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Old 05-03-2002, 10:32 PM
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The price is right with these. I have always used Shimano but the time has come to buy new again. Please comment on both spinning and offshore reels.
Are they any good?

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Old 05-04-2002, 01:02 AM
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Check this out
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Old 05-04-2002, 08:26 AM
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A friend of mine sells these reels and many come back for some type of failure. Remember, you get what you pay for!
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Old 05-04-2002, 08:39 AM
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I have 5 Okuma Epix Spinning Reels, a 20, two 30's, a 40 and 50. I fish the 30's everyday. Have had them now for 2 years of very hard surf fishing. I caught 50 bass just yesterday in CT, one 43", one 36", several 30's and few 28's, and countless small bass. I take good care of them. The drag is great. The 30's are great with braid as long as you are careful. The 40 is the best in the line in my opinion. I also purchased a Tica Libra 3500, and it too has been flawless, although is has not seen too many fish yet. I needed a part from Okuma, and they emailed me the same day, and I had it within 4 working days. I believe these to be great values, as I was intending to get one season and throw them away. I was doing that with the Fin-Nor Ahabs. The new Diawa Capricorn is nice too. A little more pricey and hard to find. If you take good care of the reels, they will take care of you. The bass fishing in CT is very good right now. Slow this am due to the rain I guess.
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Old 05-04-2002, 05:29 PM
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Thanks for the link Barryrod. Must look closer at these reels.


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Old 05-04-2002, 10:13 PM
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Looked enuff. I think I'll pass---for now. Maybe buy one spinner to test the waters. Sticking with Shimano for time being.

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Old 05-07-2002, 10:01 PM
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The Okuma baitrunners are very good reels at a very good price. I have one and really like it (even though I'm a baitcaster fan). Haven't had it long enough to know whether it can withstand the beating of a Penn spinner,time will tell. Stay away from Tica reels, they truly suck.
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I was cruising through Academy this winter, and took a look at the Okuma trolling reels. I had heard little good, and lots of bad about them. Since it was winter, and nothing cheers Al up like a new fishing reel, and the price (damn, that's cheap!), I bought one, a 50T. I have only had the opportunity to use it once, so I cannot address the durability issue. As far as usability, I would rate it as OK. The drag feels a bit chunky (is that a fishing term?), and the overall feel of the unit is not one of quality. Time will tell, but at such a low price, I would almost consider it a disposable unit! A week later I bought a Shimano TLD 25 to balance things out. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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Old 05-08-2002, 09:19 PM
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Snapperhead,

In the type of reel you mention, I would have to agree that the Shimano is the top dog. I've heard nothing but good things about them. For smucks like myself that do alot of inshore fishing, Okuma makes some pretty attractive reels.
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Old 05-13-2002, 04:35 PM
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I picked up four of the spinning reels with 8 ball bearings, and matched them with ugly stick rods. They really held up to the abuse from all my friends and have been a good choice. They definetly are not in the same class as the upper shimanos but sure were affordable and take the abuse. Rocky
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Old 05-24-2002, 07:31 AM
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SB - check this out

http://communities.msn.com/Saltwater...OutOfGEInletNJ

Go into Fishing Reports, then the "Shimano Reels ****" thread. It has opinions and info on the Okumas there. Great reels, excellent value.

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Old 05-27-2002, 07:54 AM
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I have a couple of TG 50ls levelwind,lever drags
that I use for inshore trolling (bass etc.) They are made extemely well the drag is smoother than my penn internationals (not saying much) A very strong dependable reel. Good luck!! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]
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Old 06-01-2002, 08:39 AM
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I bought an Azul 90 (equal to Penn 9500 SS) last season. The performance has been fantastic. However, after limited use the gold and blue color have faded dramatically. The fading on the outside leads me to wonder about the durability and reliability on the inside. I might have only used that thing on 10 fishing trips. Meanwhile, my older penn's and shimano's still look like new. I maintain all my reels religiously and thoroughly rinse them after every use.
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