Okuma Cold Water Linecounter Trolling Reel

Okuma Cold Water Linecounter Trolling Reel is very popular and sturdy reel with the line counter. It comes with many very important features like high quality, corrosion resistant materials, multi-disc Carbonite drag system, ratcheting drag star for accurate drag settings during fishing, both ball bearings and roller bearings etc. Also, it comes in two main versions - for left and for right handed people, but also it features edition for the ladies.

Of course, Okuma Cold Water Linecounter Trolling Reel is not the cheapest reel on the market, but it is far from being budget unfriendly reel. After all, what you pay is what you get. And much more ...

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 Okuma Cold Water Linecounter Trolling Reel Features and Specifications

Okuma Cold Water Linecounter Trolling Reel is made using high-quality, corrosion resistant materials, including:

- lightweight corrosion resistant frame and side plates,

- handle arm is made of aluminum with ergonomic grip handle knobs,

- oversized XL drive and pinion gears are machine cut brass,

- spool is made using machined aluminum, anodized in two tones

- ratcheting drag star is made from aluminum and in combination with multi-disc carbonite drag system, it is designed for precision drag settings during fishing,

- all models come with self-lubricating gearing system, based on a stainless steel ball and roller bearings.

One of the very interesting features is the mechanical line counter, which measures released line length in feet. Line counter features so-called Clear View Technology (CVT) which is actually anti-fogging feature, enabling the fisherman to see amount of released line even in rather adverse fishing conditions.

Note: line counter measures fishing line in feet based on the spool revolutions and is calibrated at the factory using full spool and monofilament fishing line.

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Also, these reels feature dual, quick-set anti-reverse and speed lock pinion gear systems and wide mouth levelwind, with enough clearance even for copper fishing lines.

All these features are very important for proper positioning of the line with the bait or lure, regardless if you are fishing from the boat, kayak, in the current/stream or in any similar situation.

Thanks to the Mechanical Stabilizing System (MSS), these reels are smooth and stable during operation, letting the fishermen focus on the fishing itself, not the fishing gear. Also, MSS increases durability of the reels and prolongs their useful life - although these Okuma reels come with 1-year limited warranty, when used properly, Okuma reels are generally know to outlast their warranties significantly.

Despite being made using high quality materials, some maintenance is required - wipe them clean and dry thoroughly after each use. Also, if/when game fish is lost, take a deep breath and don't throw your gear - been there, done that :)

Due to their design, handle arm cannot switch sides. But, Okuma makes versions for both left handed (labeled 'DLX') and right handed (labeled 'D') people. Also, these reels feature ladies' edition, labeled DLX-LE (left handed ladies) and D-LE (right handed ladies).

The following table lists the most important features of Okuma Cold Water Linecounter Trolling Reels:

Model Gear Ratio Bearings Weight Line Retrieve per Crank Max. Drag Force Mono Line Capacity
(yards/pounds, mm/m)
CW-153D 5.1:1 2BB+1RB 14.6 oz, 414g 23 inches, 58.4 cm 13 pounds, 6 kg 330/10, 290 /12, 240/14
0.35/220, 0.40/170, 0.45/130
CW-203D 5.1:1 2BB+1RB 15 oz, 425g 23 inches, 58.4 cm 13 pounds, 6 kg 290/14, 230/18, 210/20
0.35/270, 0.40/210, 0.45/150
CW-303D 4.2:1 2BB+1RB 20 oz, 567g 24 inches, 61.0 cm 15 pounds, 7 kg 510/15, 420/20, 310/25
0.40/420, 0.45/320, 0.50/260
CW-453D 4.2:1 2BB+1RB 21.8 oz, 618g 26 inches, 66.0 cm 15 pounds, 7 kg 580/20, 430/25, 330/30
0.45/450, 0.50/360, 0.55/300
CW-153DLX 5.1:1 2BB+1RB 14.6 oz, 414g 23 inches, 58.4 cm 13 pounds, 6 kg 330/10, 290 /12, 240/14
0.35/220, 0.40/170, 0.45/130
CW-203DLX 5.1:1 2BB+1RB 15 oz, 425g 23 inches, 58.4 cm 13 pounds, 6 kg 290/14, 230/18, 210/20
0.35/270, 0.40/210, 0.45/150 
CW-303DLX 4.2:1 2BB+1RB 20 oz, 567g 24 inches, 61.0 cm 15 pounds, 7 kg  510/15, 420/20, 310/25
0.40/420, 0.45/320, 0.50/260
CW-203D-LE 5.1:1 2BB+1RB 15 oz, 425g 23 inches, 58.4 cm 13 pounds, 6 kg 290/14, 230/18, 210/20
0.35/270, 0.40/210, 0.45/150 
CW-203DLX-LE 5.1:1 2BB+1RB 15 oz, 425g 23 inches, 58.5 cm 13 pounds, 6 kg 290/14, 230/18, 210/20
0.35/270, 0.40/210, 0.45/150 

okuma cold water linecounter trolling reel cw 203dlxOkuma Cold Water Linecounter Trolling Reels are medium-sized reels, being easily capable of landing 20-30 pounds fish on a regular basis, just be sure to use right fishing lines and don't set drag too high, especially when using braids.

When filling the spool with various lines, it is recommended to reel in the line completely (for example, 200 yards of the braided line), zero out the counter, then pull out entire line and write down the value on the counter. This gives the approximate ratio of the length of the line on the spool and the value on the counter itself, allowing the fisherman to estimate the length of the released the line during fishing fairly accurately.

Or use the monofilament line :)


Long Story Short: If you are looking for strong and durable fishing reel, and you don't mind paying some more for a reliable reel, consider these reels.

Various models allow the user to pick the right one, depending on his and of course, her individual preferences and requirements. In any case, these are very popular reels with excellent reviews from many fishermen and they have been tested in many real life situations.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Okuma Cold Water Linecounter Trolling Reel Amazon link (link opens in the new window).