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Author Topic: [Reels] Daiwa SVTW103HS Test  (Read 1741 times)

Offline Bud Kennedy

[Reels] Daiwa SVTW103HS Test
« on: July 23, 2017, 10:55:21 AM »
Spooled up some 10# mono and gave the new reel a whirl this morning.  All I can say is WOW.  Sure enough it does cast a good distance and offhand I would say about 10 - 20% longer than my Lews BB1.  The real deal is how easy it was to dial in.  Once I made the initial set up with the spool tension and the brakes as recommended by Daiwa the experience was unbelievable.  

In a video Daiwa was making casts without thumbing the reel.  Well I gotta tell you it is absolutely true.  It did not matter if it was a flip, pitch, side arm, overhead no matter what the spool reacted just as they claimed.  The braking system is fantastic.  This may be enough to get the wife away from using a spinning reel all the time.

The reel is smooth and does not feel geary during the retrieve.  I would not call it totally smooth during the retrieve but still good.  I think a good clean and lube would easily end that.  The drag seems to be very good as well but really won't know until we take it to the water and hook up on a big un.

To me the weight difference from the Lews is not noticeable but to a very skilled angler they may notice but certainly not noticed by me.  The size of the reel is a great fit for my hand.  I have medium hands with fairly short fingers and it was just fine.  I think someone with large hands and long fingers might want a bit bigger reel.

Will the reel monkey visit here again?.  I would say at this moment it is highly likely.  I will be keeping my Lews BB1 reels but the lesser speed spools might just have to go.  As you can tell I am suitably impressed with the Daiwa SVTW103HS.

The bait used during this test was an unweighted senko.  

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Offline Bud Kennedy

Re: Daiwa SVTW103HS Test
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2017, 03:16:50 PM »
I now have completed all the testing I need  I have never had a reel that performed as good as the Tatula SV 103HS.  Absolutely fantastic casting distance and total cast control. Have tuned the set up by moving the brake setting to the #4 and then #2 settings.  Still don't need to thumb the reel and still no backlashes.  Today I was casting from my garage door down the drive way across the street and landing on the roof of my neighbors house with total ease.  I was using just a senko and in a cross wind and still with 10# mono.  Just fantastic.  The decision has been made to go ahead and get another one.  I do believe I will select the model Tatula SV103XS this time and that should complete my reel needs for the upcoming trip to Guntersville.  As you can tell I cannot be more pleased with the out of the box performance.  I guess a few of my Lew's will be retired but not the BB-1.  I plan on taking three set ups to Guntersville so it will be Two Daiwas and one Lews.  The rods will be my two custom rods from Lee Smith + one other to be determined.  The only other things I will need is some more Pro Z frogs and some 50 LB Braid.  I have some but probably will need a bit more.

Offline Jigfishn10

Re: Daiwa SVTW103HS Test
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2017, 07:26:14 AM »
Great news Bud  (y) I'm glad that new reel is working nicely for you. Good luck with it, I hope you catch a boatload of fish on it!

Good luck.  ;)


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