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The Best Tatula Yet? The Tatula SV TW103 Baitcaster is a Worthy Baitfinesse Option


Date: 3/6/20
Tackle type: Reel
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 8.66 - EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD

Introduction: Daiwa’s Tatula Series of products continues to be a top selling series for the company and this weekend at the Classic the company is introducing yet another version, the Tatula SV TW 103, their lightest Tatula to date. We have been fishing a mass production reel for a few months and it is time to take a closer look at this new lighter, and more refined, baitcaster.


Daiwa Tatula SV TW103 Baitcaster Specifications

Line Capacity (lbs / yds) 14/100, 16/90
Gear Ratio 6.3:1, 7.3:1, 8.1:1
Measured Weight 6.7 ounces
Measured Max. Drag 13.8lbs measured max drag (13.2 manufacturer spec)
Number of Bearings 7BB + 1RB
Features CA7075 SV Spool, Ultimate Tournament Drag (UTD), Zero Adjuster, T-Wing system, swept handle, soft touch handle knobs
Origin Thailand
MSRP $199

Daiwa launches the new Daiwa Tatula SV TW 103 reel at the 50th Bassmaster Classic

Impressions - A whole lot of Tatula: The Tatula has become the dominant series of baitcasters for Daiwa, a position once occupied by the more expensive Zillions, as the moderately priced reels have continued to improve and make use of features once reserved for the company’s higher-end reels. Prior to the introduction of the new Tatula SV TW103 there were already seven other Tatula reels (Tatula CT, Tatula 100, Tatula 150, Tatula 200, Tatula SV TW, Tatula Elite, Tatula Elite P/F ), and just when anglers thought there were plenty of options out there Daiwa dropped the new SV TW103, their smallest and lightest reel SV equipped reel yet.

From first glance this Tatula looks very similar to others in the family

This new Tatula reel visually looks near identical to the other Tatula reels and makes use of the Daiwa’s latest compact 100 profile design. Visually the new Tatula SV TW103 is one of the stealthiest looking in the series, and doesn’t feature any color highlights to make it immediately identifiable. The finish of the overall reel is a bluish-black, and the coating is similar to the treatment on the SV TW variants, which visually ties the new reel to Daiwa’s higher- end baitcasters, and the large spider graphic on the non-handle side will constantly remind you that this is a Tatula reel.

The reel is based on the Tatula 100 platform and features a very compact profile

Weight reduction was a priority when Daiwa designed the new reel and this new Tatula weighs in at only 6.7 ounces, which is .2oz. lighter than the current Tatula 100 reels, and exactly the same as the more expensive Tatula Elite.

Like many other Tatula reels the new SV TW103 comes with 7BB+1RB configuration and is available in 6.3:1, 7.1:1, and 8.1:1 retrieve ratios in both right and left hand retrieves. All six of the new models feature the same 32mm A7075 spool which offers a capacity of 14/100.

Time to see what this new Daiwa Tatula is all about

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