First off this brand has taken off and are absolutely destroying the competition. The Makaira lineup put out a tremendous amount of drag throughout all the reel sizes allowing you to put the brakes on big fish with a reel 1-2 sizes smaller than other brands. I fish the 50WII SEa and have 720 yards of 130# hollow and 100 yards of 150# mono. I use this as my flatfall set up. This reels puts out 65# drag at strike and 85# at full. These numbers aren?t even heard of in other brands and the ones that are putting this much drag out are doing so in there 80W and 130 size reels. Bottom line if you?re looking for a two speed reel then Makira lineup is the way to go.
ProsDrag Cranking power (gear ratio)
June 26, 2020
Smooth and powerful drag, incredibly smooth gear mesh under load. Much better than my Avets.
ConsHelp me think of one.
May 26, 2020
I dont think I have ever felt a better reel!!! Its built with best possible components and its drag is ridiculous! I have almost every top of the line reel and this one is best of all the rest. Talicas have a ton of side load but the makaira completely eliminates it! Dauntlesses have a little bit of side load but still doesn't come close to the makaira.
ProsIts not just built like a tank, this is a tank!
April 14, 2018
I have the Makaira 50 paired with a United Composites Invictus and believe me when I say this reel can handle some unbelievable fish! The drag leaves me speechless and the casting, for a larger reel, is smooth as butter! Iâ?™;ve put it through the test with some big cows behind San Clemente and so has my wife!
ProsSmooth Casting Excellent Drag
ConsLimited colors depending on your reel choice
January 12, 2018
super sweet reel. nice sized reel with lots of power. I bought these after using my friends. I had to get some for myself
No flies on this reel
August 18, 2017
I used to think Okuma reels were total junk, but that was 20 years ago, and I admit they have come a long was! This reel is a premium high performance machine. If I could give it six stars I would!
ProsPerfect offshore reel!
I love this reel
May 7, 2015
Perfect reel for what I do - which is fish for sharks off the beach. Loaded up with 60lb hollow and 150 yards of 50lb mono topshot, I have this mounted on a carbon tuna popper which allows me to cast and muscle in a big fish. Just landed a 200lb sand tiger on this yesterday. Liked it so much, I bought a Mak 10 SEA for my surf rod. So smooth and gorgeous.
ProsExtremely smooth, well built, plenty of drag, castable, two speed
ConsIt wasn't free.
Boynton Beach, FL
April 30, 2015
great reel for live bait fishing
May 8, 2014
I have not had the opportunity to use this reel as off yet but upon initial inspection I will have to admit its mechanical piece of art. The freespool is smooth and endless. The 2 speed mechanism seems smooth and easy to operate, the handle position and grip are comfortable. The build quality seem precise with nice anodizing. So far I will have to agree with Alan Tani's review simply awesome. Thanks Tackle Direct.
ProsEvery aspect of the reel upon initial inspection.
ConsI have not had an opportunity to utilise.
By John O.
Seems like a great reel
December 1, 2013
As usual, dealing with TD has been a flawless experience. The reel itself seems fine; the free spool is as good as one of those custom jobs. I also like the low low gear. Cant wait to get it in the water.
By Mohamed H.
January 19, 2013
once i received my reel i like to keep fishing with this reel only i did not use it yet, but i have check it, its very strong and ultra free spool, with strong cranking power with T bar handle, this reel is awesome
ProsUltra Smooth, cranking power Lightweight very nice color
How is the casting on this reel because I wanted use the
Sz 10 reel for jigging and maybe cast some lures or live
These reels are more designed for light trolling and jigging. It will work but its not ideal.
Submitted by:Rebecca Redington on February 18, 2020
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from Florida asked:
August 24, 2019
When will the matt black be available?
Right now they are currently available to Pre-Order, we should be expecting these very soon.
Submitted by:Rebecca Redington on August 30, 2019
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from houston texas asked:
January 23, 2019
how is it all the 50 size reels are the same price and all the 50w reels are the same except for the 50w in silver which is the same price as a 50 ??
The Blue and Gunmetal colored reels are considered 'Special Colors'. The Silver is not that is why it is listed as the same price.
Submitted by:Rebecca on January 23, 2019
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from California asked:
August 3, 2018
how much #80 pound braid can the makaira 16 hold
The Makaira 16 only lists line capacity for 20,25, and 30 lb test. The 50 and 80 Makaira models hold 80 lb test. The capacity of each reel varies depending on the model. Here's a link that will show you a list of the models as you scroll down, and the line capacity each one is rated for.
Submitted by:Rebecca on August 15, 2018
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from Australia asked:
March 20, 2018
Do the Makaira 80w sea come in silver ??
The Makaira 80w do not come in silver. The two colors it does come in are blue and gun metal.
Can you order the MA-80WII in gun metal finish for me? And what is the weight of this model and price. Thanks
We can order that reel for you. The price of it is 889.99 and the weight is 116oz. In order to place an order for this reel, you would just have to give us a call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get it started because it is not usually displayed on the site.
how high of llb.test can you fish with out harming the reel
Hello Mike. It would most depend on the exact model you were interested in. Theoretically each reel can handle whatever you would throw at it. The differing factor would be how much each size reel could hold of each test line. Please feel free to contact us at one of the outlets below and we will get you dialed in! Toll Free +1-888-354-7335 Direct +1-609-788-3819 Email email@example.com