Okuma StrataMaster Reel
my first line counter reel
I got this reel for salmon fishing in the norther California delta and so far it has worked like a champ. the line counter feature is great but you have to keep track if your line is going to bottom or if its being dragged behind boat. having downrigglers is the ideal thing to have. I have hooked on to some good size fish and reel them in with ease.
July 2, 2014
I bought two (2) StrataMaster 20D combos and the bottom line is that they are fantastic value. They held up well to a season of Striped Bass live-lining and trolling on the Chesapeake Bay and will make you very happy, as long as you keep in mind that you paid far less for this reel than you would have for others. I will agree that the reel release sometimes sticks and you have to turn the handle slightly to get it to release- but it has never caused me a problem- just a minor inconvenience. The reel side panels are plastic, but the most important parts are metal. The drag functions well, but it's not the same as a Penn Squall. Of course, you are paying less than half the price of the Penn reel. All in all, if you are really concerned about a few minor inconveniences- then you need to spend some serious cash. But if you want a very solid reel on a budget- this is the reel for you.
February 8, 2014
Great reelWorks great
Good reel for the money,will buy another.Great action, no problems
October 14, 2013
Good purchase for the money
I've been using the 20D for about 6 months now. So far I have not experienced any problems. The line counter is easy to read and is accurate. I've caught many large hybrids and one medium size striper with this reel. The drag is smooth. Still though, it would be improved a little. My only annoyance is that sometimes you can't engage the line out alarm without giving an extra half crank of the handle. I like that the reel is flipped back into gear without physically flipping the switch.
September 10, 2012