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None. Not yet. But when after reading this I'll try one out given the chance!

This is why I joined the forum! 

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Now that is awesome!  I hope you get and SV103 soon!  Enjoy the weekend!

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How would this reel do with tubes in a river? I have a Ehler AGS rod MMH and trying to find a reel that cast lighter baits without loosing distance. Don't mean to hijack the thread. 

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7 hours ago, NathanDLTH said:

How would this reel do with tubes in a river? I have a Ehler AGS rod MMH and trying to find a reel that cast lighter baits without loosing distance. Don't mean to hijack the thread. 

 

That is the exact rod my one SV103XS is on!

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On 8/18/2017 at 9:15 AM, Big-Bass said:

 

I have one of my SV103XS reels with 10lb. test line on my Tatula Elite Ehrler 7' AGS rod and it is a joy to cast.  And it matches up with the rod nicely.  I plan on using it for lighter plastics/jigs and some finesse applications that I don't use my spinning gear for.  I may put an SV103H on my 7' Tatula Medium regular taper and throw spinnerbaits, cranks, swim jigs, etc.  I know there are lighter and more refined reels out there but for some reason, the SV103 has been standing out since I saw it in the 2015 Daiwa catalog in late 2014/early 2015 at a place called Dunkelbergers in the Poconos.

 

Were you visiting the area or do you live nearby?  I am about 40 minutes south.

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I am a little over an hour from your area more towards the northeast section of the state.

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10 hours ago, Big-Bass said:

 

That is the exact rod my one SV103XS is on!

 

Think that set-up would be good for tubes and small jigs? 

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4 hours ago, NathanDLTH said:

 

Think that set-up would be good for tubes and small jigs? 

 

Yes I do...those are some of my intended uses for the rod and reel as well!

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On 8/17/2017 at 12:23 PM, Burke said:

Same here --- Monkey Bait might get me on this one

 

So far, I'm winning ..

 

 

Nope ---- I just got my first SV103H the other day

 

Had to post this thread out of the dead since Monkey bait WON ! 

 

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The SV103 reels might be one of the best and most versatile (spool wise) that Daiwa has offered for durability, castability, and overall performance.

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Any updates?

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Advertising campaign with Randy Howell, Ish Monroe, Takahiro Omori, Andy Montgomery, and Brent Ehrler as their pro staff back in 2014-2015. And they are also known for their saltwater rods and reels.

 

The company started to give fantastic support for their products with a lot of positive reviews.

 

Good products and good support equal sales.

 

I think Brandon Palaniuk is part of their pro staff today.

 

 

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I'm buying a couple more zillion sv tw's.  Looks like they are on their way out as well

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10 hours ago, Big-Bass said:

Any updates?

Bought one on sale.  Set on shelf for awhile.  Went thru some reels sitting in a box a few months ago.  Guess what.  I had a second SV103 I didn't remember buying.  :rofl_red:  :dance10:

 

I've used the one a little, but don't remember any specifics.  Haven't been out fishing since my vacation trip a few months ago.

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When the SV103/105 went on sale at TW in 2017, I had just gotten into bass fishing and they were out of my budget. Eventually the tackle monkey made his home in my house and I've acquired 2 SV103's (H/XS), as well as 2 SV105's (P/HS).

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It seems like they are never listed on those auction sites...rather just on a few forum classifieds.  Part of the reason why I love these reels are the spool options.  I have a variety of spools in that 34mm and they all interchange nicely.  But that classic TD-Z/OG Zillion profile is what I really think keeps these reels as classic!

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On 8/18/2017 at 11:29 PM, kschultz76 said:

I want to own an sv103, I really really want to. But I just hate how it fits in my hand, it actually made my hand sore. I had to return it. But I still want one, maybe I'll try it again....

I guess I had always heard how palmable/comfortable the SV103 was... tell me how/why you didn’t like it.  Anyone else have an opinion on this aspect?

 

I'm looking for something as compact and palmable as a Curado 70 or Steez SV TW.   Want to spend $150-250 and preferably with an SV spool.  Was thinking of looking on the used market for an SV103 but would like to hear more about the size/comfort as I will be using this for finesse fishing.  Thx

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16 minutes ago, FryDog62 said:

I guess I had always heard how palmable/comfortable the SV103 was... tell me how/why you didn’t like it.  Anyone else have an opinion on this aspect?

 

I'm looking for something as compact and palmable as a Curado 70 or Steez SV TW.   Want to spend $150-250 and preferably with an SV spool.  Was thinking of looking on the used market for an SV103 but would like to hear more about the size/comfort as I will be using this for finesse fishing.  Thx

I think the SV105 is more palmable than the SV103. The new Alphas CT is probably more compact and palmable, and can be had on eBay from JDM stores for $250ish.

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1 hour ago, FryDog62 said:

I guess I had always heard how palmable/comfortable the SV103 was... tell me how/why you didn’t like it.  Anyone else have an opinion on this aspect?

It’s a large reel for sure.  The sv105 is noticeably smaller, mostly in width.  

 

While I would not say the sv103 is “uncomfortable”, I find it does fit my hand on a much smaller range of reel seats/grips then the sv105/Alphas reels, which have almost universally been comfortable for me. 

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1 hour ago, fishwizzard said:

It’s a large reel for sure.  The sv105 is noticeably smaller, mostly in width.  

 

While I would not say the sv103 is “uncomfortable”, I find it does fit my hand on a much smaller range of reel seats/grips then the sv105/Alphas reels, which have almost universally been comfortable for me. 

I have both (SV103 and SV105) in many versions and will agree that the SV105 is going to fit smaller hands for sure on a wider variety of reel seats.  To me, both of these platforms are my favorites which is why I own so many of them.  If you are looking at something lighter and more compact than the SV103, find an Alphas SV105 and I think you'd be set.  The Alphas CT SV105 is just a narrower spool with spool spacers but the frame is the same.  The SV103 is the same frame as the older TD-Z or the OG Zillion.

2 hours ago, FryDog62 said:

I guess I had always heard how palmable/comfortable the SV103 was... tell me how/why you didn’t like it.  Anyone else have an opinion on this aspect?

 

I'm looking for something as compact and palmable as a Curado 70 or Steez SV TW.   Want to spend $150-250 and preferably with an SV spool.  Was thinking of looking on the used market for an SV103 but would like to hear more about the size/comfort as I will be using this for finesse fishing.  Thx

If you can find a used Alphas SV105HS, I think you'd like it a lot.  Or look for a used, good condition TD-Z 105H and you're finesse fishing would be set.

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Plat has some of the Alphas CT models for like $210.  They only have the slower one in stock in RH, which has saved me from buying one.  

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9 hours ago, FryDog62 said:

I guess I had always heard how palmable/comfortable the SV103 was... tell me how/why you didn’t like it.  Anyone else have an opinion on this aspect?

 

I'm looking for something as compact and palmable as a Curado 70 or Steez SV TW.   Want to spend $150-250 and preferably with an SV spool.  Was thinking of looking on the used market for an SV103 but would like to hear more about the size/comfort as I will be using this for finesse fishing.  Thx

SV103 is definitely not as compact or palmable as a Curado 70 or Steez SV TW. For me I think a large part of the problem was the height at which the reel sat up off the seat, more then the shape. Oddly I find the Zillion SV TW comfortable to palm for both pitching and casting on reel seats the SV103 was not. I’ve never used one but sounds like Alphas platform might be the way to go in a Daiwa. 

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On 7/10/2019 at 6:42 AM, FryDog62 said:

I'm looking for something as compact and palmable as a Curado 70 or Steez SV TW.   Want to spend $150-250 and preferably with an SV spool.  Was thinking of looking on the used market for an SV103 but would like to hear more about the size/comfort as I will be using this for finesse fishing.  Thx

Daiwa alphas SV105 should fit your bill, to me it is not as comfortable as 70 but close. The body of alphas just a tad wider than 70. The new Tatula 100, I’ve heard base all old Steez flame and will take SV spool from tatula SV (I don’t own this but owned Steez in the past)

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I own one.

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