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NY, NJ, CT, RI Edition
June 03, 2009
Volume 20 � Number 6

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Offshore Product Review
by Chris Grech
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Okuma Cavalla Two-Speed Reels

Okuma Cavalla Two-Speed Reels

You're going to need a tough reel when fighting powerful offshore gamefish. Pick up an Okuma Cavalla and you get an easy shifting two-speed lever drag reel that can handle just about anything you can throw at it. These reels come in four models from the smallest CA-15-II to the largest, and my personal favorite, the CA-50W-II. The 50W has gear ratios of 3.2:1 and a powerful 1.3:1, 4 ball bearings, weighs 54.9 ounces and retrieves 31 inches of line per crank in high speed and 13 inches of line in low speed. The Okuma Cavalla frame, side plates and spool are all aluminum. Maximum drag at strike with free spool of 35 pounds and the monofilament line capacity is 710 yards/50-pound, 600/60 and 420/80.

The Okuma Cavalla features 6061-T6 machined aluminum frame with forged side plates, heat tempered stainless steel main and pinion gears and helical cut stainless steel gears for extreme smoothness and gear meshing. Cavalla reels all feature two-speed gearing systems, forged aluminum Type-II anodized spool, CRC: Corrosion Resistant Coating process, carbonite drag system with Cal's universal drag grease, 4BB stainless steel shielded ball bearings and a double-dog proprietary silent anti-reverse system. Additional Cavalla features include 303-stainless steel drag cam with ratcheting drag lever for precise drag setting, patented T-Bar handle with Easy Roll graphite insert on all models, low profile On/Off clicker with stainless steel wishbone construction, precision stainless steel shafts and drag cam, open top frame design on CA-15II and CA-20II, spool bearing sleeve for precision bearing alignment and a forged aluminum reel foot and reel seat clamp. Parts exposed to the elements have double thickness anodizing. Check out for more information.

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