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Date: 5/12/16
Event Date: 5/12/16
Manufacturer: Okuma, Yo-Zuri, Cuda
Reviewer: Zander




Introduction: As part of the Marco Island Mangrove Madness event a number of the manufacturers introduced new products at a mini-show for the outdoor media in attendance. They took the opportunity to provide a first look at some of these products that will be officially introduced later this year at ICAST 2016.


Team Okuma, John Bretza and Davey Brown show attendees the latest Okuma products at the event


Okuma: We had a lot of time during the week to fish the new EVX rods from Okuma as well as the company's latest Inspira reels. In addition to these Okuma is going bigger with the new Komodo SS Series. As you might have guessed the "SS" stands for Stainless Steel. The new Komodo will be available in 350 and 450 sizes and feature a stainless steel main gear and precision machine cut stainless steel pinion gear, as well as a heavy duty stainless steel drive and spool shaft.


The Okuma Komodo SS is the largest and most robust Komodo yet


The 450 size makes the 350 size look small and is designed for handling big fish with a low profile reel. Okuma spent a lot of time developing the multi-disc carbonite drag system for maximum smooth pressure and is capable of doling out 30 lbs. of pressure, which is about 5lbs. more than the similarly sized competition.


The Komodo SS will debut the company's updated cast control system


Also new is the updated Velocity Cast Control system which features a 6-pin adjustable centrifugal cast control which should provide easier adjustment than the previous dial system. This new design will debut with the Komodo SS but will likely transition to the company's other baitcasters over time.


The 350 size was already big and yet it looks small next to the new 450 size


The Okuma Komodo SS 450 will be available in multiple gear ratios including 7.1:1, 6.3:1, and a powerful 5.4:1 retrieve, giving anglers a variety of options for both fresh and saltwater applications. Other features include 7HB + 1RHB bearings on the 450 size, a synchronized levelwind, and a on/off bait clicker. 


The new Okuma Metaloid is designed to deliver a lot of performance at a low price


Okuma will also be introducing a new Metaloid saltwater spinning reel which has been designed from the ground up to deliver extreme performance, durability, and reliability in harsh environments. This starts with a forged stainless steel main gear, precision machine cut stainless steel pinion gear, and a sealed dual force drag system.


Check out the reinforced shaft on the Metaloid


The main shaft on the Metaloid is reinforced and the main body, sideplate, and rotor are all constructed out of rigid diecast aluminum. The reel comes loaded with 6HPB + 1RB bearings and there is a dual anti-reverse system for maximum security. Each Metaloid is also treated with a corrosion-resist coating process for added durability. There will be three sizes available (55, 65, 90), and the smallest size has a 5.8:1 retrieve ratio, while the two larger sizes will have a slightly more powerful 5.4:1 retrieve ratio. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the new Metaloid is not an actual feature per say, but rather the low price of admission, which is only $189.99 to $199.99 depending on the size of the Metaloid reel. A great deal for a reel with this many robust features.


Yo-Zuri's new 3DB Crawfish has numerous features designed to better mimic genuine prey


Yo-Zuri: New from Yo-Zuri is the 3DB Crawfish which features a clever hook system which has a wire that looks like part of the crawfish holding the dual hook up in a more weedless yet natural looking presentation. The lure features a line tie located on the flapping tail that moves each time the lure is retrieved and jerked, giving the appearance of a crawfish swimming away in retreat. The claws are made of rubber and are slightly buoyant so they will stand up in a defensive position. These baits are extremely detailed, all the way down to the egg sac under the belly. Yo-Zuri designed these lures for clear water lakes where a more realistic looking and swimming crawfish can potentially deliver more strikes. This new bait will be officially introduced at ICAST and retail for $9.99.


Yo-Zuri will soon offer painted versions of many of the company's popular hardbaits


Also new is the introduction of painted versions of some of the company's most popular baits. Yo-Zuri has long been known for their transparent crystal series baits, as well as their foil finishes, but many pro anglers have been asking the company to provide their proven baits with painted finishes in popular proven colors. This season Yo-Zuri will do exactly that, and we can expect an entire lineup of new painted patterns to join the portfolio.


Cuda is taking their tools to the next level with their Professional Series


Cuda: The Cuda tool brand has always focused on performance, strength, and reliability and leverages a titanium bonding process which makes the steel in their tools up to 3 times stronger than untreated steel. They are designed for both fresh and saltwater environments and whatever the fishing application there is likely a Cuda tool in the company's lineup that already addresses it. I've used the company's shears and scissors in the past and they are among the best I've ever used for cutting everything from bait to braided lines.


The handles on the new tools feel extremely high quality and are very ergonomic


At the event Cuda introduced a new higher end "Professional" lineup with titanium non-stick coatings. These sharp looking blades are 5X harder than traditional steel, extra corrosion resistant, have a precision ground edge, and feature extremely ergonomic and highly durable Micarta handles. To finish each of the new blades they come with a hard molded sheath which is the perfect place to store your blades when not in use. These new Cuda Professional knives will be available in just a few weeks for $59.99-$99.99 depending on the blades and come backed with a lifetime warranty.










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