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SPOOLING/RIGGING:

Please note, you will see many spooling options for the reels listed below. It's not our intent to confuse folks, but you do have options here unlike some places and we take pride in the fact we can rig things according to your needs, applications and preferences. We have been pioneers in Super Braid / Spectra rigging and we offer a few methods of rigging the lines together beyond most retailers capability, including the standard long range Bimini to Albright knots, Served and Sato connections. We do not use simple uni-to-uni knots for connecting braid to leader, we take the time to make a better knot, one that will hold up over time and deal with larger fish. Simpler knots don't work as well. You can see videos of what we do on our YouTube channel - CharkBaitUSA. We can upgrade that connection to one of several options, the benefit with those connections is that the diameter is thinner and that allows the line to flow through your rod's guides more smoothly, has less resistance in the water and is stealthier. If you have questions regarding rigging, please give us a call or zap back an email and we can go over things with you. Bottom line, you have options with us and we're proud of our staff's ability to rig things to your needs rather than simply "slapping" things together. Our knots hold, as does our in-line rigging.

Okuma

Offshore Reels Page I: Makaira, Andros, Cedros, Salterra, Cortez
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CharkBait sells Okuma? Some may agree, some disagree with my take on Okuma's products in past years. Reality is that we did not support this manufacturer. I was always honest with folks, explaining that while their spinners had gained a very good reputation, they'd never made a conventional reel that I liked enough to sell here. Here on the left coast, spinning reels are uncommon on the larger sportfishers. So, we never had much of an incentive to bring in that part of the Okuma line-up. With their conventional reels there were issues in terms of drag performance, corrosion, reliability.... With the Okuma's conventional reels, my negative impression was based upon client feedback, our own evaluation of the products, and service records from some landings that had used their gear. Having said that, we also have some of our clients who liked their gear...often after using Okuma's factory service and having some upgrading done... So, this point still didn't impress us with their out of the box performance, but it did impress us with their commitment to providing customer service through their investment in the repair department. Bottom-line, if the gear isn't up to speed, up to long range fishing demands, we don't invest our money in stocking the products. Nor do we offer things we don't inventory, unlike some folks who only operate on the 'net. Well, things at Okuma are changing for the better!

Here's the deal, in July 2008 Tiburon Engineering and Okuma reached an agreement in which Okuma would produce Tib's SST reels, and Tiburon staff would design some saltwater worthy reels for Okuma. This provided Okuma with the expertise they've needed and Tiburon gained the benefit of Okuma's production resources. That's a serious win-win for both firms. Further, Okuma invested money in hiring a great team of guys who knew saltwater fishing. They upgraded their staff, and showed they were changing focus in favor of actually building high quality gear. Okuma has been a sleeping giant in sportfishing tackle. Heck, most of the CNC machines used by the better reel manufacturing firms are made by Okuma! They're huge, deep pockets, make most overseas firms look insignificant in terms of company capability and resources. With Tiburon's assistance, we're betting Okuma's time has finally come (in the world of saltwater sportfishing). We will only focus on the products we feel meet the needs of saltwater anglers, and meet the performance requirements for this most demanding sport. (note the above was written in 2008 - in 3 years Okuma proved we were right in our evaluation...)

Okuma's service department deserves mention, because those guys did stand behind their older products. They did not run away from problems, they took steps to solve them. Take this philosophy, add to it improved designs, and we have the makings for a new powerful player in the saltwater fishing marketplace. Okuma now produces  some reels that we like enough to recommend to our clients, without reservation. Hard to believe, but very true. 

 

 
Video: Okuma Makaira Series Reels

 

Okuma Makaira SEA Reels

Free Braid/Spectra spooling or Premium Pliers!

Your Pick: SUPER BRAID - INCLUDING 16 STRAND TORO TAMER SPLICEABLE HOLLOW CORE,
or CharkBait Premium Quality Multi-Function Pliers $60-80 Value

You choose either FREE offer. Receive either the Premium PLIERS as pictured, Multi-Tool with Split Ring tool and crimping PLIERS or superior quality Super Braid (gel spun polyethelyne line) spooling with mono topshot (if desired) at no additional charge. Both offers represent a value of up to $80, and both are excellent.
 

They aren't for everyone, but for those who appreciate the enhancements and have the highest demands, they are reels to die for. Okuma's Makaira Special Edition Long Range reels take things to another level in terms of specific changes that some in the long range community have requested. Before getting into that, let me state clearly, the existing crop of Makaira reels are absolutely state of the art, and for most of us, myself included, there is little reason to head in the SE direction. The changes you'll see in the SE series reels appeal most to fishermen who are uncompromising in terms of their demands upon gear, guys who regularly head out to tangle with cow size tuna on the long range boats or aboard a sportfisher off Puerto Vallarta, those that will benefit most will be our most dedicated long range enthusiasts. Those that will benefit least will probably be private boaters, guys who tend to put on heavy miles on their gear and don't take the time to maintain 'em regularly. In a lot of ways the SE reels are custom shop offerings, based upon feedback from some of the most experienced anglers, guys who jumped on the Makairas early and fished 'em hard on the long range boats in 2010/11. To those, Okuma listened and responded, showing their sincere interest in building the best gear possible. The pricing of the SE series reels is a tad higher than the original Makaira reels, reflecting the change in handle and bearings used on these pieces. If you are seeking the best freespool performance, flylining live bait to large grade tuna, this series of reels will put a smile on your face and very likely result in a personal best on the boat.

50SEA pictured below:

 

Okay, now for what's different on the Special Edition reels, the SE Series reels feature:
- Open Spool Bearings with TSI-301 oil. This increases freespool 2 to 2 1/2 times!
- All non-spool bearings feature FULL grease pack for maximum longevity.
- Special Edition Gun Smoke and Black anodizing.
- SE reels have a yellowfin tuna etched into the side plate to further distinguish them from the Golds.
- Frames have been machined out for increased clearance between the spool and cross bars.
- Larger Handles, MK-8/10/15 reels will feature MK-20 size handle knobs for greater leverage.
- Larger Handles, MK 20/30 reels use the 50 size arm and knobs.
- New LOWER GEARING on the 20/30 size - 1.3:1!!!

And, for folks who own current Gold series reels you have not been forgotten. If you'd like any of the modifications mentioned above, the folks at Okuma will update your reel for $29-59 depending upon what you'd like done.

Model Bearings Spectra Capacity Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Max Drag @ Full Max Drag @ Strike Weight Price
MK-8II SEa 4BB+1TB 380/50# 4.7:1 & 2.1:1 33.5" & 15.0" 27-lbs 24-lbs 24 oz. 479.99
MK-10II SEa 4BB+1TB 460/50# 4.7:1 & 2.1:1 33.5" & 15.0" 34-lbs 27-lbs 26.1 oz. 479.99
MK-15II SEa 4BB+1TB 400/65# 4.7:1 & 2.1:1 33.5" & 15.0" 34-lbs 27-lbs 26.8 oz. 499.99
MK-16II SEa 4BB+1TB 400/80# 4.3:1 & 1.3:1   44-lbs 32-lbs 42 oz.est. 559.99
MK-20II SEa 4BB+1TB 600/100# 3.8:1 & 1.3:1 39.4" & 17.5" 55-lbs 37-lbs 45.8 oz. 559.99
MK-30II SEa 4BB+1TB 600/130#* 3.8:1 & 1.3:1 39.4" & 17.5" 55-lbs 37-lbs 50 oz. 579.99
MK-50II SEa
Now in STOCK!
4BB+1TB 700/130#* 3.2:1 & 1.3:1 37.8" & 15.3" 85-lbs 60-lbs 61.4 oz. 619.99

*When packed using the Omega winder rather than Triangle

 

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FREE Braid Spooling + FREE Mono Spooling
 or POWER PLIERS (up to $80 Comparable Value)

Select your FREEBIE below and if required the spooling requirements: Super Braid and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions? give us a call or zap over an email.  
FREE Toro Tamer Pliers
OR FREE Super Braid Solid or 16 Strand Hollow Core

Select Free Deluxe Pliers or Free Super Braid 300 yds,
we'll adjust your final invoice price when we prepare your order if you select the Braid.
 
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Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid or Hollow
Braid TYPE
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
300 yards Toro Tamer 16 Strand Hollow Core or Solid BRAID supplied free
- SELECT options above,
we will bill for only the additional amount you select below
(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional Sato Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards (50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds Toro Tamer 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $18.00
per 100 yards
 

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Okuma Makaira
Free Braid/Spectra spooling or Premium Pliers!

Your Pick: SUPER BRAID - INCLUDING 16 STRAND TORO TAMER SPLICEABLE HOLLOW CORE,
or CharkBait Premium Quality Multi-Function Pliers $60-80 Value

You choose either FREE offer. Receive either the Premium PLIERS as pictured, Multi-Tool with Split Ring tool and crimping PLIERS or superior quality Super Braid (gel spun polyethelyne line) spooling with mono topshot (if desired) at no additional charge. Both offers represent a value of up to $80, and both are excellent.
 

 

I first saw this new series of reels at the July 2009 ICAST show. I was flat out impressed. Without doubt, this is a game changer for the sportfishing industry. Okuma listened, listened well, and applied what they heard in creating what may very well be some of the best built reels on the market today. The reels are robust, solid, creatively engineered, and made to go the distance. 

All the new reels feature a carbon DFD (dual force drag) system for exceptional drag performance, high drag capacity, long term reliability and maximum alignment and durability. The Makaira reels offer a "Pull Bar Drag System" with the advantage that the drag is being pulled rather than pushed, which places heavy pressure on the left side plate and utilizes the frame for overall stability - that's the flaw of design in all reels built today, and Okuma feels they've beat the system. With the Pull Bar design, there's no pressure to create frame flex, or reduced drag pressure as a result of tolerance alignment issues. As a result of the design, the open top models in this line have none of the flex issues common with other reels; no need to compensate for the disadvantage of design by increasing mass, for instance. 

The highly efficient drag system was designed and engineered by Tiburon Engineering to increase maximum drag pressure, reduce side load pressure on ball bearings and improve heat dissipation for long term smoothness over extended fights. The Okuma DFD is considered a wet drag system comprised of two carbon fiber drag washers that are sandwiched together and bonded with a fiber glass core. Pure carbon washers are coated with a thin layer of Cal Sheet's Universal drag grease for virtually zero start up inertia. These washers are compressed by two precision ground 17-4 grade stainless steel drag plates that have been ground flat, then polished for maximum smoothness. The stainless steel friction drag plates have a minimum 32 Rockwell hardness allowing for high-end drag settings and consistently smooth drag performance at all ranges! (Model 20 pictured above)

Other important points of design:
Silent anti-reverse, 16 point double dog anti-reverse for the most reliable, smoothest and strongest anti-reverse on the market. These reels so not depend on a one way bearing for their anti-reverse, yet they have a similar slick feel to them. Robust!
Helical Cut Gears, offers improved gear meshing, and gear smoothness. They feel like butter being sliced when you change gears. They're both smoother and stronger as a result of their design.

 

 

Makaira Reels Feature-

6061-T6 Machined aluminum frame with forged side plates
Proprietary hybrid corrosion resistant stainless steel gearing
Helical cut gears for extreme smoothness and gear meshing
Makaira reels all feature Two-speed gearing systems
Gold anodized two-speed gear shifter housing
Cold forged, Type-II anodized, machined aluminum spool
CRC: Corrosion Resistant Coating process
Patented spool pin system for use with braided or mono lines
Carbonite Dual Force drag system featuring Cal’s universal drag grease
Custom designed thrust bearing: Alleviates side load on heavy drag settings
4-pcs ABEC-5 precision Sapporo stainless steel rubber sealed ball bearings
MA-80WII features 6-pcs of Sapporo ball bearings
Double dog, proprietary silent anti-reverse system
Ratcheting drag lever and drag cam for precise drag setting
Patented T-Bar handle with Easy Roll graphite insert on all models
Heavy duty stainless steel ratcheting clicker system
Heavy duty, precision stainless steel drive and spool shafts
Type-II gold anodized frame, side plates, spool, drag lever and handle
Open top frame design on MK-5II, 10II, 15II, 20II, 50II
Lug and plug system on all open top reel models
Machined thumb rest on rear cross bar for improved ergonomics
Forged aluminum full hard anodized reel foot and reel clamp
Machined etched Marlin logo on left side plate
Precision placement of drain holes maximizes water removal from reel
Special screw ports around side plate screws reduces water/corrosion buildup
Makaira lever drag reels are backed by a 5-year warranty

Note the well placed
drainage holes and robust foot


Note the machined
recessed line stay,
lugs or plugs...

Now, if you'd like a second opinion on the quality of these reels, you might do a little internet search and find a couple independent reviews that more than agree with our high opinion of these new reels. They really are terrific, and the beauty is more than skin deep.

Model Bearings Capacity Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Max Drag @ Full Max Drag @ Strike Weight Price
MK-8II 4BB+1TB 320/15, 280/20, 4.7:1 & 2.1:1 33.5" & 15.0" 34-lbs 27-lbs 24.1 oz. 459.99
MK-10II 4BB+1TB 460/15, 380/20, 280/25 4.7:1 & 2.1:1 33.5" & 15.0" 34-lbs 27-lbs 26.1 oz. 459.99
MK-15II 4BB+1TB 550/20, 410/25, 310/30 4.7:1 & 2.1:1 33.5" & 15.0" 34-lbs 27-lbs 26.8 oz. 479.99
MK-16II 4BB+1TB 700/25, 600/30, 400/40 4.3:1 & 1.3:1 39.4" & 17.5"est 44-lbs 32-lbs 42 oz.est 499.99
MK-20II 4BB+1TB 870/25, 660/30, 530/40 3.8:1 & 1.7:1 39.4" & 17.5" 55-lbs 37-lbs 45.8 oz. 499.99
MK-30II 4BB+1TB 850/30, 700/40, 550/50 3.8:1 & 1.7:1 39.4" & 17.5" 55-lbs 37-lbs 50 oz. 519.99
MK-50II 4BB+1TB 1000/30, 650/50, 400/80 3.2:1 & 1.3:1 37.8" & 15.3" 85-lbs 60-lbs 61.4 oz. 569.99
MK-50WII 4BB+1TB 900/50, 780/60, 560/80 3.2:1 & 1.3:1 37.8" & 15.3" 85-lbs 60-lbs 65 oz. 619.99
MK-80WII 6BB+1TB 1000/80, 850/100, 660/130 3.1:1 & 1.4:1 45.7" & 20.5" 100-lbs 70-lbs 116 oz. 859.99

Please note, the 10, 15, 16, 20 and 50 are topless. The 30, 50W and 80W have the top bar.
All models now in stock...including the little 10! (very nice and very small)

This is a shot over the bow to every manufacturer of saltwater reels. Okuma got it right, and they've got reason to be proud.

In July 2013 we'll be delivering the new 16 size, much anticipated and desired. Typically we do not offer items that are not already in stock, however given the demand for the new reels and certainty of delivery we now make them available for pre-order.

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FREE Super Braid Spooling & Optional Spooling
FREE Braid Spooling + FREE Mono Spooling
 or POWER PLIERS (up to $80 Comparable Value)

Select your FREEBIE below and if required the spooling requirements: Super Braid and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions? give us a call or zap over an email.  
FREE Toro Tamer Pliers
OR FREE Super Braid Solid or 16 Strand Hollow Core

Select Free Deluxe Pliers or Free Super Braid 300 yds,
we'll adjust your final invoice price when we prepare your order if you select the Braid.
 
Braid Test
Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid or Hollow
Braid TYPE
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
300 yards Toro Tamer 16 Strand Hollow Core or Solid BRAID supplied free
- SELECT options above,
we will bill for only the additional amount you select below
(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional Sato Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards (50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds Toro Tamer 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $18.00
per 100 yards

 

 

Andros 5II & 5NII

- $50 Price Reduction on the Two Speeds
PLUS added incentives from CharkBait!

The small Andros two speed offers a compact design similar in size to an Avet MXL (a tad narrower and smaller). This is another powerhouse of a reel, robust, high drag capability, smooth shifting leverdrag. The Andros is made for fishing 15-40# line, and doing so very well. For 2013 Okuma introduced the 5N, a narrower version of this excellent reel.

I purchased a 5 in 2011 and have fished it now for enough time to give you an honest opinion about it's capabilities - It's one of my favorite reels to fish. I've used it at 30-40# line, and given it's drag I've pushed it more than I probably should. When over pushed in terms of drag things do tighten up, but understand that's greater than  15#'s on the drag scale. At 10-15 lbs of drag, this reel is smooth as silk. The thing that gets me is just how capable the drag is, that's where I caught myself fishing way heavy on the little piece. Probably 30# is where she most belongs, but understand that the reel will indeed fish like a powerful 40# 2 speed and with it's light weight and great casting ability (that cast control works beautifully) you will find yourself breaking it out in most any situation where the casting ability and light weight are advantageous. I don't plop down $400 every day for a reel, this is one purchase I have no regrets over and I've fished the piece enough to know I spent my money well. It is a little powerhouse, and because of it's casting ability and drags you'll find yourself using it a lot. Very enjoyable reel to fish folks.

 
Video: Okuma Andros

Andros Features:

Gear Ratios: 6.4:1 High / 3.8:1 Low
6-pcs ABEC-5 rated EZO Japanese ball bearings
External adjustable cast control system
Ratchet drag lever for precise drag settings
Ergo grip handle knob with anodized aluminum handle arm
One screw right sideplate take down for easy internal access
17-4 grade stainless steel helical cut gearing
Maximum drag at Full with complete freespool is 24 lbs.
Maximum drag at Strike with complete freespool is 15 lbs.
Carbonite drag system with Cal’s drag grease
Integrated recessed reel foot design for low profile rod fit

The New single speed models cover the same performance levels, with only the higher gear - no low gear option. They also do away with the cast control feature. The single speeds have a blue spool and minor cosmetic differences, but basically they are the same reel less the push button low gear and mag cast dial. Casting performance, corrosion resistance matches up 100% in use.

 

Model Bearings Capacity Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Max Drag @ Full Max Drag @ Strike Weight Price
A-5II 6BB+1RB 620/12, 430/15, 340/20 6.4:1 & 3.8:1 42.1" & 24.8" 24-lbs 15-lbs 15.2 oz $399.99
$349
A-5NII 6BB+1RB 350/15, 280/20
est.
6.4:1 & 3.8:1 42.1" & 24.8" 24-lbs 15-lbs 14 oz $399.99
$349
A-5S 6BB+1RB 620/12, 430/15, 340/20 6.4:1 42.1" 24-lbs 15-lbs 14 oz $289.99
A-5NS 6BB+1RB 350/15, 280/20
est.
6.4:1 42.1" 24-lbs 15-lbs 13.4 oz $289.99
Spooling Suggestions: Lots of ways to put this reel to use, my favorite for fishing bait is to run a short leader or simply a 25 yard spool of Seaguar Premier into hollow braid, knotless style (20-40# would be the range I'd fish the reels - with 30-40 my own preference). For the 5II I'd suggest going with the 50# and for the 5NII run the 40# 16 Strand Toro Tamer Spliceable Hollow Core Super Braid. Going that route you'll have over 400 yards available of braid to keep your topper company. You can certainly go with "solid" and a knot, straight braid or straight mono... But, if you run the hollow with the in-line rigging you really have one stealthy rig that will cast beautifully and you will catch more fish, at least that's my feeling...and I own one.
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FREE Braid Spooling + FREE Mono Spooling
 or PLIERS (up to $80 Comparable Value)

Select your FREEBIE below and if required the spooling requirements: Super Braid and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions? give us a call or zap over an email.  
FREE Toro Tamer Pliers
OR FREE Super Braid Solid or 16 Strand Hollow Core

Select Free Deluxe Pliers or Free Super Braid 300 yds,
we'll adjust your final invoice price when we prepare your order if you select the Braid.
 
Braid Test
Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid or Hollow
Braid TYPE
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
300 yards Toro Tamer 16 Strand Hollow Core or Solid BRAID supplied free
- SELECT options above,
we will bill for only the additional amount you select below
(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional Sato Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards (50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds Toro Tamer 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $18.00
per 100 yards

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FROM A CLIENT
Subject:
Okuma Andros reel used on Polaris Supreme 5 day last week
8/8/2013

Hey, thanks for setting me up with a great reel.  It seemed too tiny to do what it did, and did it well.  We were into Bluefin over 60# and it never balked.  I checked the drag each evening and it stayed close, fricking amazing for what looks like a fresh water bass reel.  I fully expected it to fail under the conditions we were in (and with a 50/40 set up getting used hard).  Maybe that company has stepped up design and quality control.Also, thanks for the freebee package you sent to my dad (John Costello).  He caught the #2 and #3 fish on the same reel.
Mark

 

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Okuma Cedros Jigging Reels (and more)

Cedros Star Drag 10, 12 & 15

Arguably these are the best star drag reels on the market today. If you liked the old Daiwa Saltiga star drags these reels take that style reel in a very positive direction with improved drag performance, excellent machining, casting, the flexibility of a star drag and darn sweet cosmetics, too. While a lot of reels have moved towards the lever drag form, there are reasons to work with a star drag. You can button down the drag without having issues with side load crunching a bearing. Freespool performance is naturally quite good. You can do some fiddling while you are on a fish if necessary. When time comes for casting, these are excellent reels that do much more than dropping jigs to the bottom. They a flawless casters. I'm not sure which came first in their design, casting or jigging - but they do both roles very, very well.

Pictured above the model 10, the 12 is just a tad wider for greater line capacity.

Opinion: "The Cedros star is the BEST Star Drag Reel on the market - that's my take, powerful, light, super drag. If you are into jigging, I consider this a must have piece."

 

Here's Okuma's run-down on the reel:

Beginning with a stunning A6061-T6 blue anodized aluminum frame with ported cross bars and continuing with machined aluminum side plates and gunsmoke anodized spool, the Okuma Cedros star drag backs outward beauty with incredible structural integrity. Producing up to 28-pounds of smooth drag thanks to its’ multi-disc Carbonite caged drag system and incredible freespool driven by 5BB+1RB Japanese stainless steel ball bearings, size 10 and 12 Cedros star drags deliver exceptional casting performance for live bait, iron and jig applications . Oversized machine cut brass gearing and fast 6.2:1 gear ratio deliver total control right to the palms of your hands. Cosmetically matched and balanced to Cedros Speed Jig rods, you’ll find this versatile combination in your hands throughout an incredible range of applications.

Cedros Star Drag Reels Feature-

A6061-T6 extruded aluminum, blue anodized frame
Frame cross bars are ported to reduce weight
Machined aluminum, blue anodized side plates
Machined aluminum, gun smoke anodized spool
Multi-disc Carbonite caged drag system
Ratcheting drag star for precise drag settings
5BB+1RB Japanese stainless steel bearings
Quick-Set anti-reverse roller bearing
Dual anti-reverse system. (Mechanical & roller bearing)
Oversized machine cut brass gearing
XL gearing: Drop down gear box for increased power
Self lubricating gear system, all models
MSS: Mechanical Stabilizing System for increased durability
Ergo grip handle knobs featured on all models
High Speed 6.2:1 gear ratios for increased line pickup
Cedros star drag reels are backed by a 3-year warranty

Model Bearings Capacity Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Max Drag Weight Price
CSD-10S 5BB+1RB 260/25, 350/20, 430/15 6.2:1 40" 28-lbs 18.9 oz. 279.99
CSD-12S 5BB+1RB 300/30, 400/25, 540/20 6.2:1 40" 28-lbs 19.9 oz. 279.99
CSD-15S NEW 5BB+1RB 350/30, 290/40 6.2:1 40" 28-lbs 19.9 oz. 279.99

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FREE Super Braid Spooling & Optional Spooling
FREE Braid Spooling + FREE Mono Spooling
 or POWER PLIERS (up to $80 Comparable Value)

Select your FREEBIE below and if required the spooling requirements: Super Braid and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions? give us a call or zap over an email.  
FREE Toro Tamer Pliers
OR FREE Super Braid Solid or 16 Strand Hollow Core

Select Free Deluxe Pliers or Free Super Braid 300 yds,
we'll adjust your final invoice price when we prepare your order if you select the Braid.
 
Braid Test
Free Options: Toro Tamer Solid or Hollow
Braid TYPE
Mono Manufacturer  for topshot
Mono Test for topshot
Rigging Style
OPTIONAL SPOOLING SELECTIONS
300 yards Toro Tamer 16 Strand Hollow Core or Solid BRAID supplied free
- SELECT options above,
we will bill for only the additional amount you select below
(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional Sato Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards (50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds Toro Tamer 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $18.00
per 100 yards

Solterra Lever Drag
Single and Two Speed Reels

Well, here's another series of reels from Okuma that offer folks a very nice alternative, good quality at a very good price point. The Solterra line of lever drag reels are nothing less than a great value, coupled to a very strong performing reel. There are single speed and Two Speed reels in this line.

 

 


Solterra 20II

 

Stainless steel main gear, pinion gears and shafts
Durable corrosion resistant frame and side plates
Stainless steel reinforced side plate rings
Forged aluminum, gold anodized spool
Carbonite drag system with Cal's universal drag grease
5 ball bearings, stainless steel, shielded ball bearings 20-50W models
Patented T-Bar handle with easy roll graphite insert, 20-50@ models
Ergo grip comfort handle on all 10/15 models
Low profile on/off clicker with stainless steel wishbone
Strong Arm Levelwind: Stainless steel with Ti coating "L" models
1 Year Warranty
- High Speed 6.2:1 gear ratios on SLR-10CS and SLR-15CS
-Left hand models available: SLR10LX and SLR-15LX

Not a bad range of features, and the pricing is extraordinary in terms of value.

Solterra 10CS

 

Model Gear Ratio Weight Capacity
Mono
Max Drag @ strike w/freespool Max Drag @ full w/freespool Price
High Speed Open Top Frame Reels
SLR-10CS 6:1 23 oz 380 yds 20# 15 lbs 22 lbs $129.99
SLR-15CS 6:1 24.2 310/30# 15 lbs 22 lbs $129.99
Levelwind Reels
SLR-10L 4.2:1 24.1 380/20# 15 lbs 22 lbs $139.99
SLR-15L 4.2:1 25.5 310/30# 15 lbs 22 lbs $139.99
SLR-20L 3.5:1 39.5 400/40# 26 lbs 33 lbs $169.99
Lefty Levelwind Reels
SLR-10LX 4.2:1 24.2 380/20# 15 lbs 22 lbs $139.99
SLR-15LX 4.2:1 25.5 310/30# 15 lbs 22 lbs $139.99
Single Speed Lever Drag Reels (closed frame with top cross bar and harness lugs)
SLR-20 3.5:1 37.8 400/40# 26 lbs 33 lbs $159.99
SLR-30 3.5:1 38.5 400/50# 26 lbs 33 lbs $179.99
SLR-50W 3.1:1 51.0 600/60# 32 lbs 40 lbs $199.99
Two Speed Lever Drag (closed frame with top cross bar and harness lugs)
SLR-20II* 3.8&1.7:1 38.0 400/40# 26 lbs 33 lbs $219.99
SLR-30II 3.8&1.7:1 39.0 400/50# 26 lbs 33 lbs $239.99
SLR-50II 3.1&1.3:1 50.0 460/60# 32 lbs 40 lbs $269.99
SLR-50IIW 3.1&1.3:1 51.5 420/80# 32 lbs 40 lbs $299.99

In Stock, and ready for immediate FREE mono spooling & shipping!*

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FREE MONO & BRAID SPOOLING
FREE Braid Spooling + FREE Mono Spooling!
Select your spooling requirements: Super Braid and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions? give us a call or zap over an email. 
Braid Manufacturer
Braid Test
Mono Manufacturer  for Standard Spooling or Topshot
Mono Test for Standard Spooling or Topshot
Rigging Style
Casting - mono on top, Bottom fishing Spectra top

ADDITIONAL COST OPTIONS

300 yards Toro Tamer Solid BRAID supplied free
- SELECT options above,
we will bill for only the additional amount you select below
(Price is per 100 yards, for 200 additional yards, select 2 in the quantity box,
for 1000 additional yards select 10)
Optional Sato Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Optional Served Knotless Rigging
must also select Hollow Core Spectra above

$20.00

Quantity Additional Spooling Price
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds  SOLID - per 100 yards (50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $12.00
per 100 yards
Additional Yards Braid beyond 300 yds 16 Strand HOLLOW - per 100 yards  (40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130#) $18.00
per 100 yards

 

 

Okuma Cortez - NEW!

Here's a reel we first previewed well over a year ago, and have been waiting patiently ever since... Much like the Cedros star and lever drags, good things come when you wait 'em out. The new Cortez is an innovative reel, made with good materials, offering very good performance at a value conscious price. Much like Daiwa's Sealine (check Special #2) it's going to prove itself a workhorse reel, a great reel for someone new to saltwater fishing. It's a very good balance of features, performance and value. The Cortez utilizes a corrosion resistant graphite frame and sideplates, with a machined aluminum anodized spool. The reel features a multi-disc Carbonite drag system, for very good stopping power. The star is made from strong forged steel, and the handle is made from anodized aluminum, and is swept inward in design to reduce wobble while cranking, and there's a soft grip handle that feels right in your hand. You've got 5 bearings to help the reel spin well on a cast. The Cortez has a dual anti reverse system, with both mechanical and roller bearing used in manufacture. The gears are oversized, so you've got some good cranking power despite the high gear ratio (that will help you get bit) of 6.2:1. The gears are self lubricating and the Cortez series reels offer a 1 year manufacturers warranty. Not a bad combination of features, and the price isn't half bad either at $129! Oh, did I mention, the reel has MAGNETIC CAST CONTROL, TOO!!! (note the dial on the sideplate)

For 2013/14 Okuma expanded the series to include a new model the CZ-5CS. The smaller reel incorporates all the positive features of the other reels in this series, including the magnetic cast control.

 

 

Model Bearings Capacity Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Max Drag Weight Price
CZ-5CS 4BB+1RB 270/20# 6.2:1 est 36" 18LB 15.6 oz $129.99
CZ-10CS 4BB+1RB 350/20# 6.2:1 43" 18LB 17.6 oz $129.99
CZ-12CS 4BB+1RB 300/30# 6.2:1 43" 18LB 18.4 oz $129.99
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FREE Mono Spooling, Braid at extra charge
Select your spooling requirements: Super Braid and mono using drop-down menus. Select the length option below and rigging style. Questions? give us a call or zap over an email. 
Braid Manufacturer
Braid Test
Mono Manufacturer  for Standard Spooling or Topshot
Mono Test for Standard Spooling or Topshot
Rigging Style
Casting - mono on top, Bottom fishing Spectra top
 

(for alternative rigging, please send over an email or give us a call after placing your order.)

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