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Reel Review

Okuma introduces their own Green Baitcaster and it is a good one, meet the Serrano


Date: 3/13/10
Tackle type: Reels
Manufacturer: Okuma
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 8.50 - BEST VALUE AWARD!

Introduction: Okuma introduced their new baitcasters last ICAST and since that time both the Serrano and Cayenne sibling reels have continued to gain momentum in the hands of anglers willing to give these low profile reels a shot. Okuma has always garnered a good amount of respect worldwide for their spinning reels and has become a popular brand for a number of their heavy saltwater and trolling reels over the last few seasons but when it comes to low profile baitcasters the company just hasn’t had the right product to compete with the other Tier 1 reel manufacturers… until now.


Okuma Serrano SR-200W Specifications

Line Capacity (lb/yds) 10/160, 12/130, 14/95
Gear Ratio 6.2:1
Line retrieve per crank 26 inches
Weight 7.2 oz
Bearings 10BB, 1RB
Additional Features ALC: Rigid diecast aluminum frame, CRC: Corrosion Resistant Coating process, Aluminum right side plate holds gears in perfect alignment, A6061-T6 machined aluminum, anodized spool, Magnum light spool on SR-200W for reduced weight, Heavy duty, machine cut, Dura brass gearing, Multi-disc Carbonite drag system, Micro-click drag star for precise drag settings, Precision Japanese ABEC-5 spool bearings, Quick-Set anti-reverse roller bearing, 8-position Velocity Control System, Easy change left side plate access port, Zirconium line guide insert, 3-year warranty program
MSRP $169.99


Okuma's highest end low profile baitcaster, meet the Serrano


Impressions: The first thing most anglers think about when they think “green baitcaster” is the Shimano Curado, but there have been other reels with green finishes and anglers can now add the Okuma Serrano to the list. The Serrano sports a much brighter green finish than the dark green Curado but has a profile more along the lines of a Daiwa. This baitcaster is the company’s smallest and most feature rich yet.


The Serrano makes use of an aluminum frame and handle side sideplate


The previous Okuma VS baitcasters represented a major advance for the company and made a statement that they were serious about low profile baitcasters. The only problem was the reel was heavy, somewhat bulky and still unrefined. While it did a lot of things right it felt like the reel was still chasing the competition in terms of both performance and ergonomics.  The Serrano and the slightly more modestly composed Cayenne bring Okuma right up to the forefront of lightweight low profile baitcasters and not only share the same profile but are obviously made from the same tooling. The Serrano being the higher end of the two incorporates some extra features that improve refinement and durability.


The reel finishes a two tone design and the green sideplates are striking


The Serrano sports a new look and Okuma outfits the reel with the components within to back up the reel’s aggressive looks. There are two versions available with different spools, the SR200 has a deeper spool which has a line capacity of 160/12lb. while the SR-200W (which we tested) has a ported spool and can hold 130/12lb. Both reels have the same 6.2:1 retrieve ratio and weigh the same at 7.2oz.


The reel pairs beautifully with Okuma's own C3 rods


Real World Tests: To test the Okuma Serrano SR-200W we paired the reel with an Okuma C3 rod and boy did the combination look sharp. The reel matches up very well with the lower powered rods in terms of design, color and even balance. We fished the reel with both straight mono as well as hollow braid with a Seaguar fluorocarbon topshot at a number of clear water lakes including Pardee and we concluded our tests targeting big fish at Lake Falcon, Texas.


The Serrano provides good access to the spool


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