75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Okuma ABF 40
This is one of the finest reels I have bought in recent years. Right out of the box I was impressed with the smooth action and sturdy craftmanship. I originally bought this reel for my son since his saltwwater Shakespear couldn't handle the saltwater, but after seeing the reel, I ordered one for myself as well. I was afraid the reel might be to small for the Snook,...
Published on September 23, 2010 by brian marino
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money
I bought the ABF 50 last year, used it for one week, then used it again for less than a week this year. The reel completely froze up and when I opened it up to see what was wrong it turns out the gears are ground down completely rendering this useless. I understand that this is not a top of the line reel, but any reel worth making should last more than two weeks.
Published 8 months ago by Rigolaf
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Okuma ABF 40,
This is one of the finest reels I have bought in recent years. Right out of the box I was impressed with the smooth action and sturdy craftmanship. I originally bought this reel for my son since his saltwwater Shakespear couldn't handle the saltwater, but after seeing the reel, I ordered one for myself as well. I was afraid the reel might be to small for the Snook, Redfish, and Trout we regulary fish, but after seeing the reel firsthand I have no fear and I would even use it for tarpon. Another great feature is the fact the reel only weighs 16 ounces, but it is definately built strong. The baitrunner switch is an awesome feature that allows for my son to set his pole down without fear of losing it to a big hit. The feature works by freeing the spool, but it still has enough tension to tighten the line and it is adjustable. The other nice thing is that it clicks as the line goes out, so you hear the fish testing out your bait before the big hit. This feature is a definite plus if you do any bridge, beach, or pier fishing. We will be testing it out again this weekend at Matlacha Pass and I am hoping that my Okuma comes in before then. I would definately reccomend this reel to anyone fishing saltwater or even fresh water.Okuma Avenger ABF40 Baitfeeder Spinning Reel.
51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABF-90,
ABF-90 has the biggest spinning reel spool on the market PERIOD! I have this reel for a year now, and in only used in saltwater here in FL. My biggest catch on it was a loggerhead turtle with an impressive size of a jetski - over 200lbs easy! It was a hole pier fishing show when hocked, and the fight was on for an hour straight. Many people that looked at my setup said that the real will broke or that the rod will snap - non of that happened. It toked two people to fight it, and finally we release the beast after bringing next to the pier. My setup was Okuma ABF-90 with 30 Lbs braided line, and 15Ft SLS1503MHFS daiwa surf rod. This setup also got me a 42 inch snook of the beach in a 4-6 minutes fight. Big reel, good price and reliable - BUT - MAKE SURE YOU WASH THE REEL AFTER EACH USE IN SALTWATER OTHERWISE LIKE ANY OTHER REEL WILL BROKE VERY VERY FAST!
I didn't washed one time my reel after few hours of surf fishing and the handle got stock in the main gear. At that point i thought that the real is toasted. I mean i still could use it, but i couldn't take it apart for maintenance service, but after calling Okuma, everything was fine. They sent me 100% FREE the handle and the main gear. When i said 100% FREE i mean FREE SHIPPING to. The conversation on the phone was very pleasant no question asked, not even from where i got the reel, or for how long i have it. Great warranty coverage, hassle free customer service people (quick and knowledgeable). If you are on a tight budget, as my self, then you should probably consider Okuma reels for the price and warranty coverage. I'm not really sure about other brands, but for this price range and warranty that you get, you probably won't get a better deal.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT reel for saltwater fishing,
I've been using the larger ABF-60 for the last 3 seasons. We fish often, saltwater and brackish estuaries, and it has plain out performed the Penn Captivas and Spinfishers that we have always really liked. Just better built - I think Penn has fallen into resting on their reputation, and not nearly the quality control in their (Chinese?) factories. But these Okuma's are lights out for smooth action and easy maintenance. I'd put them up against much more expensive gear anytime. I got this smaller version of my reel for the wife, and it is obviously has the same quality and engineering as its big brother. She is going to love it.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT REAL,
A great reel at resonable price I fish the piers and beachs of north east florida at leat two days a week with two nine foot rods for the past ten years. Of the half dozen different reels I used this reel is the best buy along way.
32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secondary drag very useful,
I started using baitfeeder spinning reels (reels with secondary drags) for salt water fishing. I found them extrememly useful for many reasons: letting a fish run with the bait, letting line out in a controlled fashion, setting a lighter drag to cushion the initial hit while trolling, etc. I found myself using the reels for fresh water as well, but they were all too big. The Okuma ABF-20a is is the only reel I found with a secondary drag that comes in a size small enough to be comfortable for normal freshwater fishing. I was hesitant because it was such an inexpensive reel, and I like good tackle. For my primary reels, I use the Daiwa Certates which are astonishing, but I was very pleased when I got the Okuma. It is not a great reel; it is not as smooth as more expensive reels, but it is solid, well-balanced, and does the job very well. It has a very good infinite anti-reverse. If you are not too picky about your tackle, I think you will be very satisfied with this reel as your main reel. If you are picky about your tackle, you probably won't want this as your primary reel, but it is still a great tool to have for situations where a secondary drag would prove useful. It was a very good purchase for me.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reels for the money ABF 40 and ABF 30,
This ABF 40 is great. Baitfeeder system, 7 bearings, very smooth, good drags, well built, 4000 size, clicker, plus an extra spool, all for under $40 total from Amazon. By the way that is about $30 less then Cabelas want for the same reel and then you have to pay shipping and tax. Liked it so well out of the box ordered an ABF30 the next day. Reason ordered next smaller size is the ABF 40 looks a little large on 6 1/2 foot med action rod.
Fish for large bass and cats using large minnows and perch. Use Okuma troling rod/reel combo fishing deep waters. Untill now, was just loosening the drag on spinning reels till there was little to no resistance when fishing skinny water and running baits under floats. Wanted to have spinning outfits with the baitfeeder system for fishing skinny water. The bait-feeder works great can adjust the drag on it to your likeing without changing the front drag. Have caught several fish on it and the bait-feeder and drags worked perfectly. The clicker is not as loud as the ones on the trolling reels but will get your attention from the other end of the boat. In addition, can cast almost 2 country miles with the reel using 30 lb Power Pro braid.
ABF 30 arrived a few days after ordering. Size wise, a better fit for 6 1/2 ft rod. Has every bit of the quality features as the ABF 40 plus the extra spool and functions just as well. Have caught several fish on it also and in spite of its smaller size it handled a 15 lb channel cat with ease. Gave rod and reel a good workout. Like it so well ordered another ABF 30. May order another ABF 40 later on too.
In short, great reels for an incredible price.
Ok, it is July 28 of 2013. Have a total of 7 Okuma bait feeder reels now, four size 30 and three size 40. Have worked great, smooth, with good drags that have landed many fish. The reasons we have so many of them.
Recently ordered and received a Cabela's Pro Guide spinning reel size 30. Out of the box the bail did not want to engage if opened too close to the kick in point. A bad thing to me. The Okuma ABf 30 that received the next day, much smoother kick in for the bail at that point. Could not believe that a reel designed for for live bait fishing had a smoother action then one designed for casting lures. Go figure!!
January, 26, 2014
Just order another Okuma ABF 40 to go with a 7ft one piece MH Ugly Stick that I purchased yesterday. This will make the 8th Okuma ABF reel that have mounted on an Ugly Stick since the first review. 6 outfits are mine the other 2 are my wife's
They have proven to be a great combination for large cats, 10 lbr+, and large bass, 5lbr+, using live or cut bait. They have held up great. Have taken 4 of them apart to clean and grease this past week. Upon opening could see there was no dirt or grit inside and the gears and shift were in good shape. All I did was add a dab of grease here and there and put them back together. Still working smooth as new.
Note: if you take one of these reels apart be aware that there is a wedge shaped spring under the Select lever for free spool that may pop out when you take the side cover off. It goes back in under the lever with the 2 points facing to the left. If you loose it you will be out of luck for a while.
By the way, a big box store had the Okuma ABF 40 yesterday for $49.97 plus 6.75% tax. Amazon $37 and change plus free shipping.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars solidly built, don't forget about releasing drag tension,
Have used this product for about a month and a half now. Midwest fishing - muddy rivers, farm ponds, etc. Have the 40 sized reel, purchased through amazon, seemless process from purchase to delivery, everything went as planned. This reel is used for cut bait/live bait fishing for catfish - flatties and channels. Have it set up on a 7 ft catfish ugly stick, spooled w/15 lb Yozuri hybrid line. This reel is heavy, quite a bit heavier than similar sized shimano/quantum reels it is replacing, but you don't buy this type/size reel for making 100 casts a day. It handles 1-2 oz sinkers and sunfish without slipping, built very solidly. The drag works great - just don't forget to release the drag tension - okuma is a little more touchy when it comes to this - you put it up tightened down, you may regret it. The bait feeder option works great, even in rivers you can set it to hold up against current with heavy bait and still allow a run. The main drag is a beast as well, have caught several channels in the 14-19 lb range and this rod handles them well without the flexing so many people worry about from composite/graphite reels. Okuma products are built sturdy. Mind your drag and this one will give you several seasons of fun. Have over 50 fish on it now, still working as new.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Okuma ABF-90 Spinning Reel,
This is a great reel especially for the price. It holds a lot of line. This is the biggest spinning reel i've ever seen. I put 500 yards of 40lb. power pro braided line on this and it will still hold more. I combined this with an okuma 15 foot surf rod. one could catch a 100lb. plus fish with this rod/reel combo. i love the option for freeing the spool. i would definately recommend this reel.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorit reel,
This reel became my favorite. the bait feeder funtion is sooo awsome. I can lay my pole down on the rocks and don't have to worry about the fish taking my rod. it also makes clicking noise when the fish takes it, nice when you are doing something else. baitfeeder actional also lets you release little bit of line so that you can cast when you reeled it in too much. ABF-40 was little too big but I attached it to my 12 foot whippy stick and I use it for float. I am purchasing ABF-30 for cast and retrieve action pole. will use it on 9 to 10 foot pole. all I can say is this is the best reel I have purchased. I only spend average of $50 per reel.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the baitfeed option,
I purchsed this reel, the ABF50, after looking for a spinning reel that has a "clicker" and I already have an avenger 15 without the baitfeed that I really like. My first impressions of thie reel is it is well constructed but not heavy, the fit and finish is also very good. I paired it with an Ugly Stick catfish rod and 30 pound braid. It easily casts the heavy weights and baits I use catfishing and is capable of very long casts. The balance of this reel is superb! no excessive vibration at all and it stacks the line perfectly on the spool. The bait feeder works very well. Simply flip the switch and adjust the rear drag to get the tension the way you want it. This is especially nice in rivers with current, you can adjust the baitfeeder to hold in the current yet still slip when a fish takes the bait. A quick turrn of the handle and the baitfeeder switches off instantly and the main drag kicks in. It easily handles catfish up to 30 pounds. It would probably handle bigger fish but, I have yet to catch anything over 30 on it. And when you consider the low cost of this reel, it makes perfect sense to own one. If you read reviews of people saying it's junk because it has no anti-reverse..They are probably not disengaging the bait feeder before they set the hook.
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Okuma ABF-50 Avenger Baitfeeder Spinning Reel (15lb/280yd) by Okuma Fishing