my first ever baitcaster reel was a Magforce or something. Daiwa for sure. i was a kid and that reel did everything for me.
as an adult, i kinda built up a Shimano Arsenal with a smattering of Lews and Abu reels. i decided to try a Daiwa and ordered the Tatula SV TW. in a very "unlike me" thing, i didnt open the box for a few days. but eventually, i zip the box open. nice!! kinda flashy with the logo and everything. in another "unlike me" move, i read the tiny instructions. what? run the spool loose? okay. i am targeting using this for flip/pitch into cover so i went with 50lb braid. it held 50 yards with my backing, so if i hate it i can peel it off and try something else. i attached it to a rod and went outside..(after i put on pants). i try to remember to do a gentle practice cast to avoid the first backlash. i set the mag to 75% and let it rip. bzzzzz! the practice plug plunked in the middle of my neighbors driveway! what? again..plunk! i pitch the tiny plug halfway across the street. just talking S, i think i can skip this bad boy!! (prob not)
i am now watching weather and tides for the CA Delta. i got a new rod/reel to show the fish!!
oh, i played with a 14lb flouro leader, and not even a FG knot will slip thru that tiny slot for a line guide on the reel. straight braid it is!!! maybe with smaller braid, i can get it to work. hmmm..
Note* i attached it to my best rod. my only best rod :D