Best Okuma Fishing Reel Reviews

Okuma is based out of Taiwan and has been producing quality fishing reels for both saltwater and freshwater since 1986.

While Okuma may not be as wide a known name as other manufacturers like Penn and Shimano we have been impressed with a number of their reels especially in the low-price and mid-price ranges.

As avid inshore fishermen, a few of the favorites reels we have seen from Okuma are the Okuma Inspira and the Okuma Helios SX.  While both of these reels are in the low-price and mid-price ranges respectively, Okuma is also known to making some high-end reels like the Okuma Makaira which would compete with the likes of Shimano’s Stella SW.

Best Okuma Spinning Reel Reviews

Okuma Avenger

Retail $69

The Okuma Avenger is available in two primary models the B and the ABF with the latter being the bait feeding model.  This is the most popular of all the Okuma reels and is a good quality inexpensive reel that is suitable for both fresh and saltwater.  READ THE FULL REVIEW

ModelsRetrieve (in)Gear RatioMax Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)
10-8021-404.5:1-5.0:15-336+16-22.9

Okuma Azores

Retail $119

If you are looking for a large saltwater spinning reel without breaking the bank then the Okuma Azores is a good choice.  The full metal body, sideplate, and rotor are durable as well as the dual force drag system that can deliver up to 44 lbs of stopping power. READ THE FULL REVIEW

ModelsRetrieve (in)Gear RatioMax Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)
40-9034.8-465.4:1-5.8-128-446+112-25.5

Okuma Helios SX

Retail $129

The Okuma Helios SX is an extremely durable and lightweight reel targeted at the inshore fisherman.  The use of C-40X carbon fiber makes the frame, rotor, and sideplates extremely strong.  With 9 corrosion resistant stainless steel ball bearings and a carbon fiber drag system, the reel is smooth even under heavy loads.  READ THE FULL REVIEW

ModelsRetrieve (in)Gear RatioMax Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)
20-4021.9-32.14.5:1-5.8:1138+17.1-9.2

Okuma Inspira

Retail $79

The Okuma Inspira offers up a quality lightweight reel that does not break the bank.  Available in 3 sizes all with C-40X carbon bodies and sideplates these reels will withstand saltwater conditions and provide you with a smooth feel.  Inside the body are 8 stainless steel ball bearings and a brass pinion gear for durability. READ THE FULL REVIEW

ModelsRetrieve (in)Gear RatioMax Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)
20-4022.6-295.0:1138+16.5-9.1

Okuma Makaira

Retail $799

The Okuma Makaira is one of the finest quality large spinning reels on the market today.  Targeted towards big game fish such as GT, Amberjacks, Sailfish, and Tuna this reel is built with solid components.  All the components are first forged and then machine cut for precision and durability. All of the components are protected by a hydro sealed body.  READ THE FULL REVIEW

ModelsRetrieve (in)Gear RatioMax Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)
20000-3000051.6-65.75.8:1669HPB+1RB32.5-36.7

Best Okuma Conventional Reel Reviews

Okuma Cortez Star Drag

Retail $149

The Okuma Cortez Star Drag is a very good quality reel with a corrosion resistant body that is made of black anodized aluminum.  The external adjustable cast control system makes sit easy to adjust for different baits and conditions. The carbonite drag system and dual anti-reverse make this a reel that many anglers have come to rely on. READ THE FULL REVIEW

ModelsRetrieve (in)Gear RatioMax Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)
5-5538-434.7:1-6.2:115-184BB+1RB14-28.3

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