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Daiwa Free Swimmer Bite & Run Spinning Reel

The NEW Daiwa Free Swimmer features an Air Rotor that stands out for its balance, toughness, and sensitivity. Its arched profile and 15% weight reduction compared to standard rotors offers optimal winding smoothness while eliminating vibration thanks to a lowered center of gravity. Its waterproof, carbon Automatic Tournament Drag (ATD) system uses an improved drag grease with low viscosity at rest that becomes more viscous immediately after drag start-up. The result is a super-smooth drag with low initial inertia and beast-stopping power.

The Free Swimmer is now available in smaller Inshore-focused 3000 and 5000 sizes, all utilizing Daiwa's DIGIGEAR Gearing System. Compared to most of the competition, the gears are between 20% to 40% larger and have a bigger tooth pattern, resulting in longer gear life, up to three times that of competitive reels. Machined Aluminum Screw-In Handle with a Power Round EVA knob for generating extra leverage, plus an O-ring sealing system to ensure high-quality saltwater performance. 


  • Sealed Solid Aluminum Body Frame
  • 2-Stage Bite & Run Drag System
  • Machined Aluminum Handle + EVA Round Knob
  • Waterproof ATD Drag System (Automatic Tournament Drag)

Based on Braid Line Capacity:

FRSW3000D - [Gear Ratio 5.2:1, 4+1 Bearings, 22Lb Drag, Line Capacity 250Yd/15Lb, Weight 9.5oz.]

FRSW5000D-C - [Gear Ratio 5.2:1, 4+1 Bearings, 26Lb Drag, Line Capacity 230Yd/30Lb, Weight 10.2oz.]

Recommended Lines

These reels can work great with braid as well as monofilament lines from all top manufacturers. We personally recommend using braid as the mainline on top of some mono backing to use to stick to the spool and to fill the base layer of the spool with mono so you can save money on the braid. 

We have tested a variety of lines over the years, and the 2 that seem to consistently score high for both breaking strength and casting distance are PowerPro & Daiwa's J-Braid 8 Grand.

For selecting the power rating to go with, it's best to go with a power that is in the recommended range for your reel of choice (range shown above in specs).

Click here to see how to spool the lines yourself.

For any Warranty Questions or Claims, please contact Daiwa US for more information: Warranty Claims – Daiwa US

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