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Old 02-20-2011, 02:46 PM
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I haven't heard much about Okuma. Anyone here have experience using their gear? I was looking for a decent spinning reel and came across their Cedros series and though it' looked interesting. I think these are the reels used on the T.V. show Into the Blue --at least they look very similar. Any thought?
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:49 PM
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I have had an Okuma Alumina spinning reel for 4 years and it has been problem free. I picked up an Okuma Cedros spinning rod and reel two years ago, and I really like it so far though I haven't used it much.
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:55 PM
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I use Okuma Convector 30D Reels for Musky fishing on Lake St Clair. They are as good as Penn's. Okuma does have different quality models, though. They have a Magna 30 that is about half the price of the Convectors, and is half the quality. I have a couple of 10 ft Okuma rods that I use as planer board rods. They are fine.
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Old 02-20-2011, 03:57 PM
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their newer higher end stuff is great. their cheaper stuff are throw away
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:00 PM
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i like all there new lines of products, they are getting alot better than they used to be
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I have a Cedros 80 spinning reel and it handled a 150+lb tuna without an issue. The reel is also great for cod fishing.

While looking take a look at Okuma's VSystem reels.
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:23 PM
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the medeira big game lever drag is as good as the penn/shim/avet.its rather pricey,but high quality...
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:00 PM
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I have an Okuma Fina which is going on it's 9th year. Wont last much longer though due to corrosion, and it's always been my backup, but it has been trusty. Because of this I just bought an Okuma Trio 40S and tossed it on a Veritas rod, it's my new go-to for inshore; very lightweight and the reel feels great.
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:16 PM
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I was never impressed with their reels, up until their newer stuff, but have used their kayak rods, and they will hold their own with any others in their price range, no complaints here.

I wouldn't buy reels just because someone on tv was using them either. Last season, Scott Walker was sponsored by fin-nor, and used them. The Cedros does look like a nice reel for the price.
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:33 PM
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All I use trolling for rockfish in the Chesapeake is the Okuma Convector CV-55L Level Wind and couldn't be happier. We live line with the Okuma avenger bait feeders which are great and I recently purchased two of the Cedros 65's paired with their the 7' heavy action coastal rods but have not have a chance to fish them. All and all I think they have come a long way and offer a great product for the money.
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Shortfin19seventy View Post
I was never impressed with their reels, up until their newer stuff, but have used their kayak rods, and they will hold their own with any others in their price range, no complaints here.

I wouldn't buy reels just because someone on tv was using them either. Last season, Scott Walker was sponsored by fin-nor, and used them. The Cedros does look like a nice reel for the price.
I've read that their lower line are pretty much throw away reels. It seems their higher grade is fairly competitive with other offerings in the same price range.

I mentioned the TV show just 'cause--not to imply my interrest as a result.
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I've used my Avenger 65 bait feeder literally to death. 4 years with absolutely ZERO maintenance (except a good rinse when done) and everything works great except the bail "auto-close" wore out.

I also own 4 Convector 55's (no levelwind) and they've held up too, but they're newer.

Love "Into the Blue". Love it! I know they're pimped out by the sponsors, but I love the show. Seems like the closest show to the kind of fishing i do.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:50 PM
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I use a Cedros for jigging and popping. I haven't had any problems in the year or so I have have it and it has brought in some big fish. For the price, it is a nice reel.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:37 AM
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Their Titus line are for good teaser reels...
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the boys on saltwater experience use all okuma stuff, including the cedros line. they are being sponsored by okuma obviously, but I don't think they would fish with junk either.
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I've used their 45 and 55 Alumina's for Stripers and for Cobia without much problem. However just last season after 3 years of use, a 45 stripped a gear on a 10 lb striper. I'll be replacing them with ABU Garcia's Soron STX. My brother researched these to death and found a very reputable reel reviewer who touts this as a very well made reel for the money, as compared to others in the same price range.
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alantani.com may have some reviews, and he knows what he is talking about
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Their Titus line are for good teaser reels...

Yeah..their low price and closeout at Wally World teased me into buying a pair. Everything I read about them said make sure you oil them down and grease the insides as the factory was hit and miss.
After pulling one of them down and finding several cheap plastic parts that would not last, I boxed them up and returned them. On one of the reels the clicker lever was stuck on and nothing would release it. I didn't care to open that one up also..
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I have been using Okuma stuff for a few years and have been very happy with it. When Okuma first came out a few years back their quality wasn't that good, but now I'd say their gear is on par or better than the other major manufacturers.
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My favorite reel for Great Lakes King salmon is the Okuma Inspira spinning reel.

I fish light tackle.
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