Thursday, July 12, 2012

ICAST 2012: A Whole School Of Okuma Reels

New Okuma Spinning Reels
New Helios Spinning Reels 25% Lighter, 50% Stronger
Okuma introduces new C-40X long strand carbon fiber frame and rotor along with aluminum gearing to deliver state-of-the-art Helios spinning reels. Available in sizes 25, 30, 35 and 40 in standard 5.0:1 gear ratio, as well as sizes 25 and 40 in high-speed gear ratio of 6.0:1, ultra-light, ultra-powerful Helios spinning reels begin at just 6.8- ounces of total weight and feature a full carbon fiber drag stack, carbon fiber handle design and an aggressive MSRP of $139.99 as the finishing touches to this power-laden performer.
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New Okuma RTX Spinning Reels Break $100 Barrier In Carbon Fiber Spinning Reels Delivering features commonly reserved for elite-level spinning reels, the all-new Okuma RTX family is the first to offer long strand carbon fiber framing and premium aluminum gears at less than $100 MSRP. For anglers, this makes ultra-light, ultra-powerful spinning reels more accessible than ever before. The RTX series includes four high-speed, 6.0:1 models, the RTX-25S, RTX-30S, RTX-35S and RTX-40S, with a focus on freshwater and inshore saltwater applications. MSRP $99.99
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New Trio Baitfeeder Spinning Reels Advance Bait Fishing Success
Feeding line to a striking fish on a spinning reel while maintaining close control over the line is difficult on a spinning reel. New Trio Baitfeeders, utilizing Okuma’s forward-thinking Crossover Construction, solve the issue by allowing the drag system to be disengaged with the bail remaining closed. Operation is simple. On the rear of the reel a switch fully disengages the gears and drag system from the spool. A secondary micro-click drag system governs how freely line is made available to the bait, preventing overruns. Biting fish feel no resistance, while total control is maintained over both the line and the reel. One turn of the reel handle automatically disengages the baitfeeding system and instantly re- engages the drive and drag system. MSRP $99.99- $129.99
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Okuma Ignite “a” Series Receives New Body, New Features and Increased Line Capacities Featuring a stunning new body design, S-curve oscillation system and increased line capacity from new two-tone anodized, machined aluminum spools, Okuma Ignite “a” series reels deliver a hot spinning reel at MSRP’s ranging from $34.99 to $44.99. Four ball bearings plus roller bearing, stainless steel bail wire and liquid smooth Japanese oiled felt drag washers maintain Ignites exceptional internal features.
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Avenger and Safina Pro Ultra-Light Spinning Reels Built For Adult Hands The intelligent design of the new Avenger and Safina Pro size 10 ultra-lights increases the distance from the reel foot to the drive shaft from 64- to 72-millimeters. Nearly a full centimeter, the increased reel stem length completely frees fingers from contact with the reel rotor and bail wire as well as clearing the angler’s hands from one another to maximize comfort. The design also adjusts the angle of the reel foot to maintain a direct path from the top of the reel spool to the first rod guide to maintain exceptional cast and retrieve quality. MSRP $34.99 and $22.99
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Walleye Anglers Receive Custom-Crafted Spinning Reels In New Okuma Dead Eye Series As the ultimate compliment to the Dead Eye rod series, Okuma has answered angler need for dependable workhorse spinning reels with all-new Dead Eye spinning reels. Color-matched to the Okuma Dead Eye rod series, Dead Eye spinning reels feature the full compliment of proven Okuma technology: Precision Elliptical Gearing, RESII computer balanced Rotor Equalizing System, machined aluminum, two-tone anodized spool and rugged forged aluminum handle with comfortable EVA knob, all in an ultra-smooth six bearing design with an MSRP of $49.99.
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Anglers Will Be Excited To Meet Their New Nemesis!
The all-new Okuma Nemesis is one to love. Featuring a lightweight graphite body and machined aluminum spool in a striking combination of gloss white and black, two sizes of Nemesis (20 and 30) make proud additions to any freshwater fishery. Powered by Okuma’s patented Precision Elliptical Gearing system and delivering fluid handling with three ball bearings and one roller bearing, the Nemesis packs incredible value into its $24.99 MSRP. Download Photo
Low-Profile Baitcast Reels
Star Drag Reels
Helios Baitcast Family Delivers 7.3:1 Gear Ratio, Right And Left Hand Retrieve Acting upon tremendous angler demand, the tournament- driven Helios baitcast reel family has been upgraded with a larger gearbox, high-speed 7.3:1 gear ratio and both right-hand and left-hand models. The new design also includes both right- and left-side aluminum side plates for rugged durability, while maintaining an incredibly lean
6.3-ounces of total weight. The new models will make the Helios family Okuma’s lightest baitcast reel for right- and left-handers alike. MSRP $199.99 Read Full ReleaseŸDownload Photo
New 15 Size Cedros Star Drag Perfect All-Around Offshore Reel With enough line capacity for sailfish and small marlin (350 yards of 30-pound) and enough drag power (25- pounds) for larger grade tuna, the new 15 size Cedros star drag is a single reel that delivers exceptional versatility offshore. The aluminum frame and spool are wider versions of the formidable size 12 Cedros, featuring refined machining to all crossbars to improve line clearance. Interior components include oversized machine cut stainless steel gears, dual anti-reverse systems, full Carbonite drag system and five Japanese stainless steel ball bearings. MSRP $299.99
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New Okuma Cortez 5 Moves Boldly Into Compact Saltwater Star Drag Market Drawing upon key construction components of Andros and Cedros families, the new Cortez 5 delivers unrelenting strength, a capacity of 400-yards of 50-pound braid and full Carbonite drag system in an agile, lightweight and compact 5 size. With high-speed 6.2:1 gear ratio, the new Cortez 5 makes an exceptional casting, jigging and live bait reel, featuring a sealed magnetic cast control system. MSRP $139.99
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Lever Drag Reels
New Cold Water Delivers A Premium Linecounter In Left And Right Hand Retrieve Serving anglers with a premium linecounter reel in both right and left hand retrieve, Okuma proudly introduces the Cold Water. The Cold Water family is constructed upon a powerful star drag foundation including heavy-duty machine cut brass gears, dual anti-reverse systems and full Carbonite drag system with up to 20-pounds of maximum drag output. Featuring Okuma’s anti-fogging Clear View Technology, the series includes four sizes in right hand retrieve, three in left hand. MSRP $119.99
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Five Makaira SE Models Custom-Crafted For Live Bait Southern California’s long-range community depends upon live bait to take down tuna to hundreds of pounds. Freespool and power are the critical concepts in reels. Featuring unshielded bearings lubed with TSI-301 oil, over-sized power handles and a new lower low gear in 20 and 30 sizes, Makaira SE’s are factory super-tuned to be the best reels available. The Makaira SE range includes sizes 8, 10, 15, 20 and 30 and are immediately identifiable with deep charcoal anodizing and etched yellowfin tuna on the side plate. MSRP $479.99-$579.99
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New Andros 5IIN, Superior Compact Performance
Speed is oftentimes an angler’s greatest asset on the water and with focus on the presentation; it’s difficult to also pay attention to careful line winding on your reel. The narrow frame and spool of the Andros 5IIN make it easy to wind fast without losing precision or bunching up line on one side of the spool. Featuring the full range of premium Andros components including 17-4 grade stainless steel construction, Japanese bearings and 14- pounds of drag at strike, 24-pounds at full, the Andros 5N-II also features a new knurled spool for securely mounting braided lines without fear of slipping. MSRP $399.99. Download Photo


  1. WOW. Looks amazing. Wish I could get it but I've got to save up for university now. Mr. DeRose, I was your former student 6 years ago and was nicknamed "Yellow Perch". Guess who? ;)

    Anyways, still fishing and enjoying your articles and youtube videos. Hope things are well! :D

  2. Thank you for your nice blog post