I had zero experience with baitcasting reels but wanted to step up and start using them due to the obvious advantages. I did a lot of research and bought this reel. It is excellent. I have had zero backlashes by properly setting up the spool tension and magnetic brake. Those two controls (especially the magnetic brake) allow for a great deal of fine tuning on your casts. Casting consistently past your target?? Dial in a click or two more on the magnet and that nicely reigns it in. Also, due to this reel having 10 bearings, the casting and retrieval are SUPER smooth. Buttery! Pros: 1. Anti-reverse. You set the hook, and there is no reverse at all in the spool. You won't miss a fish because of the reel. Critical for when the bite is picky. 2. Adjustability. 3. Weight/comfort. This thing is super light so it won't throw off the balance of the rod. Very comfortable when palming as well. 4. Price. I don't think you'll find a better quality reel at this price point. Cons: The only minor gripe I have is the spool tension knob is a bit tricky to get just right. It's very tight so finding the sweet spot is a bit tough to nail...but once it is set properly, it won't "self-adjust." And you shouldn't have to be adjusting much anyway unless you're throwing lures with vastly different weights.
I have the full line of Okuma Nomad Travel Rods because did kot know which ones to choose for a recent trip to Baja Mexico. Brought the 7' M/MH, 7' L/ML Boat Casting Rods and 7' H/MH inshore bait caster loaded into one of the travel rod cases and caught Football Yellowfin, Yellowtail on Salas yo/yo jigs and bait to 35lbs, Dorado to 25lbs, Calico Bass to 8lbs. Rods perform like one piece rods with a progressive flex action and plenty of backbone at the butt. Double rod tips are a nice touch but found I didn't bother to switch tips. Used 40 to 50lb mono tops on 55 to 65lb braid. Connection is the "European" spigot ferrule and for those that don't know about rod building that is a superior ferrule connection system than the one that 99% of the multipiece rods you see built and you will see a lot of ignorant reviewers complaining of that connection. The only complaint with the rods is that the very nice looking and high quality Alps reel seat is designed for the older larger reels such as Penn 4/0 senators or Internationals with larger reel seat foots and wider spaced reel seat brackets as the feet on the newer smaller reels such as Accurate Valiants 400 and 500's, Shimano Talica 12ii and Avet Raptors sxj's do not fit tight /snug into the reel seat rings and therefore the reel feet need to be shimmed with tape. Furthermore, to add to this issue the aluminum reel seat although very nice looking is a triangle shape making it too wide for the spacing for the reel seat brackets on the reels to fit onto the reel seat so I needed to remove the bracket posts from the reels. Too bad Okuma still uses these seats on the Okuma Nomad and does not change over to the cheaper but more functional graphite/composite reel seats used on the single tip Okuma Nomad Express line of travel rods or use a narrower round Aluminum reel seat that will allow using a reel bracket. I like the action on the Nomad series rods and the optional tip more than the Nomad Express rods as the Express are slightly more stiffer farther out towards the tip
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