Our Ocean Master Surf Spinning Reel is a great all-around reel for a variety of heavy-duty spinning techniques, and is equally at home on a surf rod, tossing baits into a rip, or loaded with braid for sailfish. The 6-washer drag smoothly manages smokin' runs, while the anti-reverse bearing ensures seamless drag engagement. The manual bail trip picks the line up as crisp as can be, and the high-capacity spool is cold-forged, machined, and hard-anodized. Machined-aluminum handle features an ergonomic soft touch rubber knob. And with its incredibly smooth 11-bearing system, the Offshore Angler Ocean Master Surf Reel will easily become one of your favorites!
Rated 3 out of 5 by averagesurfreel Average surf reel for the price
I bought this reel because of the value price and high bearing count.
Pros: Caught quite a few big fish on this reel. The drag was very tough and withstood some smokin' runs by large fish.
Cons: Durability of the folding handle. There's a die-cast metal(!) spacer on the reel handle tightening screw. In less than one season, it quickly corroded and crumbled in salt water, leaving me with a wobbly handle no matter how much I tightened the screw. Die-cast metal has no business being on a saltwater surf reel. I can't risk fishing with a wobbly handle - I'm going back to Daiwa - Emcast Plus is similarly priced, with slightly higher bearing count and no die-cast metal.
February 27, 2010
Rated 1 out of 5 by sandflea get what you pay for
Purchased the reel and rod combo. Used it twice and reel would know longer retrieve.Reel is made of plastic and is not made very well. the rod appeares to be satisfactory so far but only time will tell. China stamped on reel.Disassembled reel and found all plastic internal parts.with numerous pieces. way to many parts. if one part fails the reel fails.the bearings were sealed. thats a plus. spend the extra money and get a high end reel .Remeber do the research before you buy.
July 19, 2009
Rated 1 out of 5 by Preine Paper weight at best
This reel was packaged in a rod/reel combo I purchased. The screws on the brake snapped while I was reeling in a catch. It lasted, I think, 3 trips to the coast.
The line also seemed to get under the spool (towards the bearings) way too easily.
May 1, 2009
Rated 2 out of 5 by chummy not great, not bad
smooth action, but wow, what a error prone reel! it skips off the spool, as someone else here as noted. even on an under-filled spool, about 1 in 10 times it gets tangled under the spool, and you have to take the whole assembly off to untangle it... that's happened while i've had fish on the line!
what's more, the handle keeps coming off!
September 30, 2008
I usually use conventional reels like the Penn GTO, but i want to try something different in my pup shark fishing, but I would like to know, what is the biggest fish/shark you have caught on this reel?