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Reel Review


Daiwa’s SV TW Baitcaster – A Winning Combination!


Date: 9/20/17
Tackle type: Reel
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 8.63 - EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD

There was a time when if you asked anglers what are the most exciting and unique reels to fish they would often put Daiwa on the top of that list. In the last five years the competition has only gotten tougher, not only from old guards like Shimano and Abu Garcia, but new brands that didn’t even exist half a decade ago. Daiwa like other stalwart reel manufacturers had to up their game and Daiwa did it the best way they knew how, by innovating.


We fished with Pro Angler Brent Ehrler during these tests and demonstrated how the new reel could cast even the lightest baits


Change is hard and when they committed to the T-Wing system throughout their high end lineup it was polarizing for many anglers. But the company stuck to it, and I’m glad they did because Daiwa reels are now becoming what they were to so many anglers a decade ago… exciting and unique all over again. The Tatula SV TW is the first Tatula to make use of the combination of the T-Wing system and the company’s SV spool design and the result in performance might just surprise you.


Daiwa Tatula SV TW TASV103XS Casting Reel Specifications

Line Capacity (lbs / yds) 14/100, 16/90
Gear Ratio 8.1:1 (6.3:1, 7.3:1 also available)
Measured Weight 7.2 ounces
Measured Max. Drag 13.8 lbs measured max drag (13.2lbs. published spec)
Number of Bearings 7 + 1 (2CRBB)
Features Die cast aluminum frame, T-Wing (TWS), SV Concept, Air Rotation, Ultimate Tournament Drag, 90mm swept handle, soft touch handle knobs
Origin Thailand
MSRP $199.99

The most exciting component? The SV Spool of course

Impressions: The Tatula SV TW may not be a flagship reel but you wouldn’t know it based on the loaded feature-set. Daiwa has packed a lot into this new series including the T-Wing casting system, an SV Concept design and SV Spool, a 90mm swept handle and oversized soft-touch knobs, and a finish that is much more similar to the company’s polished high end reels than Daiwa’s more aggressively priced Tatula, and below, offerings. There are a total of six Tatula SV TW reels and in this lineup there are three main types, the 100H, 103HS, and 103XS which feature gold, red, and purple anodized highlights respectively for quick identification.

This is the first time that the SV Spool has been available in a Tatula

I was instantly drawn to the purple version, both because the color gives the reel a more enthusiast looking feel and also because I wanted to try out the quick 8.1:1 retrieve ratio for fishing topwater baits and power fishing plastics.

My initial thoughts on the SV TWS reel the second I unboxed it was just how attractive the new baitcaster was. Other CT reels look utilitarian in comparison to the SV TW and it is clear that Daiwa put some extra effort into trying to differentiate this Tatula from the rest of the lineup. It looks more “Zillion” than it does “Tatula.”

The Tatula is available in a range of retrieve speeds including 8.1:1

Real World Tests: To see if the new Tatula SV TW is more than just a better looking reel we put it through the paces over the course of a five month period, fishing for largemouth bass in the California Delta, Clear Lake, and other Northern California reservoirs. We purchased a second reel from Tackle Warehouse so that we could fish different line type’s side-by-side and compare the reel’s performance with mono, fluorocarbon, and braided lines. In all of the Tatula SV TW tests we spooled up with various line offerings from Sunline.

The new Tatula reel handles all line types beautifully

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