Shimano or Daiwa reel?


I want to talk about this frequent asked question.

Which reel would you chose between :
– shimano ocea jigger 2000 HG
– daiwa catalina 30 SH
And for what reasons ?

If you ask any slow pitch jiggers in Japan, I think we will all answer Ocea Jigger 2000NR-HG.

Here’s the specs for these reels.

Ocea Jigger 2000NR-HG
gear ratio max drag weight hangle length line capacity max retrieve per crank ball bearings price w/o tax
6.2 10kg 555g 85cm PE3.0x400m 117cm 8 JPY54,600
Daiwa Catalina LD 30SH
gear ratio max drag weight hangle length line capacity max retrieve per crank ball bearings price w/o tax
7.3 10kg 450g 95cm PE3.0x550m 116cm 6 JPY42,500

X-ShipThe number one reason that every jiggers would point out is probably the powerful X-Ship drive in Ocea Jigger. In real reeling, it should feel a lot bigger than the difference in gear ratio with Daiwa Catalina. Slow pitch utilizes heavier jig, and the small action of the reel like 1/2 and 1/4 turn per pitch must lift the jig with ease. You can alway count on Shimano for the gear technology.

Lever DragI do like lever drag. Lever drag of Catalina has advantages over star drag of Ocea Jigger. But I think it’s lower priority in the field.
Ocea Jigger has the mechanical break to control the free spool drop. It’s really important to adjust the drop speed to get to the bottom as fast as you can with the center balanced jig which is slow to fall. Certain fish gets really attracted by the simple fall if you get the right speed. This, along with the spool lock feature of Ocea Jigger, breaks even with the half of the lever drag advantages.

  1. Ivo Stoyanov
    Ivo Stoyanov10-28-2014

    Hi guys,
    I’m looking for schematics for Shimano Ocea Jigger 2001NR-PG Left Hand Jigging Reel…
    Is anyone can help?

  2. YF

    Can the Daiwa Saltiga Z30 do slow pitch jigging? Thanks

    • Totos

      Hi YF.
      Yes, it can. I recommend Ocea Jigger for many reasons. But if you already have Saltiga , go ahead and give it a try.
      I started slow pitch jigging with Saltiga Z30 actually. I learned a lot with this reel. But I got Shimano reels and never went back to Saltiga.

  3. Gianluca

    Good morning
    I have a ocea jigger 2001 nr pg. Can i use it for slow pitch?
    I peach at depths between 50 and 100 meters.
    sorry but I speak little English.

    • Totos

      Sure. No problem. OJ2000NR-PG has 96cm per crank retrieve length. It will probably have 75cm to 80cm retrieve length even at 100m deep.

  4. jef

    what’s the difference between 3000 and 2000 jigger HG in terma of wich one is good for slow jig..

    • Totos

      Hi Jef.
      Normal Ocea Jigger has 1000, 1500, 2000, 4000 and 5000.
      Ocea Jigger Limited has 1500 and 3000. It’s going to be out of production and there’s no more 1500 but there are still 3000 left in stock.

      I think you mean to compare OJ2000NR-HG (normal) and OJ3000HG Limited.

      The spec is the same. The same speed. The same power.

      OJ2000NR-HG is a narrow spool. 3000HG LTD is a wide spool. It means that 3000HG LTD doesn’t lose the diameter of the line load when the line is out. Meaning that it maintains the speed and the power. It’s good for the deep and for the big game.

  5. Alan

    Are you familiar with the Accurate reels and valiant series?They are so light weight and level drag. They have narrow models for jigging.

    • Totos

      Hi Alan.
      Unfortunately these reels are rarely available in Japan and I’ve never seen it in the field. I can’t find any feedbacks by jigging anglers in Japan on the web either.
      So I can’t comment on it. Sorry.

  6. Michael Acota
    Michael Acota12-28-2018

    Any reel you would recommend now other than the ocea 2001 nrhg? Or would I still be best with the Ocea? Your thoughts please

    • Totos

      Hi Michael.
      Yes, I think OJ2000 is still the best in this price range.

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