If you’re looking to take the plunge into the world of inshore jigging, casting plugs into the rocks or chasing exotics this fall, then you might want to take a look at the Inshore Cedros from Okuma. This high-speed spinning reel is specifically designed for saltwater fishing with high-density, corrosion resistant gearing, a powerful Dual Force Drag System and a Mag-Alloy aluminum body and rotor that simply will not flex under strain. This alloy gives the same strength and rigidity of die cast aluminum but offers a surprising reduction in weight.
The Cedros is made to get you into the inshore game without breaking the bank, while also offering all the bells and whistles of reels with much heftier price tags. One of the things you’ll really appreciate is the Dual Force Drag system. This carbon drag system is fully sealed and puts out between 33 and 44 pounds of drag resistance, depending on the model.
The Cedros is smooth as butter with its six – count them – six high performance stainless steel ball bearings that keep this inshore workhorse spinning effortlessly, even under a heavy load. There are two anti-reverse systems on this reel too, the quickset version and a backup, just in case something goes wrong with the first one.
The 4000 and 6000 models boast a 5.8:1 gear ratio while the 8000, 10000 and 14000 carry a 5.4:1 which translates to a lot of line piling onto the spool with minimal effort. The 4000 features 35.4 inches per crank, the 6000 gathers 39.8 inches, the 8000 features 40.9 inches per crank, the 10000 ups the ante to 44.1 and the 14000 stacks 45.8 inches of line on the spool with every turn of the handle. This will come in handy when putting the screws to a big fish, fast-cranking jigs from way down deep or skipping tins and Snax for albies and bonito.
At the end of the day, the Cedros family is a sweet little lineup of reels that can get you into the game for pennies on the dollar compared to other reels in its class. With sticker prices set between $155 and $187, you really can’t go wrong. Stop by your local Okuma dealer today or check them out at www.okumafishing.com.