New Okuma Metaloid Reels Getting a Workout on Offshore Tuna

by Brandon Cotton

After a very busy, and very successful ICAST for both Okuma and Savage Gear, a few of us here at the office found some time this past Friday to get out and go on the hunt for some of the bluefin and yellowfin tuna that this wonderful El Nino year has brought up our coast off Southern California.

We’d gotten the invite while at ICAST from Ali Hussainy of BD Outdoors to join him for a day offshore once we got back from the show. Okuma Director of Product Development John Bretza and I were joined by SoCal Okuma rep Justin Poe, and Mustad National Sales Manager Steve Tagami for a total of 5 anglers itching to get out and tangle with some offshore tuna.

Although we ran into a lot of life, including some puddling tuna, fairly close to port, the early morning was relatively slow. We stopped on a kelp paddy which produced all-you-wanted small yellowtail, but that wasn’t the prize we had our eyes on, so we kept moving West. Once we got close to our intended zone, two tern birds gave away some puddling tuna and after a blazing hookup on the troll, we began hooking fish left and right.

Okuma’s Justin Poe bent on a quality bluefin tuna

We proceeded to catch fish for the next three hours – all on one stop.

Mustad’s Steve Tagami shows off another nice tuna he got on the Okuma Metaloid 5N Narrow reel.

It’s always nice to get out and enjoy the products we design and produce. We’d brought along some of our 5-size and 12-size Metaloid reels, as these are the perfect size for this type of fishing and shine when using 50-lb. or 65-lb. braided line.

The Metaloid 5 and 5N sizes are perfect for all types of saltwater fishing using 50- to 60-lb. braid.

Capt. Ali Hussainy of BD Outdoors and Okuma Product Development Director John Bretza display a brace of offshore tuna.

In the end we boated 23 tuna – 13 yellowfin and 10 bluefin tuna, some of which past the 40-lb. mark. As we headed for the barn at 1 pm with our kill bag and holds full, it was one of those rare times where we drove past spots of diving birds and more breezing fish. This El Nino on the West Coast has made for an exceptional year so far for offshore fishing. It was nice to get out and put the wood to some quality tuna!

Brandon Cotton shows of another jumbo bluefin.

A handful of yellowtail and a good mix of yellowfin and bluefin tuna made for a successful and fun trip.

More information on the new Metaloid and all Okuma new product introductions – including video – will be available in the next few weeks. And be sure to check them out in person at your local retailer sometime this Fall.