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Daiwa – In The Black

DAIWA introduces new Blackline Surf and Trolling Rod Series to great fanfare from the squid hound crowd.

Foothill Ranch, CA – For striper anglers from the Jersey Shore, south down to the Delmarva Peninsula and Outer Banks, north to Long Island, Cape Cod and New England waters, DAIWA puts a major focus on its new Blackline Surf and Trolling/Mojo striper series – being officially introduced at the Saltwater Fishing Expo in Edison, N.J. on March 15-17, 2024. 

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The new 10-model lineup includes four Blackline rods for trolling/mojo techniques, along with six surf spinning rods designed with influence from leading East Coast surf anglers. 

Ready for any surf fishing situation and location, the Blackline surf rod lineup includes a 9’ medium power, extra-fast action model (BL902MXS) with DAIWA’s MEGATOP tip for added superior bite sensitivity. It’s primarily designed for surfcasting open sandy beaches “where you can walk up and down the beach and cast thousands of times without tiring yourself out,” said Bob Hryszko with Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside, N.J., an area expert DAIWA’s who contributed to the development of the Blackline series. Hryszko adds, “it’s an ideal rod when you don’t have to reach halfway to Spain with your casts, plus it’s also perfect for use when fishing waist-deep water.”

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Hryszko said the powers and actions are perfect throughout the entire Blackline surf lineup, “plus they easily load and recover quickly and have the backbone to fight big fish. The DAIWA crew spent the time on these rods to get it right with features like a DAIWA Air Sensor reel seat the fits all reels – like those anglers use when they swim out to a bar.” He notes that “rods like the 9’6” heavy power (BL962HFS) are ideal for big plugs where more distance and larger capacity reels are needed, especially when the current is ripping, and the 11’ heavy power (BL1102HFS) for use by surf anglers who travel to places like Montauk or to use in restricted casting areas like the Cape Cod Canal.”


The two-piece Blackline surf rods are reinforced with DAIWA’s X45 bias carbon technology construction process to resist twisting and maintain rod integrity during high-stress situations, and further enhanced with SVF (Super High Volume Fiber) Nanoplus Technology to lighten and strengthen the blank. DAIWA’s unique V-Joint Technology, where the ferrules bend to avoid any rod blank flatness, aids in longer casting abilities and uniform flex, making them feel like a single piece construction rod.



With a carbon slick butt for ease of use, and gimbal for rod control and fish-fighting leverage, the one-piece Blackline boat rods redefine the trolling experience for striper enthusiasts. With both the 6’6” and 7’ medium-heavy (rated for 30- to 80-pound braid) and heavy power (for 50- to 100-pound braid) rods offered to set up a perfect inside/outside trolling pattern, the new Blackline trolling rods are ideal for mojo rig set-ups, pulling plugs, live-lining bunker and eels, along with working big plastic swim jigs along sandy beaches. 

According to DAIWA field marketing specialist Chris Martin, “the Blackline trolling rods offer plenty of backbone with the right amount of tip for multi-situational use, plus the carbon slick and shrink rubber foregrip offer not only modern aesthetics but also durability and comfort – crucial features anglers will appreciate.”

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Blackline trolling rods also feature a sturdy FUJI reel seat and are outfitted with heavy-duty guides to withstand the rigors of trolling in various conditions.

Martin adds that East Coast anglers can expect to see even more DAIWA gear for popular saltwater fishing action. “We have anglers up and down the Atlantic seaboard already putting our proven Saltiga and Saltist conventional and spinning reels and recently new reels like our Free Swimmer bite n’ run style reels to use. And you’ll be seeing even greater focus to produce the right saltwater rods to match up with these reels.”

All Blackline trolling rods retail for $179.99 (USD), while Blackline surf rods range from $399.99 to $419.99. Check them out at the DAIWA booth (#159) at the Saltwater Fishing Expo, where the rods will also be available from Grumpy’s Tackle (booth #409) and Bernie’s Bait & Tackle (booth #445), who along with other select retailers will offer a full assortment of DAIWA saltwater rods, reels, J-Braid and accessories.

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Blackline Surf FEATURES:

  • DAIWA Air Sensor Reel Seat (fits all reels)
  • FUJI Silicone Carbide (SiC) ring material
  • K Guide detangling system
  • Shrink rubber rear grip for added casting distance
  • X45 Bias Carbon Technology to eliminate blank twist and improve power
  • SVF Nanoplus Technology to lighten and strengthen
  • V-Joint Construction to mirror one-piece

MSRP from $399.99

Blackline Trolling/Mojo FEATURES:

  • Strong and sensitive graphite blank
  • FUJI reel seat
  • One-piece full rear grip
  • Carbon slick butt
  • Shrink rubber fore grip
  • Heavy-duty guides
  • Gimbal

MSRP $179.99

For Daiwa’s latest color catalog and/or information on Daiwa dealers in your area, call Daiwa’s Customer Service Department at 562-375-6800 or e-mail inquiries to: The URL for Daiwa’s web site is

About Daiwa Corporation

Daiwa’s first spinning reel rolled off the assembly line in 1955. Since then, the company has grown into one of the largest and most influential tackle companies in the world today. To handle sales and distribution in the United States, Daiwa Corporation first opened its doors on September 26, 1966, operating from a small facility in Culver City, California. Today, based in Foothill Ranch, California, Daiwa Corporation sells tackle throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America. From the very beginning, Daiwa’s emphasis has been upon innovation and quality. The result is a long list of product features, design and materials that have become standards for the fishing tackle industry. Daiwa’s long-standing record of innovation has left a visible mark on the majority of tackle manufactured today and continues to advance the sport of fishing. Learn more at

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