Okuma Makaira 10000 - Spooling Line to Adjusting Drag!

Scuba Chris

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  • May 17, 2016
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    Kapolei, HI
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    Christopher Takahashi
    Boat
    Christina Ann
    Okuma Focuses On The 4D's! Design! Drive! Drag! Durability!

    This is my DREAM RIG! I've wanted a Makaira Spinner since they were announced by John Bretza at iCAST 2016. I still had my 3 Stellas at that time so couldn't afford another solid built heavy hitting spinning reel then. Since that time i've researched what i could find on Okuma's Makaira Spinners. Read all the reviews. Followed all the social media fishing groups. When i was convinced that the Makaira was the spinning reel i was looking for i ended up selling off 2 of my Stellas (and gave the smaller JDM away).

    I realized i shouldn't believe everything everything out there until one of my Maui buddies came over to dive & fish with me carrying a Makaira 20000 on a PCH Rod. Yup, he hooked me big time! We were hooking small to medium sized Yellowfin Tunas "Ahi" at the buoys. What a BEAST of a reel! The rest was history. I now have my very own Makaira 10000L Spinning Reel!

    From my research most agree the beast rod to compliment the Makaira (yes, beast) was a 1pc PCH Rod also by Okuma. Both pieces were just over $900 including line. Now my dream became reality! So in this presentation i'll cover 2 things.

    1) How to remove the spool. Sounds simply? It wouldn't "unscrew" off due to the Drag Set Knob being restrictive in its functions.

    2) To fully understand the "lever drag" drag settings involving the Drag Set Knob in conjunction with the Drag Pre-Set Knob.

    It's a lot easier to instantly understand these functions once the line was added. Otherwise you're only fingering the spool. I was suppose to have received these items a year ago but the COVID issue changed that. I've ordered a 2nd spool from Okuma. It's not on their website or price list but it can be special ordered if you call the Parts Department.

     

    Shon

    Fish til I can't fish no more
  • Jan 21, 2014
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    Redondo Beach/ Mammoth
    Name
    Shon
    Boat
    Pac Voyager/Vagabond
    Thanks for that! I’m buying one in a month and I’m really excited after watching your video on how to set it up.
     
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    Brittaneyjani
    I just bought The okuma makaira 20000 bail touches the spool when opening bail? Am I missing something here?
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    hucklongfin

    Deep release specialist
    Jul 3, 2003
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    MarkT
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    Blazer Bay 1860
    I have the Mak 20k and like the way the drag works. I turn the knob to point to 10 and treat that as strike... and like a lever drag I set it with a scale so I know what I have. When on 10 the other end of the knob is pointing to 0 so it's easy to spot. Mine's full of 80# braid with a 100# leader.
     

    Shon

    Fish til I can't fish no more
  • Jan 21, 2014
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    912
    Redondo Beach/ Mammoth
    Name
    Shon
    Boat
    Pac Voyager/Vagabond
    I have the Mak 20k and like the way the drag works. I turn the knob to point to 10 and treat that as strike... and like a lever drag I set it with a scale so I know what I have. When on 10 the other end of the knob is pointing to 0 so it's easy to spot. Mine's full of 80# braid with a 100# leader.
    Do you use your for tuna? Wahoo? I’m thing 50# spectra for tuna popping and wahoo bombs and jigs.
    Thanks
     
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    I first used my friends Mak10 jigging the buoys for small Yellowfin Tunas using straight 50lb braid. For Wahoo i'd FG a mono/fluoro leader on that.
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    hucklongfin

    Deep release specialist
    Jul 3, 2003
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    MarkT
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    Blazer Bay 1860
    I got a nice Wahoo on it with a bomb. I haven't seen any larger Tuna that would take a popper on the fall 10 days. I have it on a Black Hole Cape Cod Special 80g. For the standard fall Tuna I've been using the TwinPower 14k on a BH CCS 86n... they've been no challenge. I caught a few YT too.