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I'm looking for a finesse baitcaster. I read about this Daiwa model Daiwa SV105 Customer reviews say it casts light baits very well. Can any members provide some feedback on It? It seems to not have the T-wing but rather a standard line guide.

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If you can use a LH reel, there is a PX68L for sale (asking $220 for what was a $500 reel) on another site.  My personal opinion is you would be better served with it.  I haven't tried light lures yet with my Alphas SV105 but apparently I got a reel not quite up to what everyone else was getting as it backlashed more than my other Daiwas and distance wasn't all that good.  It has now been tuned and upgraded.  Distance is good and only backlash so far was once when I went too low with the brakes.  Really wanted to like the reel, but before the tune, I couldn't.  Could become a favorite now. (I have several...favorites that is  :lol: )

Everyone else claims 1/8 oz. is a no brainer with the SV.   I could move it to a rod rated for 1/16 oz. and see how well it does.

No T-Wing.

EDIT:  I personally like the looks of the reel and its ergonomics fit me quite well.  I have to admit to being a fan of the Alphas line of reels and have 4 other Alphas reels in various models.

Also I'd like to mention that the older Pixy reels are going for very reasonable prices now that so many other finesse model reels have come out.  However, the Pixy is still the benchmark TT uses to compare new finesse reels to.

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i picked up an alphas sv 105 (JDM version of same reel) not too long ago.  i haven't really been able to put it to the test like i'd have liked to so i can't give a fully knowledgeable review of it yet.  however, right out of the box the thing was silky smooth.  i was yard casting a weightless 4" senko with ease.  

it has the standard line guide which i prefer at this point over the TWS though i only tried that on the original tatula reels.  

i'd say the only reel setback i encountered on the reel was the short 80mm handle, i swapped mine out with a 90mm zillion handle and it's much better for my gorilla hands!

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You can super tune several Daiwa reels with after market parts and have a excellent finesse bait casting reel; Pixy, Sol and Fuego.

I have a Fuego for about 10 years now, sweet reel, I am not an expert on finesse reels.

Tom

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My only experience is with the SV103 and it's been awesome to pitch weightless 5 in Senkos with.  I cast 3/16 oz finesse jigs just fine.  I was a bit skeptical about the SV hype until I fished one.  The combination of Magforce Z cast control and SV spool is effective.  

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"weightless" 4" senkos are no way to measure how light a reel is capable of casting since a "weightless" 4" senko is a good 1/4 oz and any reel can cast that.

Properly set, with the right rod ( M-ML ) and the right line ( 8 lb test ) you can cast a 1/8 oz bait with no problem at all at a good distance.

I don´t have "the reel", I have the spool, don´t need the reel because the spool fits the Alphas and .... I got several.;)

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well like many things, there's no standard for what defines "finesse" or "light".  1/4oz bait is towards the lower end of anything i regularly fish on casting gear.  many reels may be capable of throwing 1/4 oz baits, but not all are easy to do so with.  the alphas makes it a breeze to cast in that range though.

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I got out to my practice place for a few minutes last night after work.  The rod was a 7' ML Crankin' Stick....IM6, 1/16-1/2 oz. and 6#-14# line.  Reel is spooled with 12# AN40.  I wasn't going to change it for the test.  I prefer 6# for light lures.  I feel 6# would have yielded better distance.  Stopped at DSG and tried to pick up a 3/16 oz. and 1/8 oz. that would be close to actual weight listed. Bought a Johnson Thinfisher in 3/16 oz. and a Roostertail in 1/8 oz.  Both should cast a lot better than an equivalent weight Shad Rap.

First I have to mention that I am not that good with light lures.  In fact the 3/16 oz. Shad Rap is the lightest lure I cast on a b/c.  I tried a 1/8 oz. Roostertail a year or so ago, and it wasn't pretty.  :(  I should also mention that long casts yesterday weren't. very accurate.  I'm sure there are plenty of guys here with the talent to drop a lure on a coffee cup saucer at the distances I was getting.

I never touched the reel's settings.  I was using the reel with a 3/8 oz. spinnerbait previously.  I have it set up like videos suggest....remove side-to-side spool movement and use higher brakes.  Releasing the spool had the Thinfisher over-running by quite a bit when it hit the water.  The Roostertail over-ran some, but not nearly as bad.

First up was the Thinfisher.  Never used one before and was surprised when I could feel the lures vibration from the first crank.  Any leaf or weed it snagged was immediately noticeable. Never over-ran or backlashed this lure with the SV.  I felt I was getting 25 yards minimum.  Made one cast on dry land and paced it off.  31 paces.  I use to be pretty good at pacing yards off, but even if you consider I was a few inches short with each step I'd have to say it was at least a 29 yard cast.

First cast with the Roostertail was an over-run.  Had made too hard a cast.  Accuracy not as good with this 1/8 oz. lure as it was with the 3/16 oz. lure....which I already mentioned wasn't that great at longer distances.  I did have a second over-run with this lure.  It required more thumb.  I felt I was getting in the 15-18 yard range.

I made one cast on dry land with the 1/8 oz. Roostertail. It paced off at 20 paces.

No doubt the poorer results than others get is because of my lack of skill....not the reel.

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7 hours ago, new2BC4bass said:

 

No doubt the poorer results than others get is because of my lack of skill....not the reel.

Keep doing it and you will get good at it, I cast these with BC ( CH50Mg/Pixy/Alphas Type F regular spool,  6 or 8 lb test XL/YZHY on a CR721/722 GLoomis rod ), they are 1 1/2 inch in length:

Tail_Less_Grub_001.jpg

The SV spool has better performance.

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