Rob greenpond

Canal Reel for both Plugs and Jigs--Diawa BG MQ or Shimano Saragossa SWA

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Hello Folks,

I recently purchased a "Black Hole Striped Bass Special Rod (10', 1-6 oz) for use in the Cape Cod Canal---as a do everything 1 rod.  I've used the rod 2x so far and can say this has been a great all around rod for both throwing plugs and jigs---threw SPs (1.5 oz) and Jigs up to 4.3oz no problems at all.  

 

Now looking for a new reel to match up with this rod (currently using a Diawa BG 4500 black/gold).  I've been a looong time Shimano guy, so looking closely at the Shimano Saragossa 8000, but to tell you the truth the Diawa BG has been a shocker as to performance, quality, and price.  So now I'm torn between Diawa and Shimano---these are the two reels:

 

1.2021 Diawa BG MQ 8000, $250 (22 oz, 340 yards 40 braid, speed is about 43 inches per crank); or

 

2. 2021 Shimano Saragosa SW 8000SWA $279 and very close specifications to the Diawa. 

 

This Rod/Reel set up will be used 100% at the Cape Cod Canal tossing all the usual canal jigs like Al Gag paddle tails, Savage Sandeels,....etc., ranging 2--5oz mostly and plugs like Stick Shads, Pencil Poppers, Magic Swimmers....etc ranging 2--5oz mostly (same weight as jigs).   

 

The question: which is this the "best" reel for the job requirements??  I am very concerned about the Shimano Saragossa "WOBBLE" that I've read about--although I do not understand it--nor can even believe a company like Shimano would ever make anything that wobbles....I've heard/read lots of complaints though so maybe its true??  

 

Thanks in advance for any advice, opinions...etc.  Just trying to get it right the first time.

-Rob

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Gosa all the way.  I have two, the 6k and 14k.  Excellent reel.  As far as the wobble, no issue with that for me.  I like the 20' gosas just as much as the previous model.

 

Never played with the BG MQ, but the 2016 BGs are still workhorses for me in various sizes for salt.

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Sounds like most folks like the Gosa so far--even with the slightly extra weight of 1.4oz----23.8oz (gosa) versus the 22.4oz (BG MQ). 

 

The Gosa has been around a lot longer and definitely has a following.  The Diawa BG MQ has only been out for maybe a year, so to be fair wondering if anyone has first hand experience with this reel to give it a fair comparison/shake. 

 

-Rob

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The BG MQ is a very nice reel. The main gear is massive and it feels very solid when reeling. I like how when the bail is open there is a rotor lock so the rotor can’t move at all, making it impossible for a mid cast bail flip. It is also smooth as butter. I got the 8k BG MQ cuz it’s impossible to get a saragosa right now. It Balances well on a 10 or 11 footer. 
 

You can’t go wrong with either reel for the canal. 
 

 

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