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.
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.
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