Available Now: Ceymar Baitfeeder Reels

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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.

Features:

        – 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

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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.

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Metaloid Saltwater Spinning Reels Deliver Aluminum Construction, With Full Stainless Steel Drive System

Building upon the success of the Azores spinning reel platform, Okuma Fishing Tackle has introduced the all-new Metaloid spinning reel, featuring a full aluminum body, aluminum rotor and complete stainless steel drive system for exceptional power and longevity in harsh saltwater environments. At an MSRP of $189.99 to $199.99, Metaloid will define itself clearly as best-in-class.

Metaloid spin

Premium design and materials combine to make Metaloid spinning reels a world-class reel in its category.

At the heart of Metaloid spinning reels is a forged, machine-cut 302 stainless steel main gear matched to a precision, machine-cut stainless steel pinion gear. The main gear is essentially the same drive gear that is in Okuma’s $800 Makaira spinning reel, minus the porting. As a foundational element, the drive system is an immediate step up from more common brass and aluminum gears found in this price category.

Metaloid features an aluminum frame, side plate and rotor for superior rigidity and strength, dramatically improving longevity when fishing high-strength braided lines under high drag pressures. Within the aluminum body, a three-piece carbon fiber Mechanical Stabilization System isolates the aluminum body from the stainless steel drive system. Three components of the Mechanical Stabilization System include two hold plates on each side of the body and a one-way clutch housing at the top of the body. All custom molded to the framing for exacting fit, they provide a solid anchor point for the main gear, bearings and spool shaft while completely isolating stainless internal parts from the aluminum frame. The MSS system adds strength, maintains critical alignment of internal parts, and working in conjunction with the Okuma CRC (Corrosion Resistant Coating) process, eliminates internal corrosion due to contact between dissimilar metals.

Running the centerline of Metaloid spinning reels is an oversized 6mm stainless steel spool shaft. Over the spool shaft, an 8mm forged brass spool shaft sleeve provides a rock solid foundation for the machined aluminum spool and drag system. This wide base stabilizes the spool and drag system and in testing delivers an additional 2-pounds of drag pressure by simply maintaining proper alignment of the drag stack under a heavy load.

The Metaloid drag system is the Okuma Hydro Sealed DFD, Dual Force Drag. This sealed carbon fiber drag system uses a traditional drag stack in the top of the spool and an additional oversized drag washer in the cavernous area beneath the spool. DFD delivers even braking to the top and bottom of the spool, increases maximum drag output and dramatically increases heat dissipation. Metaloid delivers maximum drag availability of up to 46-pounds, depending upon size. The drag system is adjusted via premium machined aluminum and carbon fiber drag spool knob.

With exceptional drag potential, a solid anti-reverse system is a must. Metaloid utilizes dual anti-reverse systems. The one-way clutch bearing is backed by a mechanical anti-reverse system under the rotor for complete peace of mind.

Cranking is effortless on a seven bearing system, including six Okuma High Performance stainless steel bearings and one corrosion-resistant stainless steel roller bearing. The pinion gear bearing (the most potentially exposed to saltwater) is rubber sealed and features a full grease pack, as does the drive shaft bearing.

Metaliod spinning reels include three high-speed models, the M-55S, M-65S and M-90S. The M-55S features a gear ratio of 5.8:1, taking up 39-inches of line with every turn of the handle. The M-55S also features automatic bail trip. Larger M-65S and M-90S models feature 5.4:1 gear ratios, retrieving 42- and 46-inches of line with every turn of the handle, respectively. The 65 and 90 size feature manual-only bail trip for ensured longevity and simply a better system with heavy braided lines.

Constructed from the finest materials and construction techniques available, Metaloid is covered by the Okuma 3-Year Limited Warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

 

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.

Helios SX Spinning Reels Showcase Light Weight And Superior Strength Of Okuma C-40X Construction

As materials advance, fishing rods and reels continue to get lighter, while also increasing in power and durability. Okuma Helios SX spinning reels combine advanced design and C-40X long-strand carbon fiber construction to deliver fantastic handling with exceptional strength for freshwater and inshore saltwater fisheries.

Helios SX spinning reel

Helios SX reels are the culmination of superior design, materials and construction that come together to create an light, powerful spinning reel for freshwater and inshore saltwater.

The body, side plate and rotor of the Helios SX are constructed of Okuma C-40X long-strand carbon fiber. Where graphite reel construction utilizes powder suspended in resin, C-40X uses strands of carbon fiber that become interwoven thousands of times. The necessary quantity of resin is lower, and finished parts are both more precise and deliver superior strength. Parts constructed from C-40X carbon fiber are 25% lighter and 50% stronger than their graphite counterparts. C-40X construction is also completely corrosion-free.

C-40X construction is not only stronger than graphite, it’s also more rigid. By eliminating flex under normal fishing loads, C-40X delivers superior alignment of internal parts. Flex, and its associated movement, is what causes the most wear on internal parts. By maintaining a rigid structural platform, C-40X construction increases the longevity of all internal parts and systems.

Beginning with exceptional C-40X construction, new Helios SX reels then utilize top design technologies. At the back end of the reel and including the reel stem and foot is Okuma Torsion Control Armor. This unique design anchors the reel body within a wide yoke. Under stress, this wide footprint virtually eliminates flex and twist. Furthermore, it maintains a firm connection between the internal gears. Under load, the main gear of a spinning reel wants to push outward. By firmly stabilizing the body from the exterior, positive gear connection is maintained throughout the life of the reel.

The C-40X Cyclonic Flow Rotor on Helios SX reels includes more than stunning good looks. Short of elite-level reels with fully sealed bodies, most reels seek to minimize water intrusion beneath the spool with extra structure. The issue becomes that water inevitably enters, and these partially-sealed systems then make it difficult to get that water out. On the Helios SX, the full rotor system is ported to an extreme level. Instead of guarding against water intrusion, the Cyclonic Flow Rotor focuses on evacuating water from the system and drying the reel out. The shape of the rotor envelopes the system in a circular airflow. By simply using the reel, water is driven from it and accumulated moisture dried. In rainy environments, the rotor system dries faster than a traditional design when both are put into dry storage after a wet day of fishing.

Helios SX spinning reels include three sizes: HSX-20, HSX-30 and HSX-40. Additionally, the 40 size is available with high-speed 5.8:1 gearing, the HSX-40S. Internal systems include eight stainless steel and corrosion-resistant High Performance Bearings and one roller bearing. The main gear is cut from aluminum for light weight and outstanding strength. The machine cut brass pinion gear keeps the Helios SX extremely smooth.

MSRP of Helios SX spinning reels is $129.99 and are backed by the Okuma 1-Year Limited Warranty.

Okuma Azores Spinning Reels Poised To Make Major Impact On Saltwater Fisheries

Make no mistake; in the highly competitive world of fishing tackle manufacturing it’s not enough to produce another “me-too” style of product that currently exists in numerous forms in the marketplace. To have an impact, new product must advance the angling experience and/or bring a new level of performance members of the angling community where it did not exist previously.

For the avid angler, this competition means that the gear available today at any given price is simply leaps and bounds better than what existed in the past.  In this healthy competitive environment, the consumer wins.

A happy group of anglers showing off the fruits of a successful albacore trip.

Within all of the 2015 new product introductions from Okuma Fishing Tackle, the new Azores spinning reel demands attention as a product of seismic level impact.  To the discerning consumer, the Azores will rock your world.

Azores design is a joint project that was inclusive of the brightest engineering minds the United States has to offer, based upon parallel goals of increasing strength and majorly advancing corrosion-resistance, Azores delivers three core advancements that make this reel not only World Class, but the Class of the World at a modest retail price that begins at $119.99.

These three components include dual anti-reverse systems for the ultimate in confident pulling power, a larger and more rigid spool shaft than any competitive reel and a three-piece carbon fiber Mechanical Stabilization System that eliminates galvanic corrosion on the interior of the reel while also maintaining pinpoint alignment of internal parts. Of course, none of these advancements preclude Okuma’s existing high-performance features anglers expect:  Dual Force Drag system, aluminum body, sideplate, rotor and knurled-arbor braid-ready spool, water tight multi-disc drag, seven stainless steel bearing drive and high-density gearing.

As Azores approaches its release to the retail markets, we’ve pulled together some commentary from our product testers in the field.

“We’ve really been on a terror this week with the Azores reels,” said an excited Mark Coleman, one of Okuma’s West Coast-based product testers. “We’re up to 50+ albacore on the one and 30+ on the other. The third has about 20 fish. All reels are functioning like new. In the big scheme of things that is a lot of tuna on one reel. More than any of the others I’ve tested! Honestly this is the best saltwater spinning reel I’ve used.”

The Azores is right at home on both inshore and offshore waters.


West Coast Okuma Capt. Bob Woodard displays a quality dorado taken on the Okuma Azores reel.


Paired with an Okuma Maikara spinning rod, the Azores makes a sweet combo for all kinds of hard fighting fish.

“The Azores Z-65S is everything an angler looks for in a reel,” noted Jason Schall, another key Okuma tester based out of Charleston, SC. “The corrosion-resistant coating and gearing, the Mechanical Stabilizing System combined with the water tight drag seal is perfect. The rigid aluminum body and side plate give it the strong, solid, heavy-duty look and feel on the outside that it also is on the inside. I caught over 250 fish in a week on this reel, with most of them large sharks and very large redfish. One of the redfish I caught was only 3 inches from a new IGFA length record!”

In Southern California, Okuma tester Capt. Bob Woodard has been putting the Azores to use on one of the best SoCal saltwater seasons in a decade. Woodard has scored numerous yellowfin tuna, yellowtail and some quality dorado on a spinning set up consisting of the Azores 65-size reel paired with a Makaira MK-C-701M spinning rod.

While the majority of fishing for yellowtail is done with conventional outfits, Carmen Macdonald and Brandon Cotton, both part of Okuma’s Marketing front, switched it up a bit while on a recent fly-in trio down to Cedros Island, BCS Mexico.

Azores doing work in the surf on a quality striped bass.


“You might see a few guys on a sportboat fishing spinning tackle for yellows, but most guys are gonna be using conventional tackle most of the time. We’d caught a good amount of the forkies on conventional tackle already, so we figured let’s mix it up and tag a few on the new Azores spinners,” said Cotton. “I tell you what, that reel is extremely strong and stable, and the drags are super smooth and powerful.”

The new Azores will be shipping to retailers starting early November. Check out more information, plus watch the complete product video, here at http://www.okumafishingusa.com/product/view/reels/2015-new-reel-series/azores.

Mark Romanack’s Essential Walleye Rod and Reel Combinations

For every fishing situation there is a combination of fishing rod, reel and line that’s “perfect.” In other words, for the specific application, the rod and reel combination do everything right. It’s balanced, both in the hand and with regard to power. If the technique requires sensitivity, the rod delivers. If it’s a trolling application, the rod action and reel’s features and performance enhance success.
Mark Romanack, Jigging Walleye

It’s no secret that the number one essential rod and reel for walleyes is a jig stick.

Through direct contact between members of our Product Development and Pro-Staff teams, new product releases like Dead Eye walleye fishing rods and reels, or Cold Water line counter reels approach fisheries from a broad view, then break them down into their unique characteristics and angler techniques.  What follows are technique-specific products with actions, powers, capacities and features that are constructed to excel in these environments.  Within Dead Eye walleye fishing rods, that selection now includes 30 specific rod models for everything from jigging, to trolling bottom bouncers to big board rods and “slow-death” rods.

This is great for the serious angler.  The deep availability of options allow many choices to fit personal preferences.  For the more recreational angler, however, too many options can lead to confusion, and nobody benefits from that.
For anglers that simply need a place to begin on the best footing, or any angler looking to cost-effectively increase their walleye rod and reel selection, we asked Okuma Pro-Staff member and host of Fishing 411 television, Mark Romanack, to detail his walleye fishing systems. The goal is to provide a place to begin, and a plan to effectively add depth to the selection.
Romanack detailed eight walleye rod and reel combinations, beginning with what he views as “essentials” and advancing from there.
These first three combinations are, as described, the essential, day-in day-out workhorse walleye rods and reels Romanack relies upon.

1) Dead Eye DE-S-701ML rod (7-foot for 4-10# line) matched to new Dead Eye DE-25 spinning reel and 10-pound test super braid. This essential walleye fishing rod and reel is perhaps the most universal combo an angler can own. This single set up is ideal for pitching jigs tipped with soft plastics or live bait, it’s also perfect for casting slip bobbers, casting small crankbaits, slip sinker rigging and for vertical jigging with up to 3/8-ounce jigs.

2) Dead Eye DE-C-861M-T rod (8’6″ telescopic for 6-15# line) matched to the new Cold Water 203D line counter reel, loaded with 12# test monofilament. This rod and reel combination is ideal for trolling with both standard sized and mini in-line planer boards used in combination with crankbaits, spinners or spoons. The backbone of this rod is matched perfectly to handling the resistance of planer boards and trophy sized walleye. This workhorse trolling rod can also be used for trolling lead core line and bottom bouncers. The telescopic feature of this rod allows it to store nicely in the rod locker of any fishing boat.

Cold Water Line Counter Reels

New Cold Water Line Counter reels are available in sizes 15 and up, in both right and left hand retrieve.

3) Dead Eye DE-CBR861M-T bottom bouncer rod (8’6″ telescopic for 6-20# line) matched to the Akena-250 round baitcasting reel loaded with 12# monofilament. The ultimate set up for fishing bottom bouncers and if any rod and reel combination deserves to be designated to a single presentation, it’s bottom bouncing with spinner rigs. Among walleye tournament anglers bottom bouncing with spinners is considered the “money rig” as this simple presentation produces walleye in just about every body of water in North America. The Dead Eye telescopic bottom bouncer rod stores easily in the rod locker of any fishing boat and quickly expands to provide the perfect soft tip action needed for pulling bottom bouncers ranging in size from 1/2- to 3-ounces.

Romanack calls these next three walleye fishing systems “important.”  Not essential, but very nice to have to round out your technique on different water bodies.

4) Dead Eye DE-CSD-1062M Slow Death rod (10’6″ for 8-17# line) matched with a Citrix Ci254v low profile baitcasting reel and 10-12 pound test monofilament. The Slow Death presentation is practiced with a bottom bouncer, 4′ fluorocarbon leader and a single Mustad Slow Death hook baited with half a nightcrawler. This unique presentation catches walleye when other presentations will not. The extra length and super slow action of the Slow Death rod makes this set up especially deadly. The length is important because the Slow Death presentation is normally practiced with a pair of rods positioned in rod holders on either side of the boat. Bites are detected by monitoring the soft rod tip, which loads up when a fish is hooked. The soft action also makes it especially difficult for hooked fish to escape.

Trolling planer boards.

The Dead Eye rod series offers many options for planer boards and open water trolling.

5) Dead Eye DE-CBB-701ML Big Board Rod (7′ for 10-20# line) matched with a Cold Water 203D line counter reel and 12# monofilament or 30# super braid line. Fishing with a planer board mast and ski system requires a rod and reel set up specific to that presentation. The Big Board Rod is short enough to make it easy to reach the rod tip and grab the line which is in turn placed in a line release and attached to the tether line connecting the board to the mast. Secondly, the Big Board Rod features a soft tip that enables the angler to detect hooked fish by noticing an obvious bend in the rod tip. Thirdly, the Big Board Rod has enough backbone to fight stubborn fish flawlessly. Any angler who prefers to troll using a mast system will appreciate the value of the Big Board Rod. Line counter reels like the Cold Water series are invaluable to this style of trolling. Lead lengths are varied and monitored closely. When a fish is landed using a specific lead length, the line counter reel makes it easy to duplicate a productive lead length to other rods.

6) Dead Eye DE-CAP-701M-T All Purpose Baitcasting Rod (7′ for 8-17# line) matched with a Akena-250 round baitcasting reel and 12# test monofilament or 30# test super braid. This 7′ medium action baitcasting outfit will handle a lot of walleye fishing chores including fishing bottom bouncers as a hand-held rod, fishing jigging spoons or blade baits, casting crankbaits, flat-line trolling chores and trolling applictions involving mini in-line planer boards. Because this rod is telescopic it travels well and will fit in the rod locker of any fishing boat. The All Purpose Baitcasting Rod does a lot of things well and fills a unique niche among walleye anglers.

These final two walleye combinations fill in for special situations or provide extensions to specific techniques.

7) Dead Eye DE-601MHFRT spinning rod (6′ for 8-17# line) with Dead Eye DE-25 spinning reel and 10-15# test super braid line. The six foot one piece MH action Dead Eye spinning rod is ideal for some specialized jig fishing applications including rip jigging in weed cover and vertical jigging with heavy jigs often used in deep or swift rivers like the Columbia, Detroit and St. Clair Rivers. For vertical jigging applications the 10# test super braid is the perfect line option. For rig jigging, a little heavier 15# test super braid is a little tougher and better able to tear through weed cover without abrasion issues. In both cases using a short fluorocarbon leader of 8- to10-pound test is a good option.

8) Dead Eye DE-C-701M Dead Eye Crankbait rod (7′ for 10-20# line) matched with the Citrix Ci-254v slow speed (5.4:1) baitcasting reel and 10# test fluorocarbon line. This soft action fiberglass rod is designed for casting medium sized crankbaits, but is also useful for several other presentations. This same rod is a good choice for hand holding a bottom bouncer rig while fishing off the bow of the boat with an electric motor, structure trolling lead core line set ups in rivers or along meandering bottom structure and in a pinch this rod is also a good option for trolling crankbaits or spinners with in-line planer boards.
As gear becomes more technique-specific, there will always remain a core, highly versatile set of rods and reels that have proven themselves to be the most used, most productive gear on the water.
Mark Romanack

The best results come from beginning with a core selection of balanced rod and reel combinations, then adding as angler technique and interest increases.

New Helios and RTX Spinning Reels Showcase Long-Strand Carbon Fiber Frame Technology

Continuing upon a history of technological advancements in spinning reel designs, Okuma once again raises the bar with all-new Helios and RTX families of ultra-light, ultra-powerful spinning reels. Featuring brand new C-40X, long strand carbon fiber technology and an aluminum and brass gear system, Helios and RTX spinning reels are up to 25% lighter and 50% stronger than standard graphite-framed spinning reels.

Helios Spinning Reel

New Helios spinning reels are the flagship for Okuma long strand carbon fiber framing technology, featuring a 10-bearing system, aluminum main and oscillating gears and carbon fiber drag system.

Immediately evident when Helios or RTX is viewed in bright light, C-40X long strand carbon fiber construction is exactly as it sounds. Rather than a standard graphite resin featuring powdered filler for strength, C-40X long strand carbon fiber construction features a mix of long carbon fiber strands, interwoven tens of thousands of times. By greatly enhancing the connecting points between all fibers, strength is increased by a factor of 50%. And because less resin and fiber is necessary overall, weight is reduced by 25% over standard graphite frames.

Helios and RTX spinning reels utilize C-40X long strand carbon fiber frames and rotors. Jumping to brass tacks, our standard graphite frame spinning reels in a 30 size weigh-in at over 8 ounces. Helios and RTX spinning reels hit the scales in the mid 6-ounce range, while also increasing strength by 50%.

Zoom image of carbon frame and rotor.

In bright light the carbon fiber strands are easily available to the naked eye.

With a powerful frame and rotor ready for high stress environments, the internal components of Helios and RTX also take strength to the next level. Traditional brass main gears and oscillating gears have been replaced AlumiLite alloy gears. Harder and stronger than brass, AlumiLite gears allow you to more fully utilize the strength of the framing system.

RTX Reel

RTX spinning reels utilize an 8-bearing system, ultra-smooth Japanese oiled felt drag, and forged aluminum handle.

Points of separation for Helios and RTX are found in the drag, handle systems and available gear ratios. Helios features a full carbon fiber drag system for exceptional heat dissipation under heavy drag loads, while RTX utilizes Okuma’s ultra-smooth Japanese oiled-felt drag.

Helios handle arms feature a woven carbon fiber shaft, where RTX utilizes a forged aluminum handle.

The Helios family is a 10-bearing system and is available in standard speed (5.0:1) in sizes 25, 30, 35 and 40, along with high-speed (6.0:1) models in 25 and 40 sizes. The RTX family is an 8-bearing system and is available in four high-speed (6.0:1) sizes including 25, 30, 35 and 40. High-speed models are noted by an “S” at the end of the model numbers, like Hx-25S and RTX-30S.

Helios and RTX spinning reels along with with Okuma rod families like Helios, C-340X, Citrix, and make 10-ounce rod and reel combinations an attainable reality. Incredibly light and responsive, every aspect of the presentation and landed fish take on new levels of sensitivity, every move a fish makes is felt. Every day on the water is a better experience.

What Is Dual Force Drag?

Spinning reels are being reborn.  From delicate drop shot presentations for bass, to float fishing for river steelhead, to speed jigging powerful offshore species… the spinning reel is climbing to new heights of performance and popularity.

Easy to own and simple to operate, the single weakness in all spinning reel designs is the fact that the line must make a 90-degree transition coming off of the spool and going around the line roller before heading to the first rod guide. Where conventional reels efficiently pull straight from the spool, this 90-degree angle on a spinning reel  introduces a pressure point on line that’s capable of taking knots and weak spots past their breaking point if not backed by a super smooth drag system.

Exploded image of Trio spool and Dual Force Drag system

Components of Dual Force Drag include the traditional top drag stack as well as the oversized drag washer located beneath the spool.

Enter Dual Force Drag, with far-reaching benefits that turn spinning reels into precision big fish and light line performers. First the easy part:  Dual Force Drag is an Okuma drag system that utilizes the spacious underside of the spinning reel spool to provide a large secondary drag surface that operates in concert with the traditional top drag stack.  Moving into direct benefits, Dual Force Drag delivers better heat dissipation, greater longevity, even pressure on the reel spool and higher available drag ranges.

Heat, in any drag system, is the enemy.  Heat swells internal reel parts, and when it comes to drag systems, heat creates wildly fluctuating pressures and deteriorates components.  By dramatically increasing the surface area of the drag system, Dual Force Drag dissipates heats much better than a traditional top stack.  Lack of heat means start-up pressures remain smooth and even, as do pressures when big fast fish make smoking hot runs.

When under the pressure of running fish, Dual Force Drag offers greater balance.  If you’ve ever used the brakes on a car where one side is worn, the remaining side pulls very hard when braking pressure is applied.  Same on a reel.  As drag pressure ramps up, a traditional top stack brakes only from the top of the spool.  The internal components receive the wrath of the one-sided load and are forced to carry the strain.  With Dual Force Drag, top and bottom of the spool receive the load evenly, and like your car, brake with even pressure that protects the alignment of all the other components.

Wahoo taken on a Cedros spinning reel.

Wahoo are known as some of the fastest fish in the ocean. Cedros spinning reels proved the right choice for Into the Blue hosts Scott Walker and Steve Roger.

And here’s the kicker: since Dual Force Drag delivers a massive increase in surface area, maximum drag outputs increase big time too.  Our 40-size spinning reels with standard top stack drag systems will output 13-pounds of maximum drag pressure.  The same 40-size spinning reel with Dual Force Drag, including Trio, Cedros, VSystem and Coronado series, will output 20-pounds of drag… an increase of more than 50%.  Even if you do not currently push your drag system to its’ limit, there’s good reason to enjoy the increase.  Most importantly is wear.  By operating in the low to mid-range of the drag’s capacity, the washers will last longer, heat disappears as an issue and buttery-smooth is operational norm.  And in the age of braided lines, should you want to put that 40-size through its’ paces, by all means, buckle down and drop the hammer.

As mentioned, Dual Force Drag is a feature on Trio, Cedros, VSystem and Coronado series spinning reels.  It’s also a feature on Makaira and Cedros lever drag offshore reels, but that as they say, is another story!

In all cases, the best thing you can do to extend the life of all your spinning reel drag systems, regardless of type, is to back the pressure off them completely after each use.  Finish the day, back off the drag.  Make it a habit and all your drag systems will operate better over the long term.