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ICAST 2009 Coverage

Go small with Okuma's next generation compact baitcasters (continued)


Cayenne: For those looking for all the ergonomics of the Serrano but don't need all the corrosion resistance features the Cayenne is basically a freshwater version of the Serrano. Featuring a very similar profile the Cayenne drops in bearing count to 8+1 but still makes use of precision ABEC-5 spool bearings. 


The Cayenne is basically a freshwater version of the Serrano


Like the Serrano the Cayenne makes use of an aluminum frame and right sideplate paired with a graphite quick release spool access plate. The Cayenne is finished with grey and red highlights and the more conservative motif will match up with just about any bass rod, but hey we still like the green used on the Serrano. 


The Cayenne is also small and compact and weighs only 7.2oz.


The Cayenne features a 6.2:1 retrieve ratio and is also available in both a deep and shallow spool version. The spools are machined aluminum and are anodized red. This reel is braid ready and has a zirconium line guide insert. There is virtually no back play in the handle of the Cayenne as it makes use of a special quick-set anti-reverse roller bearing. 


A closer look at the ported "High Rise" spool


At the show we paired the Cayenne with a number of rods and the combination of the compact footprint and low profile make this a very easy to palm little reel. It weighs in exactly the same as the slightly more refined Serrano at 7.2oz. Unlike the Serrano the Cayenne comes with a industry standard 1 year warranty. 


The Cayenne will retail for $139.99 which is 30 dollars less than the Serrano


Conclusion: The latest Okuma reels look and feel a lot more compact than the previous generation baitcasters from the company and are noticeably lighter and easier to palm. Of the two new reels the Serrano is the one that really caught our attention. With more refinement and the ability to fish in harsh situations the Serrano delivers more total value, especially when you consider the three year warranty, that in itself is probably worth the 30 dollar premium over the Cayenne. Still we know the lime green paint finish isn't for everyone, but hey at least it stands out in the sea of baitcaster "sameness." Okuma had a lot more at the show and we will explore their saltwater and hybrid spinning reel releases in the next segment of Okuma's show coverage. 










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