I have a Penn as my primary reel and a Okuma ABF as my 2nd rod.
Up until yesterday i never had a problem with Okuma ... but i snapped the handle off my Okuma right after i put the brakes on a Striper
... had to hand-line the fish to the boat (good thing it was only a 30"er).
To many plastic parts on the reel IMO and not really that smooth compared to other brands.
Can't go wrong spending the extra bucks on a Shimano.