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ICAST 2009 Coverage

Go small with Okuma's next generation compact baitcasters


Date: 7/17/09
Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission: Buyers & Press only
Manufacturer: Okuma
Reviewer: Team TackleTour

Introduction: Okuma may still be best known for their spinning and saltwater reels but the company has been making great strides in baitcaster releases in the recent seasons, and each new baitcaster has become smaller and more refined. At this ICAST Okuma has new releases that can finally be called "compact." 


The Serrano is the most compact baitcaster to come from Okuma yet


Serrano: It is hard to miss the Serrano, call it what you like but the reel looks lime green to us, and we like it. Once you get past the differentiated looking finish the Serrano really does have a slew of features that not only set it apart from Okuma baitcasters of the past but usher in a new design concept for Okuma, one that is more ergonomic with a greater emphasis on reduced weight.


The Serrano is available in both deep and shallow spools


The Serrano is actually designed for inshore applications and fishing in brackish water so the company went to great lengths to make the reel corrosion resistant. The reel features a rigid diecast aluminum frame with a special CRC (corrosion resistant coating) process that makes it extremely resistant to the elements. An aluminum side plate is used to hold the gearing in perfect alignment and the reel weighs in at 7.2oz.


Do you like the lime green finish of the Serrano? We do.

The Serrano is extremely low profile and compact and sits nicely on traditional reel seats and matches up perfectly with Okuma's own C3 Carbon Cone rods, which have a very similar color blank.


The reel matches up nicely with Okuma's own C3 rods


The Serrano has a massive 10+1 bearing count and makes use of precision Japanese ABEC-5 spool bearings, and the spool is A6061-T6 machined aluminum and anodized for corrosion resistance. The master gearing is machine cut from brass and the drag is a multi-disc carbonite system that delivers 11lbs of drag pressure.


The Serrano features a swept handle design


The Serrano makes use of a 8 position velocity control cast control system which is basically a self contained centrifugal weight system that can be adjusted with a rotation of the system's plastic housing.


Under the sideplate anglers will find the 8 position Velocity cast control system


To access this you must remove the sideplate which simply snaps down and out. This sideplate requires a pretty strong push downwards so you don't need to worry about it coming off unintentionally. The Serrano features a swept handle design similar to what is found on the Daiwa Zillion that allows the handle to be cranked closer to the body. At the end of the handle are two bearing supported barrel grips.


Simply rotate either direction to adjust the settings


There are two versions of the Serrano and both are 6.2:1 retrieve ratio. The SR-200 features deeper traditional spool for applications requiring more capacity while the SR-200W features a ported spool that Okuma call's their "Hi-Rise" spool. As you would expect with most Okuma products the company aims to deliver a lot of reel for not a lot of money and the Serrano is priced aggressively at only $169.99, combine that price with the fact the company backs the Serrano with a 3 year warranty and we are looking at a killer total value here. 


The attention to detail and anodizing on this reel is outstanding, this is by far the most refined baitcaster Okuma has built to date


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