I have both a 525 Mag and the Saltist 30H. I like the Penn for pure distance. No doubt it is a casting machine, but the Daiwa is far smoother, has a MUCH smoother drag, the clicker is leagues above the 525, better line capacity, and the Daiwa just feels like a better made reel than the 525. They're both great reels, but the next one I buy will be another Saltish 30H. JMHO.Just get a 525Mag or a 535 Penn. Or if you like the Diawa's the 20 series may work. A Lot of folks up your way seem to have gone to the Saltist Why I do not know. Are they better than a Penn? My opinion for what its worth Not.
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