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Shipping runs $20 for rods, up to 7 feet in length within continental USA.

Most orders over $150 are shipped FREE!* Orders less than $150 are billed for shipping. All orders over $300 will require signature for delivery unless you specify otherwise and assume ALL LIABILITY. Rods, given their extra length, will have an added cost of $20 for rods up to 7 feet - this is a change for 2018 due to increased shipping charges from FedEx and UPS, packaging costs also increased this year for longer boxes. In 2018 UPS and FedExpress both announced new maximum size limits for boxes.  8 foot rods now can not be shipped at standard rates, the rate increase for a box over 96 inches can easily be $100 and greater. We are working on alternative solutions, but at the present time rods of 8 feet or more may have very high shipping rates outside of CA. We will quote you the shipping upon receipt of your order. Upon placing your order you'll receive an immediate confirmation via email. You are not billed at that time, the confirming email may not reflect oversize or overweight charges or other issues requiring direct contact. We process orders manually, preferring to have a human actually check things over and contact you should there be questions. Within 24 hours of placing your order you will receive a follow-up email confirmation and final  invoice (pdf doc) reflecting your total charges (Monday-Friday). You are not billed until we actually send you your final invoice.  Orders shipped to CA addresses will have California Sales Taxes applied, out of state orders are tax free. During the ordering process you can select expedited shipping if required. (Within the USA we usually ship via Federal Express ground. International, and oversize/weight items will be billed for shipping and you will be sent an emailed invoice reflecting total charges prior to actual billing. We will not ship without you having had a chance to review the invoice). Hawaii and Alaska shipping will be accomplished using USPS Priority service, and our standard shipping cost policy will apply unless the item ordered does not fit in their standard size boxes. If additional shipping fees are required we will contact you.)


Okuma

  • PCH Series Rods - NEW!
  • Makaira Series
  • Cedros Speed Jig Rods - These are going away...
  • Shadow Stalker Inshore
  • Nomad Travel Rods

CharkBait stocking Okuma rods? We never have before 2009 simply because they never fit into our mix, didn't match our ideas of what a quality saltwater rod should be. But, with recent changes in this firm's orientation and product development we've seen some innovative products that truly represent positive advancements in design. There are certain products Okuma manufactures that fill niche applications very well, and represent things worth owning. In my mind, their travel rods are the prime example. Never have we seen a nicer moderate duty saltwater travel rod. There's nothing available that comes close to what these rods can accomplish for the globe trotting angler. Same sort of tale with the Kayak rods, darn good ideas! Pricing for what's offered by this manufacturer is very reasonable. Much as some of Okuma's reels now meet the demands of serious saltwater anglers, so too for several of the rods these folks manufacture.

All rods featured here have a LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY FROM OKUMA!


Okuma PCH Rods
Product Introduction
NEW HEAVY ACTION RAIL RODS ADDED JUNE 2018**

I've got to give Okuma a lot of credit, it's been fun watching them develop and grow. It's my feeling that they got spanked so hard a decade ago that they learned a most important lesson, they listen.  No doubt they innovate, too. But, key for them has been listening and then coming to market with things we've (collectively) asked for.

"Our customers are the source of our most valuable input and it’s your needs, goals and desires that drive Okuma product development.” That's their philosophical statement, and I do believe it's followed as evidenced by the firms great progress over the past five or six years. Okuma is the sleeping giant of fishing tackle. And, they're not sleeping these days. They are providing saltwater anglers excellent gear.

Okay, now lets talk rods. The PCH rods were designed with SoCal fishing styles in mind, and innovates their technique and technology to build some very interesting and well built rods. Nine models, 7', 7 1/2' and 8 foot lengths, all with relatively fast actions. The rods make use of some of the innovations of other firms, notably United Composites (who are driving rod technology with their materials and designs). UC has been the only firm incorporating uni-directional fiberglass in their composite rods. Okuma is using that material on their tips for this series, and making use of woven carbon fiber, too. 

Components are top notch, ALPS HXN guides with Zirconium inserts are used on the extra heavy models, Fuji K-guides with Alconite inserts on the medium and medium/heavy models. All rods feature CAH ALPS double lock down aluminum reel seats. There's a lot of value in the components used, and their blanks are excellent. The 7 and  7 1/2 footers make use of a new foam grip material (TPE) for less water absorption (compared to hypolon) and greater durability. The 8 footers make use of tapered shrink tube grip - deckhand style. All rods make use of an ALPS non-skid rubber butt cap - no gimbal.

As of 5/24 we've received all models except the two heavier 8 footers. Expecting those very soon, tomorrow? I'll also try to get some more images of these very good looking rods over the next day or so.

Once again, congrats to Okuma, these will be very well received rods. Certainly the days of the old heavy fiberglass rods are numbered. That's really how we see our own inventory changing for the better. Imports at $200, domestics at $300, carbon, graphite composites in both production locations. And, the old $200 fiberglass rods simply don't make a great deal of sense when technology has advanced so far over the past 50 years.


 


*Handle type: A EVA foam grips, B XWrap over foam - pictured below

*New for 2018 - Three new spinning rods have been added to the PCH series. These are very good rods for tossing poppers, that was the intent. But, they will cover a wider range of application, they're appropriate for bait and for iron.

**NEW HEAVY ACTION "RAIL RODS" ADDED TO THE LINEUP
- SEE THE LAST TWO RODS LISTED BELOW...

 
Buy Description Price  
Okuma PCH-C-701M 7 feet 12-25 lb $199.00
Okuma PCH-C-701H 7 feet 20-50 lb $199.00
Okuma PCH-C-701XH 7 feet 30-60 lb $199.00
Okuma PCH-C-761M 7 1/2 feet 12-25 lb $199.00
-New Spinning Version*
Popping Rods-
Okuma PCH-S-761MH 7 1/2 feet 40-50 lb
$199.00
Okuma PCH-C-761H 7 1/2 feet 20-50 lb $199.00
-New Spinning Version*
Popping Rods-
Okuma PCH-S-761H 7 1/2 feet 50-80 lb
$199.00
Okuma PCH-C-761XH 7 1/2 feet 30-60 lb $199.00
-New Spinning Version*
Popping Rods-
Okuma PCH-S-761XH 7 1/2 feet 60-100 lb
$199.00
Okuma PCH-C-801MH 8 feet 15-40 lb $199.00
Okuma PCH-C-801H 8 feet 20-50 lb $199.00
Okuma PCH-C-801XH 8 feet 30-60 lb $199.00
PCH-C741XXH
7'4" 60-100 lbs, 9 guides plus tiptop
$279.00
PCH-C741XXXH
7'4" 80-130 lbs, 9 guides plus tiptop
$279.00
PCH-C741XXXXH
7'4" 150-200 lbs, 9 guides plus tiptop
$289.00
Okuma is working on several  additions to this series, with a couple heavier action rods in the works. We expect those to be made by July 2018

* PLEASE NOTE we can not ship 8 foot rods economically - FedEx and UPS have upped their rates and will no longer ship rods packed 96 inches and above without a huge surcharge (can be $120 and more to ship an 8 footer now).  We have a solution for most of CA, and are working to find another option, but as of 3/1 long rods can't be shipped without a huge penalty from the shipping companies.

 

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PCH INSHORE SERIES RODS

New rods arrived 5/27/18


Taking the design (somewhat borrowed from UC/GUSA) of the PCH series rods and incorporating appropriate actions and designs for inshore use.  These are exceptional rods for folks fishing calico bass or other bass species in the salt. They'll do great for a wide range of fish, capable with yellowtail and schoolie tuna, too.  These new rods feature cork split grips, Fuji Tangle Free K guides, hook keeper (pictured right) and carbon construction.  There are four rods, at this point, in the series. Two 7 1/2 footers (12-25#) and two 8 foot rods (20-40). They are reasonable in price at @ $199.

 

 

Buy Description Price
Okuma PCH Inshore 761M 12-25 inchudes shipping $199.00
Okuma PCH Inshore 761H 20-40 includes shipping $199.00
Okuma PCH Inshore 801MH 15-30 shipping extra $199.00
Okuma PCH Inshore 801H 20-40 shipping extra $199.00

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Okuma Makaira Rods

First shown at ICAST in July 2011, the Makaira series rods have a lot of positives in terms of components used, rod actions and appearance. Folks know that we are very supportive of both Calstar and Seeker rods, consider them the best made rods in the world, so convincing us to bring in an offshore produced rod is not an easy thing. However, in this instance Okuma got it right again. Like their Makaira series reels, they listened to the right people, and started from scratch to design an excellent series of rods. They learned much from Calstar, one feel of their jigsticks demonstrates that point very well. It's also apparent that they learned much from their association with the Australian fishing community. These are flat out excellent rods, and they are offered at an exceptional value.

Makaira rods feature newly innovated carbon technology in the manufacture of the rod blanks. Light, strong and responsive are well deserved adjectives for these new "sticks." The new rods are stunning in their appearance, with custom abalone decoration above the foregrip on the rods, and exceptional in their actions. They incorporate ALPS deep press 316 stainless guide frames with hard zirconium guide inserts for handling braided lines. Their jigsticks use x-wrap shrink tubing for the grip area for ruggedness and secure handling. Their heavier weight rods feature a custom ALPS aluminum reel seat with abalone underlay, for a truly custom look - with solid performance backing it up. Their IGFA standup rods feature custom leather wrapped foregrips! And their trolling rods use superior quality ALPS premium roller guides for large knot clearance. Their casting rods incorporate an integrated rubber butt cap/gimbal design (both spinning and conventional casting rods). On the heavier trolling and popping rods, an aluminum gimbal is included.

Shipping is not included in the price of the rods posted below. The 9 footers are only available for store pickup - shipping expense is NUTZ!

 

 

 

MODEL POWER TAPER LENGTH LINE WT. SECTIONS # GUIDES HANDLE SALE PRICED ORDER
LIVE BAIT AND JIG RODS
C661MH MH F 6'6" 15-40 1 6+tip A $169
C661H H F 6'6" 20-30 1 6+tip A $169
C701ML ML F 7 12-20 1 8+tip A $169 discontinued
C701M M F 7 15-25 1 8+tip A $169
C701MH MH F 7 20-30 1 8+tip A $179
C701H H F 7 25-40 1 8+tip A $189
C701XH H F 7 30-80 1 8+tip A $199
SPINNING/POPPING RODS
S741XH XH MF 7'4" 60-100 1 6+tip B $219
S762XH XH MF 7'6" 60-100 2 6+tip B $219 discontinued
WEST COAST LIVE BAIT and JIG RODS
C801M M F 8 10-25 1 9+tip C $149 discontinued
C801MH MH F 8 15-30 1 9+tip C $149
C801H H F 8 20-40 1 9+tip C $149
C801XH XH F 8 30-50 1 9+tip C $149
TROLLING RODS - ALL ROLLER
TR601H H M/MF 6' 30-80 1 5+tip B $269
TR601XH XH M/MF 6' 40-100 1 5+tip B $279
TR601XXH XXH M/MF 6' 50-120 1 5+tip B $289
IGFA STRAIGHT BUTT STAND UP RODS
TR581-30 H M/MF 5'8" 30 2 4+tip D $399
TR581-50 XH M/MF 5'8" 50 2 4+tip D $434
TR5101-80 XXH M/MF 5'10" 80 2 4+tip D $519
IGFA BENT BUTT STAND UP RODS
TR5101-50B XH M/MF 5'10" 50 2 4+tip E $499
TR5101-80B XXH M/MF 5'10" 80 2 4+tip E $579


 

* PLEASE NOTE we can not ship 8 foot rods economically - FedEx and UPS have upped their rates and will no longer ship rods packed 96 inches and above without a huge surcharge (can be $120 and more to ship an 8 footer now).  We have a solution for most of CA, and are working to find another option, but as of 3/1 long rods can't be shipped without a huge penalty from the shipping companies.


Cedros Jigging Rods

For 2018 Okuma introduced new models and made a cosmetic change to these value oriented E-Glass rods. Gone is the blue finish, blank is now black with blue threadwork. Nice change, works well with more reels cosmetically!  Performance has remained durable and straightforward as before. Great value, excellent ALPS components, durable rods.

If you are seeking a rod designed for vertical jigging, then the Cedros Speed Jig Rods are well worth your consideration. Designed with a unique flex-to-power distribution, these rods allow your rod tip to work your jig properly while developing the proper transition between the shock of a fish's strike and rod power for bringing a fish to the rail (differing from a well known bicycle manufacturer's noodle sticks - which don't have backbone). Extensive innovation was created into the design of this rod, producing comfort with spiral shaped EVA foregrips and an open rear grip, allowing you to work the rod without hanging up on your clothing to interfere with the action you are trying to impart on the jig. Once you put a reel on your Cedros rod you'll see why they truly are very worthy jig rods - regardless of price.

 

Features

- E-Glass rod blank construction for increased power and shock reduction for use with braided line.  
- Hardened Zirconium PVD coated guide inserts that reduce line friction from braided lines.
- Hi-Rise 316 stainless steel guide frames eliminates the line from touching the blank and foregrip when fully loaded up on a fish and increases durability.
- Pyramid machined aluminum reel seat is the ultimate in comfort, durability and control. (ALPS REEL SEAT)
- Exposed blank reargrip increases rod control and improves jigging technique.
- Jig Clincher - eliminates the jig from swinging when attached to the hook keeper.


All rods feature a split EVA butt section, with two of the heavier rods also offering a gimbal butt.

Note: The triangular shaped ALPS seat used for these wonderful rods will not fit the standard Avet reel base on the SX and MX series reels - you will need to make use of their narrow reel foot, and that's an option.

Specification

Cedros "A" Speed Jig
Model Actions Length Line Weight Casting Weight  Sections Foregrip Length Reargrip Length Number of Guides Handle Style Weight (g) Price
Casting Rods
CJ-C-561XHa XH 5'6" 65-200 lbs 300-500g 1-pcs 200mm 310mm 6 + Tip B 451 $129
CJ-C-561XXHa XXH 5'6" 80-200 lbs 500-700g 1-pcs 200mm 310mm 6 + Tip B 465 $129
CJ-C-601Ma M 6'0" 30-65 lbs 30-160g 1-pcs 190mm 360mm 8 + Tip A 346 $119
CJ-C-601MHa MH 6'0" 50-100 lbs 90-200g 1-pcs 190mm 360mm 8 + Tip A 388 $119
CJ-C-601Ha H 6'0" 65-150 lbs 160-325g 1-pcs 190mm 360mm 8 + Tip A 445 $119
CJ-C-601XHa XH 6'0" 65-200 lbs 300-500g 1-pcs 190mm 360mm 8 + Tip A 451 $119
CJ-C-661Ma M 6'6" 30-65 lbs 30-160g 1-pcs 190mm 360mm 8 + Tip A 363 $124
CJ-C-661MHa MH 6'6" 50-100 lbs 90-200g 1-pcs 190mm 360mm 8 + Tip A 425 $124
CJ-C-661Ha H 6'6" 65-150 lbs 160-325g 1-pcs 190mm 360mm 8 + Tip A 485 $124
CJ-C-661XHa XH 6'6" 65-200 lbs 300-500g 1-pcs 190mm 360mm 8 + Tip A 489 $124
Spinning Rods
CJ-S-601Ma M 6'0" 30-65 lbs 30-160g 1-pcs 190mm 360mm 5 + Tip A 360 $119
CJ-S-601MHa MH 6'0" 50-100 lbs 90-200g 1-pcs 190mm 360mm 5 + Tip A 405 $119
CJ-S-601Ha H 6'0" 65-150 lbs 160-325g 1-pcs 190mm 360mm 5 + Tip A 456 $129
CJ-S-701Ma M 7'0" 30-65 lbs 30-160g 1-pcs 190mm 360mm 7 + Tip A 418 $134
CJ-S-701MHa MH 7'0" 50-100 lbs 90-200g 1-pcs 190mm 360mm 7 + Tip A 487 $134
CJ-S-701Ha H 7'0" 65-150 lbs 160-325g 1-pcs 190mm 360mm 7 + Tip A 536 $134
Buy Description Price
Okuma Cedros CJC 561XHA $129.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 561XXHA $129.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 601MA $119.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 601MHA $119.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 601HA $119.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 601XHA $119.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 661MA $124.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 661MHA $124.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 661HA $124.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 661XHA $124.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 601MA SPINNING $119.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 601MHA SPINNING $119.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 601HA SPINNING $119.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 601MA SPINNING $134.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 601MHA SPINNING $134.00
Okuma Cedros CJC 601HA SPINNING $134.00

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Shadow Stalker Inshore Rods
The Shadow Stalker series of rods are designed for inshore use, serious inshore and calico bass guys will be quite impressed with the actions, construction and overall performance of these high value fishing rods. There's a great range of offerings, filling the application needs of a lot of anglers. All rods are made from lightweight sensitive graphite rod blanks, with ALPS stainless steel double footed rod guides with zirconium oxide inserts for use with braided lines. Conventional rods make use of split grips, spinning rods do not. They feature EVA fore and rear grips, Fuji reel seats with rubberized carbon finish. All rods are 1 piece blank construction, stainless steel hook keepers on all models. All Shadow Stalker rods are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
 

Spinning Split, Spinning Full and Baitcasting Trigger handle
Buy Description - Baitcasting Rods Price
Okuma Shadow Stalker SDS-C-761MH 12-25# $109.99
Okuma Shadow Stalker SDS-C-761H 15-30# $109.99
Okuma Shadow Stalker SDS-C-801M* 10-20# $119.99
Okuma Shadow Stalker SDS-C-801MH* 12-25# $119.99
Okuma Shadow Stalker SDS-C-801H* 15-30# $119.99
Okuma Shadow Stalker SDS-C-801XH* 20-40# $119.99
Buy Description - Spinning Rods
Gulf Coast Series
Price
Okuma Shadow Stalker SSG-S-701M 8-17# w/Split Grip $99.99
Okuma Shadow Stalker SSG-S-701MH 10-20# w/Split Grip $99.99
Okuma Shadow Stalker SSG-S-701MH w/Full Grip 10-20 $99.99
Okuma Shadow Stalker SSG-S-701H w/Full Grip 15-30# $99.99

* PLEASE NOTE we can not ship 8 foot rods economically - FedEx and UPS have upped their rates and will no longer ship rods packed 96 inches and above without a huge surcharge (can be $120 and more to ship an 8 footer now).  We have a solution for most of CA, and are working to find another option, but as of 3/1 long rods can't be shipped without a huge penalty from the shipping companies.

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OUR STANDARD FREE SHIPPING POLICY FOR ORDERS OVER $150 APPLIES TO OKUMA TRAVEL RODS listed below. THERE IS NO ADDED COST FOR SHIPPING IF YOUR ORDER REACHES OR EXCEEDS $150 AND CAN BE PACKED IN ONE BOX.

Nomad Travel Rods

We've been getting requests from folks looking for good offshore rods, that can travel easily -  for years. Unfortunately, there really haven't been any produced that were up to snuff (with the exception of Penn's discontinued light line Travel Rods). There has never been an offshore capable travel rods made to fish the heavier line tests we're most apt to need, you know, the basic stuff like 20-50# class casting rods. They were not made. Well, Okuma created a series of travel rods that will make breezing through high security airports tolerable, cut "oversize" charges from the bill, and provide you with some quality gear that can deal with larger version saltwater fish. Remember all those times you went fishing at a distant shore, only to find the equipment deficient? Well, now you can come prepared! These are effective fishing rods for typical offshore fishing.

There are several unique features these rods incorporate for your advantage. The first thing I noticed is that these three piece rods come with an extra tip section! With the added tip, you can now fish two different line tests from the same rod. Or, you can change up your action to match your particular style for the day's fishing. Nice thought guys! Unlike many multi piece rods which simply won't stand up to the pressure a saltwater fish can provide, these rods use a European Spigot Ferrule connection between sections of the rod. This is stronger, and provides a one-piece feel when fishing. It's a bit harder to put the pieces together, but it's the right design for what we're doing here. You also get an ALPS aluminum reel seat. This is an expensive piece of rod building componetry, and is testament to the rods overall quality and sense of purpose. .

No more relying on whatever gear is at hand when you go on exotic fishing trips. With the Nomad Travel Rod series by Okuma, now you can pack your own rods with ease as you head out on ANY fishing adventure.

Essentially two rods in one, each Nomad Travel Rod comes with two separate tip sections that provide distinctly different actions, but through the use of the European Spigot Ferrule connection points, the rods have an accurate and true "One-Piece" feel and action.

Note: The triangular shaped ALPS seat used for these wonderful rods will not fit the standard Avet reel base on the SX and MX series reels - you will need to make use of their narrow reel foot, and that's an option.

FEATURED IN THE APRIL 2009 EDITION OF SPORTFISHING MAGAZINE!!!

Nomad Travel Rods Features:

  • 3-Section Break Down For Easy Travel
  • Two (2) Separate Tip Actions Per Rod
  • European Spigot Ferrule Connection For True "One-Piece" Rod Feel
  • ALPS 316 Stainless Steel Guides With Zirconium Guide Inserts
  • ALPS Two Tone Anodized Triangular Aluminum Reel Seat
  • ALPS Anodized Aluminum Gimbal With Protective Butt Cap
  • Water Resistant Zippered Travel Bag
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Nomad » Casting

Model Guide Length / Action Line Wt. (lbs) Number of Guides Sections Order Price
NT-C-663M-MH ALPS 316 SS Frame / Zirconium PVD Insert 6'6" - Medium / Medium Heavy 30~60 6+Tip 3+1 179.99
NT-C-703L-ML ALPS 316 SS Frame / Zirconium PVD Insert 7'0" - Light / Medium Light 15~40 6+Tip 3+1 179.99
NT-C-703M-MH ALPS 316 SS Frame / Zirconium PVD Insert 7'0" - Medium / Medium Heavy 30~60 6+Tip 3+1 179.99


Nomad » Spinning

Model Guide Length / Action Line Wt. (lbs) Number of Guides Sections Order Price
NT-S-703L-ML ALPS 316 SS Frame / Zirconium PVD Insert 7'0" - Light / Medium Light 15~40 5+Tip 3+1 179.99
NT-S-703M-MH ALPS 316 SS Frame / Zirconium PVD Insert 7'0" - Medium / Medium Heavy 30~60 5+Tip 3+1 179.99

 

Okuma Nomad Inshore Travel Rods

Okuma expanded their Nomad series to include some excellent inshore models featuring a split grip, OC9 Technology - offering increased durability from graphite blanks and carbon outer wrap. This construction is unique and proprietary in nature, and should be something well received by fishermen as time goes one. All models are 7 feet in length, all offer 2 tip sections for expanded application (example, Medium and Medium Light tips included) and all are 3 piece designs. The waterproof travel bag is of nice construction, and the rods ALL FEATURE European Spigot Ferrule design for added durability and the feel of a one piece rod. Excellent construction, excellent design and equally excellent value with these dandy products from Okuma.

The Okuma Inshores use ALPS components, with two tone blue and silver anodizing color, a trigger on the baitcasting/conventional rods and no trigger on the spinners (of course).  The ALPS guides feature Zirconium inserts for Spectra/braid friendliness and durability. The grips are made from cork for sensitivity and light weight. Nomad Inshore Travel rods are backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Jeeze these guys keep getting things right!

Model Rod Action Length Sections LINE WT. Guides Weight Price
CASTING RODS
NTI-C703M-MH MEDIUM TO HEAVY 7' 3+1EXTRA TIP 10-17
/12-20
9+TIP 6.9 OZ $149.99
SPINNING RODS
NTI-S-703ML-M MEDIUM TO LIGHT 7' 3+1EXTRA TIP 6-15
/10-17
9+TIP 7.0 OZ $149.99
NTI-S-703M-MH MEDIUM TO HEAVY 7' 3+1EXTRA TIP 10-17
/12-20
9+TIP 7.2 OZ $149.99
 
Buy Description Price
Okuma Nomad Inshore NTI C 703 M MH $149.99
Okuma Nomad Inshore NTI S 703 ML M SPIN $149.99
Okuma Nomad Inshore NTI S 703 M MH SPIN $149.99

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Nomad Surf

Okuma produces some nice surf rods these days. The blank material is made from a durable and light weight graphite with carbon outer wrap. Fuji K-Concept guides for safe super braid use and reduced wind knots.  The foregrip and rear grips have a shrinkwrap, X-Wrap, outer material for durable non-slip performance. All rods make use of Fuji's DPS reel seat, with European Spigot Ferrule Connection for a one piece feel. The rods offer a one year warranty and come in a hard tube. All rods are made for spinning reel use, and break down in four sections with a hard tube travel case. They travel at 32 inches.

 

 

 
Buy Description Price
Okuma Nomad Surf NTS-S-904M 10 to 25 lb, 9 foot length $199.99
Okuma Nomad Surf NTS-S-1004MH 15 to 30 lb,  10 ft. length $199.99
Okuma Nomad Surf NTS-S-1004H 20 to 40 lb,   10 ft. length $199.99

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Okuma Travel Rods
Xpress Series

Okuma introduced a new series of travel rods at ICAST in July 2013, and quite frankly by doing so convinced me not to produce our own very popular 30-40# class rod for the future. Ours did some things better in my humble opinion, made for a better dual purpose troller and caster, and with an extra section it also saved a few inches in traveling. But, Okuma did two things that I simply could not match. Given that they own their own rod factories, they can produce things at a much better cost - when it's in their interest to do so. Further, their rod factory is quite good, as demonstrated by the Makaira series rods. So, upon seeing the new Xpress rods I cancelled our order for the CharkBait 30/40.

Here's the run down on the Xpress Series: These are all three piece rods, seven feet in length, offering very good quality guides and blank construction. The Nomad series from Okuma makes use of better quality ALPS components, the Xpress series does not, the Nomad series rods also offer an extra rod tip in their package so you can cover an additional line class. But, take away those features and the cost drops, and it drops BIG. The new Xpress series rod run under $100! That's simply amazing in my book, less than what I can produce a rod for, and that's due to the size of this behemoth company. Okuma is a huge company, and when they decide to do something, they can indeed blow the socks of any other manufacturer in the sportfishing world. The rods all come in a nice storage bag for easy traveling.

There are two rod series within the Xpress line, inshore and offshore oriented rods.

Buy Description Price
Okuma Xpress NTX-C703M Conventional 20-40 lb $99.99
Okuma Xpress NTX-C703MH Conventional 30-60 lb $99.99
Okuma Xpress NTX-S703M Spinning 20-40 lb $99.99
Okuma Xpress NTX-S703MH Spinning 30-60 lb $99.99
Okuma Xpress Inshore NTxi-C 703MH Conventional 10-20 lb $99.99
Okuma Xpress Inshore NTxi-S 703L Spinning 8-17 lb $99.99
Okuma Xpress Inshore NTxi-S 703MH Spinning 10-20 lb $99.99

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Citrix Travel Rods

Okuma's Citrix Travel Rods feature IM8 Graphite blank construction for sensitivity and light weight. The rods are four piece and fit into a nice compact tube of about 24" length. They make use of a lightweight EVA split grip for reduced weight, with zero foregrip design for improved balance and weight reduction. Again, Okuma makes great use of ALPS stainless steel guide frames with Zirconium line guide inserts for use with both braided or mono lines. There's a Pac Bay Minima reel seat, anodized aluminum reel seat threads for strength and balance, a stainless steel hook keeper, and Okuma's limited lifetime warranty. For light line inshore saltwater and freshwater use, these are some very nice rods to own and use.

 

MODEL LENGTH LINE SECTIONS WEIGHT
CIT-C-724M 7'2" 8-17# 4 4.4 OZ
SPINNING
CIT-S-664ML 6'6" 6-12 4 4
CIT-S-724M 7'2" 8-17 4 4.3
CIT-S-724ML 7'2" 6-12 4 4.5
 
Buy Description Price
Okuma Citrix CIT-C-724M $119.99
Okuma Citrix CIT-S-664ML $119.99
Okuma Citrix CIT-S-724M $119.99
Okuma Citrix CIT-S-724M $119.99

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Stick Jacket

Fishing Rod Covers


The Stick Jackets are a little different than the typical fabric rod covers, or any other cover that we've come across. They are made from a tough polyethylene filament that's virtually impervious to salt as well as resistant to mold and mildew. The braided material behaves much like the old "Chinese finger trap" gripping your fishing rod for snug protection against unwanted damage to line guides and rod tips.

  • prevents tangled rods

  • easy push on/push off installation

  • protects rod guides & tips from damage

  • great for boat rod lockers and rod tubes

  • breathable & will not retain water

  • impervious to mold or mildew

  • lightweight

  • you can hang rods for storage using the tough gromet at the cover's top

  • abrasion resistant and UV resistant

While the manufacturer makes a few sizes, most are only suitable for freshwater bass rods. These very useful rod covers take good care of your rod, and I'll often make use of them to both protect my rods during transport, storage and while on the boat when some rods may be unused.  Once I get home, I'll spray both the rod with cover, and then remove the cover to dry and further clean up my rods.  They do a great job protecting the rods and they do not absorb moisture. Many of the products made by this manufacturer are too small for the majority of saltwater rods, however we stock four sizes that are quite suitable for our uses. These extend down to the foregrip or right above the reel seat. They do NOT cover the entire rod. Made this way they can be used with the reel on the rod.

Big Game 6 - skinny sleeve like the red one's pictured right. Fits rods up to 8 1/2 feet long and 6 inch circumference

Big Game 7 - skinny sleeve like the red one's pictured right. Fits rods up to 9  1/2 feet long and 6 inch circumference

Spinning - This is perhaps the most useful size for the majority of saltwater oriented rods with larger guides as may be used for say 50# and up. If the guides are tall, get this version or the Magnum. If you are running spinning guides, then this is what's required. Fits rods up to 7 1/2" tall and a bit over 7" circumference. Best choice for trolling rods.

Magnum - For rods up to 8 1/2 feet long with a 7 5/8 circumference. Best for larger rods, larger guides.

Do understand these are not rod sleeves made to cover the entire rod, they are made to provide protection primarily for the guides and rod finish, made to end prior to the reel seat.


 

Buy Description Price
Stick Jacket Big Game 6 black $7.99
Stick Jacket Big Game 6 red $7.99
Stick Jacket Big Game 6 blue $7.99
Stick Jacket Big Game 7 black $8.99
Stick Jacket Big Game 7 red $8.99
Stick Jacket Big Game 7 blue $8.99
Stick Jacket Spinning
 5.5 feet length black
$8.99
Stick Jacket Spinning
5.5 feet length red
$8.99
Stick Jacket Spinning
5.5 feet length blue
$8.99
Stick Jacket Magnum black $11.99
Stick Jacket Magnum red $11.99
Stick Jacket Magnum blue $11.99

 

 

 


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