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Probably one of the most anticipated jigging reels from Daiwa this year has to be the 2015 Daiwa Saltiga overhead. Launched at this year’s Japan Fishing Show in Yokohama, the Daiwa Saltiga comes in two sizes: 10 and 15 in 5.1 and 6.4 retrieve ratios.

Daiwa Saltiga 15H 2015

DAIWA SALTIGA 10/15

The new Saltiga overhead is a very compact reel with an oversized gearbox. For greater longevity on the water, Daiwa placed its proprietary MAGSEAL ball bearing on its pinion, similar to the 2014 magsealed Ryoga Bay Jigging reels. It is also features ATD (Automatic Tournament Drag), Daiwa’s latest implementation of a new proprietary grease on their drag washers to enable a very smooth and consistent start up drag pressure right from the start.

The new 2015 Saltiga is available in 2 sizes – 10 and 15, in 2 retrieve ratios: 5.1 (retrieves 80cm per turn) and 6.4 (retrieves 100cm per turn). The size 10 takes in 300m of PE #2 line or 200m of PE #3 while the size 15 takes 500m of PE #2 line and 300m of PE #3. The reel also comes with a nifty neoprene reel pouch for protection against nicks during travel. Nice!

DAIWA SALTIGA SPECIFICATIONS

Model Handle Weight(g) Line Retrieval Ratio Drag(kg) Line Cap.(PE./m) Bearings
10 RIGHT 405 80 cm 5.1 9 2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200 8+1
10H RIGHT 405 100 cm 6.4 8 2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200 8+1
10HL LEFT 405 100 cm 6.4 8 2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200 8+1
15 RIGHT 405 80 cm 5.1 9 2-500, 2.5-400, 3-300 8+1
15H RIGHT 405 100 cm 6.4 8 2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200 8+1
15HL LEFT 405 100 cm 6.4 8 2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200 8+1

 

 

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Daiwa Saltiga 15H 2015   Daiwa Saltiga 15H 2015   Daiwa Saltiga 15H 2015

Daiwa Saltiga 15H 2015   Daiwa Saltiga 15H 2015   Daiwa Saltiga 15H 2015

Saltiga 10HL 2015   Saltiga 10HL 2015   Saltiga 10HL 2015

Saltiga 10HL 2015   Saltiga 10HL 2015   Saltiga 10HL 2015

 

 

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Daiwa has launched a very limited production of Tatula Type-Rs in a stunning red colour especially for the Thailand market. The red Tatula Type-R retains all the features of the US Tatula Type-R with the exception of some very slight cosmetic changes. The reel’s red sideplates go very well with a black main frame featuring the cool Tatula trademark spider logo in silver. It also features Daiwa’s I-knobs on the 90mm swept handles as compared to the standard paddle knobs found on the US models.

Additionally, standard US Tatula Type-Rs only come in 6.3 and 8.1 retrieve ratios. The red Tatula Type-R is available in 6.3 and 7.3 retrieve ratios, taking in 67cm and 77cm of line per crank respectively.

Tatula Type R Red

The Daiwa Tatula Type R Red, produced specially for the Thailand market

FEATURES

  • T-Wing System
  • Air Rotation
  • Rugged, lightweight aluminium frame and sideplate (gear side)
  • Ultimate Tournament Carbon Drag (UTD) giving 6kg of drag
  • MagForce Z Cast Control
  • 8 Bearing System
  • Infinite Anti-reverse
  • Corrosion resistant clutch mechanism
  • Large 90mm swept power handle with cut-outs for reduced weight

TATULA TYPE-R RED SPECIFICATIONS

Model Handle Weight Line Retrieval Ratio Max Drag Line Cap.(lb/m) Bearings
TATULA TYPE-R 100H (RED) RIGHT 215g 67cm 6.3 6kg 12-135, 14-110, 16-90 7+1
(2 CRBB)
TATULA TYPE-R 100HL (RED) LEFT 215g 67cm 6.3 6kg 12-135, 14-110, 16-90 7+1
(2 CRBB)
TATULA TYPE-R 100SH (RED) RIGHT 215g 77cm 7.3 6kg 12-135, 14-110, 16-90 7+1
(2 CRBB)
TATULA TYPE-R 100SHL (RED) LEFT 215g 77cm 7.3 6kg 12-135, 14-110, 16-90 7+1
(2 CRBB)

 

Tatula Type R Red

Daiwa’s T-Wing System

Tatula Type R Red

Tatula Type R Red

Super lightweight A7075 aluminium spool

Tatula Type R Red

Zaion Star Drag

Tatula Type R Red

The very cool-looking Tatula spider logo

Tatula Type R Red

The Red Tatula Type-R features I-knobs

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Besides Daiwa’s US domestic market reels, we also had a chance to preview Daiwa JDM 2015-2016 reels launched in September 2015. To target the growing light game, light slow jigging/bay jigging market, Daiwa recently launched 2 baitcast saltwater reels, the Daiwa Millionaire Basara and Daiwa Catalina BJ.

15 Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100

’15 Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100H & 200H

Daiwa’s new Millionaire Basara (meaning ‘diamond’ in Sanskrit) features Daiwa’s Mag-sealed Ball Bearing mounted on the pinion gear to shield against saltwater intrusion and ATD (Automatic Tournament Drag) all encased in a rigid, ultra-precision machine-cut, aluminium body. Automatic Tournament Drag provides a smooth start-up drag that quickly increases to its pre-set drag rating in a fraction of a second.

Millionaire Basara 100

Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100HL, equipped with a 100mm handle and EVA knobs

15 Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100

Top view of ’15 Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100HL

15 Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100

Daiwa Millionaire Basara 200H, with deeper spool, aluminium power knob and balancer

Millionaire Basara Knob

Close up view of the aluminium round power knob

15 Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100

The Daiwa Millionaire Basara features ATD (Automatic Tournament Drag) or also known as ‘Automatic Drag System”

15 Daiwa Millionaire Basara 100

Ported side plate to shave off some weight (looks good too!)

Millionaire Basara Spool

To open side plate, loosen the spool access thumbscrew located on the reel’s frame

Millionaire Basara Front

Front view of the Millionaire Basara

Millionaire Basara Magsealed

Mag-sealed Ball Bearings mounted on pinion for longevity against corrosive saltwater

MILLIONAIRE BASARA SPECIFICATIONS

Model Handle Weight(g) Line Retrieval Ratio Drag(kg) Line Cap.(PE./m) Bearings
100H RIGHT 295 71 cm 6.3 6 2-150, 3-100 6+1
100HL LEFT 295 71 cm 6.3 6 2-150, 3-100 6+1
200H RIGHT 295 71 cm 6.3 6 3-180, 4-120 6+1
200HL LEFT 295 71 cm 6.3 6 3-180, 4-120 6+1

 

Round baitcast jigging reel fans looking for a solid reel without breaking the bank will have good reason to cheer with the introduction of the Daiwa Catalina BJ (Bay Jigging). With a suggested retail price of ¥34,000 (approximately SGD407 as of time of writing), the Catalina BJ features an all-machine cut super metal housing for rigidity, synchronized level wind, double stopper and UTD (Ultimate Tournament Drag). We only managed to preview the Catalina BJ 100, which has a narrower spool and double paddle knobs. The Catalina BJ 200 features a 75/85mm crank handle and large EVA power knob.

15 Daiwa Catalina BJ 100

’15 Daiwa Catalina BJ 100

15 Daiwa Catalina BJ 200SH

’15 Daiwa Catalina BJ 200SH (photo from Daiwa web)

15 Daiwa Catalina BJ Spool

The side plate can be easily accessed by loosening the spool access thumb screw

15 Daiwa Catalina BJ Spool

Centrifugal brakes can be applied if needed

CATALINA BJ SPECIFICATIONS

Model Handle Weight(g) Line Retrieval Ratio Drag(kg) Line Cap.(PE./m) Bearings
100H RIGHT 280 71 cm 6.3 7 1.5-250, 2-200 6+1
100HL LEFT 280 71 cm 6.3 7 1.5-250, 2-200 6+1
100SH RIGHT 280 81 cm 7.3 7 1.5-250, 2-200 6+1
100SHL LEFT 280 81 cm 7.3 7 1.5-250, 2-200 6+1
200SH RIGHT 280 81 cm 7.3 7 2-250, 2.5-200 6+1
200SHL LEFT 280 81 cm 7.3 7 2-250, 2.5-200 6+1

 

15 Daiwa Freams LTD SH

’15 Daiwa Freams LTD SH

Apart from the 2 round baitcast saltwater reels, Daiwa also unveiled two limited edition versions of the Freams – the Freams LTD and Freams LTD SH. The Freams LTD SH features key Daiwa technologies such as a Mag-sealed shaft, Air Rotor, Digigear II, ABS II and Air Bail. It is only available in sizes 2000 and 2500. In addition to all the features listed above, the Daiwa Freams LTD (without SH) is equipped with ATD and available in sizes 2000 (gear ratio 4.8:1) , 2500 (gear ratio 4.8:1) , 3000 (gear ratio 4.7:1) and 4000 (gear ratio 4.9:1).

FREAMS LTD SH SPECIFICATIONS

Model Weight(g) Line Retrieval Ratio Drag(kg) Line Cap. Bearings
FREAMS LTD 2000SH 250 81 cm 6.0 4 2.7kg/125m, 3.6kg/100m, 4.5kg/85m 4+1
FREAMS LTD 2500SH 265 90 cm 6.0 7 2.7kg/190m, 3.6kg/155m, 4.5kg/130m 4+1

 

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We get a sneak peek at some new reels from Daiwa, launched at the recent ICAST’15 for the US market. Although not the complete line up of 2016 reels showcased, here are some models that we managed to have a preview of ahead of their appearance at retail shops.

New Daiwa 2016 Steez SV

New Daiwa 2016 Steez SV

Folks in the US that have been longing for the JDM Steez SV on US soil have their prayers answered with the swanky new Steez SV. The Steez SV features a G1 Duralumin SV spool – an aircraft-grade, lightweight duralumin material. The spool is light enough to cast and pitch ultra-light lures, yet is strong enough to overcome spool deformation issues. We can’t confirm at this point if the SV spool is identical (apart from the colour) to the JDM version but if it is, the SV spool can deal with lure weights from about 3 grams all the way to more than 40 grams. Hence the term ‘SV’, which stands for “stress-free versatile”.

STEEZ SV SPECIFICATIONS

Model Handle Weight(oz) Line Retrieval Ratio Drag(lb) Line Cap.(lb/m) Bearings
STEEZSV103H RIGHT 5.8 26″ 6.3 13.2 14-100, 16-90 11+1
STEEZSV103XS RIGHT 6.4 34.6″ 8.1 13.2 14-100, 16-90 11+1
STEEZSV103HL LEFT 5.8 26″ 6.3 13.2 14-100, 16-90 11+1
STEEZSV103XSL LEFT 6.4 34.6″ 8.1 13.2 14-100, 16-90 11+1

 

New 2016 Daiwa SV103

New 2016 Daiwa SV103

New 2016 Daiwa SV103

Top view of the 2016 Daiwa SV103

Taking its cue from the previous generation Zillion platform, the new Daiwa SV 103 features a solid aluminium frame and side plate. A key feature of the SV 103 is the shallow SV free floating spool made of A7075 aircraft aluminium designed to launch light lures.

SV 103 SPECIFICATIONS

Model Handle Weight(oz) Line Retrieval Ratio Drag(lb) Line Cap.(lb/m) Bearings
SV103H RIGHT 7.8 26.3″ 6.3 13.2 14-100, 16-90 6+1
SV103XS RIGHT 7.8 33.6″ 7.9 13.2 14-100, 16-90 6+1
SV103HL LEFT 7.8 26.3″ 6.3 13.2 14-100, 16-90 6+1
SV103XSL LEFT 7.8 33.6″ 7.9 13.2 14-100, 16-90 6+1

 

The new Daiwa Coastal TWS 200HSL

The new Daiwa Coastal TWS 200HSL

The new Daiwa Coastal TWS 200HSL

The new Daiwa Coastal TWS 200HSL

Daiwa’s new Coastal TWS 200 features the revolutionary TWS T-Wing system and corrosion resistant ball bearings for saltwater use. Highlights for the Coastal TWS include A7075 aircraft grade aluminium deep spool, a UTD drag that pushes up to 15.4lbs of drag pressure and a 100mm skeletal swept handle equipped with EVA knobs.

COASTAL TWS SPECIFICATIONS

Model Handle Weight(oz) Line Retrieval Ratio Drag(lb) Line Cap.(lb/m) Bearings
CLTW200HS RIGHT 8.1 32.2″ 7.3 15.4 14-165, 20-100 7 CRBB + 1 RB
CLTW200HSL LEFT 8.1 32.2″ 6.3 15.4 14-165, 20-100 7 CRBB + 1 RB

 

New 2016 Daiwa Fuego 100

New 2016 Daiwa Fuego 100 front view

New 2016 Daiwa Fuego 100

New 2016 Daiwa Fuego 100

Daiwa’s affordable Fuego baitcaster comes in 3 retrieve ratios, each marked with different anodized spool and cast control knob colours – purple for 8.1:1, red for 7.3:1 and gold for 6.3:1. The reel’s frame seems to resemble that of the Tatula platform, minus the T-Wing line guide. In its place is a conventional line guide. Shown above is the 7.3:1 ratio version.

FUEGO 100 SPECIFICATIONS

Model Handle Weight(oz) Line Retrieval Ratio Drag(lb) Line Cap.(lb/m) Bearings
FUEGO100H RIGHT 7.8 26.3″ 6.3 13.2 14-120, 16-100 11+1
FUEGO100HS RIGHT 7.8 30.5″ 7.3 13.2 14-120, 16-100 11+1
FUEGO100XS RIGHT 7.8 33.9″ 8.1 13.2 14-120, 16-100 11+1
FUEGO100HL LEFT 7.8 26.3″ 6.3 13.2 14-120, 16-100 11+1
FUEGO100HSL LEFT 7.8 30.5″ 7.3 13.2 14-120, 16-100 11+1
FUEGO100XSL LEFT 7.8 33.9″ 8.1 13.2 14-120, 16-100 11+1

 

New 2016 Daiwa Fuego Spinning Reels

New 2016 Daiwa Fuego Spinning Reel

Daiwa Fuego spinning reels get a facelift while keeping their trademark red blings. The new Daiwa Fuego spinning reel features a narrow, rigid aluminium “Hardbodyz” body design, Air Rotor for lighter weight and greater sensitivity, “Digigear” digital gear design and sporting an EVA power knob on a machine cut aluminium handle.

FUEGO SPINNING REEL SPECIFICATIONS

Model Weight(oz) Line Retrieval Ratio Drag(lb) Line Cap.(lb/m) Bearings
FUEGO2000SH 8.1 31.6″ 6.0 4.4 6-135, 10-90 1 CRBB + 7 BB + 1 RB
FUEGO2500SH 9.2 35.6″ 6.0 8.8 6-210, 10-140 1 CRBB + 7 BB + 1 RB
FUEGO3000SH 10.6 37.4″ 5.6 13.2 8-240, 10-200 1 CRBB + 7 BB + 1 RB
FUEGO4000SH 13.8 39.9″ 5.7 13.2 10-300, 12-260 1 CRBB + 7 BB + 1 RB

 

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More new 2015 Daiwa reels launched and spotted at the Japan Fishing Show 2015 in Yokohama. First up, is the new Daiwa Freams series of spinning reels. This year, Daiwa makes its proprietary Magsealed technology available even in its affordable-priced spinning reels. Even baitcasters such as the new 2015 Daiwa Zillion TW range feature Magsealed ball bearings. A great feature to protect the reel (and pinion bearings) from corrosive saltwater intrusion.

New Daiwa Freams 2004The new 2015 Daiwa Freams 2004

New Daiwa Freams 2500Daiwa Freams 2500

Daiwa T-Wing System (TWS) Line Up

Daiwa’s T-Wing System (TWS) has been expanded from the Tatula to the evergreen Zillion range. Not only does the 2015 Daiwa Zillion TW 1516 feature the TWS flip-up line guide that allows line to flow through a much larger opening, it also sports Magsealed ball bearings on the pinion and comes in 4 gear ratios with the highest at 9.1:1.

Daiwa Zillion TW 1516XXHLDaiwa Zillion TWS 1516XXHL (Gear Ratio 9.1:1, winding in 102cm of line per turn)

Daiwa Zillion TW 1516SHDaiwa Zillion TWS 1516SH (Gear Ratio 7.3:1, winding in 81cm of line per turn)

Daiwa Zillion TW 1516HLDaiwa Zillion TWS 1516H (Gear Ratio 6.3:1, winding in 71cm of line per turn

Daiwa Zillion TW 1516LDaiwa Zillion TWS 1516SH (Gear Ratio 5.5:1, winding in 61cm of line per turn)

Tatula HLC & Tatula HD Custom

The Tatula Hyper Long Cast (HLC) features a 34mm G1 duralumin HLC spool designed for long-distance casts in mind. The Tatula HLC comes in 7.3:1 (red accent) and 8.1:1 (purple accent) gear ratios. The Tatula HD custom is designed for heavy-duty usage. It features a deep ultra-duralumin spool for high line capacity (20lb mono – 135m), helical cut tough digigear and a 100mm power handle with oversized paddle knobs, similar to those on the US model Tatula reels. The Tatula HD Custom is also capable of dishing out 7kg of drag pressure vs. 5kg on the standard Tatula.

Tatula Hyper Long Cast 8.1Daiwa Tatula HLC 8.1L-TW (Gear Ratio 8.1:1, winding in 86cm of line per turn)

Tatula Hyper Long Cast 7.3Daiwa Tatula HLC 7.3L-TW (Gear Ratio 7.3:1, winding in 77cm of line per turn)

Tatula HLC SpoolTatula Hyper Long Cast (HLC) spool

Tatula HD CustomTatula HD Custom 150SHL-TW (Gear Ratio 7.3:1, winding in 82cm of line per turn)

Ryoga Shrapnel

Taking a cue from the Daiwa “Millionaire Black Sheep”, the Ryoga Shrapnel is an evolved version of the standard Ryoga in black. Designed for heavy-cover fishing, the 390g Shrapnel boasts a deep and wide 38mm ultra-duralumin spool, centrifugal braking system, 90mm swept handle and Whiplash Factory Serpent Bite handle knobs. The Ryoga Shrapnel can assert a maximum drag pressure of 10kg.

Ryoga Shrapnel C3000HRyoga Shrapnel – customized for heavy-cover fishing

Ryoga Shrapnel C3000HDaiwa Shrapnel C3000HL (Gear Ratio of 6.2:1, winding in 73m of line per turn)

Alphas SV

The Daiwa Alphas gets a slight cosmetic upgrade and a new Stress-free Versatile (SV) spool. According to Daiwa, the Alphas SV is capable of casting lures and weights as light as 4g. The Alphas SV comes in two gear ratios: 5.8:1 and 7.2:1 with the higher gear ratio model sporting a red level wind and lock nut plate.

Daiwa Alphas SVDaiwa Alphas SV 105SHL (Gear Ratio 7.2:1 winding in 74cm of line per turn)

Daiwa Alphas SVCompact and palmable just like its predecessors

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More photos of new Daiwa products at the 2015 Japan Fishing Show (Yokohama)! Today we have a look at two flagship spinning models – the 2015 Daiwa Exist and Saltiga.

2015 DAIWA SALTIGA

2015 Daiwa Saltiga

More than just a facelift, the new 2015 Saltiga saltwater spinning reels feature Daiwa’s proprietary mag-sealed ball-bearings on the line roller and both sides of the handle shaft in addition to a mag-sealed rotating shaft. This effectively prevents corrosive saltwater intrusion into critical parts of the reel. Another key feature of the new Saltiga spinner is the “Automatic Tournament Drag” or ATD in short. Daiwa’s ATD uses a new proprietary grease that enables the reel to apply smooth and consistent start up drag pressure right from the start. For example, if the reel’s drag pressure is set to 7kg, there is very little variation in the initial start up drag to achieve a consistent 7kg drag pressure compared to the previous generation UTD drag system. Check out the new Saltiga page for reel specifications.

2015 DAIWA SALTIGAShown here is the 2015 Saltiga 6500H

2015 DAIWA SALTIGAThe new Saltiga’s spool features a series of vertical slits.

2015 DAIWA SALTIGA ATD - Automatic Drag SystemApart from the mag-sealed ball bearings on the handle shaft, the new Saltiga features the newly-developed ‘automatic drag system’ (ATD)

2015 Daiwa Exist

The new Exist also gets a notable facelift and similar to the Saltiga, feature mag-sealed ball-bearings on the line roller and both sides of the handle shaft in addition to a mag-sealed rotating shaft. Likewise, it also features the same automatic drag system (ATD), which is especially useful when fishing with very light line where smooth and consistent drags are critical. It is notable that certain models of the new Exist feature skeletal knobs, I-knobs, EVA power knobs and T-knobs according to their respective sizes and recommended applications. Check out the new Exist page for reel specifications.

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2015 Daiwa Exist

2015 Daiwa Exist ATD

Erratum: We previously mentioned in this post that Daiwa’s ATD uses a new drag washer material and a new grease. We have since learnt that this is incorrect. Daiwa’s ATD drag features a new proprietary grease on Daiwa’s standard drag washers. 

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Daiwa unveils its latest 2015 reels at the Japan Fishing Show (Yokohama). In this posting we highlight the new 2015 Saltiga 10 and Saltiga 15 overhead reel.

DAIWA SALTIGA 10/15

The new Saltiga overhead comes as super compact reel, completely redesigned from its predecessor, the Saltiga Z overhead. It features a precision machine-cut aluminium body, Daiwa’s proprietary MAGSEAL ball bearing on its pinion, Hyper Digigear, an all new ‘automatic drag system’ which Daiwa calls ‘ATD’, a spool lock function and the ability to change spools with some quick turns on the 3 secured hexagon screws on its sideplate. Daiwa’s ATD uses a new proprietary grease that enables the reel to apply smooth and consistent start up drag pressure right from the start. For example, if the reel’s drag pressure is set to 5kg, there is very little variation in the initial start up drag to achieve a consistent 5kg drag pressure compared to the previous generation UTD drag system. The new 2015 Saltiga is available in 2 sizes – 10 and 15, in 2 retrieve ratios: 5.1 (retrieves 80cm per turn) and 6.4 (retrieves 100cm per turn). And yes, they have leftie models too in the 6.4 ratio models! This baby is going to be one beast of a jigging reel in a super compact profile!

The size 10 is capable of spooling 300m of PE #2 line or 200m of PE #3 while the size 15 takes 500m of PE #2 line and 300m of PE #3. While the Daiwa catalog does not specifically indicate the actual weight of the reels, we’ve been told they weigh less than 450g. Pretty lightweight for a rock-solid reel.

Enjoy the pics!

2015 DAIWA SALTIGA 10 / SALTIGA 15Saltigas, fall in!

2015 DAIWA SALTIGA 10 / SALTIGA 15Check out the oversized EVA power knob and gearbox!

2015 DAIWA SALTIGA 10 / SALTIGA 15Up close and personal

2015 DAIWA SALTIGA 10 / SALTIGA 15Front view

2015 DAIWA SALTIGA 10 / SALTIGA 15The smaller palming sideplate is very comfortable to hold

2015 DAIWA SALTIGA 10 / SALTIGA 15A turn of the handle re-engages the clutch

2015 DAIWA SALTIGA 10 / SALTIGA 15Top view of the size-15. Note the deep spool on this one!

2015 DAIWA SALTIGA 10 / SALTIGA 15Side-by-side comparison

2015 DAIWA SALTIGA 10 / SALTIGA 15Note the different spool widths between the Saltiga 10 & 15

2015 DAIWA SALTIGA 10 / SALTIGA 15Compact and fits in the palm of your hand

2015 DAIWA SALTIGA 10 / SALTIGA 15Adjustable handle – 75mm or 85mm

Erratum: We previously mentioned in this post that Daiwa’s ATD uses a new drag washer material and a new grease. We have since learnt that this is incorrect. Daiwa’s ATD drag features a new proprietary grease on Daiwa’s standard drag washers. 

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Daiwa Kohga

Daiwa Kohga series of reels and rods were designed specifically with the Japanese Sea Bream (‘Tai’) in mind. Though Daiwa has used existing reel platforms for the Kohga series, each of these reels have been tweaked with slightly different specifications to suit the light tackle ‘Tai Rubber’ (Kabura-style) or ‘Tai Tenya’ (jighead/bait combo) fishing methods that are commonly used by Japanese anglers to catch Sea Bream. To cater to these Sea Bream anglers, Daiwa Kohga reels are designed with gear ratios between 5.6 to 6.0, an ideal ratio for working the bottom with Tai Rubber or Tenya rigs. This gear ratio is a good balance between speed and power to work the jigs and crank up big fish should the need arise. ‘Tai’ are not line burners, so it’s not necessary to have a lot of line loaded into the reel, hence the ‘shallower-than-standard’ spools in the Kohga line-up. That said, these spools are by no means small in line capacity as they are capable of holding at least 200m of PE#0.8!

For South East Asian applications, two Kohga reels have their place for micro jigging and micro ‘slow-style’ jigging game.

KOHGA 2508PE-H
The Kohga 2508PE-H is built on the 2013 Daiwa Certate platform. At one glance, it does look like a ’13 Certate 2508PE with a pinkish facelift but there are some key differences between the Kohga and Certate.

Daiwa Kohga 2508PE-HDaiwa Kohga 2508PE-H (H denotes high-speed or high-gear spec)

The most obvious difference besides the cosmetics is the medium EVA power knob that comes standard with the Kohga. This inclusion is definitely good for jigging, offering more power and ergonomics than the T-shape knob found on the Certate. The Kohga 2508PE-H has a higher gear ratio of 6.0, winding 90cms of line per handle rotation compared to the Certate 2508PE’s gear ratio of 4.8 (winding 72cms per handle rotation). The Kohga also has a slightly larger line capacity, holding 200m of PE#0.8 compared to only 150m of PE#0.8 on the Certate 2508PE. As ‘Tai’ jigging requires the use of very light line, a very smooth and responsive drag is imperative. Daiwa makes this possible on the Kohga 2508PE-H by utilizing felt drag washers and adding an additional spool bearing on the main shaft. This is one of the main differences between the Kohga 2508PE-H and the Certate 2508PE.

Specifications

Model Line Retrieval (cm) Gear Ratio Weight (g) Drag (kg) Line Cap (PE#-m) Bearings
2508PE-H 90 6.0 245 7 0.8-200 1-140 11/1
 

Daiwa Kohga 2508PE-HMade in Japan

Daiwa Kohga 2508PE-HThe ‘bear claw’ porting on the Certate’s spool is also featured on the Kohga 2508PE-H

For micro-jigging applications in 30-40m depths, 200m of PE#0.8 is more than sufficient to handle small to medium Trevally species and similar sized demersal fish. The drag is capable of dishing out 7kg of drag pressure, which is also plenty for a reel this size.

Daiwa Kohga 2508PE-HMag-sealed for protection against corrosive saltwater intrusion through the main shaft

Daiwa Kohga 2508PE-HThe line roller is also mag-sealed

Daiwa Kohga dragThe secret of the Kohga’s smooth drag performance? Felt drags washers!

Daiwa Kohga spool bearingBesides featuring felt drag washers for smooth start-up drag performance, the Daiwa Kohga 2508PE-H features a spool bearing, which is absent in the Certate.

KOHGA 100/100L
For baitcast lovers, there’s the Kohga 100/100L. The Kohga 100/100L is built upon the Daiwa Alphas platform, minus the Magforce cast control mechanism. There is good reason to use the Alphas platform, given its compact size that fits comfortably in the hand. A rigid, super metal frame is fitted with Daiwa’s lightweight Zaion side plate. Daiwa also fitted the Kohga 100/100L with a 90mm swept handle with double power EVA light (S) knobs for more cranking power. The ability to free-spool with the least amount of resistance is an advantage especially when dropping very light jigs and the Kohga 100/100L achieves this with Daiwa’s ‘free-floating spool’ technology whereby the entire spool is disengaged from the pinion gear, allowing it to spin freely.

Similar to the Kohga 2508PE-H, the notable feature of the Kohga 100/100L is the super smooth drag. When fishing with very light line, it is important to have low drag startup inertia and the Kohga’s drag doesn’t disappoint. Another interesting feature is the synchronized level wind of the Kohga 100/100L which moves with the line as it leaves the spool under drag.

Daiwa Kohga 100Featured here is the Daiwa Kohga 100L

Daiwa Kohga 100The Kohga largely keeps the classic Alphas identity

Daiwa Kohga 10090mm swept handles

Daiwa Kohga 100Double power EVA light (S) knobs are standard

Daiwa Kohga 100Although at first glance the line capacity looks rather limited, the Kohga 100/100L actually packs 250m of PE#0.8 line or 200m of PE#1 line

Daiwa Kohga 100In place of the Magforce cast control dial, the Kohga 100/100L has a side plate lock nut

Daiwa Kohga 100Simple yet practical innards

Daiwa Kohga GomokuPerfect for micro jigging in our local waters

KOHGA 100/100L SPECIFICATIONS

Model Retrieve Line Retrieval (cm) Gear Ratio Weight (g) Drag (kg) Line Cap. (lb/m) Line Cap (PE#-m) Bearings
100 RIGHT 60 5.8 170 4 2-125 0.8-250 1-200 6/1
100L LEFT 60 5.8 170 4 2-125 0.8-250 1-200 6/1
 
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It is here! The Daiwa Tatula 103 Japan domestic model version of the Tatula 100 that debuted in the 2013 ICAST show has finally reached our shores. Daiwa’s design concept for Tatula was based on developing a reel that’s smooth, tough, durable, and as what we also have seen from the price tag, affordable. 

Let’s take a look at the listed features of the Tatula 103:

  • Newly-designed flip-up T-Wing system as seen in the US Tatula 100
  • Compact aluminium frame and sideplate (at gear side)
  • Tough, corrosion resistant clutch system
  • Magforce-Z cast control system
  • 8 Bearing system (7BB+1RB)
  • UTD – Ultimate Tournament Drag dishing out 6kg of drag pressure
  • 80mm skeletal swept handle equipped with Daiwa I-knob
  • 34mm diameter lightweight ultra duralumin spool
  • Available in 6.3, 7.3 and 8.1 gear ratios
  • Made in Thailand

Daiwa Tatula Japan 103XHL-TW JDMThe JDM Tatula 103 – displayed here is TATULA 103XHL-TW with a gear ratio of 8.1:1

So what are the key differences between the Japanese Tatula 103 and the US Tatula 100?
(note: comparison based on Tatula 100 and not the Tatula Type-R)

  • JDM Tatula has a Titanium-nitride coated line guide.
  • 80mm skeletal ‘curved’ swept handle (similar to T3) equipped with Daiwa I-knob on the JDM vs. 90mm ‘straight’ skeletal swept handle with oversized paddle knobs on the US Tatula.
  • JDM Tatula is equipped with a lightweight ultra-duralumin shallow spool (Line cap of 14lb-100m/16lb-85m) vs. US Tatula’s ported, high-capacity spool (Line Cap: 14lb-120m/16lb-100m).
  • Black-coloured frame (JDM) vs. Gun-metal grey coloured frame (US).
  • Gun-metal grey coloured cast control knob with coloured accents (JDM) vs. solid coloured cast control knob.
  • JDM Tatula has a anodized lock nut plate while the US Tatula has a handle nut cover.
  • Weight of 220g (JDM) vs. 225g (US)
  • Manufacturer specified max drag pressure of 5kg (JDM) vs. 6kg (US).
  • JDM Tatula is available in 6.3, 7.3 and 8.1 gear ratios while the US Tatula is available in 5.4, 6.3 and 7.3 gear ratios.

Side-by-side comparisons 

Daiwa Tatula Japan 8.1 103XHL-TW JDM   Daiwa Tatula 100
Titanium nitride-coated line guide on the JDM Tatula 103 (left) compared with a non Titanium nitride coated US version Tatula 100 (right).

Tatula 103 spool   Tatula 100
Shallower ultra-duralumin spool on JDM Tatula 103 (left) vs. ported high-capacity US version Tatula 100 (right). Interestingly, both spools weigh the same at 18 grams. That said, when both spools are filled with line, the shallower spool will overall be lighter as there’s less line. 

Daiwa Tatula Japan 8.1 103XHL-TW JDM   Tatula 100 drag
The anodized lock nut plate on the JDM Tatula (left) vs. a handle nut cover on the US Tatula (right). Also notice the differences between the cast control knob and the skeletal swept handle on both reels. 

Daiwa I knob   Daiwa Paddle Knob
The JDM Tatula comes with Daiwa’s I-knob while the US Tatula comes with a larger paddle knob etched with Daiwa’s trademark “D” logo.

In terms of casting performance, the JDM Tatula 103 is able to handle lighter weights, thanks to a shallower ultra-duralumin spool. Interestingly, both the US and JDM Tatula spools weigh the same at 18 grams. That said, when both spools are filled with line, the shallower spool will overall be lighter as there’s less line. As such, pitching, skipping and similar low-trajectory casts are definitely easier. Of course, the trade off for better casting performance would be lesser line capacity. Not that the US Tatula doesn’t cast well. It does hold up pretty decently on its own and the new flip-up T-Wing does marginally help to give some extra reach. Besides a higher line capacity than its JDM counterpart, the US Tatula’s longer 90mm skeletal swept handle and oversized paddle knobs offer more cranking power which can be useful when winding large crankbaits or pulling out stubborn fish from heavy cover. It is worth noting that the JDM Tatula has an 8.1 gear ratio model (103XH-TW / 103XHL-TW), capable of pulling in 86cms of line per crank whereas one would have to opt for the Tatula Type-R for that gear ratio in the US version.

The million dollar question: which Tatula to get? It really depends on what you’re after – casting performance or cranking power? Both are great reels and either choice certainly won’t disappoint given their inexpensive price tag.

TATULA 103 (JAPAN VERSION) SPECIFICATIONS:

Model Retrieve Line Retrieval (cm) Gear Ratio Max. Drag (kg) Line Cap (lb/m) Spool Dia. (mm) Bearings
103H-TW Right 67 6.3 5 12-120, 14-100, 16-85 34 7/1
103HL-TW Left 67 6.3 5 12-120, 14-100, 16-85 34 7/1
103SH-TW Right 77 7.3 5 12-120, 14-100, 16-85 34 7/1
103SHL-TW Left 77 7.3 5 12-120, 14-100, 16-85 34 7/1
103XH-TW Right 86 8.1 5 12-120, 14-100, 16-85 34 7/1
103XHL-TW Left 86 8.1 5 12-120, 14-100, 16-85 34 7/1
 

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Daiwa’s flagship baitcaster gets a facelift – and a new “stress-free” ultra-lightweight G1 duralumin SV spool that allows casting a wide range of lure weights. First unveiled at the 2013 Osaka Show, the Steez SV maintains the traditional Steez platform, yet differs from its predecessors with some new features:

  • New Air Brake cast control system incorporating the all-new SV shallow spool.
  • Zaion Star Drag.
  • 80mm Skeletal Swept Handle.
  • Sun-burnt Orange Decorative Accents.

SV – STRESS-FREE VERSATILE
Daiwa seems to be training its guns on the finesse bass market by introducing the T3 Air ultra-finesse baitcaster last year and following up this year with the SV series for T3 and Steez respectively. However, Daiwa’s Stress-free Versatile (SV) concept goes beyond finesse applications. In an ideal world, a “versatile” baitcaster should be able to cast both ultra-light and heavy lures but in reality, there aren’t many reels out there that quite fit the versatility bill. Casting very light lures requires a lightweight spool and very often this means sacrificing spool strength. Elastic compression memory of fluorocarbon or mono lines can actually deform a spool made of lightweight material. This is where the SV spool makes its grand entrance.

Daiwa Steez - Fish On Magazine

Daiwa’s shallow SV spool is made from G1 Duralumin – an aircraft-grade, lightweight duralumin material. The spool is light enough to cast and pitch ultra-light lures, yet is strong enough to overcome spool deformation issues. According to Daiwa, the SV spool can deal with lure weights from about 3 grams all the way to more than 40 grams! Now that’s versatile!

FINESSE OR VERSATILITY?
For ultra-finesse anglers dedicated to casting only super light stuff, the Daiwa T3 Air may be a better option as the super tuned reel is able to handle lures even as light as 2 grams. The Steez SV, designed as a versatile ‘finesse-to-light-tackle’ baitcaster, is more suited for anglers who prefer to do a bit of both finesse work and general lure casting, yet having that extra edge to throw lures close to 3 grams.

SPECIFICATIONS

Model Handle Weight (g) Line Retrieval Ratio Drag (kg) Line Cap. (lb/m) Bearings
SV6.3R RIGHT 150 66cm 6.3 4 12-40 to 80m, 14-35 to 70m* 11+1
SV6.3LT LEFT 150 66cm 6.3 4 12-40 to 80m, 14-35 to 70m* 11+1

 

* The SV spool has two line capacities recommended. Filling the spool to half its capacity can allow for greater control when casting light lures whereas for general purpose casting, the spool can be filled to the max.
(e.g. 12lb-40m (finesse work) / 12lb-80m (general casting).

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