Fishing can be great fun but if you do not have the right fishing reel then you will not be able to enjoy your fishing experience wholeheartedly. Anglers who take part in the sport of fishing for recreational benefits also need to own a few really good reels and rods to be able to experience the best sides of the activity.
The Tournament Basiair 45 QD Magnesium by Daiwa is a modern fishing reel that portrays amazing visuals and is made from very lightweight magnesium and Zaion which provide anglers with hours of fatigue-free activity and fun.
Although the Basiair is one of the lightest reels in the market, it has amazing power and is perfect for long-distance casting.
If you are seeking a high-grade freshwater fishing reel then this stylish model may have all the features you are looking for. Let us take a closer look at the Daiwa Tournament Basiair 45 QD.
Features of Daiwa Tournament Basiair 45 QD
Visuals, Size, and Weight
The reel does not only have impressive torque, but it also looks robust and strong. You will want to show it off to your friends and co-anglers as it flaunts a very elegant design. It comes in a compact size which makes it very portable and easy to handle but at the same time it is carefully crafted with all necessary features. Weighing at around only 440g, this reel will not cause any user fatigue and can be used with comfort for day-long fishing activities.
Daiwa has smartly combined Zaion and Magnesium to create the perfect lightweight body of the reel without compromising on its sturdiness and durability. All the internal mechanisms are enclosed in the Magnesium case, reducing the risk of dirt particles which may cause friction, from entering inside. This attractive looking solid piece of a reel will remain intact and can handle almost all kinds of harsh environmental conditions as well as the stress applied from the targeted fish.
Although not completely corrosion-resistant, the forced aluminum spool can withstand the conditions of saltwater to a limit but it is highly recommended that you use this reel only for freshwater fishing of you want it to last long.
There aren’t any flimsy parts on the reel so you don’t have to worry about any complications that might distract you while you cast.
Enjoy the smoothest operation with 12 ball bearings (including 9 “CRBB”) which not only reduce friction among the internal metal parts but also give you low-noise and minimum vibration during use. The high number of ball bearings ensure that all the mechanism run well and you can cast without any jerks or jamming of the parts.
The drag system on the Tournament Basiair is quick and well located on the spool for the fastest and most powerful drugs. It is a front drag which is preferred by many anglers as having the drag system located on the front of the reel gives an angler the chance to act quickly and take control when a fighting fish pulls the line.
You can cast a great distance with the 240m line capacity on the reel. For freshwater fishing, this capacity is quite alright and will provide you with a good amount of line back up to chase your target but it may not be enough when it’s a big carp or any fish that will strip you out of line. If you cast 200 yards into the lake then you will not have many lines left and we noticed that it is something which most customers who got this reel were concerned about.
The Infinite Anti-Reverse system stops your reel from winding backward and helps you engage the drag successfully. With your reel only turning clockwise you can be sure of a secured hook and a better chance of retrieving your fish.
You can switch the handle from right-hand use to left-hand use to match your dominant side. The EVA handle knob is ergonomically designed to ensure smooth operation and comfortable usage. The anti-slip feature reduces the risk of slips while you handle your reel with wet hands.
With a gear ratio of 4.1:1, the Basiair isn’t your fastest reel but it has great cranking power. You might not be too lucky with Shaky heads, Jerkbaits and Jigs, and big worms but the lower gear ratio is ideal for deep crankbaits and other big baits that pull a lot. With high torque, you can concentrate more on landing your fish than retrieving the bait. Freshwater species that tend to get aggressive can easily be handled with this low geared reel.
- Lightweight frame
- High torque in retrieving species of fish that have a lot of power and tend to pull more.
- 12 ball bearings ensure the small operation
- Has an anti-reverse switch
- Can be used by both right-hand and left-hand anglers
- Low gear ratio makes this a low-speed reel
- Not very budget-friendly
- Not designed to withstand the harsh conditions of saltwater fishing.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Does this reel come with a spare spool?
No, it does not include a spare spool but you can order one to be sent with the reel.
2. Where is this reel made in?
The Daiwa Tournament Basiair 45 QD Magnesium is made in Japan.
3. What is the spool like on the Basiair 45 QD?
The spool is double-anodized and measures at an ultra-long length of 45mm.
If you prefer to stay away from heavy and bulky tools when it comes to fishing equipment then we totally get you. Fishing reels and rods that weigh a lot may seem strong but weight really doesn’t guarantee durability and they can also cause fatigue and wrist pains after long hours of use. Even though the Basiair 45 QD Magnesium is not your cheapest reel in the market, anglers still like to spend on this model because of its super light housing and ability to cast long distances. This reel portrays a lovely combination and balance between portability, power, and performance. If you can afford to pay the hefty price tag and are more interested in freshwater fishing then this reel will help you bag some memorable fishing experiences.