Available Now: Ceymar Baitfeeder Reels


Okuma Ceymar Baitfeeder

The Okuma Ceymar spinning reels have been a popular reel around the country and now Baitfeeder reels have joined the Ceymar family. The Ceymar Baitfeeder reels feature an easy to use On/Off auto trip bait feeding system. Once engaged, the secondary drag system puts out very little pressure for your live bait to run nearly freely. In a non live bait situation, when a fish picks up your bait, they feel very little to no pressure from your line allowing them to fully commit to your bait. The Ceymar features a ported machined aluminum anodized spool with LCS lip to reduce line twist and cast and retrieve, as well as an aluminum handle for strength and durability. Its graphite rotor was designed with Okuma’s Cyclonic Flow Rotor to whisk away water as it gathers on the reel to keep it dry and functional. With eight total stainless steel ball bearings, the Ceymar Baitfeeder runs smooth. The Ceymar Baitfeeder is available in three sizes, CBF-40, CBF-55, and CBF-65 and has an MSRP of $74.99- $89.99. The Ceymar Baitfeeder is back by Okuma’s 1-year limited warranty.


        – On/Off auto trip bait feeding system
– Multi-disc, Japanese oiled felt drag washers
– 7BB+1RB stainless steel bearings
– Quick-Set ant-reverse bearing
– Precision machine cut brass pinion gear
– Corrosion resistant graphite body and rotor
– CFR: Cyclonic Flow Rotor technology
– Precision Elliptical Gearing System
– Rigid metal handle design for strength
– Machined aluminum, 2-tone anodized spool with LCS lip
– Heavy duty solid aluminum bail wire
– RESII: Computer balanced Rotor Equalizing System
– Ceymar reels are backed by a 1-year limited warranty


Introducing the NEW Epixor XT

The Okuma Epixor XT spinning reels are the next generation of a long standing family of spinning reels within the Okuma lineup. Today’s anglers want lightweight reels that they can cast all day and strength and durability to turn and stop even the feistiest of fish. The Epixor XT reels utilize advanced technologies to create both exceptional feel and rock solid durability.


The NEW Epixor XT    
   – TCA: Torsion Control Armor reduces twisting
– 7BB+1RB stainless steel bearings
– Quick-Set ant-reverse bearing
– Slow oscillation system for improved line lay
– Corrosion resistant graphite body and rotor
– CFR: Cyclonic Flow Rotor technology
– Machined aluminum, 2-tone anodized spool with LCS lip
– RESII: Computer balanced Rotor Equalizing System

C40X Carbon Technology
NEW C40X Carbon Technology allows for lighter and strong construction than standard graphite. It provide for a rigidity, less weight, and eliminates the chance of reel corrosion.

Centrifugal Disc Bail
Weighted and balanced – the Centrifugal Disc Bail delivers a smooth bail experience

Cyclonic Flow Rotor
The reel also features our Okumas’ new Cyclonic Flow Rotor. This new technological advancement in reel construction increases air flow through the ported rotor to promoting faster drying time.

Progressive Drag
Drag System incorporates more precise and accurate drag settings. The three sizes all contain eight total stainless steel ball bearings and between 11-19lbs of drag out of its multi-disc, Japanese oiled felt drag washers.

Torsion Control Armor
Features Torsion Control Armor which eliminates reel stem twisting and torque while keeping your gears completely aligned. TCA will help get rid of unwanted body twisting by applying pressure on the reel in multiple directions from cranking. It is especially useful for those who enjoy using braided line.




Komodo SS-Stainless Steel

The New Okuma Komodo SS Casting Reel not only has amazing levels of drag output to take on the largest fish, but it stainless steel main gear, stainless steel pinion gear, along with its heavy duty stainless steel drive, and spool shafts offer serious power and durability.

This powerful reel can take on the largest freshwater fish like pike, musky and salmon, along with the toughest inshore species like stripers, jacks and trophy calico bass. The ALC: Rigid diecast aluminum frame and sideplates form a rigid, but lightweight platform that is comfortable to fish, and ensures consistently smooth casts and retrieves.

The Komodo SS is corrosion resistant with stainless steel bearings. It’s available in both right and left hand retrieve, and is backed by a 3-year limited warranty.

Okuma Metaloid Baitcast Reel A Powerful Performer

Okuma’s Metaloid reel families center on powerful, no-nonsense designs constructed from the best available materials. A Metaloid reel is built to fish hard in the world’s most rugged environments. Joining Metaloid lever drag and spinning reels is the all-new Metaloid baitcast reel.


With a machined aluminum frame and side plates, the Metaloid baitcast reel will be a favorite of musky, pike, striper and salmon anglers.

Metaloid baitcast reels feature a machined aluminum frame, side plates and spool to provide a high-quality foundation of brute strength. The reel operates fluidly in fresh and saltwater on four stainless steel ball bearings plus one roller bearing. Precision brass gears create smooth handling at all times. In addition to stainless steel bearings and premium aluminum and brass components, every part within Metaloid is coated with penetrating Corrosion-X HD during the assembly process for above-and-beyond with regard to corrosion-resistance.

The multi-disc drag system features Carbonite washers for long-wearing durability. Carbonite drag washers do not compress when stored under pressure like standard drag washers, and the system maintains its full range over the long term. Maximum drag output is 10-pounds, suitable for virtually all inshore species and large freshwater species like trophy bass, pike, musky, large catfish and salmon.

Casting is controlled by an internal 6-pin Velocity Cast Control. Aluminum drag star and aluminum paddle handle deliver exceptional strength and precise control.

The Metaloid baitcast reel is one model, the M-400, with a 5.1:1 gear ratio that retrieves 23” of line with each turn of the handle. The M-400 hoods 180-yards of 20-pound monofilament, or almost 300-yards of 50-pound braid. Because braid use is expected, the level-wind system remains engaged at all times. This ensures that line is always drawn straight off the reel spool when casting, or when fish are running. With non-stretch braided lines, any introduced angles between the level-wind and line coming off the spool can cause significant extra stress. Metaloid eliminates this issue, delivering even line flow at all times.

The Metaloid baitcast reel is backed by the Okuma 1-Year Limited Warranty.

Makaira Spinning Reels Launch Okuma Fishing Tackle Into Elite-Level Big Game Spinning Reel Market

In 2010, Okuma Fishing Tackle earned a position among elite manufacturers of conventional offshore reels with the introduction of Makaira lever drag reels. For 2017, Okuma continues to reinvent big game fishing with Makaira spinning reels, again delivering unique, advanced design and new levels of power and longevity.

Makaira Spinning Reel

Makaira spinning reels are a revolutionary display of structural strength, fish-fighting power and long-term durability.

Makaira spinning reels are based upon the Okuma 4D Concept of performance benchmarks: Design, Drive, Drag and Durability. Two sizes include the MK-20000 with a capacity of 490-yards of 65-pound braid and the MK-30000 with a capacity of 700-yards of 80-pound braid. Makaira spinning reels are fixed retrieve, including four total models: the MK-20000LS and MK-30000LS in left hand retrieve and the MK-20000RS and MK-30000RS in right hand retrieve. The screw-in, non-folding handle arm design delivers ultimate strength from the connection.

The two sizes of Makaira spinning reels, 20000 and 30000, weigh 32.5 and 36.7 ounces respectively. As construction materials are considered, Makaira’s finished weight is generally within 2-ounces of competitive reels.

Working from the outside in, the frame, side plate and Cyclonic Flow rotor are cold forged, then machined, from A6061 aircraft aluminum. Cold forging compresses more material into a given space, producing greater consistency and strength than components machined from billet aluminum or die-cast, both of which are current standards in the industry. Makaira is the only spinning reel available with a complete forged aluminum housing.

Makaira Spinning Frame

Makaira spinning reels utilize a forged, machined aluminum frame for unmatched strength.

To stand up to brutal saltwater conditions, the body and spool of the Makaira spinning reel are watertight, sealed by twenty-three oil-retaining O-rings and gaskets. All internal mechanisms are sealed and protected from salt. Within this sealed environment is Makaira’s drive system. Featuring a forged, machine cut and ported 304 stainless steel main gear paired with a 17-4 stainless steel pinion gear, the strength of the drive system is unmatched. The oscillation system furthers the strength and precision of the drive system, supported by two shafts to provide a solid foundation.

The Makaira drive system runs fluidly on nine Japanese NMB ball bearings plus roller bearing. Bearing placements include two in the spool/drag system, two on the pinion gear, two on the drive gear and one each on the rotor nut, transmission gear and line roller.

Drag systems are points of separation in big game reels and the Makaira spinning reel again stands apart. Utilizing the Okuma Dual Force Drag, the system utilizes a greased carbon fiber/stainless steel drag stack in the top of the spool as well as additional oversized carbon fiber and stainless drag washers in the massive area on the bottom of the spool. By utilizing both the top and bottom of the spool in the DFD system, braking is even, drag output is increased and heat dissipation is dramatically improved.

Makaira Main Gear

A forged stainless steel main gear headlines Makaira’s design excellence.

The Makaira DFD system delivers an amazing 66-pounds of maximum drag pressure. Within this exceptional range, the design also delivers outstanding precision. Makaira features Okuma’s unique Micro Adjustable Power Drag, that essentially operates like a conventional lever drag system with a drag preset, then fine adjustment within the range. With the drag returned to zero, the coarse adjustment is set. From there, 60 detent points within 20 reference points on the drag housing control fine adjustment. The Makaira drag system can be set to push fishing lines right to, without exceeding, their breaking points.

In expectation of high drag output, Makaira spinning reels feature dual anti-reverse systems. An IMA German one-way clutch bearing is backed up by a ratcheting anti-reverse system for complete security on the largest fish.

On top of the best materials available, all internal and external metal parts of the Makaira spinning reel are coating with Corrosion X HD during assembly. This penetrating coating is one final preventive measure against saltwater corrosion.

Standing behind the finest construction in the industry is Okuma’s industry-leading 5-Year Limited Warranty. In addition to covering any defects in materials and workmanship, the warranty includes one free lube and service during the 5-year period. Anglers need only pay for freight to and from Okuma to have their reel inspected, cleaned and re-lubed to factory specifications.

Makaira spinning reels will be available this fall at an MSRP of $769.99 for the 20000 size and $879.99 for the 300000 size. Check your local dealers for availability.

New Cold Water And Convector High-Speed Reels Perfect For Copper And Wire Lines

As invasive mussels have exploded upon Lake Michigan, these filter feeders have had an

Cold Water High Speed

Cold Water High-Speed reels are available in sizes 30 and 45 with linecounter, and size 55 without linecounter.

amazing effect on water clarity. Now in crystal clear water, fish have become skittish. Oftentimes, the best technique is to employ heavy copper line to achieve both depth and distance from the boat. The unfortunate side-effect of copper lines is that anglers often run from hooked fish. Cranking in 300- to 500-feet of heavy line can dampen the quality of the experience. New high-speed Cold Water and Convector star drag reels put the fun back in fishing copper and wire lines.

Standard gear ratios on Cold Water and Convector reels were 5.0:1 and 5.1:1, respectively. New high-speed models increase those gear ratios to 6.2:1. The result in line pickup is an increase of as much as 11-inches of line from every turn of the handle. With that kind of speed, the angler is empowered to land fish faster, with far less work, and the experience again becomes a pleasure.

New high-speed models include sizes 30 and 45 in both Cold Water (CW-303DS / CW-345DS) and Convector (CV-30DS / CV-45DS). Additionally, the Cold Water lineup includes a non-levelwind 55 size (CW-553LS). MSRP is $124.99 for the Cold Water 30 and 45, $159.99 for the size 55. The MSRP of two Convector high-speed models is $104.99.

Convector High Speed

Convector High-Speed reels are available in sizes 30 and 45 with linecounter.

New high-speed Cold Water and Convector reels are covered by the Okuma 1-Year Limited Warranty. See them at okumafishingusa.com.

Nomad Travel Rod Review by Fish’n Crazee Show


We needed a Rod Series we could travel with effortlessly with our filming gear and minimize big rod tubes in airports and planes with one piece rods without trading in AIR MILES! We asked the staff at Okuma if they developed a rod that can handle heavy saltwater fish from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico and everything in between. So the Nomad series shows up and what a well designed & crafted rod. The water resistant bag firstly organizes each piece of the rod neatly and also offers not one but TWO tip actions!… This is great without sacrificing space and also gives you options based on what lure or bait you using for multiple species…. PLUS its YOUR rod and reel combo. Often times you get to a lodge or guide boat and their gear is broken in sometimes too well and that leaves you feeling “ok maybe I should have brought something I’m used too”.
With lengths up to 7’ and actions from Light to Medium Heavy and line class use from 10lb to 60lb you have every option available to target big grouper, amberjacks, rooster fish and the odd toothy critter! We chose to pair up with the Okuma Azores Z-65S Spinning Reel Series ( 5.4:1 ratio, 44lb max drag, 42” of line per turn of the handle!) and zero disappointments so far!

This travel set up makes it user friendly and will handle most species. Along with looking the part , the reel seat being able to hold the right size reel , eva grips , the rod guides with zirconium inserts should makes your fishing adventure that much more personal!…. So with this side of the packing made easier we can now bring more cameras!.. Remember take only what you will eat. Catch , Photograph & Release!

By Xavier Tiberghien ( Host of “The Fish’n Crazee TV Show”)

Tennessee: River Monsters, Myths & Great Destinations

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Blog by: Captain Scott Manning

For over 100 years, myths and legends have flourished along the banks of the Tennessee River of monstrous creatures that live in their muddy depths. In the 1800s, tales of river monsters abounded throughout the river system, including a legend in which anyone spotting the creature was cursed. In the mid-1900s, the most popular legendary river creature became “catzilla,” a species of catfish that reportedly grew to the size of Volkswagen Beetles at several dams along the Tennessee River. There are some reported photos of monster catfish over 500 pounds during the 1900’s that seem to back up these claims.


What lurks beneath the placid surface of the Tennessee River ? Are there monsters in our midst? Newspaper accounts indicate divers, while cleaning out the intake to a local power plant, had to be rescued from the murky depths by EMS crews. Found floating and unconscious, they reported catfish so large that one of the divers was sucked into the giant bottom-feeders mouth, only to be spat out. The most common bait shop story states that a dam repair man goes down to check for cracks in the dam. He sees a gigantic catfish that could swallow a Volkswagen Bug whole. He comes up from the murky depths of the lake and never is a dam repair man again.


However, the largest catfish in North America are blue cats, and the world record blue catfish caught in in 2011 weighed 143 pounds. While many of the world’s largest freshwater fish are located outside of North America, several large species can be found in area rivers, including blue catfish and flathead catfish. An angler better have stout tackle when doing battle with these beast. A Okuma Battle cat rod teamed with Okuma Coldwater reel will do the job just fine.

The Tennessee River, covering more than 650 miles in the south ranks at the top of most catfish & striper anglers “Bucket List”. The Tennessee River is formed at the confluence of the Holston and French Broad rivers on the east side of Knoxville, Tennessee. From Knoxville, it flows southwest through East Tennessee toward Chattanooga before crossing into Alabama. Watts Bar Lake is a reservoir on the Tennessee River created by Watts Bar Dam as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority system. Even today, it remains one of the top catfish destinations in the US. Cabela’s King Tournament Trail holds a annual 2 day super event here each spring. Located about midway between Chattanooga and Knoxville, the lake begins as the Tennessee River below Fort Loudon Dam in Lenoir City, Tennessee and stretches 72.4 miles to Watts Bar Dam near Spring City, Tennessee. The Clinch River connects to the main channel of the lake at mile 568 near Southwest Point in Kingston, Tennessee. The partially navigable Emory River connects with the Clinch near the TVA’s Kingston Steam Plant just upriver from the meeting with the Tennessee. Including the Clinch and Emory arms, Watts Bar has 722 miles of shoreline and over 39,000 acres of water surface. Minor tributaries include Poplar Creek, Caney Creek, and White’s Creek. The lake contains several large islands, most notably Thief Neck Island, Long Island, and Sand Island.


Fort Loudon Reservoir, located on the Tennessee River at Knoxville, is the uppermost in the chain of nine TVA reservoirs that form a continuous navigable channel from there to Paducah, Kentucky, 652 miles away. Fort Loudon is a popular recreation destination, known for boating and monster catfish. The tailwater area immediately below the dam is an excellent site for viewing a variety of waterbirds, including herons, cormorants, gulls, osprey and bald eagles.
The reservoir is connected by a short canal to Tellico Reservoir on the nearby Little Tennessee River. Water is diverted through the canal to Fort Loudon for power production. The canal also offers commercial barges access to Tellico without the need for a lock. Barges passing through the Fort Loudon lock carry about half a million tons of cargo a year.

Area attractions include the Oak Ridge Atomic Museum of Science & Energy, Dollywood Theme Park and Gatlinburg. In May of 2014, The Animal Planet TV Show filmed Season 7 episode 1 of Finding Bigfoot. That particular episode is still one of the highest rated watched shows in the world. World-famous Big Ed’s Pizza in Oak Ridge is a must-eat location as well as Calhoun’s BBQ on the river. I recommend Oak Ridge, Lenoir City, Kingston and Harriman as motel destinations with plenty of places to eat and not far from numerous boat ramps; such as Caney Creek Marina, Ladd Landing, Concord Marina and Tom Wheeler Park.

So if chasing legends or real world monster catfish is on your “Bucket List”; then East Tennessee and the Tennessee River system is a Can’t-Miss destination. Feel free to call Captain Scott Manning (865) 680-7672 for information ranging from area sites to guided fishing opportunities. Bring the kids; this is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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Great Lakes Trolling Tactics For Early Fall King Salmon

by Capt. Jeff Thomas

The end of summer means cooler nights and the beginning of staging King Chinook Salmon on the Great Lakes this Fall. This time of year is when deep trollers look forward to targeting these majestic creatures of the deep. Anglers switch gears to different trolling tactics and lure presentations to entice these fish to strike.

Up to this time of year King Salmon have been temperature sensitive (38 to 56 degrees) and follow bait schools. Around the end of August, males show up first in 80 to 200 feet of water, and then a few weeks later the females come in. Day by day more and more show up in the shallower, warmer water (62 to 72 degrees). With this transition the Kings start feeding less and become more aggressive and attack lures.

2015-08-31 21.12.22Light conditions play an important role in getting a few additional bites during your day on the water. Pre-dawn and first light the Kings are usually swimming throughout the water column. Placing your lures at different depths accordingly – starting with just a few feet off the bottom – will put your lures in the strike zone. At this time lures that glow such as Michigan Stinger spoons, J-plugs and attractors (e-chips and Spin Doctors) with flies generate hits.

As the sun peaks over the horizon, less glow and more flash is key. During this time, the fishfinder will start showing less suspended fish and indicate more on the bottom. This is when you want to lower your spread so your down riggers/lures are 5 to 15 feet off the bottom and wires/dipsies are lowered (lengthened) as well. Also, lure selection when it’s lighter will require changing lures from glow to more color and flash in appearance. Lures that are shinny and/or bright with red, orange, yellow such as the Silver Bullet (J-plug), Triple Red E-chip w Attommik series fly, “Pretty Girl” yellow E-chip w Atommik series fly and “Hog Wild” Michigan Stinger spoons get the attention of these staging King Salmon.

20150831_143609-2Speed plays an important role this time of year as well, such as varying your trolling speed. Changing your speed varies your lures action which can trigger a bite where as a consistent speed can turn away a fish. Another tactic to generating a hit is to change the leader length of your flies from the attractors. The shorter the lead such as 17″ to 23″ will cause the fly to become more erratic while a longer lead of 28″ to 38″ will give the fly a more pulsing action.

In addition to leader length, varying boat speed of 1.7 to 2.8 mph and using “S”-curves while trolling will also help you dial in what the fish want. If you find you are getting hits on an outside of a turn on a wire/dipsy then you can assume your lure had picked up speed and raised in the water column. The same theory holds true for the other side, such as if you get a hit on an inside turn on a wire/dipsy in which the lure slowed down and also lowered in the water column. This knowledge will help you know if you should be going faster or slower and if your lures are traveling at the right speed and depth.

Each day the Kings are getting closer and closer to the point of returning to the stream where they were born. Action, speed and lure selection is critical to attracting the King Salmon to bite and catching a fish if a lifetime.

Jeff Thomas is part of the Finders Keepers fishing team out of Wolcott, NY. www.fksportfishing.com.

Choosing a Catfish Combo

By Capt. Scott Manning
Okuma Pro / Professional Guide / Outdoor Writer
Licensed US Coast Guard Captain

Catfishing tackle has progressed a long way over the past few years.  We have access to so many well crafted products that picking a rod/reel combo can be a daunting task. Okuma Fishing Tackle has removed the guesswork with the Battle Cat Rod series accompanied with a Coldwater line counter reel.


As a professional guide who puts a lot of demand on his equipment; I can say this combo is legit. They fish better, feel better and handle the big catfish with ease whether drifting or anchor fishing.  They are not too bulky which makes them kid friendly and strong enough for any tournament or seasoned angler. They come in both casting and spinning models in 7′ 6″ and 8″ lengths.

The reels come in both right or left handed models with various sizes. I prefer monofilament fishing line; but have had success with braided line as well. An excellent choice for rod holders and/or planer board fishing techniques. My fishing gear has to be made with quality materials, tough, and user friendly.  Being a multi-fish / multi set-up combo makes these Okuma products a staple of my guide business.

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The Battle Cat rods are also sensitive for fishing livebaits, but have enough backbone to pull the big brutes out of heavy structure. With this combo you can feel if something isn’t right, so you don’t need to pull the bait every 10 minutes to check it. The more patient you are and longer your bait is in the water, the more fish you’ll catch.

I use both J-hooks and circle hooks with great success with these combos as well. I often mark fish I see on sonar on my Humminbird GPS and then move upstream and anchor off. Using the Coldwater line counter reels, I can present baits at precise distances downstream to the fish. If I’m drift fishing I can strategically place baits at different depths to target both bottom feeding and suspended catfish.

Hopefully, you will get out and try these combos. Trust me you will not be disappointed with the quailty or feel of this gear.  Always remember to let someone know where you are on the water and be safe.