Building the Okuma Makaira Reels

We’ve all been out fishing and have seen a variety of styles and brands of reels on on various boats.  One reel that has really taken the offshore market by storm is the Okuma Makaira Lever Drag reel.  The Makaira is the flagship of the Okuma lineup, and has been so for a good four plus years now.  With extensive testing and input from the leaders in the industry, including Cal Sheets and the engineers at Tiburon, the Makaira was built to be the best reel on the market.

Makaira Cut Out

With a full family of sizes from an 8 to a 130, the Makaira has you covered.  Also available in a couple of Special Edition configurations, featuring open bearings, TSI-301 oil, larger handle design on a couple models, and a tuna etched on the side.  The Special Edition reel is also available in Gun Smoke, Silver, and a limited amount of Black.

Makaira SEaPeople often ask us the intricacies involved in building a reel like the Makaira.  It just so happens that a TV show was filmed in Taiwan over that past few weeks on the actual production of the Makaira Reels.  This was filmed at the factory in Taiwan and features some fun fishing footage, as well as some great insight into how these reels are actually produced.

As previously mentioned, the Makaira reels have been having great success and have accounted for hundreds of big fish.  In Southern California, the Makaira has become a staple in the long range fishery, and being fished by such sport boats as the Excel, Red Rooster III, Apollo, Royal Star, Intrepid, Maximus, and the list goes on.

Here are a couple of catches from the past couple seasons on the Makaira.
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For more information on the Makaira lineup of reels, please visit http://www.okumafishingusa.com/product/view/reels/lever-drag-reels/makaira

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Upcoming Okuma Shows and Events

Hello all!

Okuma will be in attendance at the following upcoming shows.  Be sure to stop by our booths to see what’s new from Okuma.

Feb 21-22        Big Game Bash, Marriot Hotel, Quincy MA

http://big-game-bash.castafari.com/schedule.htm

Feb 21-23        Bassmaster Classic, Birmingham AL

http://www.bassmaster.com/classic

Feb 27-Mar 2   World Fishing and Outdoor Expo, Suffern NY

http://sportshows.com/suffern/

Mar 5-9             Houston Fishing Show, Houston TX 

http://www.houstonfishingshow.com/

Mar 5-9             Fred Hall Long Beach, Long Beach CA

http://www.fredhall.com/

Mar 13-16         Louisiana Sportsmans Show, Gonzales LA

http://www.louisianasportsmanshow.com/

Mar 20-23         Ultimate Sports Show, Grand Rapids 

http://showspan.com/USG/    

Mar 27-30         Fred Hall San Diego, Del Mar CA

http://www.fredhall.com/

Mar 29-30          Sealy Big Bass Splash,  Lake Guntersville AL

http://sealyoutdoors.com/