The KK I paid $50.00 forMy fishing buddy and I both bought left-hand retrieve Okuma Coldwater reels, loved them until they both failed within a year---the lever that makes freespool stopped working on both our reels. We replaced them with Daiwa Lexa line-counters, which seem to be MUCH better made, smoother and more robust. Have caught a number of kings with the reel, very very smooth drag and fit the hand very nicely. Holds plenty of 30# braid. As for rod---we pretty much run downriggers 90% of the time, so have gotten a couple cheap 10 1/2 ft Shimano TDR rods ($40 at Sportco) that are heavy but seem to do the job just fine. I also use the 10 1/2 foot Lamiglas G1312T rod with good result---swapped a Kenai Killer for it, there are no 50-60# kings around here, so the Killer was superfluous.
They really are something special to be had for a very long time.I just told my wife they were lifetime rod/reels for my kids. Don’t tell her otherwise!
I put the line on, fished it a couple days, then parked the boat for 2 weeks. Next time I got in it ,the reel was broke, I put the line on too tight apparentlyWell yeah, that's a Shimano. I was talking about the Diawa's
I gotta know though, how did that happen?