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Old 03-21-2011, 09:46 AM   #1
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Default shimano vs okuma baitrunners

Which is better? Want to use them to live-line and cast for striper.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:53 AM   #2
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Which is better? Want to use them to live-line and cast for striper.
No brainer, go with the Shimano.
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:37 AM   #3
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I just bought two okumas avengers 65. Really nice real for the money and everything I read said they were holding up pretty good. It will be a reel you have to take apart every year and grease. But for the money it seems to be good. Will test it on the cobs in about a month.
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I have a Shimano Thunnus, which has the baitrunner feature. It is a nice reel, and I've been very pleased with it.
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I have the VS80 Okuma it has not finished a single trip without an issue. Biggest fish it's seen is a 10# bluefish and it has not lasted past 5 fish in a trip. 50# braid 12ish# of drag is what it's set at. I had the VP of the company assure me that it is fixed properly want to buy it cheap?
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:11 PM   #6
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I have both the Cedros and New Baitrunners. Both are great and fairly close in price. I prefer the the Shimano just because of the smoothness and fit and finish of the reel. I do prefer the power knob that comes standard on the Cedros and the colors and look of it. Still would lean towards the proven Shimano. The Thunnus version of the Shimano is a bit heavy for my taste and chasing Stripers

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Old 03-21-2011, 06:32 PM   #7
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Which version of the shimano baitrunner?

I have several of the old models(4500 & 6500) and they are great for livelining bunker. . Have landed up to 40lb. Stripers on them.

Highly recomended
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I have a couple of Okuma Epixors and they are great reels but I will say the two Shimano Baitrunners I have seem to be better built

Neither one has ever failed me or given me a minutes prolbem
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I'd go with the Shimano's...I purchased a couple Shimano Baitrunner's 6 seasons ago--still smooth and easily serviceable... Okuma version lasted one season---I'm hoping they are better built now...
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