Okuma releases new Tesora saltwater spinning reels
The new Tesoro saltwater spinning reels from Okuma, previewed in a major feature in Angling International earlier this year, have been released.
These powerful, purpose-built reels are aimed squarely at the growing big game sector, having been designed to tackle tuna, trevally, silver kings, marlin, striped bass and other big bruiser species.
The fact that the Tesora can be fully submerged in a metre of water (without handle rotation) for 30 minutes and remain bone dry is testimony to its resilience, says Okuma.
And John Bretza, the company’s Director of Product Development, has this assurance for retailers: “There’s no need to worry about your customers experiencing reel failure when backing down on large pelagics or when a wave crashes over the gunnel, as these reels remain impervious to these conditions.”
Among its many battle-proof features, the Tesoro has Okuma’s Alumilute body, sideplate and Cyclonic Flow rotor construction. It is further equipped with an oversized brass main gear and brass pin and the carbonate high-output drag system puts out up to 55lb of fish-stopping power.
The Tesoro has a corrosion-resistant titanium spool shaft that reduces flex and weight and ensures spool alignment under the heaviest of drag loads.
Okuma now has five models in the Tesoro line-up, the 6000, 8000, 10,000, 14000, 18000 and 20000. The three smaller sizes feature high-speed gearing at 5.8:1 with retrieval of 49 inches of line per turn of the handle, while the two larger sizes have a 4.4:1 gear ratio and pick up close to 42 inches of line per handle turn.
“There’s simply no fish too large, too powerful or too determined to outmatch the Tesoro,” says Bretza.
And there’s another Tesoro coming soon. Watch out for the 4000 model, designed for die-hard shore anglers, hitting the market in mid-2024.