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Hi all,

 

As the title of the post suggests, which reel is the better bang for the buck? I can get the Daiwa for about $170 and the Curado for about $190. Knowing this which one would you pick and why? Is the DC tech worth the extra $20? Anybody own both of these reels and can give me an honest, non-biased opinion?

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Tatula SV can do just about everything well from throwing lighter lures to pitching heavy cover trouble-free and accurately.

But, it's a bit bulky and over-braked for distance.

Curado DC if you're seeking distance and better palming reel. Tatula SV for everything else..

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18 minutes ago, Brett's_daddy said:

Hi all,

 

As the title of the post suggests, which reel is the better bang for the buck? I can get the Daiwa for about $170 and the Curado for about $190. Knowing this which one would you pick and why? Is the DC tech worth the extra $20? Anybody own both of these reels and can give me an honest, non-biased opinion?

Where are you seeing the Curado DC for $190?

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7 minutes ago, Tennessee Boy said:

Where are you seeing the Curado DC for $190?

I have a coupon code i was given for a previous incident at Academy Sports.

 

I was thinking how either of these reels would be good for skipping which is something I don't know how to do but would like to learn and have been told getting a proper skipping reel is essential to success.

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Grab the dc for $190 may not have the chance again. 

I literally did the cast against the wall test the other day and it works. 

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I like the SV for lighter/finesse applications including skipping. I can get it dialed in exactly how I want it with the external Magforce brakes, and the tension knob for whatever I'm doing (skipping, pitching, roll casting, etc).

 

I like the Curado DC for long-bomb casting where I set the tension knob appropriate for the lure and then just bomb it.

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21 minutes ago, Junger said:

I like the SV for lighter/finesse applications including skipping. I can get it dialed in exactly how I want it with the external Magforce brakes, and the tension knob for whatever I'm doing (skipping, pitching, roll casting, etc).

 

I like the Curado DC for long-bomb casting where I set the tension knob appropriate for the lure and then just bomb it.

I haven't used the SV but this post is spot on about the DC's ability to just set the brake and adjust the tension knob and bomb away.

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1 hour ago, Brett's_daddy said:

Hi all,

 

As the title of the post suggests, which reel is the better bang for the buck? I can get the Daiwa for about $170 and the Curado for about $190. Knowing this which one would you pick and why? Is the DC tech worth the extra $20? Anybody own both of these reels and can give me an honest, non-biased opinion?

If you do get the DC and don't like it, I can trade you either a 7.3 or 8.1 SV TW (mint condition) and the cash for the DC!

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16 minutes ago, jbsoonerfan said:

I haven't used the SV but this post is spot on about the DC's ability to just set the brake and adjust the tension knob and bomb away.

The thing is some of the hype around the DC is you could cast it into a wall and the thing won't backlash. They want you to believe that this would make it one of the best choices ever for skipping lures because it's almost impossible to backlash.

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To be able to cast it into a wall without any backlash you have to set the spool tension overly tight. So much that distance suffers a lot. I owned the reel and sold it a couple weeks later. I liked it better for launching baits. 

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47 minutes ago, Brett's_daddy said:

The thing is some of the hype around the DC is you could cast it into a wall and the thing won't backlash. They want you to believe that this would make it one of the best choices ever for skipping lures because it's almost impossible to backlash.

You can set up any baitcaster to do that though...just set the tension super tight and max brakes and smash a lure into the wall. The DC can skip but you have to set the tension knob right. The way I see the DC reel is, it can correct overruns during the cast, but the spool needs time to correct the overrun which does happen on a long cast. On a skip, there's not a lot of time for the spool to correct itself, and it relies more on the tension knob.

 

 

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24 minutes ago, Junger said:

You can set up any baitcaster to do that though...just set the tension super tight and max brakes and smash a lure into the wall. The DC can skip but you have to set the tension knob right. The way I see the DC reel is, it can correct overruns during the cast, but the spool needs time to correct the overrun which does happen on a long cast. On a skip, there's not a lot of time for the spool to correct itself, and it relies more on the tension knob.

 

 

I mean that's just a partial interest, just wondering if the DC tech is worth the extra bucks. I do like BOTH Shimano and Daiwa...I already have a Curado I and a Tatula CT Type-R. Another thing that appeals to me is not having to adjust the tension knob every time you switch baits, not a big deal but still...a pain in the butt that if not necessary would be a wonderful thing :).

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4 minutes ago, Brett's_daddy said:

I mean that's just a partial interest, just wondering if the DC tech is worth the extra bucks. I do like BOTH Shimano and Daiwa...I already have a Curado I and a Tatula CT Type-R. Another thing that appeals to me is not having to adjust the tension knob every time you switch baits, not a big deal but still...a pain in the butt that if not necessary would be a wonderful thing :).

You should adjust the tension knob on the DC if you switch baits of varying weights though to maximize distance. For casting into wind, on a long cast the DC brakes will correct any overruns.

 

If you have the Curado, and Tat CT Type-R, and you want to throw some lighter lures in the 1/8oz territory, get the Tat SV. If you plan to just bomb lures 3/8oz and up, definitely get the DC. Both will skip fine if set up properly.

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If the DC were the only selling point for you, I would pass and get the SV (I know that makes me the outlier in this thread).  I have an Antares DC and recently got a Curado DC.  First time out with the Curado and I broke off from an overrun on a 3/4oz lipless!! In my opinion, the DC isn't the black magic I was hoping for.

 

I am in the market for a Daiwa SV reel now, if that informs your buying decision

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I just picked up a SV last night. Out of the box it’s an incredible reel, the quality in those reels is amazing. I haven’t used the the DC but I’m curious what others opinions are of it, as far as if the performance is actually any better than a normal Curado 

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The Curado DC is awesome for bombing baits but it does kind of suck for skipping and short cast presentations because it takes time for the DC system to work its magic on an overrun. It does work if you have an educated thumb or the spool tension tight. 

In my opinion the Tatula sv is one of the best skipping reels on the market (next to the Steez) it just works so well once it is dialed in. With enough practice you could theoretically skip with any reel. So if you are looking for a dedicated skipping reel then i would suggest the Tatula sv. If you want to bomb baits more often than skip then get the Curado DC

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Like all the other replies, each reel has a time and place - I don't skip and I don't need to bomb and I have all 3 DC reels (Antares, Calcutta, Curado) and the Daiwa Tatula SV TW and Zillion TWS. In my opinion unless you have a specific need for either or, you can blindly choose and be happy with either they are so close.

 

Drag (lb.) is different on each reel so that may be a factor for you, I keep my daiwa's as flipping reels.

 

The only thing I would mention is that the DC reel has the wicked casting sound as it energizes as it casts.

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I have a DC reel, but it is none of those three.

 

I didn't know that about skipping a DC.  Good info.  Skipping is something I would like to learn.  Looks like a won't be learning on a DC.

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10 minutes ago, new2BC4bass said:

I have a DC reel, but it is none of those three.

 

I didn't know that about skipping a DC.  Good info.  Skipping is something I would like to learn.  Looks like a won't be learning on a DC.

Look for the video of Jared Lintner where he reviews the DC and talks about it's skipping ability. I think it was a Tackle Warehouse video.

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My Tatula Sv casts just as far as my Chronarchs. I have one on my lipless setup and it will cast a 1/2 ounce trap just as far as I need it to.

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DC for me, just off the noise alone 

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I personally would go with the SV. Shimanos can be tricky for me dial in but they are great reels. 

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