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Okuma PCH Rod & Reel Pairings For West Coast Anglers

Each area and fishery has its own needs and styles for equipment and fishing techniques.  On the West Coast, California’s anglers have developed techniques that work for their diverse fisheries available to long range, local sportboat, private boat, and shorebound anglers.  Okuma takes great pride in building tackle, specifically for fisheries around the world, but especially for West Coast fishermen.

The PCH Rod Series from Okuma focuses on many of these fisheries and here are some top choices in rods and the reels to pair with them for maximum success.

PCH Inshore Rod Series

The Okuma PCH Custom Series Inshore Rods are the latest addition to a deep lineup of saltwater rods designed specifically for hardcore anglers.  The PCH Custom Inshore Rods were designed with the SoCal Calico Bass fisherman in mind.  Utilizing the latest in advanced technologies, these rods were built for the extreme conditions that the inshore fisherman face.

The PCH Custom Series Inshore Rods were designed with the latest technology and insight from leading inshore and tournament anglers from up and down the California coast.  The backbone to the PCH Custom Rods Unidirectional Fiber Reinforcement technology. This process blends unidirectional fiber over 24-ton carbon in the extended tip section of the rod to increase lifting strength and power by as much as 400%.  This technology provides for the ultimate in strength without sacrificing sensitivity so that you can feel even the lightest of bites.

The PCH Custom Series Inshore Rod lineup applies the UFR blank technology to six key models.  Two 7-foot 6-inch casting models include Medium and Heavy actions.  Two 8-foot casting models and two 8-foot spinning models come in Medium Heavy and Heavy actions.

PCH Inshore Rod Features

  • Extremely light weight and responsive 24-ton carbon rod blanks
  • UFR-II: Ultimate Flex Reinforcement rod tip technology
  • 3K-woven carbon outer blank wrap improves hoop strength
  • Features Fuji K-guide concept frames to reduce wind knots
  • PCH inshore models all feature Alconite inserts to reduce abrasion
  • Premium Fuji reel seat for maximum reel support
  • Custom cork and TPE grip configuration for comfort and durability
  • ALPS non-skid rubber butt cap ads comfort and protects your boat
  • All PCH inshore rods feature an oversized stainless steel hook keeper
  • PCH inshore rods are backed by a limited lifetime warranty
  • MSRP$189.99 – $199.99

The casting versions of the PCH Inshore Series Rods will pair perfectly with the Komodo SS for  for calico bass, yellowtail, white seabass and more.

Okuma Komodo SS Baitcast Reel

The Komodo family of low-profile baitcast reels has been the recipient of tremendous accolades. One of our favorites being from a 30-year veteran of big fish angling regularly referring to the reel as an “excellent value” or “best toughness and value I’ve seen.” This is no surprise. Komodo reels, featuring stainless steel gearing and drive shafts, along with amazing levels of drag output, take on the largest freshwater fish like pike, musky and salmon, along with the toughest inshore species like yellowtail, seabass and trophy calico bass, with a level of power and durability that is best in their class.

The selection includes two sizes, with options in gear ratios and handles to deliver the perfect reel for your big fish applications.

Okuma Komodo SS Baitcast Reel Features

  • Stainless steel main gear for ultimate power and strength
  • Precision machine cut stainless steel pinion gear
  • Heavy duty stainless steel drive and spool shafts
  • ALC: Rigid diecast aluminum frame and sideplates 
  • CRC: Corrosion-Resistant Coating process
  • A6061-T6 machined aluminum, anodized spool
  • Multi-disc high output Carbonite drag system
  • Micro-click drag star for precise drag settings
  • 350 size:  6HPB+1RB corrosion resistant stainless steel bearings
  • 450 size:  7HPB+1RB corrosion resistant stainless steel bearings
  • Precision Japanese ABEC-5 spool bearings
  • Dual anti-reverse for maximum reliability
  • Quick-Set anti-reverse roller bearing
  • 6-pin Velocity Control casting system 
  • Synchronized levelwind optimized for braided line
  • Zirconium line guide inserts for use with braided line
  • Available in both right and left hand retrieve
  • On/Off clicker for trolling, chunking or bait fishing
  • Komodo SS reels are backed by a 3-year limited warranty

PCH Custom Rod Series

“The PCH Custom Series rods are the lightest most responsive rod we’ve produced at Okuma”, says John Bretza of Okuma’s Director of Product Development.  It’s made of 24-ton carbon blanks and features our most advanced rod building technology and quality rod components.”

The PCH Custom Series Rods were designed with the latest technology and insight from leading fishermen around the country. The backbone to the PCH Custom Rods is the patented blank construction process dubbed Unidirectional Fiber Reinforcement. Owned by an Okuma engineer, the patented process blends unidirectional fiber over 24-ton carbon in the extended tip section of the rod to increase lifting strength and power by as much as 400%. This technology provides for the ultimate in strength without sacrificing sensitivity so that you can feel even the lightest of bites.

The component system on the PCH Custom Rods are all top notch featuring Fuji K-guides with Alconite inserts on the Medium, Medium Heavy, and Heavy models, as well as ALPS HXH guides with Zirconium inserts on the Extra Heavy models. All models also feature ALPS CAH reel seats. The 7-foot and 7-foot 6-inch models feature tapered TPE fore and rear grips and the 8-foot models feature tapered shrink tube for durability and comfort. All PCH Custom Rods also have an ALPS non-skid rubber butt cap to reduce deck slide.

PCH Custom Rod Series Features

  • Extremely light weight and responsive 24-ton carbon rod blanks
  • UFR-II: Ultimate Flex Reinforcement rod tip technology
  • 3K-woven carbon outer blank wrap improves hoop strength
  • M, MH and H models feature Fuji K-guides with Alconite inserts
  • XH models feature ALPS HXN guides with Zirconium inserts
  • All models feature machined aluminum ALPS CAH reel seats
  • 7′ and 7’6″rods feature tapered TPE fore and rear grips
  • 8’rods featured tapered shrink tube for durability and comfort
  • All PCH models feature ALPS non-skid rubber butt caps
  • MSRP$199.99 – $289.99

Another great SoCal rod pairing that is versatile for a variety of fisheries is PCH Custom Series paired with the Okuma Tesoro star drag reel.  These reels utilize the incredibly durable and smooth technology from the Makaira series which are proven big-fish reels.

Okuma Tesoro Star Drag Reel

The Tesoro star drag reels were designed with the latest technology and insight from the leading fishermen in the industry. The Tesoro features 6061-T6 machined aluminum frame, side plates, and spool as well as our MSS: Mechanical Stabilizing System for a zero flex platform keeping all key components aligned, and running smoothly. With its 17-4 grade, self lubricating, stainless steel helical cut gearing, and multi-disc Carbonite drag system bathed in Cal’s drag grease, this reel runs silent and smooth.

The Tesoro star drag reels packs its strength and technology into 5,  10 and 12 size reels. All three sizes contain five total corrosion resistant bearings that are bathed in TSI oil for the ultimate in free spool. The Carbonite drag system puts out a fish stopping 22-pounds of drag.  Both sizes of the Tesoro feature a high speed 6.2:1 gear ratio.

The key features on the Tesoro star drag reel include the CRC: Corrosion-Resistant Coating process to help defend against any corrosion build up. The Tesoro features an aluminum swept handle that reduces wobble while cranking and an ergo grip soft touch handle knob for all day cranking.

Okuma Tesoro Star Drag Features

  • High Speed 6.2:1 gear ratio
  • 6061-T6 machined aluminum frame, sideplate and spool
  • 17-4 grade stainless steel helical cut gearing
  • Multi-disc Carbonite drag system with Cal’s drag grease
  • CRC: Corrosion-Resistant Coating Process
  • Swept aluminum star for increased ergonomics
  • Anodized aluminum swept handle reduces wobble while cranking
  • 4BB+1RB corrosion resistant bearings, spool bearing with TSI oil
  • Ergo grip handle knob with anodized aluminum handle arm
  • Dual anti-reverse (mechanical and roller bearing)
  • XL Gearing: Drop down gear box
  • MSRP$299.99 – $319.99

PCH Custom Rail Rod Series

An exciting new rod from Okuma is the PCH Custom Rail rod series.  The timing couldn’t be better as West Coast anglers have been gearing up for incredible tuna bites the last few years.  Fighting big fish using the boat’s rail as a fulcrum is a “tried and true” SoCal technique and Okuma has built three models with that in mind.

Okuma has made being pinned to the rail a whole lot more fun with the new Okuma PCH Custom Rail Rods for 2019.

These rods were built with the long range fisherman in mind. With three models available, you will feel fully prepared about chasing giant tuna.

PCH Custom Rail Rod Features

  • Rail rods are 7’4” in 3 models; XXH, XXXH and XXXXH
  • Responsive 24-ton carbon blank.  Perfect for the death circle!
  • 3K-woven carbon outer blank wrap improves hoop strength
  • Extra long grips for fighting fish across the rail
  • Alps components for premium durability and functions
  • MSRP $269 – $289

The perfect pairing to tackle big tuna would be any of the Okuma Makaira Series reels.  Take the Makaira SEa Lever Drag Reel for example.

These reels paired with the new PCH Custom Rail Rod would be an unstoppable combination for big tuna.

The silver etched yellow fin tuna glistens as bright as the sea on top of the dark gun smoke anodized aluminum frame. This reel is as smooth as it is sleek with its Carbonite Dual Force drag system and its helical cut gears. Its over sized handle and lower low speed gearing versus the original Makaira serve up extreme torque for the Makaira SEa.

The Makaira SEa is a great edition to the already popular Makaira family which are all backed by a 5 year warranty.

Makaira SEa Features

  • Open spool bearings with TSI-301 oil. Increases freespool 2-1/2 times.
  • All non-spool bearings feature full grease pack for maximum longevity.
  • Features Special Edition Gun Smoke and Black anodizing.
  • SE reels will feature a yellowfin tuna etched into the side plate.
  • Frames have been machined out for increased clearance between spool and cross bars.
  • MK-8/10/15 will feature MK-20 size handle knobs.
    MK-20/30 features the MK-50 handle arm and knobs
  • New lower speed 1.3:1 gear ratio featured in 20/30 sizes.
  • 6061-T6 Machined aluminum frame with forged side plates
  • 17-4 stainless steel gearing 
  • Helical cut gears for increased torque, smoothness and improved gear meshing
  • Makaira reels all feature two-speed gearing systems
  • Cold forged, Type-II anodized, machined aluminum spool
  • CRC: Corrosion-Resistant Coating process 
  • Patented spool pin system for use with braided or mono lines
  • Carbonite Dual Force Drag system featuring Cal’s universal drag grease 
  • Custom designed thrust bearing: Alleviates side load on heavy drag settings
  • 4-pcs ABEC-5 precision Sapporo stainless steel ball bearings  
  • Double dog, proprietary silent anti-reverse system 
  • Ratcheting drag lever and drag cam for precise drag setting 
  • Patented T-Bar handle with Easy Roll graphite insert on all models 
  • Heavy duty stainless steel ratcheting clicker system
  • Heavy duty, 17-4 grade stainless steel drive and spool shafts
  • Type-II gunmetal anodized frame, side plates, spool, drag lever and handle 
  • Open top frame design on MK-5II, 10II, 15II, 20II, 30II
  • Lug and plug system on all open top reel models 
  • Machined thumb rest on rear cross bar for improved ergonomics
  • Forged aluminum, full hard anodized reel foot and reel clamp
  • Precision placement of drain holes maximizes water removal from reel
  • Special screw ports around side plate screws reduces water/corrosion buildup 

Take advantage of Okuma’s amazing pairings of PCH Series rods and any of Okuma’s matching reels for a winning combination for SoCal’s red hot fishing.  Don’t be out gunned on your next adventure!

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