The Best Tatula Yet? The Tatula SV TW103
Baitcaster is a Worthy Baitfinesse Option
World Tests: Daiwa provided us with a mass production Tatula SV TW103 reel
two months prior to today’s official launch at the Bassmaster Classic, and since
that time we have been fishing it on a variety of rods including Daiwa’s own
Tatula Elite Series. We spooled the reel with a variety of lines, including
Daiwa’s own J Braid, and Trilene Big Game for the monofilament tests. Though our
time with the reel was limited prior to this hard launch we put it through the
paces fishing lightweight plastics as well as seeing just how well it performed
handling reaction baits.
The polished finish gives it a
higher-end look and feel than other Tatula reels
Casting: What makes the new reel unique is
that not only is it light but it is designed to cast better with the
implementation of Daiwa’s patented SV Spool and Airbreak technology, which is
basically a dual casting system that works together to minimize backlashes and
deliver improved casts through the integration of both magnetic braking and
centrifugal braking systems.
It just took a few casts to see
just how much the SV Spool improves casting performance in the platform
The new Tatula casts almost identical to other
reels in the family when it came to launching reaction baits, and pretty much
anything 1/2oz. and heavier. It is when using lighter lines and casting smaller,
and lighter, baits like tiny jigs, weightless plastics, or a tiny ned rig that
the reel really shines.
spool is nothing not new, but it is proven, and the quick startup combined with
the air brake system helps control casts with even the lightest of baits.
The A7075 SV Spool is designed to
be both light and durable
This system was based on older Magforce systems and rather than just use
magnetic or centrifugal systems it leverages both in unison to provide spool
management from the start to finish of each cast.
Inside we can see the combined
magnetic and centrifugal system
At the beginning of the cast the spool starts up
quickly without counter-resistance, and as it speeds up the golden inductor
moves away from the spool and into the magnetic rings housed within the
non-handle-side sideplate where magnetic braking applies pressure based on your
settings. At the end of the cast the spool rotations slow down and a spring
pulls the inductor back from the magnetic rings as it no longer requires brake
The spool weighs .45oz. (12.75
As with other Tatula reels Daiwa
encourages anglers to set and forget the spool tension with the “Zero Adjuster”
and rely on the cast control for fine-adjustments. Casting is further maximized
with the company’s proven T-Wing System that works by opening up the line feed
and allowing line to flow smoothly off the spool, and also gives the reel the
distinctive unhindered casting feel across all weight ranges.
The SV spool's inductor is spring
loaded and moves outwards at high RPM and into the magnetic rings
As with other SV equipped reels the Tatula 103 SV
TW provides consistent, and quiet casts, and while the casting system does
effectively combat backlashes the reel is still not immune to them, and I did
find it necessary to sometimes make minor adjustments to the “Zero Adjuster” to
eliminate those pesky professional overruns.
The gearing in the Tatula SV TW is
made of hardened brass
Retrieve: Today’s Tatula Series reels continue to up the ante when it comes
to performance, and refinement, and reels like this latest version are even as
smooth as previous generation Zillions. The well designed aluminum frame locks
the master gearing in place while the bearings help deliver a smooth overall
reel featured a 7.1:1 retrieve and even when continuous cranking with long
lipped deep divers like the River2Sea Tactical DD crank we never experienced any
lack of power, or gear bind, whatsoever.
A closer look at the primary
gearing. The teeth on the gear are average size
On the other end of the spectrum the new Tatula is
a surprisingly good baitfinesse option, as the reel is able to cast lightweight
baits easily, and has the speed (with the two higher speed models), to bring
back those baits quickly to focus on your target zones. Out of the entire Tatula
lineup if fishing light line and baitfinesse is your focus application then this
is the spider to get.
The drag star on this Tatula is
functional but nowhere near as refined as the Zaion star found on the Elite
Section: The most balanced Tatula yet?