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Daiwa Power Assist Electric Reels

Captain Troy A. Creasy

Summer 2010 and the fish are deep. My Okuma Titus and Shimano Tekota reels are packed full with 500 to 700 feet of copper wire that will have me scratching bottom in over 100 feet of water! I love these reels but they are truly client killers. Even worse is when you need to reel them in to make a lure change at the end of a long hot afternoon charter. You better have a bionic arm as it will hurt you.

The fact is, many of us hate running copper; I will be the first to admit that I do. I promote light line sport fishing and attempt to match my gear to the specie I am targeting. So why do I run copper? Because it produces fish, plain and simple. I will not go into the reasons it works so well, as most of us already know why. What I want to do is make life easier, and fishing copper more enjoyable.

So all you copper long liners out there, meet the Daiwa Tanacom Bull and the Seaborg 500 & 750MT. These Daiwa electric fishing reels are leading the way in innovation to make a fisherman's job less complicated. The Daiwa name is synonymous with high-quality reels, and their electric reels are no different.

The Daiwa reels line includes six high-quality reels, but for copper and wire applications, we will discuss just three of them. All reels include easy-to-read LCD readouts among other features that make the entire product line super high quality.

Tanacom Bull(TM) TB 1000

This is the reel that I fished for two months. Amazing is the first thing word comes to mind. RJ Birchler and Associates out of Rochester is Daiwa’s rep group in the northeast, and if any of you know Rob Birchler like I do, then you know his passion for fishing and his determination for finding the best way to get the job done. Rob set me up with this reel, and the rest- I am certain- will be history.

We tugged on some large Chinooks and this reel is a power house. Yes it is big, but it does not feel that heavy for its size. Sure, it weighs in at over three pounds but 700 feet of copper has some weight to it as well. The drag is super smooth and if you get fatigued, you can fight the fish using the power assist. In fact, this reel will fight the fish for you if you want it to! You truly have the option of manual or power assist when battling big fish.

The nicest thing for me was that I didn’t have to have to crank it in. Just hit the power lever for instant control of speed and power and in it comes all by itself. Better yet, it stops when the lure reaches the surface. Yes, you read that correctly- the reel automatically stops! I am giving the reel two thumbs up and have nothing negative to say about it, except perhaps the size. It is like a full-size truck; you love the extra room but you have to put up with the fuel costs. It is big and a person with a smaller hand has a hard time gripping the rod just above the reel as the reel is very wide, but it needs to be in order to hold all of that copper. Did I mention I hate copper? If you are like me, this is your answer to the copper hand cramps!

Tanacom Bull™ TB 1000 Features:

  • Programmable jigging function
  • Brass and aluminum bronze gearing
  • Four ball bearings
  • Rod clamp
  • Daiwa’s unique Power Lever™ for instant control of winding speed and power
  • Digital readout that measures line let-out and distance retrieved from the bottom
  • Programmable Auto Stop™ feature stops winding when lure reaches the surface
  • Manual winding option
  • Convenient 12-volt DC operation
  • Washable design with sealed electronics
  • Power cord and reel bag included

Seaborg ™ Single Speed 750MT

Although I did not have the privilege of running this reel, I heard great things about it from another captain. This reel was a prototype sent from Japan, but it will be available in the states in the near future. It is smaller than the Bull (which is exactly what we need), but the problem is that it will only hold about 350 feet of copper and 300 yards of backing. This reel will still have numerous applications, but it would be nice if it held 500 feet of copper. Regardless, I am sure it will still find a place in many anglers’ arsenal.

Seaborg ™ SB750MT Features:

  • Single-speed range power assist winding
  • Daiwa's patented Power Lever® for instant control of winding speed and power
  • Programmable Auto Stop™ feature stops winding when lure reaches the surface
  • Automated jigging function
  • Line counter and depth memory
  • 23 ball bearing drive system
  • Convenient 12-volt DC operation (12-16.8V)
  • LCD readout
  • Maximum winding power 29 lbs. continuous/momentary 165 lbs.

Another nice feature that all the reels have is a 30-minute memory if the power needs to be disconnected. You have two choices for power. You can run the power cord from your boat battery or any power source, or you can opt for the rechargeable lithium battery pack that retails for $289.00 with a charger.

Seaborg 500Fe

Clear a diver rod faster than you can let it out!

The 500Fe is, and will be, the perfect reel for wire diver applications. Like all of Daiwa's Dendoh Power Assist Reels, the 500Fe makes accessing the depths and landing big, great-tasting game fish a breeze.  Available with interchangeable compact batteries, it will give you excellent mobility on the boat.

Seaborg 500Fe Features:

  • Programmable jigging function
  • 11 ball bearings plus roller bearing
  • Compact battery that mounts to reel for portability
  • Compact design
  • Able to be cast
  • Daiwa’s unique Power Lever™ for instant control of winding speed and power
  • Digital readout that measures line let-out and distance retrieved from the bottom
  • Programmable Auto Stop™ feature stops winding when lure reaches the surface
  • Manual winding option
  • Convenient 12-volts DC operation
  • Washable design with sealed electronics
  • Power cord and reel bag included

Costs for the reels will vary from $650.00 to $1,050.00. While some will say that is too much to spend for a reel, hardcore tackle junkies and serious copper aficionados will likely have two or more!  These Daiwa electric fishing reels will write the next chapter in Great Lakes trolling technology. Stay tuned for more this coming summer.

For more information go to www.daiwa.com.

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