opinions on Metaloid 12ii

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  1. steelfish

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    hey guys

    I already own a Makaira 15SEA and love it, but now Im interested on get to my wife an Andros 12ii or 12Nii (I would use it mostly), but just checked the specs of the Metaloid 12II and are the same than Andros but lot cheaper, since this reel wont see as much action as the Mak15, Im looking for real world opinion on this Metaloid reel, it could be over the 12ii or 12nii

    thanks in advance

    PS: I know it wont be the same than Mak15 but a least expecting to be a really bang-for-the-buck reel from Okuma
     
  2. clevel

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    I got 4 different models of Okuma reels. You just cannot go wrong with it.
     
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    When I was in the market for such a reel, I was looking at the fathoms, and a buddy mentioned the metaloid. I asked a couple captains that I know, and the steered me to the metaloid. The fathoms have more drag (advertised) but with 34 pounds at sunset, that's more than plenty. They both confirmed the drags are smoother, especially when hooked up to a larger fish. I bought the metaloid, but unfortunately it's still a fish virgin not counting rock fish.
     
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    Normslanding I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Great bang for the buck.
     
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  5. steelfish

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    which model do you have?
    I slowly been changing my reels to okuma, sold the lexa and got me a komodo, sold the fathom 40LD2 and got me a Mak15, now I get one on the size of trini16 and debating on the andros 12n or metaloid 12n, I know andros its a better reel hence the $90 dls difference, but I dont plan to use it that much so, I might go with the metaloid but havent read many opinions on it



    nice, this is good, I already had a fathom and eventho I love penn reels, I just didnt felt it that good with 25# at strike, it had some resistance on the handle that I found it annoying and sold it, what model of metaloid did you got?
     
  6. MAG0121

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    I have both Metaloid and Andros models. The thing that bugs me about the Metaloids is the drag cams. When you engage, there is virtually no apparent drag until you are 90% pushed towards "strike." It's impossible to get a low level of drag out of this reel - it's all or nothing. The Andros, on the other hand, seems to ramp up the way it should. If you have it set for 12lbs of drag at strike, you can get 6lbs when half way there, whereas on the Metaloid with the lever half way to strike you'd still feel like you were pretty much in free spool (~1lb drag).
     
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    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Alex,

    Are you looking to push the Metaloid to #25 of drag?
     
  8. steelfish

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    no, I was talking the reason I sold the fathom 40ld2 and got me a mak15SEA, the mak is the reel I push to 25#strike, but as you said, I normally use the lever half way of the ramp and push the lever all the way to strike with good size groupers here in Gonzaga Bay.
    my plans for the metaloid or andros is to use it on 15# drag strike that will give me 18/20# full
     
  9. MAG0121

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    For consistency at those drag numbers, I'd certainly go with the Andros!
     
  10. steelfish

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    well, I was always considered that reel as my 1st option but wanted to ask opinions for the metaloid.
    thanks for your honest opinion
     
  11. SouthBayKiller

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    Got it. I've never fished the metaloids, just curious why you ruled out the fathom. Personally from a cost/benefit perspective, in my opinion the fathoms are the top of the heap.
     
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    I got the 12II that you are asking about.
     
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    Okuma has the new drag cams in stock. Give them a call and they will hook you up!!
     
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    I have a Metaloid 12ii. So far my biggest fish on it is a 55 lb WSB.
    No regrets on buying it,I would buy another one.
     
  16. TEAMFISH

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    yes they do, got one for my Metaloid 5 and it made all the difference. The 12 should be no different as far as improving the drag curve
     
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    The 12II is one of many Okuma reals I own. I beat the hell out of it last summer and it never missed a beat. It was a schooly tuna slaughtering/jack poling machine and a few 70pb BFT were boated with it as well. No problems.I used it to throw jigs and seemed pretty comfortable doing so. On larger fish I do wish I had the new drag cams because I ran into the ooops! one click to many and POP a few times. I'll be converting by 5s and 12 for sure.
     
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    Agree....and you forgot to mention the “Thrust Bearing” which is a Game Changer for me....Dont get me Wrong I am an Okuma Guy though :-) .... for the OP if Money is Not a Problem.....ANDROS is the Better Choice than METALOID...
     
  19. steelfish

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    Money is always a problem, but I can wait few months more till save enough for buying a better reel, just repeat the formula when I got me a Mak15
     
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    Cool.....for the Money, Reliability, & Performance.......MAKAIRA’s are the one of the Greatest Reel in the industry right now! It set the New Bar of what an ULTIMATE REEL should be, (Reel Guru ALAN TANI did an Extensive Reviews of Makaiara visavis other known Brand Reels). Some say second only to Accurate and Next to None....I used to have a Mak10SEA as my 1st Heavy Set-Up with BlackHole Challenger Bank Rod...and they are a Beast!
     

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