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Old 10-07-2005, 07:33 PM
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Does anyone out there have any experence with usuing okuma reels? Exspecilly the 2 speed titus series.Thanks in advance, Jeff
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I know theyre wire line reels are junk, but thats about it.
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I have an older tpld90 which is the same reel as the t50 they now sell I pulled it apart before this season and the drag was still like new Okuma is a good value for the wknd guy they have excellent customer service if it does break If you fish the line class it is designed to fish 30# test on the 30 50#test on the 50 you will not have any problems
The ones I have have 300 yds of 80 powerpro under a topshot of mono of about 200 yds I think works great for sharking and school tuna I picked up the pair I have at a used sale for 75$ took them apart cleaned and greased them They work everytime I have asked them to they just have to be checked more often than other higher priced reels in this class
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A friend of mine had 2 50 2speed that we took sharking off mantauk and they both broke on the 1st and 2nd fish never again would I use tat reel
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I have both the TW50 and the TS50 2 speed. All I can say is that they're adequate. The TW50 is far better than the 2 speed. I've brought in a 90lb sailfish, many YFT to 50lbs and everything in between on the TW50. I've had it for three years now and never had a problem.
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I have had 2 of the 50W's. They were the cheaper versions. Horrible!
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The ones I see are always in the shop and never on the boat. Mexicans have the patience to fix anything, but the charter guys here gave up on them.
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Went to probass looked at one in the display case (50) looked & felt ok / saw the same reel on a combo and it felt like it was binding up pick up a nother same thing what would happen when it was pulling in a fish if it wont hold up in the store ?, I bought a penn
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They'er still a work in progress. Better reels out there for the money. MHO, Capt. Ron
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Have 4 of the 50 2-speeds used for shark and tuna fishing for the past 4 years, no negative issues to date.
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I have 2 50W2 okuma 2 year old models and no problems so far. 1 that's older has had the coating peel off. I also have 2 TLD 50 LRS. They are worth every penny, the only problem is getting those pennies. Seriously I havent had any problems with any of my okumas, but I don't want there to be a first so when I can afford it I'll buy more TLD's.

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For a reel,that won't brek the bank,I like the Avet 4/0 EXW. Smooth
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I have various 2 spd reels up to Accurates. The Okuma TS-50WII is a solid reel and is definitely the lowest- priced 2-spd 50W that I know of. For a couple of hundred bucks, they are a great deals even though they aren't the best reel out there. And yeah, they will catch big tuna. I personally own a number of Okumas - none of the cheap ones. I have never experienced the failures that people talk about. Not saying they never fail - all reels can but I think Okumas are somewhat underrated.

2 good things about the Okuma: (1) the 50W-II is only a little over 50 oz. Not holding the extra 25-30oz. ios easier for long periods of chunking.(2) Okuma has a US facility in California. Very good service, fast response, and low cost.
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i have 5 of the okumas. two are the silver tw's (one 2 speed and one single) and 3 of the gold 50w's (2 of the 2 speed).

I've caught everything from tuna to large sharks, and they have never given me a problem. Of course, I'm not a charter or guide using them 5 days a week. If you want to use a reel on a commercial cycle, get a commercial reel. Actually get 1.5 times what you need, because some will always be in the shop for one thing or another anyway.
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Default RE: okuma reels

I run half Penn and half Okuma stuff and so far for the last 4 seasons, the Okuma stuff has outlasted my Penn Senator gear.

2 Titus 50W's (Dark Anodized finish) on Sea Striker 80-130 rods, 2 Okuma Gold 15's and one Gold 30 on Chaos 7 ft king rods, 4 Okuma AV-80's on Penn Slammer heavy 1 pc. 7 ft rods, and one old Okuma graphite 50 reel on a Star Custom roller rod (shark).

To be honest, they're easy to take apart and clean annually, easy to get parts for, have water-proof drags and are simpler as they dont have fancy engineering. For a low cost option, they're great. The guy's I take fishin find it easier to work the lever drags than the star drags of the Penn Senators (red face 6/0's, black face 4/0's). They work and catch fish...

Love the AV-80's.. great for mahi and light duty trollin, I've got them spooled up with Yozuri 17 lb hybrid, and the Golds have Ande back country 30 lb and the Silver Wides are spooled with 80lb Suffix.

Like everything else... maintain them and they'll work for you without havin to break the bank.

Just my .02,, but I have no negative issue with Okuma gear that I use, it's been good, fish dont seem to care too what reel's them to the boat either.....
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I have one f the gold wide 50 Okumas and have used it just one season. No problems as of yet and pulled in a few good sized blue sharks with it up to about 250lbs. Spooled with 80 lb Suffix. Seems like a nice reel for the money. Also have had 2 Penn Senators which had clickers fail after just one shark. The Okumas are much more durable than the penns it seems. Never had a TLD but willing to try one at a good rpice.
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