Okuma unleashes four new low profile baitcasters, and yes... there are lefties
Introduction: Okuma had a great showing this ICAST with a complete
assortment of new reels and rods addressing both freshwater and saltwater
categories. In addition to the "buff" Makaira we covered yesterday the company has introduced
four brand new low profile baitcasters for bass anglers.
Meet Okuma's newest low profile
baitcaster... the Citrix
Just four months ago Okuma's Serrano baitcaster
won our Best Value Award and proved that performance doesn't always have to come
with a high price. While anglers that prefer cranking with their right hand
quickly adopted the Serrano those anglers that prefer a lefty reel were out of
luck. The single biggest complaint about the Serrano was a lack of the left hand
retrieve, and though the market is bigger for right handed baitcasters the
chorus from the lefty community sent the message to Okuma loud and clear. This
time around the company made sure to build each one of their four new low
profile baictasters in both left and right hand retrieve.
Okuma's Citrix next to the popular
Citrix: Kicking things off is the new
Citrix which is the highest end of the for new reels yet is positioned below
the already very affordable Cayenne. This new reel showcases Okuma's direction
in baitcaster design which is smaller and lower. The Citrix has a diecast
aluminum frame and graphite sideplates on both sides, just like the Shimano
Curado. The spool is machines aluminum and the reel is loaded with 7BB+1RB and
weighs in at 8.4oz.
The Citrix features an
aggressively styled profile
Again learning from the feedback from the Serrano
Okuma wanted to make the handle longer and the knobs larger for greater grip and
winding leverage. Note that the Serrano will also be getting these larger knobs
moving forward as well.
All metal knobs/handles and an
aluminum frame and graphite sideplates make up the Citrix
The Citrix is available in 7.3:1 and 5.4:1 gear
ratios and the 7.3:1 version will be available in left hand retrieve. The drag
system is a multi-disc composite system capable of delivering 11lbs. of drag
The Citrix sits very low on reel
The Citrix sits very low on reel seats and the
compact profile makes it very easy to palm. When it comes to cast control the
Citrix features an external adjustable centrifugal cast control system. This is
a nice upgrade from the Serrano and makes adjustments on the fly quick and easy.
The Citrix makes use of an
externally adjustable centrifugal cast control system
All Citrix reels come backed with a one year
warranty and perhaps best of all is that Okuma is offering this feature packed
reel for a very aggressive price of only $119.99. If your looking for a rod to
pair the Citrix reel up with look no further than Okuma's own Citrix rod line.
These rods not only match the reel cosmetically but are designed to balance out
well with these new reels. The Citrix rods feature IM8 graphite blanks, light
EVA grips, split grip design and ALPS stainless steel guide frames with
zirconium line guide inserts. The new rods will retail for exactly the same as
the reels for only $119.99 which means an entire combo will retail for only 240
dollars, which is around the range of many competing reels just on their own!
The Citrix reel and Citrix rod
together make a great looking combo
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