Daiwa Tatula SV TW Baitcast Review: Pros & Cons For Saltwater Anglers
Have you ever used a baitcast reel for inshore saltwater fishing?
What are the benefits of using a baitcaster reel for saltwater fishing?
The Daiwa Tatula SV TW is a versatile baitcasting reel that can perform in either freshwater or saltwater.
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Daiwa Tatula SV TW Baitcast Review [VIDEO]
Daiwa has also produced a new version of the Daiwa Tatula SV TW but with some minor changes.
The newer reel is a bit smaller in body size, it has a shorter handle, and a zero adjust spool tension knob.
For saltwater anglers, the specifics of the larger reel are more fitting for inshore fishing.
Daiwa kept the two corrosion-resistant ball bearings in this version as well.
This is a benefit for saltwater anglers because it helps to increase the length of “like new” performance of the reel.
Daiwa Tatula SV TW reels come in three different speed models (6.3:1, 7.3:1, 8.3:1) with 7.3:1 being suitable for inshore saltwater fishing.
Moreover, 29.4 inches per turn is excellent for a baitcaster in terms of rate of pickup speed.
The reel itself weighs 7.2 ounces and has a drag capacity of 13.2 lbs.
There are spinning reels that have a lot more drag pressure, however, with regards to a baitcaster you will have the most control and torque on a fish because the line comes directly off of the spool.
The SV Concept
Baitcasters can be frustrating at times because of backlash on the spool.
These types of reels perform very differently from spinning setups.
If you use the features of a baitcaster just right, it can be to your advantage.
There are tension adjustments on the spool as well as brakes on the side.
And the weight of your line whether it be braid or monofilament can affect the tension on the spool.
The S in SV stands for stress-free and the V stands for versatile.
This means the design and weight of the spool and how it interacts with the braking system will allow you to cast lighter lures a further distance with more accuracy.
Traditionally, baitcasters struggle to throw lures that are lighter than 1/4 of an ounce.
While not perfect, the Daiwa SV TW offers a bit more control to an angler throwing lighter lures.
Magforce Braking System
The SV spool works in conjunction with the Magforce magnetic braking system.
A dial on the side of the reel has settings from 0-20.
This determines how much magnetic force is applied to the spool.
To remove the side plate, twist off the screw on the dial and slide out the side panel.
The SV spool has an orange cup on the side which Daiwa refers to as an inductor cup or inductor rotor.
This cup moves in and out working in conjunction with the magnetic system in the side plate of the reel.
The rings on the inside of the side panel are magnets and depending on how you have it set from 0-20 determines how much magnetic force is placed on the inductor cup.
When you go to cast your line out, the spool will be rotating as fast as possible as the line is sent off of the reel.
At the top of your cast, the inductor cup will shoot out into the magnetic system to offer resistance depending on the number you have it set on.
This controls how much more or less resistance is applied to the inductor rotor during the cast.
Resistance is not being applied to the spool itself but rather to the inductor rotor.
This is to prevent a backlash of line on your spool when casting a lure out into the water.
The aim is to avoid having to use your thumb or other techniques to prevent line backlash or a bird’s nest.
Magnets provide equal pressure to the inductor rotor with 360 degrees of resistance.
In situations you would expect to bird’s nest the line, this system in place prevents line backlash.
Daiwa includes in most of their baitcasting reels a TWS or “T-Wing” system.
More specifically, it is a level wind aperture that Daiwa has made bigger than other traditional baitcast reels.
This reduces the friction of the line moving left to right on the spool when you cast a lure out.
In turn, this will enhance your casting distance because the line is not fighting itself on the spool.
Traditional baitcasters have a smaller opening on the level wind which does put the line back smoothly on the spool.
But when you go to cast, there are times when the line will fight with itself to make its way out through the smaller opening.
Cons Of The Daiwa SV TW
Even though the Magforce offers you a lot of control and the ability to cast lighter lures a further distance, there is always going to be tension on the spool.
This can negatively impact your casting distance.
If you want to use this reel to cover a lot of ground on an open flat, the tension on the spool can be a limiting factor in reducing your ability to cast farther than other baitcasting reels.
Additionally, the spool can hold about 100 yards of line depending on the pound test you are using.
There are other baitcast spools that are able to hold a lot more line.
If you are going after big bull redfish or larger snook that may dump a lot of line off the reel, the line capacity is lower on this particular reel.
When Is The Best Time To Use A Baitcasting Reel In Saltwater?
When it comes to having accurately placed casts, it is hard to beat a baitcaster.
Keep in mind you have to get the proper settings dialed in for control over your casts.
If you are skipping a lure underneath mangroves and docks, with practice you can have a lot more control with a baitcaster to get your lure right where the fish are holding.
Baitcaster reels are utility reels that enable an angler to cast a lure accurately in shorter distances while fishing saltwater.
The Daiwa SV TW is best paired with a 7′ or 7’6″ Medium-Heavy rod for fishing near and around structure in saltwater.
The Daiwa SV TW is a versatile, utility baitcasting reel that has unique features that make it applicable in both freshwater and saltwater.
Compared to traditional baitcast reels, the Daiwa SV TW includes a magnetic braking system and “T-Wing” casting adjustments to enhance your casting distance and reduce bird’s nests.
Remember that this reel will work better in saltwater when fishing under docks or mangroves and around other underwater structures!
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