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Price & Applications: The Tatula Series has already been a quality lineup for Daiwa, and has proved to be a worthy workhorse series for the brand. Add in the excellent performance and refinement characteristics of the SV Spool and the lineup becomes so good that there is no doubt in my mind that the Tatula SV TW will cannibalize some of the Zillion market, and that is a very good thing for anglers looking to get into the near-premium market with a reel that is priced within reach.

A Zion drag star is a very nice touch

This Tatula reel accomplishes one of the hardest things to attain, an excellent balance of being able to fish lures and applications on both ends of the weight spectrum. It feels right at home with braided line casting big baits as it does tossing lightweight finesse plastics, all thanks to that quality SV Spool implementation.

The Tatula SV TW proved to be excellent for tossing everything from big baits to lightweight plastics

The high speed reel is still one of my favorite reels in the lineup as it doesn’t ask you to make performance sacrifices while delivering that blistering speed. It is great for power fishing plastics and winding baits back quickly through dead water but is also a good option for topwater work, bombing swimbait, and frog fishing reel. It may look shallow but the 33mm diameter SV spool still offers plenty of capacity for fishing these applications, and it is hard to describe just how well it enables anglers to control their casts, especially with those lighter baits.


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Daiwa Tatula SV TW TASV103XS Casting Reel Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Aluminum frame and use of zaion makes this a durable and solid feeling reel. Though not made in Japan the reel exhibits excellent construction throughout 9
Performance An absolutely fantastic caster on both ends of the spectrum 10
Price There is a lot of competition at this price point but you get plenty for 200 dollars with this reel. It is a good value overall 7.8
Features Lot's of good features but it is all about that SV spool 8
Design (Ergonomics) The CT platform is a welcome improvement over the previous generation reels. This reel feels more zillion than it does traditional Tatula 8
Application Everything from finesse on up this reel can do it all 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Aluminum frame and Zaion components are light and durable - There is a lot of competition at this price point and if the Tatula SV TW was 20 dollars cheaper it would be a lock
+ The SV spool is the real deal! - Sideplates are not aluminum
+ New finish looks and feels premium  
+ Lighter and more compact than previous generation  
+ Able to handle baits at both ends of the weight spectrum  

The SV design and SV spool was once only reserved for higher-end reels in the Daiwa lineup, like the Steez and Zillion, and the integration of this design into the Tatula series is nothing short of an engineering masterpiece.


To have this level of performance and refinement in the Tatula Series, at the 200 dollar price point, couldn’t have come at a better time for Daiwa. The competition has been fierce at this price point and new reels from major competitors including the new Shimano Curado 200K has only made things all the more interesting.


The Tatula SV TW is the most refined Tatula to date and looks and fishes like a much more expensive reel

Never one to back away from a challenge Daiwa has a real weapon in the Tatula SV TW, this reel offers anglers one of the widest spectrum of capabilities in a compact baitcaster.

The combination of the T-Wing System with the SV Spool and Ultimate Tournament Drag gives anglers an everyday reel that can handle the entire gamut of applications, as long as you have the right line for the job spooled on.

I love how effortless the Tatula SV TW is to cast, and even the high speed versions provide plenty of muscle when it comes time to wind big fish back to the boat.

The Tatula SV TW is a very special reel, delivering excellent casting across the entire spectrum. This one is a winner!

Versatility is the hallmark of the Tatula SV TW reel but bang for the buck is also a key factor that makes this offering so exceptional. When it comes to delivering performance across the entire spectrum, a surprising level of refinement, and a combination of sheer value for the money, the Tatula SV TW is hard to beat.

I personally like this reel better than just about every other reel in the Daiwa lineup, when value is factored in, and for tournament anglers and weekend warriors the Tatula SV TW is an excellent go-to workhorse that can be reliably fished each and every single day of the year. The Tatula SV TW is the very definition of what an Editor’s Choice reel should be, as it delivers across the board and doesn’t require anglers to empty their wallets in the process. This one is a winner.


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