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Hi Guys, I was thinking about adding some new equipment to my fishing supplies. I was shopping for spinning reels and saw that Dicks has 50% off on an Okuma Stratus V .Are these any good ? It's a real good price but I don't want to buy junk. 

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I have the little one on my trout rod and I love it. Held up well with constant use since Jan, feels sturdy in the hand.

I saw that myself and was upset at myself for buying it for 40 haha

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I never liked okuma. I am a shimano fan.   I have a stradic and saragosa the older model and put it through hell. I have used friend's  van staals but for what I do I can't justify it.  I don't dunk it often and keep it clean. 

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It's 50% off original price, not the sticker price you see. Those reels are made for dicks.  Anyhow,  go with a phlueger reel for $60....one of the better reels in that price range.

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What are you fishing for?  That is what should drive your purchase.  If panfish or trout, no need to break the bank.  If tuna, that's an entirely different story.  

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I will never ever buy anything from dicks after they infringed on my 2nd amendment rights 

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They’re what you pay for.... not going to be super smooth or durable but for something you only use here and there they get the job done. If it’s something you will spend a lot of time with can’t go wrong with shimano 

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Shimano.I find Okuma's on the heavy side.

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I'd agree they're made for DSG and I really wouldn't trust them . As others asked , what are you fishing for ? I've usually run Shimano but last year I branched out some and picked up a Lews speed spin and speed spool . I've got nothing but great things to say about them so far . They came in just before my Champlain trip and they performed wonderfully through some giant smallmouth and good size  northern pike . They're super smooth with great drag systems . I've put them through hell this year so far catching some great size largemouth locally and I'm still really not missing my shimanos yet they haven't come out once , I'm finding myself grabbing the rods set up with the Lews . 

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While I seldom spin fish these days, I was always a Shimano for freshwater and Penn for saltwater guy myself.  I still own every spin reel I ever bought with many going back to the 70s and all still in great working order.  A new bail spring here and there, but that's about it.  And I own some Shimano baitcasters as well.  Calcuttas.  

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I prefer shimano for fresh and salt. In my opinion,  the best on both 

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Shimano fan here also, although I do have a couple of Okuma ultra lights that I really like. :up:

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On 6/11/2018 at 1:57 PM, Stewey said:

I will never ever buy anything from dicks after they infringed on my 2nd amendment rights 

This is the correct answer

Edited by Bucndoe
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