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Hey all. First of all I wanna offer a greeting since I've been away for so long! A lot has happened... computer going kaput... new job... point is I'm making decent money now and I've been splurging here and there as budgeting allows. I took the plunge today and got my first diawa reel. Likely not the best choice but I went by Cabela's today and found one I just really liked that felt really right to me... sure you know how that is... anyway... $179.99 out the door minus a rewards card I had on hand. Oh my goodness Jesus! I'm gonna really enjoy this reel... Tatula Ct-R 100 HS-L.

 

It's not too often I spool up a brand new baitcaster, set it to where I think will be "close" and hurl it across the yard 4 times in a row with 0 backlash. I did just that with this reel! I ended up fishing with it on my pond mostly just messing around... going for catfish since bass arent in there... the bite was slow, so eventually I decided to just start bombing it to see what it'd do. All it had was a 1/4 oz bank weight and an empty hook, and I was nearly touching the opposite bank from the floating dock I have. About 35 yards to the bank... so around 30 yards, which is great for me. I don't usually cast that far without much trouble , and that was with mag brake set at 2 with a rmodestly set cast control knob. I'm excited to see what this baby will do with a 1/2 oz jig attached to it. I'm really impressed. Reel is super smooth, good amount of drag, small enough for my hand to cusp up comfortably, and seems to be built really well... think my next purchase will be a better rod to better suit this bad boy a bit better 

 

I can't wait for spring bass fishing... still warm here but due to work I've done 0 bass fishing since late October. So this reel at least alleviated a slight itch, if that makes sense... at the same time I think it kindled a fire!

 

 

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I just got a new JDM Zillion and have yet to try it. I hope my splurge wasn't in vain. Good to hear you had a great first experience. :thumbsup:

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TW has your reel on close out at $149.97, you might to take look.

Daiwa Tatula 100 is the reel currently.

Tom

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Welcome to the dark side 

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9 hours ago, FishDewd said:

I saved about $50 with rewards points so it's all good lol. I don't paying for good stuff anyway.

What rod do you plan to use? Today's rods are light weight and balanced. Dobyns Fury line is very popular; FR 704C is a good all around choice for example.

Tom

 

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:welcome: back.

 

Set spool tension to have just a little bit of side play.  Set brakes around 8-10 to start.  Tie on that 1/2 oz. jig.  Guarantee you will be dropping it on dry land on the other side of the pond.  :D

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32 minutes ago, new2BC4bass said:

Set spool tension to have just a little bit of side play.  Set brakes around 8-10 to start.  Tie on that 1/2 oz. jig.

I have a ton of Daiwa reels with various Mag Force braking setups, and this works for just about everything.  For skipping, I recommend the opposite, zero brakes, high spool tension, and lot's of thumb. 

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The effectiveness of the Magforce-Z braking system is unreal.  Set on 2, I can bomb a 1/4oz jighead and 4.5" paddle a mile.

 

The only problem I have with the brake dial is the way it protrudes off the side, and I'll end up accidentally cranking my brakes way up or to nothing when using more aggressive retrieves, jerkbaiting, for instance.

 

Doesn't the Type-R have a recessed dial?

 

Anyway, welcome to Team Daiwa.  :)

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5 hours ago, new2BC4bass said:

:welcome: back.

 

Set spool tension to have just a little bit of side play.  Set brakes around 8-10 to start.  Tie on that 1/2 oz. jig.  Guarantee you will be dropping it on dry land on the other side of the pond.  :D

This.  Do not run too much spool tension with these reels.  They are designed to run with little to no spool tension and higher brake settings.  Setting The spool tension to where you eliminate side to side play and the mag dial in the middle setting is a good place to start.  You can make fine spool tension and brake adjustments from there. 

4 hours ago, Hook2Jaw said:

The effectiveness of the Magforce-Z braking system is unreal.  Set on 2, I can bomb a 1/4oz jighead and 4.5" paddle a mile.

 

The only problem I have with the brake dial is the way it protrudes off the side, and I'll end up accidentally cranking my brakes way up or to nothing when using more aggressive retrieves, jerkbaiting, for instance.

 

Doesn't the Type-R have a recessed dial?

 

Anyway, welcome to Team Daiwa.  :)

The brake dial issue is unique to the Tatula/Fuego/Zillion TWS reels.  The dial is not recessed as well as other Daiwas and has a knurled edge.  The New Tatula 100 has a better recessed dial although it still uses the knurled edge dial.  

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Way to go on your new reel.  Glad to hear thing are going well on the home front. You got yourself a great reel that can do a lot, pitching to long casting. I have three CT Type R's and they are great work horse reels.  Enjoy that sucker.

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7 hours ago, WRB said:

Today's rods are light weight and balanced.

They aren't balanced until you put a reel on them.  I know, go ahead and beat me up.  But IMHO, balance does not occur until the reel is on the rod.  And then, that darned lure is there to screw it all up.

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My favorite reel and I had the exact same experience as you. Absolutely love it! For my first pricey baitcaster it was absolutely amazing, I paired it with a Dobyns Firy 733 and it balances perfectly.

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If the balance or fulcrum point is located at the center of the reel seat the reel weight is neutral. The balance changes if the reel seat isn't centered or the angler holds the rod in back of or in front of the balance point.

Agree any rod should be tested by the angler with a reel and the line running through the guides. Lures weights are the wild card when casting and retrieving, nothing can over come that.

Tom

 

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I hear ya. Up until a few years ago, I was a diehard Shimano guy. Still am, but I was ONLY Shimano.

 

Then I saw a really good deal on ebay on a Tatula, so I gave it a shot. Needless to say I now have 5 or 6 Tatulas to go along with my Shimanos. 

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On 12/3/2018 at 9:12 AM, WRB said:

What rod do you plan to use? Today's rods are light weight and balanced. Dobyns Fury line is very popular; FR 704C is a good all around choice for example.

Tom

 

For the time being, I am using a rod I already had available. Tp1 Lews at 6'9" that I often use for catfishing. I plan to get something a little nicer soon, but one splurge event at a time lol. Not sure what I want yet, but reel seems like it'd be good for.... just about anything.

 

I actually tested it's power/endurance yesterday by managing to hook into a good size winter catfish and brought that sucker in no problem. Reel is gonna be a beast on bass, I can't wait!

On 12/3/2018 at 9:28 AM, new2BC4bass said:

:welcome: back.

 

Set spool tension to have just a little bit of side play.  Set brakes around 8-10 to start.  Tie on that 1/2 oz. jig.  Guarantee you will be dropping it on dry land on the other side of the pond.  :D

Thanks! I've read that elsewhere too. Played with it a bit this evening out at my pond and managed to get the control knob down quite a bit without even setting the mag brake! Only backlashed it once, but it was minor and completely user timing error lol. I'll remember to loosen the knob more and set brakes higher next time.

On 12/3/2018 at 10:12 AM, Hook2Jaw said:

The effectiveness of the Magforce-Z braking system is unreal.  Set on 2, I can bomb a 1/4oz jighead and 4.5" paddle a mile.

 

The only problem I have with the brake dial is the way it protrudes off the side, and I'll end up accidentally cranking my brakes way up or to nothing when using more aggressive retrieves, jerkbaiting, for instance.

 

Doesn't the Type-R have a recessed dial?

 

Anyway, welcome to Team Daiwa.  :)

Yes it's pretty much even with the reel side plate. I love how it's designed.

On 12/3/2018 at 2:36 PM, BaitFinesse said:

This.  Do not run too much spool tension with these reels.  They are designed to run with little to no spool tension and higher brake settings.  Setting The spool tension to where you eliminate side to side play and the mag dial in the middle setting is a good place to start.  You can make fine spool tension and brake adjustments from there. 

The brake dial issue is unique to the Tatula/Fuego/Zillion TWS reels.  The dial is not recessed as well as other Daiwas and has a knurled edge.  The New Tatula 100 has a better recessed dial although it still uses the knurled edge dial.  

2nd post saying I need to run it looser- noted! But yeah I noticed the dial on some other Tatulas they had- this recessed dial is another thing that sold me on it!

 

Great tips all, thanks so much! Now to get a nice rod to pair it with lol.

 

I hear the monkey calling...

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Yall were right about the loose spool! I backed off on the knob so the spool moved ever so slightly... it does cast a lot better. The one thing that's getting me is the mag brake is really effective, feel like it fades out a bit too quickly, so I spent some time playing with it this evening with a finesse jig tied on. Hard cast: setting 6. Lighter cast: 0-4. That seems to be butter for my casting style. It'll take some time to dial it in, but I'm loving this reel.

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