First time I saw this reel, felt it, I was thinking $200-300. I was very wrong, Okuma is aggressive in building their share of the sportfishing reel business. These new reels are a bargain, but I’ll hold off on the particulars for a bit as we go over what’s so darn trick about these new reels.
Cosmetically, the new Coronado follows the design theme of Okuma’s best – their Makaira spinning reels. They are indeed nice looking reels but the beauty is more than skin deep. These are bait feeder design reels, allowing you to easily freespool a bait. The Azores from Okuma offers a non-baitfeeding type operation with some similar benefits as the Coronado. If you want the bait operation benefit of a baitfeeder, are looking for a capable but relatively inexpensive saltwater capable reel, this is very likely the piece for you. They’re great for a range of line classes depending on size, especially focusing on live bait fishing in the 20-50lb range.
|Model||Gear ratio||Bearings||Weight (g)||Line retrieve(cm)||Max drag force(kg)||Mono line capacity (mm)||Braided line rating|
|CDX-55||4.4:1||4HPB 1RB||550||82.6||12.7||0.30/320, 0.35/230, 0.40/180||245/50|
|CDX-60||4.4:1||4HPB 1RB||563||86.7||12.2||0.30/375, 0.35/275, 0.40/210||290/50|
|CDX-65||4.9:1||4HPB 1RB||822||106.0||15.3||0.40/300, 0.45/235, 0.50/190||315/65|
|CDX-80||4.9:1||4HPB 1RB||855||115.3||17||0.40/380, 0.45/300, 0.50/240||235/80|