We all know that rods and reels are what really gets an angler going. We checked out some of the amazing new products in fishing rods and reels while attending the iCast 2014 convention. Fishing gear just keeps getting better with each year!
We’ve always appreciated the quality of rods and reels from Okuma Fishing. Whether it be high end rods and reels like the Helios, or the pleasantly priced Trio series, these rods and reels have withstood some abuse and keep bringing in the fish. Okuma Fishing unveiled some new gear that we’re definitely excited about.
AZORES SALTWATER SPINNING REELS
All-new Okuma Azores spinning reels, the Z-55S, Z-65S and Z-80S, are the results of a multi-year engineering review that achieves new levels of strength and stability. Azores begin with proven power features including die-cast aluminum body, side plate and rotor, machine cut pinion gear and the Okuma Dual Force Drag system that churns out up to 44-pounds of max drag.. But it’s within the interior that Azores gains massive separation from competitors. Dual anti-reverse systems, oversized stainless steel spool shaft and a massive forged spool shaft sleeve deliver incredible strength while a 3-piece Mechanical Stabilization System stops electrolysis in its tracks.
MSRP starting at $119.99.
CAYMUS SPINNING REELS
In Okuma’s tradition of creating gear that creates a desire to go fishing, the all-new Caymus spinning reel delivers stunning engineering at an MSRP beginning at $49.99. With its ultra-lightweight, aggressively ported spool and rotor and black and red styling, Caymus makes a statement on the water. Backing up the fierce look is a core of excellence: 8-bearing system including Quick-Set anti-reverse, machined aluminum spool, Blade Body Design, forged aluminum handle, EVA handle knobs and a up to 18-pounds of max drag. Available in sizes C-30, C-40 and C-55, Caymus takes on all mid- to heavy-duty freshwater applications. MSRP starting at $49.99.
In the hand, new Cerros takes a deep seat in the palm. The left side plate is 3mm narrower than any previous Okuma design, bringing the angler’s grip more in line with the rod and offering increased confidence overall. The machined aluminum frame serves as a powerful foundation for the hand while EVA knobs greet the cranking hand with cushioned comfort. Nine bearings plus Quick-Set anti-reverse bearing set free enhanced casting distance from the machined aluminum spool and ultra-smooth cranking while delivering authoritative hooksets. Anglers will appreciate a full 24-point magnetic cast control and Cerros’ optional 6.6:1 or 7.3:1 gear ratios. MSRP $99.99.
RTX SPINNING REELS
The release of Okuma C-40X long strand carbon fiber framing technology reels radically enhanced strength while reducing weight , offering a material that is 25% lighter than graphite and 50% stronger. For 2015, Okuma is proud to introduce RTX reel models in larger sizes to include 55, 65 and 80, showcasing how cutting-edge material technology pays huge dividends to anglers. Headlining an extensive feature set of RTX reels is the Okuma C-40X frame and rotor system. Instead of a standard resign featuring powdered filler for strength, C-40X resin is mixed with strands of carbon fiber that overlap and interweave tens of thousands of times. By greatly enhancing the connections between the fibers, strength is increased by 50% over graphite frames. And because less resin is necessary overall, weight is reduced by 25%. MSRP starting at $114.99.
AVENGER LADIES EDITION REELS
There’s a lot to be said for fishing gear that fits, both in size as well as visual appeal. Okuma fishing tackle has been a leader in crafting gear for the female angler. New Avenger Ladies Edition spinning reels are another great addition. Featuring a classy silver primary color with hot pink accents, Avenger Ladies Edition reels are the ultimate compliment to Okuma Ladies Edition SST rods. And with the full compliment of Avenger features, they’re stunning performers also. MSRP $39.99.
BATTLE CAT SPINNING RODS
The introduction of Battle Cat rods offered the serious trophy catfish angler professional level rods with immense inherent power, premium high-durability components and custom rodmaker craftsmanship. For 2015, Battle Cat casting rods are joined by three new spinning models, delivering step-above performance to those who prefer spinning reels. The three new models include the BC-S-762H, BC-S-802H and the BC-1002H at 7’6, 8’ and 10’ in length. Each rod is two-piece for easy travel and rated for casting 1- to 8-ounces of casting weight and 15- to 60-pound line. MSRP starting at $114.99.
SHADOW STALKER GULF COAST RODS
In the warmer waters of the Gulf Coast, about every fish that swims is pound-for-pound more powerful and simply just meaner than those that reside in cooler water environments found in the rest of the United States. Standard rod designs may be outstanding in many regions, only to be left in a pile of rubble by an angry redfish or marauding jack. New Okuma Shadow Stalker Gulf Coast rods deliver the action and sensitivity required in the fishery, along with OC-9 carbon reinforcement for amazing strength. Shadow Stalker Gulf Coast rods include 12 models from 7’ to 7’10” in length. MSRP $79.99 to $109.99.
Penn Battle II
The PENN Battle II offers attractive cosmetics, durable design, and silky smooth HT-100 drag as just a few of the many reasons why so many anglers fish this reel. The Full Metal Body construction allows it to maintain precision gear alignment under severe punishment.
- Full Metal Body, sideplate, and rotor
- HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers
- 5+1 shielded stainless steel ball bearings
- Instant Anti- Reverse bearing
- Heavy-duty aluminum bail wire
- Superline Spool
- Line Capacity Rings
- MSRP: $99.95 – $129.95
Daiwa also made a splash at iCast 2014 with an array of rods and reels available for 2015.
Designed to meet the durability and performance requirements of the pro angler, TATULA offers a rugged gear train, fully supported within a rigid aluminum housing. Up front, a unique, hybrid-design levelwind combines the durability of a standard levelwind with the casting performance of Daiwa’s T-Wing aperture. Pick it up, spin the handle, the ultra smooth feel of precision and quality is unmistakable.
Rugged, lightweight aluminum frame and side plate (gear side)
- Air Rotation
- Ultimate Tournament Carbon Drag (UTD) with 13.2 lbs Drag Max
- Magforce-Z cast control
- 5.4:1, 6.3:1& 7.3:1 gear ratios
- 7 ball bearings plus roller bearing
- Infinite Anti-reverse
- Corrosion resistant clutch mechanism
- Large, 90mm swept power handle with cutouts for reduced weight
- New I-Shape handle knob
- MSRP: $199.95
New Exceler baitcasting reels offer exceptional performance and reliability at a price well within the reach of most anglers.
- Aluminum Frame
- Magforcast control
- Trianglular Powerlift grip
- Infinite, dual anti-reverse
- Oversized, I-shape grips
- 5 ball bearings (1 CRBB) plus roller bearing
- Gear ratios from 4.9 Power Cranking to 7.3:1 Hyper Speed
- Cutaway Swept Handle fro greater power, less wobble, lighter weight
Ballistic Spinning Reels Built With Corrosion-Proof Zaion
Rivaling Magnesium for lightweight strength and rigidity, Zaion Carbon material is impervious to saltwater corrosion, making it an excellent choice for both fresh and saltwater reels. To handle harsh environments and keep running smoothly, the reel’s rotor bearing is protected by a highly effective, oiled-felt seal between the rotor and body. The drag is sealed as well. To top it off, Daiwa’s corrosion resistant CRBB ball bearings are used in places where water intrusion most often occurs. With special anti-corrosion treatments, they last up to ten times as long as ordinary bearings in a saltwater environment. The size range offered covers most freshwater and light saltwater needs. Sizes 2000 and 2500 are basic freshwater sizes, where sizes 3000 and 4000 give the extra line capacity needed for most inshore saltwater fishing.
- Fast 6.0 to 1 or 6.2 to 1 gear ratio models
- Zaion Carbon body & side cover ball bearings
- Super lightweight Air Rotor
- Air Bail
- UTD (Ultimate Tournament Drag)
- Waterproof body & drag
- 9 ball bearings (including 4 CRBB)
- Aluminum handle arm
- MSRP: $199 – $209
Saltist Saltwater Spinning Reels
New from Daiwa are five sizes of Saltist spinning reels built for all-out serious saltwater fishing. Simple, straight forward mechanisms are designed to withstand the punishment of big baits and big fish, working flawlessly trip after trip. Features include a manual bail trip for fewer moving parts – – greater strength and reliability. A dual, full-time anti-reverse means redundant reliability you can depend on, with no lever to accidentally turn off or snag line. Gearing is Daiwa’s digitally designed and cut Digigear™ system. It produces an extremely efficient mesh for maximum power and reduced wear. A retrieve ratio of 6.2 to 1 combines with the reel’s large spool diameter to bring in up to 53 inches of line with every turn of the handle.
- Rugged, all-metal construction
- Fast 6.2 to 1 gear ratio retrieves up to 53 inches of line with every crank!
- Five CRBB corrosion resistant ball bearings
- Digigear™ digitally designed and machined gearing, ultra-strong and ultra smooth
- Tubular stainless Air Bail
- Sealed, waterproof drag
- Rotor brake keeps bail in convenient position when opened
- Dual, full-time anti-reverse
- Reliable manual bail trip
- Machined aluminum handle
- Twist Buster®2 line twist reduction
These are but just a few of the rods and reels available from iCast 2014. What new rod or reel are you most excited to test out?