I just got back from 5 day Singapore trip last night. I had to go down to the tackle shops to pick my Son a good spinning rod, which I did and while at it I just could not resist picking myself an Apache GT popping rod. Though I did not have to, this rod just drew me to it and I could not help my-self left the shop with a wallet slightly lighter.
This shop caters/specializes to GT popping they have several self manufactured GT poppers that they sell there and these lures are not cheap. Another thing that caught my eye was this Daiwa Saltist reel, I almost picked this one up and the only thing that stopped me was the fact that it was made in China. I discussed this with the shop-owner, himself who seemed to be a Saltiga fan, (he is into GT popping as well) and explained the problems and insecurities I had about Chinese made reels, he told me that this reel is really good it has top quality parts however he did not insist and he realized he was talking to someone who knew what he was talking about and was not aggressively putting the hardiness assurance across but he did say you should not have a problem with this reel. Anyway it features a 15KG drag (where as a Saltiga has a 30KG drag) the reel features Aluminum Alloy Body, Sideplate & Rotor, features include:
• 6.2:1 High Speed Gear Ratio
• Digigear Digitally designed stainless and bronze alloy gearing
• 5 Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearings and 1 Roller Bearing
• Manual Bail Return
• Bail Locks during casting
• Airbail Tubular Stainless Steel Bail
• Machined Aluminum Handle
• Waterproof Drag and Body
• Forged Aluminum Spool with Blue Titanium Nitride Ring
• Zero Friction Main Shaft for added power
• Dual Full Time Anti Reverse
Overall I liked the feel of this reel and may consider getting myself to test, however it is not cheap and just to merely test something I am a bit apprehensive. Has anyone purchased this reel and tested it out with some large fish? If yes I would also like to know approximately how many times this reel has been used?