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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.
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?
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