Here’s Why The Daiwa Tatula SV Is More Badass Than Your Favorite Reel
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Here’s Why The Daiwa Tatula SV Is More Badass Than Your Favorite Reel

Daiwa Tatula SV is a good reel that has stood the test of time. This blog post breaks down why you want to have one on your next fishing trip.

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How many times have you seen someone with a couple dozen rods and reels?

Maybe you look at them and think, "Man, that guy must be loaded."

Well, that's hardly ever the case and this meme nails it.

ron burgundy fishing tackle

Fact of the matter is that our beloved fishing hobby can become our wallet's worst enemy.

That's why it is good to have a reel that not only performs but will stand the test of time.

Sure, that sounds easy enough, but you never really know how a reel will do until after you've put it through its paces.

Multiple Non-Daiwa Brands

13 Fishing and Abu Garcia are two other brands I've fished as well.

Experience has shown that many reels are great out of the box, but don't hold up to the rigors of inshore fishing, even the higher priced reels.

What about those that have?

Well, they're not quite so available because years later they're not in production anymore.

That's why I've always tried new reels that are still in production, biting the bullet in the name of experience.

But after years of trying one model after another, the Daiwa Tatula SV has proven to be a winner.

Read on and I'll tell you why this reel is a great option for inshore anglers!

Speckled Trout and Daiwa Tatula SV

Daiwa Tatula SV Review

We have to look at the SV's specifications in order to get to know it better, so let's go over that.

Specifications

  • 100 Size Reel
  • Weighs 7.2oz
  • 6.3:1, 7.3:1and 8.1:1 Gear Ratios
  • 13.2lb Maximum Drag
  • Holds 100 yards of 14lb monofilament (or 115 yards of 40lb J-braid)
  • Knowledge Bomb

Choosing a good fishing reel is like choosing a good car: it needs to have the specifications and features that fit your needs.

For example, you'd never use a Porsche 911 to transport your wife and two kids.

Something with four doors and good safety ratings would probably be better for that.

Sure, you could transport your family in such a car, but it'd be awkward and tough to do.

This doesn't mean a Porsche 911 is a bad car, it means that it doesn't suit your family's needs.

This train-of-though applies to fishing reels and the Daiwa Tatula SV perfectly.

Features

Specs are easy, but what really makes this reel stand out are its features:

  • T-Wing System
  • Air Brake System
  • SV Spool
  • Sturdy Design

The above features are what make the Daiwa Tatula SV awesome, so let's dive into each one:

T-Wing System

This is an advanced line guide sporting not one, but two, apertures that better serve you on the retrieve and, most important, on the cast.

This feature (and why it's so badass) is described in detail in this blog post about Daiwa's T Wing System.

Air Brake System

This is an advanced feature not found in other name brands.

This blog post breaks down why Daiwa's Air Brake System is one really want in your hands.

SV Spool

Honestly, the SV Spool deserves a review in and of itself, because it borrows a design from specialized casting reels used in Japan for extreme finesse fishing.

This makes the Daiwa Tatula SV great for:

  • casting light baits
  • skipping lures
  • casting in heavy wind
  • any situation where backlash is most likely to occur

If you're new to casting tackle and fear backlashing your reel, then this is a great reel to get started with.

Will the Daiwa Tatula SV stand the test of time?

I've owned mine for a year now, and it's still going as if it just came out of the box.

It's been left in the rain, endured freezing temperature, and caught fish from Lake Chickamauga in Tennessee, to the marsh here in Louisiana and all the way down in Florida.

Daiwa Tatula SV and Largemouth Bass at Percy Quin

This is great because I've had other reels not last under these same conditions, eventually feeling as if a gremlin squirt toothpaste inside them or something.

I should also add that there are "time tested" reels the Tatula SV can be compared tom such as Shimano's E-series and Core reels, both of which I've owned.

But those reels are no longer in production and cost more used than their original MSRP! Good luck with that!

So, the Daiwa Tatula SV is a reel I'll still be using five years from now, and that's why I've invested in them.

Why will it stand the test of time?

As mentioned before, I've invested a lot of time and dollars into fishing with different brands and models of reels. 

While I haven't fished every single reel out there, I've fished (and serviced) enough to learn why some hold up and others don't.

Let's go over those:

Tight Tolerances

All the "time tested" reels I've fished with all had one thing in common: they weren't built loosely.

The side plate didn't flex, nothing jiggled free or became loose over time.

A good test is to see if you can easily fit your thumbnail between the body and sideplate. 

loose sideplate on casting reel

This non-Daiwa reel was lightweight and fast, but it did not hold up to the rigors of inshore fishing.

If the two separate to make space for your nail then you've most likely have a bad apple virtually guaranteed to lose performance and break long before my Daiwa Tatula SV gives up the ghost.

Tight tolerances ensure everything stays put and the elements stay out.

Secure Sideplate

Being here five years from now isn't enough!

A reel that's truly good will still be performing five years from now.

The best reels that have done exactly that have always sported an immovable sideplate.

Shimano Core 100Mg

This Shimano Core doesn't even house the bearing in the sideplate, but in a bearing housing that screws securely into the reel frame. This was one of the smoothest and highest performing reels I've ever owned. Sadly, it is no longer in production. The only reel to match it has been the Daiwa Tatula SV.

Some reels have a weak-sauce pin or snap that holds the sideplate in whereas others are locked firmly in place.

This is important because the sideplate houses one of two bearings that the spool spins on.

If the sideplate were to shift at all between casts, even a hair, it will change how that spool spins.

This makes for an inconsistent reel, casting great one minute and awful the next.

You won't find some wimpy pin or snap to hold the sideplate in place on the Daiwa Tatula SV.

Daiwa Tatula SV sideplate

No, they use a straight machine screw and tighten that thing shut.

Which is fine, because you really shouldn't be opening your reel on the water.

The One Thing I Don't Like

I'm not crazy about the reel's weight.

Most Daiwa casting reels are heavy, with the Daiwa Tatula SV coming in at 7.2 ounces.

That's a tad chunky compared to the six and sub-six ounce reels I've fished, but it's certainly not a dealbreaker.

Research revealed that Daiwa didn't get sucked into the "lighter is better" race to the bottom, as virtually every other company did and, in my own personal experience, those reels haven't lasted.

It's safe to say that weight's the tradeoff when you want a high quality reel, but I certainly wouldn't recommend this reel for techniques like the Pontchartrain Pop.

Daiwa's Tatula 100 is a far better choice.

Otherwise, I've used the reel for everything else from skipping docks to sight fishing redfish and it has performed to expectations.

What Are The Best Applications for The Daiwa Tatula SV?

  • strong wind conditions
  • skipping lures
  • throwing light baits
  • beginners with casting tackle

Applications It's Not Best Suited For

  • popping corks
  • deepwater jigging
  • anything requiring a deep spool

Would I buy another one?

Absolutely!

In fact, I already have, as well as other Daiwa rods and reels that share the same qualities and features as the Tatula SV.

Daiwa Tatula SV Casting Reels

In the end, it's my goal to help you catch fish, and part of that goal is helping you save your hard-earned dollars with a good investment.

I think the Daiwa Tatula SV is one of those investments you should make if you're looking for a high quality reel that will stand the test of time.

Tight lines, y'all!

About the Author Devin Denman

Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.

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  • Devin Denman says:

    Hank, it depends on your needs.

    A higher gear ratio is better for jigging.

    A lower gear ratio is for spinnerbaits.

  • Hank Holbrook says:

    What do you recommend as far as the gear ratio?

  • Devin Denman says:

    The SV is good, especially for light baits and skipping. I’m fishing Lake Chickamauga this week with my uncle and he’s been loving the SV for skipping jigs under docks. Glad you enjoyed them, too!

  • jcdogfish says:

    I’m a bass guy and mostly fish fresh water. I have revo’s, Shimano’s, Lew’s and bought a few Tatula sv’s after your video. I gotta say the sv’s have become my favorite reel by far. I can cast any baitcaster in pretty much any conditions but these sv’s in the wind are fantastic, especially with lighter baits. You are correct in saying reels are not built like they used to be built. I’m impressed and have a couple more on order.

  • Devin Denman says:

    This is a very good question, I like it!

    For starters, I don’t use a Tatula SV for jigging, instead I use a Tatula 100 because of its lower profile.

    I like either of these rods to pair with that:

    Avid X AXC64MXF (6′ 4″ Medium X-Fast)
    Tatula TTU661 (6’6″ Medium Fast)

  • Chuck Moresi says:

    Devin, What manuf., length & class rod do you like matching up with the Daiwa Tatula SV reel, lets say when you are throwing 1/4, 3/8 & 1/2 oz. jigs fishing for trout?

  • Devin Denman says:

    Awesome choice, glad to hear it! Thanks for commenting.

  • Devin Denman says:

    Sure, but what year are they? Shimano has taken a nosedive in quality and don’t make ’em like they used to.

  • Gary Hauptmann says:

    That may be I have never tried any of those but been using my Shimano Curado’s for years without fail.

  • BobR says:

    I bought one a few weeks ago with the 6.3:1 gear ratio. Used it last weekend to put 1/2 a limit of trout in the boat jigging shallow water (other 1/2 came on a cork) I have also caught several reds to 25″ so far. Easy to set up for casting and it has a smooth drag. It is mounted on a St. Croix 6-10 ML dropshot rod. I also bought a Tatula 150 last week to pair with a MH rods for reds

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