The Offshore Angler Sea Lion Spinning Reels set an amazing benchmark for quality and value—compare these features! The gearbox rides on a 3-bearing system, backed up by our PowerLock™ instant anti-reverse, a rugged reinforced graphite frame and rotor, corrosion-resistant stainless steel components, smooth and reliable 6-disc drag system, and oversized line roller. Both the spool and the left/right fold-down handle are crafted of machined and anodized aluminum, for superior strength without added weight. All in all, our Sea Lion Spinning Reel is the tightest performance package available at anywhere near this price. Prototypes were tested on a wide range of species, from bull reds to sailfish, without a single malfunction. For all-around performance in any saltwater situation, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better-handling reel OR a better value -- in fact, you won't!
Rated 2 out of 5 by elchang88 Don't get it submerged!
Similar to another reviewer's experience, my SL70 reel would not engaged anti-reverse from time to time. During my last trip surf casting I now realized why... The plastic catch that engages the anti-reverse can "float" away from where it supposed to be once the entire reel gets submerged. I took apart the reel and placed the plastic piece back in place and the anti-reverse engages again. - Poor design!
August 30, 2010
Rated 2 out of 5 by TimOL Issue with the reel
I purchased this reel (Offshore Angler Sea Lion 170) and on the third use, the crank ended up over the side of the boat. I am not sure if I got a defective reel but each time I used the reel I had to keep tightening the crank to keep it from falling off. Finally, on my third trip it landed in the ocean...
August 22, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by jmf081380 great purchase
I have an SL 70 and 80 that I bought this past May. I love this reel, even though it is a bit heavy but I'm not complaining with the fish I've landed using them. The biggest fish I caught was a 55.2 lb. blue cat and I caught several flatheads ranging from 15 to 30 lbs. I'm very impressed with the performance and reliability of these reels and would recommend them to any saltwater or catfisherman.
August 14, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by deacondave Good product for the price
When switching the handle from the left to the right, had trouble screwing the cap back on the empty side. Also, I wasn't quiet pleased with the way the line wound the spool. The line was loose and didn't follow itself properly. Reel did quiet well at sea while fishing with it though and will handle even the most stubborn grouper and snapper to get them off the bottom.
May 17, 2010
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE AND YOU DONT ALREADY HAVE IT, I WOULD RECOMMEND THE CATMAXX-70 SPINNING REEL. THAT REAL IS TOUGH FOR EXTREME HEAVY DUTY FISHING. I HAVE CAUGHT A 62INCH STUGEON ON THAT REEL AND HUGE STING RAYS WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS.
to find the the line capacity for a different pound test of a reel, multiply the pound test by the number of yards it will hold, then divide that by the pound test you want to use, this will give you the new yards for that pound test. for example: 12*200=2400, if i want to know how many yards of 15 pund test the sl50 will hold then i divide 2400 by 15=160 yds of 15.