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100% Recommend this product (19 of 19 responses)
By Eric
Newark, Delaware
Makaira 20II
September 2, 2021
I bought this reel as my second setup for tuna fishing. My first setup uses an Avet EX 30/2. So I am able to do a direct comparison. Both reels are very solid and well built. Even though the Avet is a size 30 and the Makaira is a size 20, they are roughly the same size. The Makaira actually holds more line but comes in about an ounce lighter. The major difference IMO is that the Makaira is a more refined and smoother reel than the Avet. You really can't go wrong with either one, but I do believe the Makaira is worth the extra $100.00 due to the smoothness and slightly better fit and finish.
ProsBeautiful reel with excellent fit and finish.
ConsNot really a con, but these reels (Makairas) are big for their weight class.
By Jim
Great Upgrade from Older Okuma Titus Gold
January 13, 2021
I have been a user of Okuma reels for years. This reel is a great improvement over my Titus Gold 50Wlls. I understand that Tiberon was the partner in the design of the Makaria line. The overall fit and finish is excellent. The feel and heft of the new 50WII is also first class. Line capacity and drag is comparable or better than other major entries in the 50w class. The reel weighs less than its competition and carries a five year warranty. Timely shopping can bring this feature-packed reel into the price range of many off-shore anglers. Tackle Direct had the reel in stock and shipped it promptly. I will update this review when I can put this reel to use of the NC coast.
By Chuck
160 miles SE Port Aransas
Makaira 30 II
November 20, 2020
I’ve fished yellowfin tuna for several years with this reel as my go to for free spooling black fin tuna bait with a 3”x3” chunk on a weightless on a 9/0 circle hook. This year I reeled in a 91 pound and 86 pound yellowfin within minutes on it. I watched others take 30 plus minutes to reel in the same size fish with a bigger reel and get their butt kicked when the fish gets close to the boat. This reel with a 6 foot okuma Makaira heavy rod can’t be beat in my opinion for this type of fishing. I even used it for trolling 2 years ago and caught a 135 pound beast. It took 45 minutes to land but when clicked into low gear near the boat, I it brought the beast into the gaff.
By Ben
Las Vegas
Mak15ii built like a tank
July 17, 2018
I only go charter boat in San Diego, got the Mak15ii and it is overkill for yellows, I am hoping to catch something bigger soon.. Otherwise I just winch them yellows to the boat easily, the smooth drag and dual speed make it very capable avoiding sharks and seals. Looking to get the Mak16/Mak20 when I do more than 1.5 days
ProsLike they said, built like a tank and customer service is the best.
ConsLittle Heavy if you?re a wimp
By Josh
South Charleston, OH
June 1, 2018
I have been wanting one of these reels for years never had got around to getting one though. So I finally pulled the trigger and ordered one when I got the reel it was just what I expected got it 2 days earlier than what I was suppose to tackle direct does a great job with shipping I have to add. I spooled this reel with 100lb mono for a topshot and 1000 yards of 100lb power pro braid for backing....and the drag oh my goodness the drag so smooth and very very strong 85lbs of drag on a 50w is insane in my opinion cannot wait to get some sharks on the beach with this beauty of a reel.
Pros85lbs of drag Line compacity Great looking reel
ConsAbsolutely nothing
By Jonathan
Singapore, Singapore
Best Lever Drag 2 Speed Reel
May 4, 2018
I own Accurate DX2, BX2, Shimano Talica II and Okuma Makaira and I would rate the Makaira as the best. An absolute tank with such a smooth and consistent drag and enormous cranking power. This reel does not disappoint. Once you've used this, you wouldn't want to touch Accurate and Shimano again.
ProsGreat Design Smooth and consistent drag enormous cranking power.
ConsLimited colours
By Lipton
Unexpected quality
December 22, 2017
This reel lived up to the raving reviews given by anglers on the west coast as a tuna slayer. Fit and finish is great. Line capacity is perfect for tuna under 200# (500yds 65# spider wire plus 25yds of 80# fluorocarbon). Had drag set at 22# full but never had to push it past strike to land several 75# class Louisiana yellow fin.
ProsSuper smooth drag. Tbar offset handle. Smooth shifting between low and high rear while under heavy drag. 4.7 to 1 high speed gear ratio.
ConsA little heavy when compared to an Avet LX and HXJ. Reel seat clamp does not screw into reel frame. I prefer that design. The drag curve is very steep so it limits the range of drag settings.
By Gregory
Demarest, NJ
Okuma Makaira
November 22, 2017
Okuma Makairas hold up to the test, some of the best reels on the market.
By Gregory
Manasquan, NJ
Great Reel
November 19, 2017
Great reel, 2 speed and the power to crank on big game like giant bluefin. Best 130 on the market
By Leon
Thomasville, Nc
November 28, 2016
I purchased 2 Barrett shark rods . I asked Peter Barrett for his reel recommendation . Peter stated he owned 2 Makaira 80wii on his personal rods so I bought one . This reel is extremely powerful and can land large fish . Very large fish . It gets the sharks in before they are to far gone to recover and released .
ProsWill winch in 10 foot tigers ! It looks amazing
By Jason
Singapore, Singapore
fantastic bulletproof reel
May 15, 2016
this reel only downside is the hefty weight because its been overbuilt
By Vince
Long Island, NY
The Mighty Monster.....
February 12, 2016
That's what I call this 10II, it is perfect for those tough fighting fish without the size and weight of the larger 30's...
ProsLight Weight Tough Build 2 Speeds Great Handle Ultra Smooth
ConsSeat doesn't fit all rods.
By Ken
Millburn, NJ
The best
May 12, 2015
In my opinion, the Okuma 30/50 is the best reel in this size class. The drag is ridiculous, and is super smooth. Having fished extensively with Avet, Penn and Tiagras, these reels take the cake. They are worth the few extra dollars.
By Brian
lake worth , florida
good reel
January 27, 2015
this has lasted me a while and it's a great reel !
By Edward
Bellaire, Texas
Solid Reel
September 9, 2014
This reel felt like a tank when I picked it up. It is very solid, tough, but it is also very smooth. Great drag system (the new double drag system). Very beautiful design as well. My only complaint is that the Makaira 10 was a little heavy and wide for its class. Other than that is was absolutely perfect.
ProsDependable Doube Drag System Sturdy Nice Cosmetics Very low gear ratio for that extra torque Great 2 Speed system
ConsLow Line Capacity Wide spool Heavy for its class
By Billyboy
Bar Harbor, ME
Best 80WII on the market
February 6, 2013
Ive been using these reels the past season bluefin and shark fishing. These reels are the cats pajamas- drags work perfect under stress and heat and don't get hot like my avets. Used to fish some penn 80stw reels and these babies outperform in terms of flawless operation, smooth drags and ergo handle. Thumbs up to Okuma- they spared no expense on the design of this reel. Cals reel grease and carbon washers come standard. Best reel for offshore currently on the market.
ProsBuild quality, two speed button, operation of reel handle and smooth drag
By gary
maddington, western australia
October 8, 2012
I have been Marlin fishing with several reel brands at the same time and find these reels to be lighter than most with no substitute for strength, everything feels good under power and all in the right place. They got it all right.
Prosfunctionality A1
Conscolor and coating finish could be more classy
By Elias
Crete, Greece
A good reel at a good price
August 6, 2012
A very good reel, at a reasonable price. Satisfactory capacity (MK-50II), very good handle, can be used with braid or mono lines, I truly recommend it.
ProsPositive feeling during the fight Durable drag system loud clicker Durable metal construction
ConsIt could be a litle bit lighter
By Roland F.
Makaira Reels
June 26, 2012
I currently have a Makaira 10,20,and a 30. These reels are absolutely awesom! The drags are so smooth and they just feel solid! Having caught multiple Tuna, Amberjack, and everything else with them I am sold in their reliability. Okuma has set the bar with these reels and yes I also own Tiagraa but I can honestly say these reels surpass Shimanos in quality and performance!
ProsSmooth Operation Great Freespool Heavy but butter smooth drags
ConsOnly thing I dislike is that I don't have more of them!

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