Okuma reels

Old 07-18-2014, 08:28 AM
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I am looking at buying a few, the CZ5CS and the CJ45L, anybody use these
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Old 07-18-2014, 08:40 AM
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I've got several of the VSystem reels...Like 'em a lot...
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Old 07-18-2014, 09:47 AM
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me too - hold up well - lots of reel for the money
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:16 PM
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Every Okuma i have had have been stellar. Wasn't even their top tier line.
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Old 07-18-2014, 05:59 PM
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Just switched from Shimano to Okuma and could not be happier.
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:01 PM
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Obama reels. Garbage.
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:05 PM
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I have reels that cost 5 times as much as the Okuma Cedros and are not near the reel! Holding up well in saltwater too!
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:49 PM
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I don't own any, however fished them with a friend who has has them 5 years, thought they were new! Great drag system and built well.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by dboating View Post
Every Okuma i have had have been stellar. Wasn't even their top tier line.
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:31 AM
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I have one that was left on an oil rig when a guy quit and didnt come back. My buddy brought it to me a couple years ago. Its a good solid reel. I have never seen em in the stores or I might have more of them on my boat. I wouldnt hesitate to buy another.
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Old 07-19-2014, 07:15 AM
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I have 2 VS's. One is 6 years old. No issues what so ever. I Like the dual drag, Smmooth. Thought I would try one of their low end rigs and Just snagged a 4/0 Trio with the dual drag for $59 delivered from Academy.

They are a little tricky to clean. You have to align the oscillator gear just so (they are marked).

Funny how some of these Asian reels get their bearing count up to as high as 14. Some stack 3 ball bearings in the crank handle. What the middle bearing does is beyond me.

Great sites for those that like to do their own service and repair.
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Old 07-19-2014, 08:02 AM
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I won't buy another Okuma reel again, I've had to replace the handle on my 2 yr old Raw II twice already, seems like they break in the same place. And it always happens when you have a nice fish on. Poor metal quality IMO, the only good thing, is that they sent me 2 replacement handles at no costs.
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Old 07-19-2014, 10:59 AM
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Most charter capt use them on Lake E--- maybe not great in salt but hold up in fresh-- I have 8 going on 6 years
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Old 07-19-2014, 11:05 AM
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I own a half dozen Okuma reels and three Shimanos. The Okumas all cost about half as much as the Shimanos but have done the same duty with no problems. I like 'em. I also own a bunch of Okuma fly rods and reels. They are very hard to beat for the price or for any price.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:40 AM
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I have one okuma 2speed and it has been great so far.
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