A low profile line counter reel has been needed in the fishing world for a long time. I prefer spinning reels for spoon jigging but not being able to know the depth of the spoon has been a problem for all of us. I use to use a black marker and mark my line every 10 feet and then count it down. Okuma has finally seen the light and built a line counter that we can jig with! I have almost a dozen Okuma line counter trolling reels so I wasn't worried about spending my money on a "new type" of reel. The quality is there , the weight is light enough to use all day and the bait clicker is louder than any of my 11 trolling reels, BUT I do have 1 fault with the design. The reel needs a "grip pad" on top of the frame for your thumb to rest on. It is very smooth and slick and palming the reel as you do when holding the reel / rod with one hand leaves you without enough control when you set the hook on a monster. I have relatively small hands and it would be possible to lose my grip and lose the reel / rod to a hard hitting fish.
I had two of these for a while and have fished with a couple of more. They are perfectly acceptable reels for most of what I would want them for. They are certainly one the best looking reels out there and they do come in a left hand version. Something that the Shimano's do not. Probably really 3.5 stars for me. I mainly use this type of reel for either salmon or stripers. The thing that keeps me from rating it higher was I was not totally impressed by it's drag. I feel the Diawa Sealine is a better reel for a lower price. The Shimano Tekota is a much better reel for not a huge amount more money. One thing I hate is that the clicker is too loud and is loud even when it is not engaged.
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