The Okuma Azores Saltwater Spinning Reels are designed specifically for saltwater fishing. These reels come equipped with precision click drag adjustment for more precise settings, as well as a dual anti-reverse system for maximum security. These reels will hold up well during any saltwater angling expedition.
DFD: Precision Dual Force Drag system
Multi-disc, carbonite and felt drag washers for DFD
Quick-set anti-reverse roller bearing plus ratchet system
Precision machine cut brass pinion gear
CRC: Corrosion-resistant coating process
HDGII: Corrosion-resistant, high density gearing
ALC: Rigid diecast aluminum body, sideplate and rotor
MSS: carbon mechanical stabilizing system
Precision elliptical gearing system
Machined aluminum, 2-tone anodized spool with LCS lip
I own 2 4000s and one 6500. I've caught thousands of striped bass on my 40s as well as flounder big bluefish and weakfish. I also run a guide service and these are the reels I set my customers up with. My 1st has been around for 3 seasons and going strong. I used to be into van staals and this will catch the same fish no problem. The reals do close on the cast and I've remove the bail from my 6500 because I bought that one to try and pop tuna. Also sometimes if you don't pay attention the line will wrap around the top of the spool at the start of the retrieve. But other than those two minor problems the reals are solid and last and can't be beat in that price point by any reel I've seen on the market there isn't even a close comparison in that price point these reels are a solid as my van Staal 150s and shimano stellas
ProsSolid and can last seasons and catch seriously big fish.
ConsLine lay problem at start of retrieve Bail closes on the cast
February 17, 2020
This reel is solidly built and performs great. I would recommend for any saltwater application.
ProsGreat casting distance Handles braid well All aluminum body
ConsPrice point is a bit high
Great reel great price
January 31, 2020
Okuma is a great brand and a great reel. The drag is strong and smooth casts and works great.
ProsCheaper then a shimano and better
ConsHaven't found any yet
Bail me out
December 8, 2019
After casting you need to manually close the bail. I?ve never had a reel that didn?t close itself by turning the handle. Almost wondering if something is missing. Other than the bail issue everything is good
ProsStrong drag. Very smooth reel
ConsThe non selfclosing bail is a bummer
Eastern Shore, Md
December 23, 2018
Looks like a great inshore reel for the lower Chesapeake Bay area.
Nice and affordable
July 7, 2018
Very nice reel at a good price . Would recommend to anyone looking for a good saltwarer reel Tight lines to all
Absolutely Love It!!!
January 19, 2018
I purchased the 65 for party boat fishing in Southern California and the real has not let me down!!! I have caught Dorado, Yellowtail, Rockfish, Sand Bass, Calico Bass on this reel. It's stopping power is amazing and for the price it hard to find a better reel. I will be adding 2 more of these to the rotation.
Auckland, New Zealand
November 4, 2017
I have used this reel for jigging and popping, for around 2 years now and absolutely nothing wrong with it. Great amount of drag, torque and rigidity for winching in those big fish. Best priced reel I have ever used!
ProsTorque, rigid, lots of stopping power (drag).
January 16, 2017
This reel is built to withstand a beating, yet affordable.
By George W.
June 17, 2016
The reel I have been using with 6 to 8 ounces of weight in 80 ft of water Handles it with no problem,very good drag system
ProsNot too heavy for its size.
Okuma Azores, my new favorite reel!
July 14, 2015
If you fish saltwater this is a must have.I have the 65 on a 7ft XH Tsunami trophy jigging rod. It's a perfectly balanced smooth combo and ican't wait to wear out some tarpon or monster snook with it!
May 18, 2015
good reel for fishing with heavy artificials. it is not too expensive and its a good value.
What are the significant differences between the Z-40 Azores and the Z-4000 Azores besides the color? The added line capacity is the only difference "on paper". Heavier duty parts? Internal support system? Size of size the bearings or drag disks?
Besides the color the only difference is the line capacity with the 4000 having a larger line capacity.
Submitted by:Rebecca Redington on September 2, 2019
Most Helpful Answer
from Northeast Florida asked:
October 2, 2017
I am looking for a multi-purpose saltwater spinning reel. I will use it for live bait tarpon fishing and jigging for amberjack. I like this reel because it does high drag. Which size should I get, the 65 or the 80?
I think the 65 size would be sufficient so long as you are using a braided line. You'd be able to fix approximately 300 yard of 80 lb. braid on the reel.