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It's Getting Hot in Here! Meet the Updated Tatula CT Reels

 

Date: 7/13/16
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Zander








Introduction: The Daiwa Steez may get all the attention but when it comes to which reel the company sells a whole lot more of we need to turn to the more mainstream oriented workhorse reel known as the Tatula. The Tatula Series has become more refined over time and Type R variants really started to blur the lines between mainstream and premium level performance. This ICAST Daiwa rolls out the new Tatula CT Series which features enhanced ergonomics.

 


Still on fire? Meet the new Tatula CT reels which feature a lower profile design than the previous generation

 

Still Hot: At first glance the Tatula CT reels don't look all that different from the current versions, and though the updates are subtle they do give the new reels a much more updated look and feel. Borrowing a very similar design to the Steez these new reels feature a sleeker more sculpted front section and lower profile so that they will not only feel more natural on a rod but are easier to palm as well.

 


The new Tatula is much sleeker

 

The new Tatula CT reels feature the T-Wing System, Magforce Z cast control, an eight bearing (7BB+1RB) design, and weigh in at 7.4oz. each. There are both left and right hand retrieve models and four gear ratios to select from including 5.5:1, 6.3:1, 7.3:1, and 8.1:1 (this Hyper Speed model is only available in right hand retrieve). Each of the new Tatula CT reels retails for a very affordable $129.95 each.

 


The Tatula CT Type R features red highlights, it really wouldn't be a Type R if it didn't now would it?

Even Hotter: For those anglers that want to push the envelope in a workhorse class reel Daiwa is also introducing the new Tatula CT Type R baitcasters which feature an identical profile as the standard CT reels but with a number of performance and cosmetic enhancements.


A look at the top of the Tatula Type R. Pretty slick for a sub 200 dollar workhorse reel

These reels are immediately recognizable thanks to the red highlights on the frame and handle and rather than use a composite drag star these reels feature a Zaion drag star that is not only more durable but lighter as well. The bearings in the Type R have also been upgraded and include 2CRBB+5BB+1RB, and the reel weighs in just a bit less at 7.2 ounces.


Pro Angler Ish Monroe shows us the hot new Tatula CT Type R

The Type R is available in the same gear ratios, 5.5:1, 6.3:1, 7.3:1, and 8.1:1, but the Hyper Speed is available in both left and right hand retrieves! The Type R retails for just 50 dollars more than the standard Tatula CT reels at $179.99 each. So while the Steez may get all the attention it is the younger sibling that really brings home the bacon, and anglers can load up on two Tatula CT Type R's for less than a single Steez. It just really depends what your looking for in a reel but clearly Daiwa is working hard to appeal to all segments.




 

 

 

 

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