Daiwa Pluton Initial Review

Discussion in 'Reels' started by stresst, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. stresst

    stresst Senior Member

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    I just picked up the new Daiwa Pluton. Upon initial inspection it seems very well built even more so than the Luna. Size wise its about 2-3mm wider than a calcutta 250 and about the same height. I dont have a scale but they seem to weigh the same. I spooled some line on to play with the drag and noticed its an improved design over the Luna and Saltiga. Both my Luna and Saltiga's when they were new either the drag was loose or maxxed out. Not so with the Pluton. Comes on smooth and boy let me tell you it keeps on comming! I dont have a actual drag output number but its way more than my saltiga 20. Not bad for a small baitcaster. IMO this thing blows away the TE calcutta's with its super smoothness.

    I will have more info once im able to use this baby!
     

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  2. kidflex

    kidflex Senior Member

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    very nice reel. daiwa is way ahead of the competition.
     

  3. NEMO

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    Let me know how this reel performs, I have been looking at this reel to purchase but have not heard anything about it.
     
  4. cabosandinh

    cabosandinh Moderator

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    it looks like a Calcutta
     
  5. Eastern Tackle

    Eastern Tackle Senior Member

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    very nice reel. daiwa is way ahead of the competition.


    I agree. I also wish the good japanese Daiwa jigging rods were more readily available.
     
  6. DEA

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    Hmm, the Pluton with more drag than a Saltiga 20?

    Dang, I need to get my hands on one....:)

    Clean looking reel with a oversized gear box....watch out TE!
     
  7. gmack

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    Is the level wind synchronized with the spool?

    Gary
     
  8. DEA

    DEA Member

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    No the levelwind is not sync'd
     
  9. Jason4606

    Jason4606 Tuna Club member

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    I was going to get a low-profile Revo Toro 50/Curado 300, or non-levelwind Saltiga 15/20. Then I held the Pluton... Big mistake. I had to bring it home with me! Time will tell, but it seems to be a great compromise between the strengths of the other reels considered.

    Compared to Saltiga 30T:
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    Notice how high the reel foot is in the frame. Machining is awesome!:
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    Looow Rider!:
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    This should be a fun all-around inshore and light jigging reel for <150'. Now I just need some good PE3 line, and a super light 150g-200g (max) jigging blank/rod... any ideas? :)

    Jason
     
  10. stresst

    stresst Senior Member

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    I was going to get a low-profile Revo Toro 50/Curado 300, or non-levelwind Saltiga 15/20. Then I held the Pluton... Big mistake. I had to bring it home with me! Time will tell, but it seems to be a great compromise between the strengths of the other reels considered.

    Jason


    Seems we have the same tastes. I have the new curado 300E and also the saltiga 20. But this reel is in a league of its own. I cannot wait to use it. My only issue is the capacity. I was only able to fit 200yds of Daiwa surf braid. I used a ton of pressure. Maybe could have fit 25yds more. Daiwa says it holds 300yds.
     
  11. j-DuBb

    j-DuBb Junior member

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    the reel looks sick ... thinking about getting one also. what type of rod are you matching it with?? thanks.

    -j-
     
  12. Minnow

    Minnow Administrator

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    Very nice reel, I was fortunate enough to see one in person.
     
  13. Jason4606

    Jason4606 Tuna Club member

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    what type of rod are you matching it with?? thanks.

    -j-

    Not sure about stresst, but I'm actually still looking...

    Maybe a musky blank buildup?? Want something light but still ~6-6.5' long for yo-yoing and tossing baits.

    TJ - Any plans for 150-200g rod?? :D
     
  14. Minnow

    Minnow Administrator

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    OTI will introduce few new rods this year, includes inshore and light offshore rods.
     
  15. anglerinshore

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    That reel looks sweet. A gloomis bucara would be a great rod for that reel, but could be a little to bulky. I used the bucara for halibut in Alaska and it performed great. The reel might look a little to small for the rod, but it's worth a look. Also read new OTI rods will be coming out. Those might be a great fit.
     
  16. VaRandy

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    They claim 300 yds of ??? test? What is the drag capability.
    Is it a lever drag? How much are they selling for and where?
     
  17. ksong

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    Gloomis CR 723 might be good choice for the reel for inshore fishing.
     
  18. stresst

    stresst Senior Member

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    They claim 300 yds of ??? test? What is the drag capability.
    Is it a lever drag? How much are they selling for and where?


    I have it on a custom Calstar GX8 trimmed down a bit. I have 300yds of 30lb braid. I didn't put a scale on it but its more than my calcutta TE400
     
  19. Castmaster

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    They claim 300 yds of ??? test? What is the drag capability.
    Is it a lever drag? How much are they selling for and where?

    Right out of the Daiwa website, here are the specs:

    TD PLUTON 200H
    Gear ratio: 5.1.1
    Weight: 12.50oz
    Line Capacity Braid: 20/400 yds 30/300 yds
    Max Drag: 13.2 lbs

    The TD PLUTON 200SH has the same specs above except the gear ratio is 6.2:1, a bit heavier at 12.70 oz and the drag is 11 lbs

    This is from the Daiwa USA website, I don't think they use kilograms for drag, I assumed it was in pounds. So compared to Saltiga, the Saltiga is still the better reel in terms of drag. Saltiga is rated for 22lbs max drag. I was surprised how Daiwa described this reel, it doesn't match the reel's technical specs. I think the Pluton is just best for inshore fishing. I don't think it's capable of standing up to the pull of bigger fish, unless you're fishing private and there's no need to reel in the fish fast. In which case you're going to play tug-o-war with that lunker longer, way longer.
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