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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

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Idk fellas, i have had 3 shimanos end up with wobbling spools after fierce strikes and fast runs from hybred stripers. Seems the main shaft bent under the stress. Replaced them with Okuma Epixors and the reels have remained smooth for years


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Okuma reels are like any other. They have low cost reels and expensive reels. Expect the quality to be relative to the price. A 50% off deal sounds good. I always "google" the exact reel they are selling to see if Ebay or Amazon is selling it cheaper. If you are an occasional fisherman, a low end Okuma is OK.

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Okuma reels are like any other. They have low cost reels and expensive reels. Expect the quality to be relative to the price. A 50% off deal sounds good. I always "google" the exact reel they are selling to see if Ebay or Amazon is selling it cheaper. If you are an occasional fisherman, a low end Okuma is OK.

Agree, you get what you pay for. One thing i can say is the Epixor performs like reels twice the price. The shimanos i spoke of above were expensive reels that made me really lose faith in shimano. I also use the Epixor in large surf size with fireline and it has withstood quite a few false albie fights...a true test for any reel


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Maximums curious as to what shimano reels you had the issues with.. I run both stradics and saragosa.   The only issue I've ever had was the line roller berringgoing bad...  both these reels are in the 200 to 300 range depending on size...  I also have a friend that has had luck with the sphyros wich is again the 200 range.... those are saltwater applications for me..  I don't do much fresh water but my trout rods I've had a fluger for years and recently purchased a leews micro spin that is nice for the trout here in the 20 dollar range...

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For 25 dollars,you can send any higher end Shimano back and they will rebuild it for the life of the reel. :up:

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I just bought a Shimano Twin Power 5000 SW Reel for stripers

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1 hour ago, Fishman said:

I just bought a Shimano Twin Power 5000 SW Reel for stripers

Very nice reel.

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I used Shimano for years .But recently bought a few Penn conflicts and they are pretty darn solid reels. I  bought the 1000,2500 and 4000 for 70 bucks a piece. That was a  sale at bass pro a few months back. They are normally 130-150 bucks. so couldn't resist using some of my gift cards and giving them a try. Really happy with them so far. My Shimano Stradics from over 20 years ago have been dropped in mud you name it. And after a good cleaning and lube they work flawlessly still. Can't beat that.

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Maximums curious as to what shimano reels you had the issues with.. I run both stradics and saragosa.   The only issue I've ever had was the line roller berringgoing bad...  both these reels are in the 200 to 300 range depending on size...  I also have a friend that has had luck with the sphyros wich is again the 200 range.... those are saltwater applications for me..  I don't do much fresh water but my trout rods I've had a fluger for years and recently purchased a leews micro spin that is nice for the trout here in the 20 dollar range...

Baitrunners about 10 years old, not sure about the third reel i will have to look in the garage and get back to you. None of them were 200-300 price range reels though


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