers have been asking for.”

Its JOG Power Lever allows for instant power adjustments without having to take your hand off the rod. A sleek metal ball knob provides maximum contact between you and the handle. Ball knobs yield optimal balance, rotation, and functionality.

Those exceptionally deep marks on the sonar are no longer out of range. With a little assistance from DAIWA’s new SEAPOWER 1200, the seemingly bottomless is under your control.

SEAPOWER 1200 FEATURES and SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Deep Dropping or Kite Fishing
  • New Motor Design for Maximum Torque and Power
  • Easy Operation dot LCD Screen with Selectable Languages
  • Planetary Gearing
  • All-Aluminum Body
  • Holds 1,110 Yards of 80 lb. DAIWA J-Braid or
  • Max Winding Power: 32 lbs.
  • Momentary Winding Power: 108 lbs.
  • No-Load Winding Speed: 140m/Min Rated
  • Oversize (Sic) Line-Guide
  • Power Cord with 12v Clips
  • Aluminum Round Knob
  • JOG Variable Speed Power Lever

MSRP $999.99


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