Daiwa moves a step up from their Sealine (X) line of conventional reels by offering anglers the Seagate series. Built tougher and with a stronger gear train, the Daiwa Seagate steps up with added features as well. The Seagate uses Helical cut gears which increase strength and smoothness in the drive. Other examples of additional features include Daiwa’s Ultimate Tournament Carbon Drag system and Centrifugal Spool Brake.
The Daiwa Seagate Conventional Reel
Product: The Daiwa Seagate SGTH Series Conventional Reel.
Overall Ranking: 84 out of 100.
Price: Low range.
Owner: Globeride, Inc.
Introduction To The Daiwa Seagate
The Daiwa Seagate keeps cost and weight down with an anti corrosive graphite frame. It can be identified by an orange colored aluminum spool and orange trim on the side plate. Though I’ve often suggested such reels as Daiwa’s own Sealine X or the Penn Squall to beginners, the Seagate makes casting even easier. It easily joins this group of reels.
Daiwa Seagate Models, Specs, & Features
• SGT20H • SGT30H • SGT35H
• SGT40H • SGT50H
Daiwa Seagate Specifications
Seagate reels contain 2 constants between all reel models; the features remain the same as does the 4 bearing system. Daiwa kept the weight down when designing the Seagate and the line starts at 14.3 ounces in the smallest SGT20H model. The largest SGT50H puts 21.9 ounces in your hand.
I’ve named a few Seagate features already. Those brand specific and often patented designs of technology that every angler wants to investigate. And for good reason. Often times those features make a big difference on the water. Take a look at what the Seagate offers in more detail.
4 CRBB System
Dual System Infinite Anti Reverse
I’m looking for clarification on this point though the value of an AR bearing that instantly stops the spool becomes easily apparent. I assume a dual system means the Daiwa Seagate employs both the AR bearing and a dog in the anti reverse system. It would definitely be good to know and I’ll clarify once I find out.
Helical Cut Brass Gears
Ultimate Tournament Drag (UTD)
Centrifugal Spool Brake
Anodized Aluminum Machined Spool
The anodization process gives the spool that smooth polished finish and it also makes the aluminum incredibly anti corrosive. Anodized aluminum makes up the spool on most reels though it becomes very important in saltwater fishing.
Finishing touches include a stainless steel star drag secured by a cranking style handle, also made of stainless steel. Underneath the star drag lever sits the control knob for the spool brake and above that rests the bail switch. Seagate design placed all control settings within easy reach of each other allowing fishermen quick adjustment.
Pros And Cons Of The Daiwa Seagate
Fishermen looking to learn baitcasting techniques will enjoy the centrifugal spool brake and have fewer episodes of backlash. I also am a fan of the Ultimate Tournament Drag with its oil impregnated washers. With proper care and maintenance the Seagate will provide great action against fish within model weight range.
The centrifugal brake sacrifices distance for line control which can eventually become a hindrance. Once beginning casters turn intermediate they’ll long for free spool like the one in the Sealine X series. I also feel the 4 bearing system substantiates a very simple design.
Who Would Appreciate The Daiwa Seagate
The casting features included make the Seagate a smart choice for beginning baitcasting anglers and will give more fishing than tangle time. The price makes the Seagate a great backup boat reel or rental rod addition and functions well as an all purpose workhorse.
Overall Ranking: 84 out of 100 people give their thumbs up.
I’m satisfied with the build and the function of the Daiwa Seagate. Five different models gives a decent amount of range in target species and the reel will do the job it claims to do. I wouldn’t expect these reels to last a lifetime but for the price they provide top value and so make a good buy. Fell free to leave us your experienced thoughts as an pre existing owner or give some feedback if you decide to pick it up.
Signing off until next time, Geoff@FishtFight.com.