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Old 12-03-2007, 03:37 PM
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Default okuma reels

i was thinking of getting another reel for the surf, I have a shimano 4500 baitrunner. I been hearing good things about OKUMA they have a surf reel called the Axeon for about 100 bucks, or the V series......any comment on these reels?
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Old 12-03-2007, 04:32 PM
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Default Re: okuma reels

I have a couple of epixors eb 80 and had a corando 65, These are nice reels. They are real smooth with all those bearings. I also own the shimano 6500. I personally can't say anything bad about either.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:22 PM
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i live and die for penn and accurates.
but i must say,,,,,,,,,,,,, i do own 2 akumas, and they are really , really great.

for the price they sale them for , i will pick up a reel or 2 more.
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:30 PM
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I have two Okumas and they are both great! Great drags and very smooth.
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:50 AM
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Epi 60 here. Never failed me in 5 years of use and abuse.

I bought one when they first came on the market, to try, and report back to the guy at the shop. I have never maintained it. It has never made a noise, had an issue or given any indiction it has been mistreated.

I use it with meat on the bottom in the Canal, over an hour on each side of the slack. It lands fish, and does so smoothly.

Thanks for the reminder. I am gonna drop it off tomorrow to be gone over, and lubed. I have never even opened it to grease it.

Please, I am not encouraging this behaviour. Don't try this at home.
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Old 12-04-2007, 09:14 AM
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Default Re: okuma reels

thanks for the info guys.... I knew these reels were sketchy a while back but I also heard they have improved greatly just wasnt sure
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Old 12-04-2007, 02:54 PM
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NYC,

I've got the Axeom 90.

They give you a spare spool which is good.

The reel is nice but the paint job doesn't hold up at all.
It wears away quickly. Its not a baked on enamel you'll
find on a penn or other similar reel.

The reel is actually rather small and light. You normally
wouldn't throw a lot of weight on this reel. I've always
put it on one of my lighter rods. I currently have it on
an okuma 8' solaris rod. The two components do match up well.

I've got 2 12' Tsumani trophy surf rods. The reel isn't
rugged enough for those rods. At least it doesn't feel
like it is...

Plus'es

Light & smooth, Nice drag ... doesn't bind up. Line packs
well on the spool and release equally well.

Negatives

Plastic drag knob, crappy paint job, not very rugged.

The rod and reel were purchased separately, I got the reel
for $83 bucks. The rod was about $45... The rod tip broke
and I've had to glue it a few times.

Overall, it has been a very lucky setup for me. Two of
the biggest fish this past season were boated on it.

38" and 45"...

Neither were landed by me... But were taken on my boat
by two of my buddies. The pics are on their cell phones.

The 38" was his first ever striper...

A bunch of fish have been landed on the setup but those
were the noteworthy ones.

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Old 12-04-2007, 06:14 PM
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I have the epixor model which has served me well on an 11ft rod..on my third season...Also I bought two of the Avenger models figuring that they were cheap throw aways ....I paid like 35 bucks. I am also on my third season and I ended up using one of them as my main reel..........I would recommend them with no reservations....on a side note I also had the coronado 90 and wasnt as thrilled with that one.
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Old 12-04-2007, 06:49 PM
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OK folks, my kids said, Dad what kind on pole can we get you for 75.00 for Christmas. So here's the Question, I'm going from an 8 to a 9'-10' and I will use my treasured ss-650 that, by the way, nobody can stop clicking ( you guy's would have loved me on sunday) not even the tackle shop.
Anyway, I'll value your opinions and suggestions on the reel. It's 20 years old and I love it. Besides, ear plugs are cheap.
Thanks,
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Old 12-04-2007, 07:47 PM
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Default Re: okuma reels

I have had plenty of Okuma's over the years. The only one I didn't like was the Avenger. I had an Aveon or Axion, I forget which, good reel, just too big.
I like the Epixors, they have newer models that have a rigid body.
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:49 PM
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Rob, my suggestion would be to scan thru ebay and find what you like.
For $75 you can get a nice rod. The tsunami trophy series are nice and
hold up in tuff conditions. I beat the bag out of the rods I have.

Look at how much weight you need to throw. If you are throwing 5-7 oz
your going to need a strong rod. If you are throwing less the rod can
be lighter. The lighter rods will also allow to use plugs. Its a balance on
what type of fishing you plan on doing.

Use ebay as a gauge on what you're looking for and to narrow your search.

good luck

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