Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Daiwa Tatula 80

WHAT IS IT?

Daiwa Tatula 80

WHAT SETS IT APART?

Daiwa’s popular Tatula lineup is designed to offer anglers tournament-ready tackle at a budget-friendly price. The newest addition is the Tatula 80 — a lower profile, narrow-width model made for finesse presentations. Weighing 6.2 ounces (another model is 6.5), Daiwa’s smallest, most easily palmed reel to date sits comfortably in the hand with maximum bait control and minimum fatigue.

HOW DO I USE IT?

Designed for 10- or 12-pound fluorocarbon or monofilament and 8- to 20-pound-test braid, the Tatula 80 has 9.9 pounds of drag. Built with Daiwa’s Magforce casting system, a 90 mm swept handle and Hyperdrive gearing system, this mighty reel ensures smooth cranking and fluid-like rotation. The 32 mm 7075 aircraft-grade aluminum spool allows better start-up inertia for casting lighter lures and those with poor aerodynamics, while Daiwa’s patented T-Wing System level-wind system promotes long, smooth casts and efficient retrieves.

HOW MUCH?

$199.99

MORE INFORMATION:

Daiwa.com

ANGLER’S INSIGHT:

Sometimes light is right. When that’s the case, you need a reel that doesn’t overpower the presentation. From tiny crankbaits to small worm rigs, casting distance requires more than brute force — it takes a reel spool that starts quickly and releases light line efficiently. A notable point here: A small, light reel can serve anyone, but youth and female anglers with smaller hands will find this reel comfortable and convenient.