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Maxel Ocean Max Specialty Lever Drag Reels

Maxel Ocean Max Specialty Lever Drag Reels

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Type/SizeMax Drag (Strike/Full)Weight (oz)Gear RatioRetrieve (in)BearingsMono Capacity (yd/lb)RetrievePrice
Conventional Single Speed
Size: 10
Right-Hand$299.00 USD
Conventional Single Speed
Size: 16
Right-Hand$349.00 USD
The Maxel Oceanmax Specialty Lever Drag Reels are custom designed for live and dead bait trolling, kite fishing, or drift bait techniques where high speed retrieves, effortless low inertia dropbacks and ultra-smooth light line drags are needed. The Maxel Ocean Max Specialty reels are ideal for smoker kings, sailfish, striped and white marlin fishing. The precision graduated drags are designed for use with monofilament lines and have positive stop pin Strike and Full drag maximums targeted for lines of 15 to 25 pound test lines. The click detent drag Preset won’t drift while fishing or fighting once it is set and the reel can easily match drag range to line test. The carbon fiber drag delivers a wide range, smooth performance curve even when wet. The MAxel Oceanmax Specialty Reels are precision machined from rigid, one piece tempered aluminum billets with cold-forged aluminum spools to stand up to monofilament stretch. The high speed, 5.8:1 gear ratio assures fast line recovery through high precision, heat treated stainless steel gears. Six super German made , shielded stainless steel ball bearings are strategically located for the best of smoothness and power transfer. All stainless steel spool click mechanisms will stand up to the longest runoffs.

  • Precision graduated drag range for kite, drop-back, drift bait techniques
  • Cold forged aluminum spool
  • Precision machined, rigid, one piece tempered aluminum frame
  • HD stainless steel spool control
  • Click detent drag present knob
  • Carbon fiber drag
  • Positive stop-pin strike setting
  • high precision, heat treated stainless steel gears
  • Shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • 5 year limited warranty
4 Stars based on 2 reviews
By Fernando Almada
San Carlos, Sonora, Mx
June 24, 2018
Great reel for pitching baits and all around billfish trolling
These reels have performed flawless so far for us, many sails and striped marlin on them. Smooth drags and great free spool for pitching baits!
ProsSmooth, light and perfect drag for sails and striped marlin in our area.
Consnone so far
By Harry Jones
Stuart, FL
October 17, 2017
A Swing, And A Miss...
This reel COULD have been a great one. The reel holds plenty of 20lb/25lb mono, it's fairly light-weight, the finish is attractive (although they had some issues early-on getting the blue on the drag lever & spool to be consistent in color; I expect they will be able to resolve that issue with no problem), its Inches-Per-Turn value is good, the drag seems smooth, etc.

However, there is one glaring issue that caused me to have to send the 4 reels back that I purchased: The Anti-Reverse system. I had assumed (my bad!) that based on the reel's price and its intended purpose it would have a smooth anti-reverse system, with an ARB (Anti-Reverse [roller] Bearing, or "clutch") instead of the older, clunkier, pawl & ratchet-gear system.

No such luck...

The reels all had 1/4" or more of back-play in the handle/shaft/gear system, and if you aren't particular when reeling line in you'll find that a rather loud and jarring "clunk" can be generated every 3~10 times the handle makes a revolution.

Frankly, I just don't get it. All of my $50~$150 spinning reels have ARB-based Anti-Reverse systems that provide for an extremely smooth winding motion and virtually 0" of back-play.

And there is also another option that's midway between the two alread discussed: A multiple-pawl and ratchet-gear system. This system has 2 pawls, 180 degrees out of phase, that cut the back-play in half. I'm pretty sure my Avet's (& possibly my Penn Fathoms) are equipped with this type of system, and while not as good as an ARB-based clutch mechanism they do a passable job.

Of course, it turns out that Maxel isn't alone on this one: I also recently tried the Fin-Nor Lethal series because they claim the A-R systems on those reels are based on a "continuous anti-reverse clutch: (which normally implies an ARB, at least in my mind), but their handles are almost as "clunky" as those on the OMS10's.

If Maxel had spent just a little more time and money on the A-R system for this reel I would have 6 of them spooled-up with line and mounted on the rods I have for them, ready to head offshore.

However, they are now back at TackleDirect and I am back in "shop & evaluate mode" once again...
ProsFit-finish, line capacity, price, weight, feel, (outside of the "clunkiness" of the A-R system), drag.
ConsThe "clunky" A-R system.
2 Questions & 2 Answers
Ali jamal
from Karachi asked:
March 26, 2017
Can it be fished with braid?
1 Answers
Yes it can.
on March 28, 2017

from Hutchinson MN asked:
February 18, 2017
Does this reel come pre-spooled?
1 Answers
The reel does not come pre-spooled from the manufacturer, however we can spool any reel you purchase with monofilament line for free. Simply tell his what lb. test you would like in the comments box when placing your order.
on February 20, 2017


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