If you can get your hand on the reel go for it. I enjoy this reel very much, nice and smooth with great drag and power. It feels like I don't have fish on the line. great product for value. ***
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.
It's a Lamiglass, it's arguably the best brand name/ material you can buy in a fishing rod and deservedly so. Flexible like you cannot imagine and able to take more than it's rated in the hands of an experienced angler. Super forgiving if you're an intermediate and an eye opener if you're a novice. This is top of the line fishing equipment. I pulled in a 14lb striped bass from the surf with this rod. It took some time, but the rod held up as I was aware of the rod's ~5lb max pressure and the fight was worth every second Five pounds of constant pressure is enough for this type of fish if you wait him out. The sensitivity & whipping action of this rod is phenomenal it can toss a 1oz lure the way it should be tossed. Tons of fun with this rod's action, just take your time and let the rod do it's "thing" when you hook-up. If you like to "muscle" the fish in, this rod is not for you, (unless you're going for fish 3lbs or under).
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