Gear Review

Equipment Review: Okuma releases Tesoro Star Drag reels for 2018

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Aug 10, 2017

Utilizing the latest in technology to create functionality, durability and strength


The Okuma Tesoro Star Drag reels feature the newest technology among a growing list of battle proven reels in the inshore and offshore market.

Today’s anglers want the lightest, strongest reels possible with enough capacity to overcome the largest of fish. The Tesoro reels utilize advanced technologies to create both exceptional feel and rock solid durability.

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 forged, then machine cut 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 new patent pending gear system offers additional stabilization to reduce wobble, improving both gear and drag performance.

“With the popularity of braided lines taking over the offshore market, we designed a reel that is compact, yet offers extreme line capacity,” stated John Bretza, Product Development Manager. “Its lightweight design, smooth and clean cosmetics, combined with basically the same internal workings as the proven Makaira lever drag reels, the Tesoro will become a staple in the inshore and offshore market, and something we are proud to call Okuma.”

The Tesoro star drag reels packs its strength and technology into 10 and 12 size reels. Both sizes contain five total corrosion resistant bearings. The spool bearings are bathed in TSI oil for the ultimate in free spool and maximum casting performance. 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 allowing you to gather 46” of line with each turn of the handle at full spool.

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.

The Tesoro star drag reels are available at an MSRP of $319.99 and are backed by a 3-year warranty.

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