I just got back from academy returning my concept a for the 2nd time but this time I got my money back. I do not want any more 13 reels just because I have not had anything good with them. Im willing to spend about $250 for a new reel. I was feeling some of the shimanos and they feel good but I don't know anything about shimano. What reel do you guys recommend I get? I fish Port o connor all the time so preferably a reel that can stand up to the salt.
Not as impressed with Shimanos reels as I was in the prior year models. JMHO.
This reel is outstanding, though. Okuma has done a remarkable job of LISTENING to their product testers and making vast improvements. It is showing in their reels. Particularly the ones made to withstand the harsh salt environments.
The Komodo 273V is a beast of a reel and will do the job very well.
Other reels that are fantastic for the money are Lews Reels. The speed spools cast really well. People are really jumping on the Lews bandwagon, and for good reason. Great gear for the cash.
Stay away from reels that have magnesium parts. It doesn't mix well at all with saltwater.
I have a Komodo, and I love mine. Didn't cast as well as some reels, but better than others. Not a design flaw, it's just that my reel was packed with too much grease in the bearings. But I swap all mine out anyway for sealed ceramics from Bocabearings, so it's a non-issue. Now it spins too good, and I had to re-train my thumb.