Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ Electric Reel

daiwa seaborg 1200mj electric reel

Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ Electric Reel reviews:

Rated 4.7 out of 5
4.7 out of 5 stars (based on 9 reviews)
Excellent: 67%
Very good: 33%
Average: 0%
Poor: 0%
Terrible: 0%

Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ Electric Reel details:

The new Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ electric reel delivers incredible power! The strength of Daiwa Seaborg new custom motor is in the same class as the mighty Marine Power 3000. The newly redesigned Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ Megatwin is the ultimate battle machine. It is powerful, quiet and smooth and has an output of roughly 1.3 times greater than previous motors. The new aluminum composite housing is designed to maximize the release of heat and keep the Mega Torque Motor cool, ensuring that power is available all the time.

Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ allows the user to quickly switch between mega-power mode and mega-speed mode by merely touching a button. During retrieve, the new speed function switches smoothly and efficiently and allows the angler the ability to alternate to the best speed, depending on the situation.

Mega Torque Motor – The strength of Daiwa Seaborg’s new custom motor is in the same class as the mighty Marine Power 3000. The power and speed is quiet and smooth, and with an output of approximately 1.3 times greater than previous motors. This is the ultimate battle machine. With all this power, the new aluminum composite housing is designed to maximize the release of heat and keep the motor cool, ensuing that the power is available all the time. This monster has a tough heart inside, to challenge any fierce battle in the sea.

Megatwin – Daiwa’s original Daiwa Seaborg Megatwin reel design utilizes a two-gear ratio system. The new Daiwa Seaborg employs a totally redesigned system that allows the user to immediately switch between mega-power mode and mega-speed mode by simply touching a button. During retrieve or when battling a monster the new speed function switches smoothly and effortlessly. With this functionality, an angler can alternate to the best speed, depending on the situation.

ATD (Automatic Drag System) – ATD drag system that gives you the power and poise to take control of whatever crosses your angling path. ATD is a combination of seven large carbon washers and improved drag grease. The new grease exhibits a low viscosity at rest, yet becomes more viscous immediately after drag start up. This reduces initial drag start-up inertia. When combined with the structural changes to the ATD Drag washers, results in a smoother stronger drag from the initial hook up, allowing you to concentrate on the fight.

This tough drag function will adjust according to the pulling of the fish. Daiwa Seaborg 1200 to keep the drag smooth under extreme pressure, an aluminum drag radiator is located on the handle shaft that dissipates heat away from the drag system, maximizing the release of heat, keeping the drag cooler for better drag performance. This ultimate function will maintain the drag power to help conquer large fish. Also, an alarm sound function will notify anglers when line is being pulled out.

What the Monster offers – Maximum flexibility to fight!

Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ

Jog Power Lever – The new Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ Jog Power Lever system is designed for stand up fishing techniques. With the standing fight concept in mind, the Jog Lever will allow an immediate response to wind the line. When standing with the rod/reel outfit in your right hand the lever can be controlled with your left thumb. Alternatively, when using your left hand to hold the outfit, pinching the lever with your right hand will allow you to control the machine easily. This easy to use function will allow you to continuously lead the fight against your target.

Magsealed Ball Bearing – Daiwa’s ultimate technology – Magsealed Ball Bearing prevents water and dust intrusion inside the ball bearing which greatly reduces reel corrosion and noise. Applied to the spool shaft surrounding, a place where invasion of salt and dust is most likely to happen and maintenance is difficult. This will improve the long-term durability and the smoothness.

Dot Screen Display- Out in the field it can be tough to read anything on an LCD screen due to sun glare or sunglasses. The Daiwa Seaborg’s LCD screen displays large letters/numbers and uses a dotted LCD screen to make it easier for anglers to see the display. Line input procedures are selectable in Japanese or English languages. Just let the D-Vec letters on the start screen lead you to exciting world of Dendoh reel fishing.

For ultimate deep water then the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ is the ideal choice. Its massive line capacity combined with sheer power is ideal for fishing the deepest waters of the ocean.

The new Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ reels set a new standard for what is possible with an electric reel. Gone are the days when this type of reel was made just for deep drop fishing. With the new Jog Lever design the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ is the ultimate stand up electric game reel.

Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ features:

– Powerful Megatwin (switchable between high/low gear
– English version LCD
– Magsealed ball Bearing
– Oversize SIC line guide
– Jog Power Lever
– Drag radiator
– Convenient 12-Volt DC Operation (acceptable range of voltage 12-16.8V)
– Electric current usage No load – 4 amps, Rated 7/5A (Hi/Lo) amps, Maximum power – 20 amps
– Line Counter and Depth Memory
– LCD Readout

Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ handling instructions:

– Do not step on or place objects upon the reel. It may cause problems with the reel.

– Do not leave the reel near heating appliances. Resin may melt and deform or deteriorate causing problems.

– When storing the reel for a long time, wipe down the moisture completely and preserve it in as well a ventilated place as possible without direct sunlight. Loosen the drag when storing it.

-Before removing the power supply, tum off the power (power lever back) as it could cause problems with the reel.

– When the reel is stored with the wet line with salt seawater, the spool may rust. Wash only the spinning part with tap water to rinse off seawater sufficiently, and then dry it in a well ventilated place without direct sunlight before storing it.

– Before going fishing, please check the reel for proper operation to ensure an enjoyable fishing trip.

– Do not store a wet reel in a plastic bag or a fishing bag because it may cause rust or malfunction.

– Be cautious not to let cloth or other objects become caught in the reel when winding. Be careful not to have the line slackened by backlash or other cause caught into the reel.

– Unplug the power supply and the cable when not in use.

– Do not store the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ with tightly-wound, damp line. During storage, the line may dry up and shrink, resulting in damage to the spool. Do not wind nylon or fluorocarbon line onto a model designated exclusively for PE line (braided line}.

– When fixing the rod into a hole on the boat edge with the reel attached, verify that the reel does not touch the edge. When it touches, do not place it into the hole. The reel may be damaged.

Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ caution:

The following pertains to matters that could cause problems or serious, even life-threatening injuries should the instructions be ignored or incorrectly followed.

– Should the motor fail to stop for some reason while fishing, use caution to prevent your fingers being caught in the reel. Disconnect the power supply immediately.

– Do not touch or grab the line when it is being released or wound rapidly. The line may cut your fingers.

– Should water droplets get inside the liquid crystal, it could cause the microchip to malfunction and keep the motor turning. In such a case, stop using this product and have it repaired immediately.

– Before adjusting drag tension, always turn off the automatic electric winding. You could cut your hand when pulling line to check tension.

– When not tending this product, turn the power off (Power Lever back) and remove the power supply to prevent it starting accidentally and causing injuries.

– When winding up line indoors, do so at high speed. If wound up at low speed and high tension, the motor may heat up abnormally and emit smoke. Power to wind up electronically may deteriorate.

-A damaged cable may disrupt operation or short circuit and cause other problems depending upon the conditions of use. Be sure to follow the instructions stated in “Cable Handing Manual”
and “cable Maintenance Manual,” and “Other Instructions for Maintenance.”

When not using the cable, disconnect the power supply. It is recommended you replace the cable with a new one every other year to maintain full performance of the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ.

– Before reconnecting the power cable on the boat, thoroughly wipe away any moisture such as saltwater from the connecting parts with a dry cloth. If you connect it wet, it may short-circuit causing electric shock, smoke, or even fire.

– Please be careful to keep your finger from heat radiation section of the motor and drag radiator section which is likely to be high temperature and may cause a burm.

– When your hook is caught in the bottom, do not jerk the rod to free it. Pull the line with your hand and cut it if it fails to pull free. (Be sure to protect your hands with gloves or a towel.) If you use thick leader and cannot cut it with hands, talk to the captain for a safe treatment.

– In case you smell burning or you find other troubles, stop the motor and remove the power supply. It may cause heat or fire.

– Before connecting it to the power supply, be sure to loosen the drag well. If the IC breaks, and the motor does not stop, the terminal rig may be wound into the reel and the rod may break.

– Do not use wire line with your Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ reel. It may cause corrosion or damage to the spool.

– Do not wind up with excessive force when line is tangled with other angler’s lines or snagged on the bottom. It may cause damage to your rod and other components.

– Reset the line counter whenever it displays the wrong number, you have cut off line, disconnected the power supply or changed line tests. If you use the reel without resetting the counter, your terminal rig may be pulled into the reel and break the rod or other components. Forgetting to reset it with your terminal rig at the water surface may cause the same problem.

About the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ counter display:

The following conditions may make the display difficult to read.

1. Wearing polarized glasses.
2. Excessively cold or hot weather, mid-winter (display’s surface temperature is below -10 degrees centigrade) and mid-summer (display’s surface temperature is above 60 degrees centigrade).
3. When light strikes the display from certain angles, the display’s digits may have shadows. This does not affect its function.

Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ power source:

How to connect the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ power source:

1. Attach the cord clips to the battery. Red covered clip is the plus (+),and the black covered clip is the minus(-).
2. Insert the connector into the reel. After this, the display appears as below.

By taking the appropriate steps, the indication will change as shown below and the data will be set.

Attention – When changing batteries, the display’s back up memory stays active for about 15 minutes after the old battery is disconnected. Thus the above display startup sequence does not need to replay when the new battery is connected within the 15 minute time frame.

The Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ is designed to be compatible with direct current (DC) 12 Volt only. You may not use any power sources other than DC12V to power the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ (for example, AC100V from a household power
supply and DC24V equipped on a boat). The power source voltage on a boat tends to lose stability as it is largely influenced by a generator on board and wiring which may trigger the protective circuit causing sudden stop or intermittent operation of the reel. To maximize the performance of the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ, be sure to use the electric reel specific batteries.

Attention – Make sure of the following before departure:

1. Recharge the battery before your fishing trip. Over time, a battery can naturally discharge.
2. Confirm the boat can provide the proper power source (i.e. voltage, connector shape etc).
3. Corroded connections can prevent the flow of electric current. Remove any corrosion or dirt from the connectors.

Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ Battery level Indicator:

When the battery voltage is lowered while powered ON, the battery level indicator becomes as shown below. When the voltage goes down to 1 OV or less, the winding power of the reel is restricted and the maximum performance cannot be gained. If this indicator is blinking while the motor is not running, battery voltage may be low due to decreasing of the residual capacity of the battery. If it is blinking, replace the battery with a recharged one (If you use the on-board power supply, check the voltage and the terminal of your boat).

Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ reel maintenance:

This is a washable reel. Wash away salt residue and grit after fishing.

Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ maintenance procedure:

1. Wash the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ with a dish washing detergent and a soft sponge. Do not use solvents. Do not use soap or other detergents. Other soaps or solutions may damage the reel both externally and internally. The solution may damage the outside coating of the reel and may breakdown the grease inside of the reel creating an overflow of grease.

2. Rinse detergent and dirt away with running water, rinsing the spool very well to get rid of salt. Use warm water, under 30 degrees centigrade.

3. Dry your Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ well. Loosen the drag when stored. Be sure to remove water from inside the handle knob, because water could build up there.

4. Feed oil. Spray oil on the worm shaft. *Recommended grease: Genuine reel guard grease (product code: 04980020) Get the specific spray from a fishing-tackle store.


1. Do not wash with seawater or soak in water.
2. Do not use organic solvents such as benzene and thinner.
3. Do not use a steel brush or abrasive cleanser.
4. The fed oil may spring back and squirt. Do not peer down the worm shaft part.
5. Do not feed oil to water discharge hole.
6. Do not put magnetic force closer to the product main body.

Handling and maintenance of the power cord:

Follow the restrictions below to avoid troubles caused by disconnection of power cord and the like. Be sure to use the specific power cord supplied with the reel unit.

– Do not hang the reel by the power cord.
– Do not wind the power cord around the reel body with the connector inserted into the reel.
– Do not set heavy items on the power cord, or tie knots in the power cord.
– If any abnormal events occur, including smoke and abnormal odor, stop the use of the power cord and remove it immediately from the battery.
– Wipe the power cord with a wet cloth and dry it well.
– Note that the inner electric cable may be disconnected or broken despite of no visible damage on the appearance, if you step on the power cord, or if you pull the power cord strongly when it is trapped with cargoes, during use.
– Pay special attention to drying the tips, with cover removed.
– Grease the connector after it is dried.
– Disconnect the power cord from the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ before storing.

Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ Electric Reel FAQs:

Is the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ comparable to a Shimano beastmaster 9000?

The Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ is a good electric reel init's own right. A lot of our customers tend to lean more towards the Shimano Beastmaster 9000 because of quality and the cooling system that cools down the reel. It is essential for electric reels to have a good cooling system and the Shimano Beastmaster 9000 has just that.

Does the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ handels swordfish?


What is the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ line capacity?

Mono: 30/550, 40/600. Braid 80/1100, 100/850

Does the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ come with a power cord?

Yes it does come with a power cord.

Does the Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ come with a english manual?

Yes, it comes with a english manual.

Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ Electric Reel Video:

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Daiwa Seaborg 1200MJ Electric Reel Reviews:

Nicely packaged reel

Rated 4 out of 5

These reels have lots of gear ratio between the spool and the drag pack to make the drag stronger – but when a fish runs it backfires. It spins the heck out of those little washers and that generates tons of heat. The drag heat radiator is an aluminum disc a bit larger than a quarter – and IMO doesn’t dissipate heat very well.
Great for winching up bottom fish, not so great for a drawn out fight with a sword – especially a spicy one that likes to run form 50 to 1500 feet a few times to cool off.
I’ve spent a little time with these reels lately, they are a really nicely packaged reel, with some very creative engineering. For the size and weight, pretty darn impressive. The screen is also very nicely done. IMO these reels (2 speed versions) are far superior to the Shimano Beastmaster reel priced the same.

Very impressed

Rated 5 out of 5

The Seaborg 1200MJ is the new secret weapon from Daiwa for deep dropping. Ran across to the islands recently and landed our largest Mystic Grouper pushing triple digits without the motor even heating up. Also the amount of drag this thing has is just scary….too much if you ask me. Very impressive piece of technical fishing equipment. Next trip planned is a daytime sword trip…should be fun.

The reel did great.

Rated 5 out of 5

This thing has some serious yank to it. It fiddled with ten pound weights all day long and only slowed down when I had stuck the weight in the mud waaaay deep. Hauled the ten pounds up from 1800 feet at high speed no problem.

My 2 cents

Rated 5 out of 5

So here is my 2 cents, keep the reel in low speed as default. I have lost two big fish already by forgetting to switch the reel back to low speed after bring up a cleaned out (empty) rig. This reel cranks so fast and the drag holds so strong that you will pull the hook every time on a bigger fish (30 lbs plus)
I did drag up a double barrel yesterday from 650 (2 Barrel fish at one time) both between 25-30 lbs and the reel never labored. They banged the hell out of the rod, trashed the rig, and snapped the weight the 8 lb weight off. If you have ever caught a barrel you know they fight like hell from the bottom to the surface, and this was 2 at one time. Ended up with 8 barrel, 2 BLTs, and a nice snowy off the same spot. And yes all on low speed.

Didn't miss a beat!

Rated 4 out of 5

Finally got to test my Seaborg 1200j daytiming today. Fished from 1250-1310 and the Seaborg didn’t miss a beat! No fish but did 4 drops. Zero issues cranking up 13 lb. lead. I am sure now that this reel will serve the purpose perfectly for what I need it for. Only issue I found was that the dept on the reel wasn’t in sync with what my depthfinder was telling me (+ some). Not an issue since once I find bottom I only use the number on the screen as a baseline. Most line out shown on the screen was 1520 and I had plenty of line left on the spool. 65lb braid (2500′)

Handles the fish with great ease

Rated 5 out of 5

Just used my new seaborg 1200MJ yesterday. Only had one fish on it. But it’s a hefty 50# Amberjack. The 1200 handled the fish with great ease. There is plenty more head room on this reel. Comparing this to the Tanacom 1000, the Tanacom 1000 had a lot of problems fighting 30# class Amberjack.

Very cool reel

Rated 5 out of 5

Took me a few to figure out how to change the display to English but once I did it was smooth sailing. Super smooth and tons of drag. I was able to put 2500 ft. If 65 lb. Braid with a 125 ft. Of 150 lb. Wind on comfortably. BTW I did get the 1200J model. It does not have the power/speed button but you can change it on the display. The digital options in this reel are crazy!
As for power, my son and I took turns trying to both stop the reel (within reason)and heat it up. No dice. Only time that it had a hiccup was when my satellite battery got low on power and the seaborg slowed itself down with a warning light. Very cool feature.
IMHO this reel will handle daytiming no problem. If you are an everyday Joe that will venture out to 1700′ every once in a while….no brainer. Zero reason to spend the $5k.

damn smart reel

Rated 5 out of 5

I have powered them on and spooled them at work for customers. Its a damn smart reel. It has a line input mode where you can input the exact amount of line to be spooled. It even has a gauge that tells you how much tension is being applied when spooled. Just from turning it on and spooling it I can tell you its Badass compared to a tanacom 1000.

Just spooled mine up yesterday

Rated 4 out of 5

I have owned or fished almost every electric out there and I have to say I’m very impressed with the quality of this reel. Can’t wait for the wind to slack so I can get out and give it a try. As for swording my impression so far is that it would be fully capable of getting the job done. IMO it would be a great choice for someone who is looking to sword 3-4 times a year, but if your looking to sword regularly then the reel we are not talking about in this thread would be a better choice.

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