Daiwa’s Pluton can
be described with one word…. Solid (continued)
To test the Pluton we
jigged iron for rockfish at the end of the season off the Northern California
coast as well as put in a serious amount of hours in slinging swimbaits for bass
both from the shore of various Norcal lakes and targeted stripers on the Delta
from the decks of our boats. Testing time was split between two editors and the
reel was paired with a number of different rods including Mattlures, Dobyns, and
While created for saltwater and
inshore fishing the Pluton is also an excellent big bait reel
The Pluton proved to be a very fine caster, especially when it came to swimbaits.
We actually found the second reel we tested better than the first run sample,
not only did it feel smoother on retrieves but the bearings seemed to be better
lubricated and the real world result was a smoother and longer cast.
The Pluton turned out to be an
The Pluton’s magnetic cast
control implementation is easier to use than the already well designed
externally adjusted cast control on the Luna. Like most premium Daiwa reels the
Pluton makes use of a magnetic cast control system which is housed in the
interior of the removable sideplate and cast control is adjusted externally.
The Pluton isn't flashy and
features a clean utilitarian design that is simple yet elegant
There is a black ring that
encircles the non handle sideplate which rotates back and forth with an
indicator that lines up with laser engraved marks engraved on the sideplate. The
ring rotates easily by applying pressure with one finger and there is an audible
click making it easy to make slight adjustments in the field.
Casting swimbaits from shore...
The Pluton is all about power during retrieve is among the very best round reels
we have tested to date. The Pluton feels more like the Saltiga than the Luna
during retrieves and the robust gearing coupled with the ultra strong machined
aluminum frame add up to a “tank” of a reel.
...the Pluton makes it easy to
make cast control adjustments on the fly with the externally adjustable cast
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