Okuma Cortez Star Drag Reels

Okuma Cortez Star Drag Reels

Okuma's all-new "Carbonite" drag system features a newly-developed carbon-based drag material which displaces heat and friction consistently and steadily even under the harshest of fishing conditions

$166.49 - $244.99
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TD Code
Gear RatioBearingsWeightLine RetrieveMax DragMono Capacity
diameter (in/mm)
6:2:14BB+1RB14oz38in15lbs410/14 (0.35)
305/18 (0.40)
270/20 (0.42)
$166.49 USD
6:2:14BB+1RB17.6oz43in18lbs430/15 (0.37)
350/20 (0.42)
260/25 (0.48)
$166.49 USD
6:2:14BB+1RB18.4oz43in18lbs540/20 (0.42)
400/25 (0.48)
300/30 (0.55)
$166.49 USD
4.7:14BB+1RB28.3oz40.7in18lb650/30 (0.55)
500/40 (0.60)
400/50 (0.70)
$244.99 USD
4.7:14BB+1RB28.3oz40.7in18lb650/30 (0.55)
500/40 (0.60)
400/50 (0.70)
$229.99 USD
Okuma's "Carbonite" drag system features a newly-developed carbon-based drag material which displaces heat and friction consistently and steadily even under the harshest of fishing conditions. Used in conjunction with a small amount of specially-formulated Okuma drag grease, the Carbonite drag system allows for a much wider and smoother drag range, all while maintaining exceptional performance and pure fish-stopping power.

Nimble, agile and simply a ton of fun to fish, the Okuma Cortez brings light tackle performance to a whole new category of anglers. Drop down gearbox, swept in handle and Ergo Grip handle knob accentuate balance and delivery of power from the XL gearing, red anodized machined aluminum spool and multi-disc Carbonite drag system. Graphite frame and side plates maintain a feather light feel and balance while increasing corrosion resistance.
  • Corrosion resistant graphite frame and sideplates
  • Machined aluminum, red anodized star
  • Multi-disc Carbonite drag system
  • 4BB+1RB stainless steel bearings
  • External magnetic cast control system
  • Dual anti-reverse system (mechanical & roller bearing)
  • XL Gearing: Drop down gear box with 6.2:1 gear ratio
  • Quick-Set anti-reverse roller bearing
  • MSS: Mechanical Stabilizing system for increased durability
  • Self lubricating gear system on all models
  • Cortez reels are backed by a 1-year warranty
5 Stars based on 5 reviews
By david
nice reel
December 21, 2017
nice back up reel for the boat for the price
By Justin
Long Beach, CA
great reel for price
August 28, 2017
bought the 10 and the 12. Very fast and smooth retrieve. Great for throwing jigs and irons. Comfortable handle and smooth winding. Very impressed with the quality. CS 10 is great for most species in southern California, have caught bass, barracuda, smaller yellowtail, dorado, and smaller tuna.
By Tristan
Brooklyn, NY
Solid perfomance!
August 18, 2017
Finally fished this baby last weekend and it was buttery smooth as expected. Paired with a Lamiglas Blue Water rod it was beatuiful for black sea bass and fluke out at the Mudhole. Another great Okuma product!
By Bullgang
North Carolina
Okuma CZ-12CS Cortez
August 9, 2017
Been using Penn GTIs for over 20 years. Bought 2 CZ12s and now in the process of switching all my Penn reels out to Okuma.Smooth,fast,strong and reliable. Best reel for the money that I have ever used. Holds plenty of line for smoker Kings and fast Palegics. Can't beat the 6.1-1 ratio speed and smooth drag system. I have already turned alot of my fishing buddies into believers with these reels.
By raffaele
melbourne, victoria
okumo cz - 55w
February 26, 2014
used offshore chasing mako sharks, brilliant smooth use with plenty of stopping power.

highly recommended
6 Questions & 6 Answers
Isma-eel Appels
from South Africa asked:
October 25, 2018
Hello, this reel vs Diawa sl30? I do not seem to find alot of reviews on this reel.
1 Answer
All depends on what application your using it for. The Cortez are great reels that can handle alot of inshore species while the sl30 is a smaller reel good for bay and shore fishing.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 1, 2018

from Florida asked:
May 20, 2020
Anyone use braid with these reels
1 Answer
Hello Jim, 

Yes, you can absolutely use braided line with these reels. Tight lines!

Submitted by: B. Smith on May 20, 2020

from Whitemark Tasmania asked:
January 11, 2018
How does the line go onto the spool evenly without a guide
1 Answer
At times you will have to manually move the line with you fingers or thumb if it is building up too much in one area. Many anglers prefer conventional reels without a level wind because the level wind mechanism can easily break during heavy drag applications, and if the level wind breaks while you are out on the water, your reel is unusable for the remainder of the trip.
Submitted by: Devon on January 12, 2018

from Los Angeles, CA asked:
October 22, 2017
Can you cast with this reel?
1 Answer
Yes it casts well.
Submitted by: John on October 23, 2017

from New York asked:
May 24, 2017
What size would you recommend for striped bass and big black drum?
1 Answer
The CZ-5CSa will have a sufficient line capacity and max drag for your application assuming you are using braided line. You might want to step up to the CZ-10CSa if you are using mono.
Submitted by: Devon on May 27, 2017

from los angeles asked:
July 31, 2015
How does this reel hold up for 100+ tuna????
1 Answer
For 100+ pound tuna I would recommend a bigger reel for the job. Something like a bigger Avet or a Penn International series.
Submitted by: David on August 6, 2015


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