First Look at Okuma's Coronado Bait-Feeder Reel!

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    How Does This Coronado CDX-65 Spinning Reel Function?

    Years ago i purchased the Okuma Trios-65 Baitfeeder from Sports Authority. On the first day using it i hooked 2 hard fighting Eagle Nose Rays. That reel easily handled those Stingrays. So my friend Robert Nguyen asked me to do a review on the Coronado CDX-65 Baitfeeder. He said for some reason it's not as popular as the previous Trios line though it's incredibly improved since the Trios first appeared.

    Robert was right! I looked at the stats & it's way above the Trios in almost every category. So i ordered one and it arrived today. I didn't have to study much as i'm getting used to using Okuma products. I decided to spool 65lb Eminent Braid by Soft Steel, stats say it should take 320yds. If any fish can strip out 3 football fields of line it deserves it's freedom.

    I'm thinking of going out to collect live Mangrove Crabs for my live bait. In terms of sheer power the Coronado 65 has a higher max drag rating then the Trios 65. I'll match it up w/a Cedros 11'/12' Surf Rod. I used to add a short top shot of monofilament by using a modified Albright Knot. But after a year i rarely had to cut the top shot down, only the fluorocarbon leader due to external abrasions. So i decided to go all braid & will run a slightly longer Soft Steel leader of Stretchable Fluorocarbon. That fluoro realy does stretch though not as much as mono. It's abrasion resistant (so far) and boast knot strengths of 17-30% stronger when tied compared to line strength.

    Update:
    I've used it on a 12' Longitude for spinners. The #65 braid did well for that 12' rod (also would work well on a 13'). Didn't catch anything that day, it started to storm so shot back to my car. If you want to use mono then i recommend the largest size reel for the 12'/13' rod as you can get more line on it. I feel a 10' rod would be better for the smaller sized spinner using 40/50lb braid or 20lb mono.


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    kimbo

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    Used mine all of last year, handled yft up to 30# school grade bft and decent yellowtail all day. Bought it for my daughter but took it on a few offshore trips. Dinner on a spinner! Great reel at a great price. Only upgrade I would like to see would be a stronger reel foot ,aluminum or some type of metal, to get rid of the slight flex.
     
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    Cubeye

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    Used mine all of last year, handled yft up to 30# school grade bft and decent yellowtail all day. Bought it for my daughter but took it on a few offshore trips. Dinner on a spinner! Great reel at a great price. Only upgrade I would like to see would be a stronger reel foot ,aluminum or some type of metal, to get rid of the slight flex.
    How well does it "free spool"? Can a sardine easily pull line off the reel with the bait feeder engaged?
     
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    kimbo

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    Works fine for sardines. Dont know if an anchovy would pull line. My daughter uses hookup bait with it, 5/8, drifts away with current.
     
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