Re: Shimano or Okuma Baitrunner?
I have used some Okuma's for the past 4 years for charters. They have not had any flaws yet and they have been put through the ringer. Yes, Shimano does make a more quality reel, as does Quantum Cabo's, but I have treated each reel the same, bucket of fresh water after each trip. From Quantum, Van Staal to Okuma, I have not had any problems. Plenty of bass live lining bunker on those Epixor's in the 20-30 lb range and still working just fine. I like to carry reels in different price ranges so my clients don't always feel the need to carry higher priced reels to start fishing. With that said, I do use various reels by different companies. Hope that helps.