When I was in Panama, I was fishing with two French fisherman. They were very experienced and only had Saltiga's. Stella's are very expensive and hard to get in France. When I asked them why they didn't bring a "Dogfight", they told me they didn't care for it. They have used them but didn't like the Dogfight version and only fish with Saltiga's.
I bought a dogfight one time and sold it. I'd go with the Stella over the dogfight in a heartbeat. If your hung up on Daiwa, get the expedition. Leave the Dogfight in the showroom.
Depending on where you generally fish, but if your fishing grounds have a higher occurrence of BIG tuna, then go Stella 18kSW. If not, then Stella 10kSW is more than enough IMO. The 10kSW is more comfortable to use all day popping due to it's smaller size and lighter weight IMO.
I asked the same question on this forum about a month ago. Based on everyones feedback and reading reviews on both reels I opted for the Stella 18000. I would really have loved to fish them side by side before deciding, but that was just not realistic.
I would really have loved to fish them side by side before deciding, but that was just not realistic.
I think it is a good idea. I have the dogfight, and I love to have a 18000sw just to find out which one feels better for me.