Compact, lightweight, and designed for stalking the shallows

“Daiwa pro staffers fishing the Gulf Coast asked us to design a baitcasting reel that would be ideal for working backwater areas where big redfish like to prowl,” said Marc Mills, Daiwa’s Senior Marketing Manager. “With saltwater in mind, we designed a reel that is super tough, lightweight, and performs at the top of its class in any shallow-water environment.” Whether you’re looking for reds, snook, and seatrout in the Gulf, stripers, weakfish, and blues in East Coast bays, or spotted bay bass along the California coast, this reel will get the job done.”

Mills observes that the use of lightweight baitcasters is becoming more popular in shallow water, particularly among wade anglers and kayak enthusiasts who enjoy using jerkbaits, stickbaits, small topwaters, and swimbaits. The Coastal 80 meets that demand by raising the reel engineering bar. It has a strong but light frame and fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. The Coastal 80 is no wimp on the water, with a deep spool and a 20-pound braid line capacity of 160 yards in case you hook a big red, beefy striper, large seatrout, or angry jack.

The Coastal 80 was created by Daiwa using its advanced Hyper Drive Design, which employs special cut gearing for a more efficient transfer of power, making the gear-set feel smoother and stronger while reducing gear noise. It also has a UTD (Ultimate Tournament Drag) system, which includes impregnated drag discs that are approximately 30 times more durable than standard discs, significantly increasing effective drag power while also reducing start-up resistance. Its maximum drag is listed as 11 pounds, but test it against a trophy-sized fish and you’ll swear it’s more.
The rigid aluminium frame, handle, and sides of the Coastal 80 work together to keep everything lightweight, smooth, and in tight alignment, from the bearings to the gears.

The new Coastal 80 will be available in October 2022. With an MSRP of $249.99.

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