June 27, 2016

Gear Review Opportunity 3/30/11 – Time to Fish

It’s time to do some fishing with this week’s Gear Review Opportunity.  This week’s rods and reels come to us from Okuma ~ High Performance.  Some of you will be familiar with Okuma as a reliable, lower price point reel, and you would be right.  They are known for good value priced reels.  What you may not be aware of is the range of products they offer, and the quality of the products.  I have been a fan of Okuma products for years.  If you think that all Okuma has to offer is the lower end value priced rods  and reels, here is your opportunity to try some of their better products.  And  – I DO know what I’m referring to, from experience.  On a bonefish trip to the Bahamas a couple of years ago, I landed 16 bones to 9 pounds with an Okuma Epixor spinning reel, and saw a few other reels – generally regarded as top of the line – blow up.  On my trip to Alabama last week, 2 of the rods I took along were Okumas, and they performed flawlessly.  Here is your opportunity to experience the same quality I’ve come to rely on.

There are 6 items up for grabs this week.  they are:

2 Okuma Trio High Speed Spinning Reels.  From the website:

Okuma innovation advances rapidly within the Trio spinning reel’s revolutionary Crossover Construction platform. Taking the best of aluminum’s strength and graphite’s lightweight handling, Trio delivers an intelligently designed, agile and rugged performer for all freshwater and inshore saltwater fishing applications. Available in both standard gearing and high-speed models, Trio elevates every spinning reel experience with motivating design that’s fun to fish and advanced performance you’re proud to own. Featuring a full complement of Okuma technology including our powerful Dual Force Drag, EOS elliptical oscillation system, HPB high performance bearings and CRC corrosion resistant coating process, the Trio again resets the standard of consumer value in spinning reels.

Trio Spinning Reels Feature:

Multi-disc, Japanese-oiled felt drag washers
DFD: Dual Force Drag system
9BB + 1RB stainless steel bearings
Quick-set anti-reverse roller bearing
Precision machine cut brass pinion gear
CRC: Corrosion Resistant Coating process
HDGII: Corrosion resistant, High density gearing
Crossover aluminum and graphite hybrid body design
Crossover aluminum and graphite hybrid rotor design
EOS: Patented Elliptical Oscillation System
Hybrid spool design with graphite arbor and aluminum lip
ADC: Aluminum Drag Chamber precision spool system
Rigid, forged aluminum handle design
Hydro Block water tight drag seal
Heavy duty, solid aluminum, anodized bail wire
RESII: Computer balanced Rotor Equalizing System
Trio spinning reels are backed by a 1-year warranty
The retail value of these reels is $75 – $90, depending on the size of the reel.

Next on the agenda are2 Okuma Citrix Baitcast reels.

Bold, in both design and its 7.3:1 high-speed gear ratio that’s available in both right and left hand retrieve, the Okuma Citrix makes an aggressive statement by itself, and even more so when paired with a matching Citrix rod. The bold strength of Citrix’s Alumilite construction frame, A6061-T6 spool and multi-disc drag is tempered by the smooth handling of an eight bearing drive system, micro-click drag adjustment and ergonomic swept-in handle. Need to gear down for brute strength? Citrix is also available for right-handers in a gear ratio of 5.4:1.

Citrix Features:

ALC: Rigid diecast aluminum frame
A6061-T6 machined aluminum, anodized V-shaped spool
Multi-disc composite drag system
7BB+1RB bearing drive system
Micro-click drag star for precise drag settings
External adjustable centrifugal cast control system
Quick-Set anti-reverse roller bearing
Graphite side plates on both sides
Easy change palm side plate access port
Ergonomic handle design allows cranking closer to body
Zirconium line guide inserts for use with braided line
Available gear ratios: 7.3:1 and 5.4:1
7.3:1 gear ratio available in left hand retrieve
Citrix reels are backed by a 1-year warranty
Retail value of this reel is $119.00 


The final offering from Okuma this week is 2 Okuma Citrix Baitcasting rods

Can you remove all evidence of weight in a fishing rod while still delivering its’ power? Fish an Okuma Citrix bass rod and the answer becomes yes. High modulus graphite blanks set the stage for Alps guides with braid-ready Zirconium inserts. EVA foam split rear grips are feather light and comfortable while the Pac Bay Minima reel seat is barely there. Securely mount a matching Okuma Citrix low-profile baitcast reel or Okuma spinning reel with the precision and strength offered by a custom aluminum threaded cap and the rod disappears as the combination’s balance centers squarely in the hand.

Citrix Rods Features-

IM8 graphite blank construction
Lightweight EVA split grips for reduced weight
Zero foregrip design for improved balance and weight reduction
ALPS stainless steel guide frames
Zirconium line guide inserts for use with braid or mono lines
Pac Bay MINIMA reel seat for reduced weight
Custom anodized aluminum reel seat threads for strength and balance
Stainless steel hook keeper
Citrix rods are backed by a limited lifetime warranty
Retail value of this rod is $119

(NOTE – the rods available are BAITCASTERS)


Finally, we are proud to offer to our bloggers 3 assortment packs of Fish Creek Spinners.  “Why are we proud to offer these”, you ask??   Because these spinners are made by John Delaney, and he has been with us here at the OBN since our emergence.  I’ve wanted to do something to promote John’s spinners and company and, now that Spring is inevitable, we really ARE  proud to offer these assortments.  Trout fishermen, early season river folks – here is your opportunity to try some great spinners.  Each assortment is valued at $18.75.    THANK YOU, John, for your generous offer.  John also writes a blog that can be found here on the OBN.  Click to link to  Noise on the Line.  Check it out!

As with the previous offerings with multiple items up for grabs, you need to let us know which of the products you would be able to put to the test.  Simply include Trio Reel, Citrix Reel, Citrix Rod, and/or Spinners in the body of your comment.

Before you pull that comment trigger: Gear Review Opportunity is open to OBN Members with an Active Blog on the Outdoor Blogger Directory. By Commenting on this Entry you confirm you have read the Reviewer Guidelines and agree to the terms and conditions. Comments will be accepted until Sunday at 5 p.m. MST. Winning comment (s) will be selected by the Random Number Generator and announced this coming Monday on the OBN. Please check back to see if the RNG has shined upon you, we don’t track down winners…



  1. 1

    Wow I have actually been trying to get my hands one of these… I use several of the other Okuma reels but have a problem with the strength in the base… would love to try this one out!!!!

  2. 2

    Put me down for any and all of it! I am totally qualified for this one! Not like that turkey hunting one.

  3. 3

    Spinning reels I can put through hell and back. Put me down for that.

    No use for baitcasting equipment or spinners. I don’t fish like that.

  4. 4

    why not! hook me up.

  5. 5

    I won’t even put my name in for this, since I just reviewed a Shimano reel for OBN. I will tell you that all of my reels except for my striper trolling rod are now Okumas. They are strong, fairly responsive, take a beating better than the equivalent $20 or $200 reel, and by God, I can actually afford them!

    If you haven’t fished one, I encourage you to throw your name in the hat!

  6. 6

    Count me in for everything!

  7. 7

    I love fishing “Stuff”. I am always excited to give new “Stuff” a test. Put me in for the Okuma spinning reel and John’s Fish Creek Spinner assortments. Eastern Idaho ‘s fish better be on the look out for some more “Stuff” this season.

  8. 8

    Put me down for the whole bunch!

  9. 9

    I’ve been looking for some new spinning/baitcasting gear. Count me for it all OBN!

  10. 10

    I could give that spin reel a pounding… or the lure assortment, they look like they could excite a trout.

  11. 11

    I’d love to put any of these through a test and they’d certainly be well-used :) Put me in for everything.

  12. 12

    Put me down for the Citrix reel Citrix rod and the trio reel!

  13. 13

    Time to cast and set the hook, all in for all…

  14. 14

    Put me in the mix for the Okuma spinning reels.

  15. 15

    Put me in the running for any/all – Trio Reel, Citrix Reel, Citrix Rod, and Spinners.

    I fish all four seasons of the year, and with any equipment you can think of. Come hell or high water I will put whatever I win to the test!

  16. 16

    Finally a gear review opportunity I can do. It’s been a dry spell with all the hunting gear as of late.

    I’m in for the Citrix rod and Citrix reel. I don’t need a spinning reel or trout spinners.

    Thanx, guys!

  17. 17

    Count me in for everything! It’s fishing time!

  18. 18

    I am ready to go for all reviews this month. Spinning, baitcast, and spinners are all up my alley.

  19. 19

    Sign me up! I’ve been meaning to try an Okuma for a while , but was afraid my Pfleugers would get jealous.

  20. 20

    Sign me up for the Trio Reel, Citrix Reel, Citrix Rod. I could test any one of those as the water opens up here. River fishing in another week looks like a possibility.

  21. 21

    I’m in on the baitcasting rod and reel!

  22. 22

    Oh, count me in. I would like to try out any and all of these items!!

  23. 23

    Put my name in the hat for all of them. Thanks.

  24. 24

    Put me in for the spin fishing rod and reel and the spinners. Awesome.

  25. 25

    Simply include Trio Reel, Citrix Reel, Citrix Rod, and/or Spinners in the body of your comment. YES PLEASE! Looks like an awesome selection of gear. I promise to put it through the paces and give it a fair comparison to my existing (walmart special) rods and reels…

  26. 26

    put me down for the Trio reel and the spinners.

  27. 27

    Ooh, Ooh, pick me, pick me!!!

    Put me down for the Trio Reel, Citrix Reel and Citrix Rod!

  28. 28

    Count me in Mr. RNG!

  29. 29

    Sign me up for all.Trio Reel, Citrix Reel, Citrix Rod, and those spinners, too.

  30. 30

    All the Okuma’s for me.
    Trio Reel, Citrix Reel, Citrix Rod

    Almost didn’t see this one.

  31. 31

    I am in for the whole group. Shine RNG Shine.

  32. 32

    I remocve r.b.wright’s reality and substitute my own! GO RNG GO! OWL FOR THE WIN! I’m in for everything. I’ve got a feevah and the only cure is MORE BASS!

  33. 33

    I’m in for the Okuma Trio High Speed Spinning Reel.. Not much for bait casters around here..

  34. 34

    Count me in for everything. I know some willing fish that would help out the review.

  35. 35
    Matt Sipe says:

    count me in for the TRIO spinning reel and the Rod (if a spinning reel is compatible)

  36. 36

    Don’t you just love this time of year when you can go through all your fishing gear and decide oh, I need to replace this and this and this and that.

    Gotta love it! Happy fishing everyone.

  37. 37

    You know what, on second and third thought, put me in for the Baitcasting Rod and the Okuma Baitcasting Reel also. I think this may be a good fit for Steelhead and Salmon fishing opportunities for me. So I am good for all “the Stuff” on this go round. Thanks to Okuma and John over at Fish Creek Spinners.

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