@Kingfisher, thanks for the tag. Trust all is well.
Here in the non Striper side of the states it's pretty much a Penn hegemony when it comes to spin fishing. All though I see that changing slowly as I notice more Daiwa and Shimano with the Asian anglers.
When it comes to bait casters, it's always Lews or Shimano, I'm yet to see anything else.
My experience with the Daiwa BG is not stellar, the 5000 size on the 9' MA surf rod is ok, not great. The reel is just too heavy and cumbersome for a finesse spoon or swimbait fishing. The 3000 reel on my 7' MA spin rod has been nothing but disappointing, it's a birds nest galore and does not like finesse fishing at all. It has to have sufficient weight at the end of the tip, or else...
The Shimano Sahara 5000 on the other hand has been a dream on the same rod, everything else same, no issues whatsoever. Sahara might be winning me over. I'm thinking of getting rid of the smaller BG and going for another Shimano (Nasci?).
I think this one reel could do it all for Indian conditions for a small river Mahseers, Murrell, and rock fishing at the jetties or surf for Snapper, TF Salmon, Barramundi etc. That would be my pick, but beware, it's expensive in India, at least it was to me who's still in early 2000's when it comes to value of a Rupee... Lol
For what it's worth, these are just my thoughts. Hope it helps someone...