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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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

Feb 21-23        Bassmaster Classic, Birmingham AL

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

Mar 5-9             Houston Fishing Show, Houston TX

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

Mar 13-16         Louisiana Sportsmans Show, Gonzales LA

Mar 20-23         Ultimate Sports Show, Grand Rapids    

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

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


Sealy Big Bass Splash releases their 2014 tournament schedule

The 2014 tournament schedule has been released for the Sealy Big Bass Splash series.  Once again, Okuma will be the rod and reel sponsor for 2014.


March 29-30  Lake Guntersville-  Scottsboro, Alabama

April 25-27  Lake Sam Rayburn-  Jasper, Texas

May 16-18  Lake Toledo Bend-  Many, Louisiana

August 16-17  Kentucky Lake- Buchanan, Tennessee

September 19-12  Lake Fork-  Alba, Texas

October 11-12  Lake Ouachita, Mt. Ida, Arkansas


This will be the 30th year for the Sealy events, so expect big cash and prizes.  The Sam Rayburn event April 25-27 will have a guaranteed $1 Million in cash and prizes.


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Sealy Big Bass Splash

Sealy Big Bass Splash

Every angler dreams of the opportunity to go out fishing, catch a big largemouth, and walk away with a paycheck. We’ve all grown up watching the bass pro’s holding the giant paper check up over their head. Now there is a tournament series for the every day fisherman. The Sealy Big Bass Splash series is just that. It is an amateur fishing tournament series that takes place all over the south and affords the everyday anglers the opportunity to win some money for doing what they love. The Sealy events attract anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 anglers per event. The events will be going into their 30th  year this year, and plan to have a giant 30th anniversary event at Lake Sam Rayburn in April 2014.

Then event itself has a great pay schedule that allows everyone a chance to with great cash and prizes. Some of the top prizes include trucks, boats, and big paychecks.

The check-in takes place the day prior and run right through the night.

Once all of the anglers finally get checked in, they get out on the water and catch fish. There are hourly prizes that in some events, start as far down as 12’th place. It doesn’t always take a big fish to win some hourly money either. Dave Brown from Okuma fished the Lake Fork Texas event in September, and netted a 5th place hourly fish taking home a nice little $600 check for a whopping 2.12 pounder.

Some of the hourly winning fish were even smaller than Dave’s little guy, and netted themselves $1,000.

Once the fishing comes to an end, there is a great finale event with raffle prizes and big checks being given out. You don’t even have to enter to win. In fact, at next years 30th anniversary event, the plan is to give out 25-30 Dodge or Toyota trucks as prizes. Well over $1,000,000 in cash and prizes will leave the event that weekend.

There are many great sponsors that attend the event, and Okuma is one of them. For the 2013 series, Okuma stepped up and offered up an additional $10,000 if you happened to catch your fish on one of a few select Okuma items.

The next event is at Lake Ouachita in Arkansas on Oct 12 and 13th. Will you be there to hold that big check over your head, or perhaps drive home a new truck and boat?

Next years schedule is up and fisherman are getting excited.  Stop by the Sealy Big Bass Splash website for all the details.