Why Use Level Wind Reels w/Line Counters?

Scuba Chris

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  • May 17, 2016
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    Unboxing The Cold Water CW-453D Star Drag Reel From Okuma!

    The Cold Water series is truly one of the gems of Okuma. I just received 2 of these reels for trolling the shorelines for Jacks to Tunas & Wahoo. Before in the 70's i used Level Winds to strategically place my lures using the engine's white wash to hide the presence of the main line to the fish while cruising down to my dive spots.

    I plan on doing this again on my friend's dive boat this year. Okuma's Cold Water Reels has the max drag to high line capacity storage on the larger units to accomplish my goals. Just got to spool both reels and finish my lures. I'm concentrating on shoreline applications & then jigging the buoys. This is a good synopsis of this reels capabilities and useful features.

    Cold Water CW-453D by Okuma
    Bearings- 2BB & 1RB
    Gear Ratio- 4.2/1
    Line Retrieve- 26"
    Max Drag- 20lb
    Weight- 21.8oz
    Retrieve- Right
    Line Capacity- 580/20(0.42), 430/25(0.48), 330/30(0.55)


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    Deadlift500

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    I lost a big fish the last time I used a level winder, it was someone else's I borrowed and the braided line went snap right at the level wind rectangle very soon after the jig strike :(
     
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    mike mitchell

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    Jul 25, 2017
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    There is a place for level wind reels with line counters. That place seems to be here in Monterey. They are all over the place.
     
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    Because of safety issues, long ago manufacturers went to a synthetic pawl gear to prevent an anglers finger from being crushed ( or worse) between the pawl and frame if it unfortunately gets in the way. Under a heavy load that pawl gear is designed to fail. Levelwinds have there place, offshore maybe not.
     
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    AKSalmon

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    Sold my Parker. You can find me on the Red Rooster.
    FYI: The idler gear--typically located in the left side plate -- is plastic; the pawl--in the one guide and running over the worm gear -- is metal.
     
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  • Dec 5, 2007
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    You are correct AK, that’s the gear I was referring to. I used the wrong terminology. Thanks for the correction.
     
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