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Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT Spinning Reel Review

Ready to take your fishing game to the next level? Look no further than the Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT. This feature packed spinning reel incorporates some of Daiwa’s newest technology. Check out our in-depth review to learn more.
Abright green Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT Spinning Reel in the sun.

Size: 1000-4000
Ball Bearings: 8+1
Anti Reverse Bearing: Yes
Max Drag: 11 up to 26 lbs
Gear Ratio: 5.2:1
Retrieve Rate: 28.7″ up to 34.5″
BraidReady: Yes

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As we all know, the right gear can make or break a fishing trip. That’s why I was so excited to try out Daiwa’s Ballistic MQ LT spinning reel. After using it for the last several months, I can say that it’s a fantastic reel that offers solid performance with a wide range of features.

The Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT Spinning Reel is designed to maximize your performance in all water conditions, featuring a Magsealed mainshaft system to prevent salt or sand from entering the gears. It has an ergonomic aluminum handle that makes it easy to use right- or left-handed, as well as a gently sway to make retrieving easier.

I have been using the Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT for several months now and am pleased with the results. It has helped me catch more fish than ever before, and I have no doubt that it will do the same for you.

If you are looking for a high-quality spinning reel that can tackle a variety of fishing conditions and environments, then the Ballistic MQ LT is an excellent option.

Icy landscape with the Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT Spinning Reel in it.

Reviewer Analysis

Some might argue that you can’t go wrong with a Daiwa spinning reel. I’m here to tell you they’re right. I’ve been using the Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT Spinning Reel for a few months now in a variety of fishing environments and conditions, from lake fishing to inshore saltwater fishing. The reel is available in multiple different sizes (1000, 2500, 3000, and 4000) and gear ratios (5.2:1 and 6.2:1). For this review, I’ve been using the 2500 model.


First off, let me just say that the Daiwa Ballistic LT is one of the lightest spinning reels on the market right now, ranging from 6 oz up to 8.1 oz depending on the size. Despite its light weight, it is surprisingly powerful and can handle huge runs without fail. The drag system is smooth and reliable with up to 26 lbs of drag depending on the size of reel you’re using.

The Air Rotor design reduces weight by 15% which helps to keep this reel light but also strong for its size. The Digigear A7075 aircraft-grade aluminum gearing also increases torque so you can feel confident in its power when fighting big fish.


The Monocoque Body design makes this reel extremely durable and rigid, while also maximizing internal space for improved power. It has a Magsealed mainshaft system which prevents salt or sand from entering into the gears of the reel for maximum performance over time. The handles are also made out of aluminum to prevent corrosion on the body of the reel itself which increases its longevity even more.


The Ballistic MQ LT has an ergonomic aluminum handle that makes it comfortable to use both right- or left-handed retrievers, while also having a gentle sway that makes retrieving easier. The reel is BraidReady so it can be used with braided lines without any problems – perfect for bass fishing!


The Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT performs great with different types of lures – from crankbaits to swimbaits – no matter what type of fishing environment you’re in. I’ve had success with all types of lures when using this reel, making it one of my go-to reels when out on the water.

Final Thoughts

I’m incredibly impressed with the Ballistic MQ LT spinning reel’s overall performance, durability and design features!

While is may be out of many hobbyist angler’s price range, if you have the budget for it, it is well worth its premium price tag – as long as you take good care of it – you won’t be disappointed! No matter what type of angler you are or what type of fishing environment you prefer – whether inshore saltwater or freshwater – this reel is designed to bring the fish in.

Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT Spinning Reel


Monocoque Body for Improved Strength & Water-Resistance

A monocoque body is a type of construction in which the entire body structure of a vehicle or product is made from one piece. This type of design provides superior strength and rigidity. The Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT utilizes this advanced technology to provide superior durability and water-resistance.

The monocoque body design offers several benefits for fishing reels, including improved strength and water-resistance as well as decreased weight. The reinforced frame eliminates flex while keeping the reel light enough to cast accurately without being too cumbersome.

The Ballistic MQ LT utilizes an ultra-compact footprint that is crafted from Zaion-V carbon material, making it both lightweight and extremely durable. This allows for increased strength while maintaining its low weight, providing anglers with optimum casting performance even in harsh conditions such as saltwater environments or when battling large gamefish species like redfish, snook, tarpon or striper basses. Additionally, this reel features 360° screw-in sideplates that provide further resilience against corrosion while protecting internal components from damage caused by exposure to moisture or debris entering via exposed openings on other reels not designed with a full monocoque body construction like this one does.

Streamlined Monocoque Design for Modern Aesthetics

The Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT has a sleek and modern look thanks to its Streamlined Monocoque design. This design is the result of an advanced carbon material called Zaion-V, which is used to form the frame and rotor of the reel. This material is extremely durable, corrosion-resistant, and rigid, providing superior strength and stability for any fishing application.

This streamlined monocoque design not only adds durability to your reel but provides significant weight reduction and increased power capabilities. The Ballistic MQ LT spinning reel weighs in at just 5.8 ounces with a drag capacity of 26.4 lbs., making it one of the lightest reels in its class while still providing maximum performance for larger species such as Redfish or Snook. The 360° screw-in sideplate along with upsized gearing provides added power while maintaining a compact footprint that fits perfectly into most rod holders or tackle boxes.

The modern aesthetic of this reel includes ergonomic machined aluminum handles that have a gentle sway when retrieving left or right handedly, creating an effortless operation regardless if you’re right handed or left handed angler; perfect for tackling large species such as redfish! Additionally, this reel has been designed with MagSealed technology which prevents saltwater from entering by keeping contaminants out through magnetic oil seals on all crucial components including inside gears and bearings; ensuring long lasting reliability!

Unrivalled Strength & Comfort with LT Platform

The LT Platform is a revolutionary new design from Daiwa that combines lightweight construction and an ultra-compact footprint with superior strength and power. This innovative platform utilizes advanced Zaion-V carbon material to create a frame and rotor that are lightweight, durable, corrosion-resistant, and rigid. The reel’s mainshaft is Magsealed with magnetic oil to protect the gears from contaminants or saltwater damage.

The LT Platform offers anglers a number of advantages over traditional spinning reels. Firstly, it allows for a more powerful retrieve due to its larger main gear which provides increased torque for winding down under load. Additionally, its ultra-lightweight construction reduces fatigue when casting, while its advanced materials ensure unmatched durability in even the toughest fishing conditions. Finally, its superior ATD drag system ensures smooth yet powerful drag performance no matter what type of fish you’re targeting.

The Ballistic MQ LT incorporates this groundbreaking technology into an incredibly versatile package perfect for multi-species anglers looking for both power and finesse in their retrieves. It features an 8 bearing system (7+1), Digigear A7075 aircraft grade aluminum gearing, Monocoque Body construction with 360° screw-in sideplate design, Magsealed mainshaft protection against contaminants or saltwater damage ,and an ergonomically designed aluminum handle which can be used right or left handed for comfortable retrieving . Additionally it has been engineered to be braid ready so you don’t have to worry about adding mono backing before you spool up your line – just tie on your braid and hit the water!

Enhanced Reel Sensitivity with Air Rotor

The Ballistic MQ LT Spinning Reel features an innovative Air Rotor design which is a lightweight and strong carbon rotor that reduces weight by 15%, distributes pressure evenly, and helps the reel dry faster. The Air Rotor enhances the reels sensitivity by allowing for greater control over the line during casts, allowing for greater accuracy when casting lures or bait.

The use of a carbon-based Air Rotor offers several benefits to fishermen:

-Reduces overall weight of reel
-Evenly distributes pressure on rotor while reeling in fish or casting lures/bait
-Dries quickly after being exposed to moisture, preventing rusting and damage to the reel’s internal components.

The lighter weight of this spinning reel makes it easier to manage while reeling in fish or casting lures/bait, providing fishermen with better control over their line. This enhanced sensitivity allows fishermen to detect subtle changes in water conditions such as temperature or current, resulting in more accurate casts with increased precision. The even distribution of pressure on its rotor prevents any major shock from occurring when catching large fish; thus increasing durability and longevity for its user.

ATD Drag System for a Seamless Hook Up

The Ballistic MQ LT features an advanced ATD (Automatic Tournament Drag) drag system. This technology provides a smooth, consistent drag that helps to minimize line breakage and maximize hook up success. The ATD system works by releasing line slowly at a preset rate to provide the perfect tension for hooking fish without breaking the line. The Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT utilizes an extra-large spool design which allows for more line capacity and optimal casting performance.

The ATD drag system from Daiwa offers anglers superior control over their line tension when fighting fish, regardless of species or size. This ensures a smoother fight with less effort expended on reeling in your catch, as well as reducing the chance of breakage due to sudden jerks or tugs on your line when you hook a fish unexpectedly. Additionally, this feature makes it easier to manage heavier catches such as larger gamefish while still providing excellent casting performance.

The combination of these two features make for an exceptionally versatile reel ideal for both fresh and saltwater fishing trips alike. Anglers can experience greater control over their drags with minimal effort spent on reeling in their catch thanks to this feature, meaning they can focus more time and attention on making sure they land every catch successfully with fewer surprises along the way! Additionally, its extra large spool design ensures maximum casting performance so anglers can reach farther distances than ever before while still maintaining accurate precision and accuracy with each cast!

Maximum Strength with Minimal Weight: Air Bail Technology

The Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT spinning reel is equipped with the advanced Air Bail technology, a unique feature that reduces overall weight while increasing strength and durability. This technology was developed by Daiwa engineers to help fishermen maximize their performance without compromising on features. The Air Bail consists of a hollow aluminum tube that is filled with air and then encased in an ultralight carbon composite material. This combination of materials greatly reduces the overall weight of the reel while still providing superior strength and rigidity.

The benefits of this advanced technology include increased torque transfer from the handle to the spool, improved balance, reduced friction between parts, enhanced casting accuracy and distance, greater line management efficiency for long-distance fishing trips, and increased durability for salt water environments. Additionally, due to its ultra-lightweight construction it can support heavy lines such as braided lines or monofilament lines without straining or breaking down due to excess weight or friction.

The innovative Air Bail Technology allows for maximum strength with minimal weight making it ideal for multi-species anglers looking for a lightweight yet powerful spinning reel. Its sleek Monocoque (MQ) Body offers superior rigidity while its 360° screw-in sideplate design increases power and toughness without sacrificing on aesthetics or performance. Furthermore, its Digigear A7075 aircraft-grade aluminum gearing transfers winding power smoothly through every revolution allowing you to easily manage your line even in long distance fishing trips while its Magsealed mainshaft prevents contaminants from entering further enhancing durability in saltwater environments. Finally its ergonomic aluminum handle provides maximum comfort when retrieving making it perfect for right handed as well as left handed anglers alike making this reel an ideal choice for any serious fisherman looking for optimal performance on their next expedition!

Digigear System for Smooth and Precise Performance

The Ballistic MQ LT features a Digigear System, which is an advanced gearing system designed to provide smooth and precise performance. This system utilizes digitally machined A7075 aircraft-grade aluminum gears that are designed to transfer winding power efficiently with each revolution. The Digigear System features a reinforced body and rotor that helps maximize torque transfer, as well as reduce vibration and noise during use.

The Digigear System offers many benefits for anglers looking for optimal performance out on the water. It provides an ultra-smooth winding experience with no backlash or line twists. The reinforced body and rotor help to ensure that maximum torque transfer is achieved without compromising strength or durability. Additionally, it helps to reduce vibration and noise while fishing, making it ideal for anglers who want a quieter fishing experience.

The Digigear System enhances the Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT by providing smooth and precise casting performance with minimal effort from the angler. It helps to prolong gear life by reducing friction between gears, allowing for longer casts without having to worry about wear or tear on components due to excessive stress from strong winds or heavy currents. Furthermore, its lightweight construction enables anglers to cast farther than ever before because of its improved strength-to-weight ratio compared other reels in its class

Magsealed Mainshaft for Long-Lasting Performance

The Ballistic MQ LT is equipped with a Magsealed mainshaft, an advanced technology designed to ensure long-lasting performance and durability. The Magsealed mainshaft is made of a proprietary ferrofluid that creates a fine perimeter seal where the anti-reverse clutch sleeve meets the main shaft. This prevents water and salt from making its way down the main shaft into the gears, which would otherwise reduce performance over time.

The benefits of this feature are numerous. With Daiwa’s patented Magsealed system, anglers can rest assured that their reel will remain in peak condition for years to come due to increased protection against corrosion and wear and tear. Furthermore, this technology creates an extremely smooth spin that virtually eliminates friction on both spinning retrieve and casting retrieve operations.

The addition of this advanced technology enhances anglers’ experiences with their Daiwa reel by providing increased reliability during tough fishing conditions or extended use. The design ensures that each time they go out on their boat, they can trust in their gear to perform at its optimal level without worrying about it getting damaged or worn down faster than usual due to salt or other contaminants entering through gaps created by regular wear and tear over time.

Digigear A7075 Aluminum Gearing for Maximum Performance

The Ballistic MQ LT utilizes Digigear A7075 Aluminum Gearing for maximum performance. This technology is a digitally machined aircraft-grade aluminum gearing that provides superior winding power with every revolution. This type of gearing is incredibly durable, corrosion resistant, and rigid in its construction which allows for greater power and reliability when fishing.

The benefits of Digigear A7075 Aluminum Gearing are numerous. The primary benefit is that it provides superior winding power compared to other types of gearings, which allows anglers to cast further and with increased accuracy. Additionally, this type of gearing is highly durable and can withstand the harsh conditions encountered while fishing, making it less likely to break or malfunction during use. Furthermore, due to its corrosion resistant properties, these reels can be used in both freshwater and saltwater environments without fear of degradation or damage from the elements.

The enhanced performance provided by Digigear A7075 Aluminum Gearing makes Daiwa’s Ballistic MQ LT Spinning Reel ideal for both freshwater and saltwater fishing applications. Its superior winding power ensures long casts with greater accuracy while providing plenty of torque needed to battle larger fish species like snapper or redfish without sacrificing any speed or agility when fighting them off your line. Furthermore, its rugged construction makes it highly durable so anglers don’t have to worry about their reel breaking down or malfunctioning during use even if they are using it in extreme conditions such as saltwater environments where most other reels would fail due to corrosion caused by moisture exposure over time

Enhanced Durability with Advanced Zaion V Frame and Rotor

The Ballistic MQ LT is equipped with an advanced Zaion V Frame and Rotor. This technology is designed to provide maximum durability and rigidity to the reel in order to withstand harsh fishing conditions. The frame and rotor are made from a super strong material of densely packed carbon fibers, which exceeds magnesium for rigidity and lightness.

The benefits of Zaion V technology include superior durability, corrosion resistance, improved strength, reduced weight, as well as enhanced performance in extreme environments. This allows for powerful yet lightweight reels that can handle heavy loads without compromising on quality or performance.

The advanced Zaion V frame and rotor ensures that Daiwa’s Ballistic MQ LT Spinning Reel is highly durable while maintaining its light weight design. This makes it suitable for a variety of species including mangrove snappers, Redfish, Snook etc., providing anglers with reliable performance when tackling hard-fighting fish in various fishing conditions. Additionally, its corrosion resistant properties ensure the reel stays intact even when exposed to saltwater or sand particles often found on shorelines or boat decks. Furthermore, its rigid construction helps reduce flex resulting in more efficient energy transfer for maximum power during retrieves making it an ideal choice for anglers looking for a reliable spinning reel suited to their needs.

Olive green Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT Spinning Reel in the water.


The Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT features a Monocoque (MQ) Body with a 360° screw-in sideplate design which provides an ultra-compact footprint and upsized gearing for more power and toughness. The reel is constructed of advanced Zaion-V carbon material, making it extremely durable, corrosion-resistant, and rigid. Additionally, the mainshaft is Magsealed with magnetic oil to prevent contaminants or saltwater from entering.
The Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT has a gear ratio of 5.2:1 and 6.2:1, depending on the size you select.
The Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT Spinning Reel is capable of handling up to 26 pounds of drag. The 2500 model that I am using is rated for 22 lbs of drag force.
Yes, the Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT is designed to be tough enough to fight inshore species such as Snook and Bull Reds. It features a 7 bearing 6+1 system and an extremely powerful drag system.
The Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT uses a BraidReady spool material that is designed to be strong and durable enough for braided line.
Yes, the spinning reel features Monocoque Body, Magsealed mainshaft, Digigear A7075 aircraft-grade aluminum gearing technology which provides strength and rigidity for an enhanced fishing experience.
The retrieve rate on the Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT is 30.6” per turn which makes it incredibly smooth and long-casting.
In order to ensure optimal performance, it’s important to regularly clean and lubricate all parts of the reel with a quality lubricant or grease designed specifically for fishing reels. Additionally, be sure to check for any signs of wear or damage after each use. If any parts appear worn or damaged, they should be replaced promptly in order to maintain peak performance and prevent further damage.
Comparable reels in this price range include Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 4000 reel which can handle 24 maximum pounds of drag, and the Quantum Cabo’s and Shimano Stradic reels which are lighter in weight, have smooth drags and good drag capacity. Additionally, the Pflueger Supreme XT spinning reels are slightly cheaper than the Daiwa Ballistic LT models but have sealed carbon systems that prevent dirt from entering but may attract grime and corrode over time.
It features an aluminum handle material that ensures a firm grip even when your hands get wet while fishing.
Baitcasting with the Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT Spinning Reel in a fishing pond.


In summary, the Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT is an excellent choice for anglers of all levels. The reel is lightweight and powerful, with a corrosion-resistant body and advanced features like Monocoque Body, Magsealed mainshaft, and Digigear A7075 aircraft-grade aluminum gearing. It is incredibly durable and offers a smooth and long-casting performance. Furthermore, it is perfect for all types of fishing environments, from inshore saltwater to freshwater. If you’re looking for an all-around spinning reel with great features and are okay with it’s slightly premium price tag, the Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT Spinning Reel is a great choice.


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