Okuma Ceymar Spinning Reel Review

Dale Shetler
By Dale Shetler
Updated March 4, 2020
Okuma Ceymar Spinning Reel
Okuma Ceymar C-65 reel
  • Compact size
  • Comfortable
  • Sufficient drag
  • Diverse range of sizing
  • Slower gear ratio
  • Not as smooth as other models
  • Saltwater may cause damage
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Overview

The Okuma Ceymar spinning reel is a powerful, lightweight spinning reel designed for diversified saltwater and freshwater use. Reel sizes range from the C-10, suitable for smaller, lighter catches, to the C-65, intended for pier, jetty and big water fishing.

All reels are sleek in design and utilize a fluid 8-bearing drive system and Okuma precision elliptical gearing for optimum fishing performance based on a user’s intended catch. With a rigid, machined aluminum spool, the Okuma Ceymar Spinning Reel provides a strong foundation for monofilament and braided fishing lines.

Features

  • Multi-disk drag system
    The reel’s multi-disc drag system allows for a more consistent and reliable drag, maximizing drag strength over a smaller surface area.  
  • Anti-reverse roller bearing
    The anti-reverse roller bearing is quick set, engaging the drag to fight the fish and preventing the reel from turning backwards.
  • Corrosion-resistant materials
    The reel features a corrosion-resistant design, making it suitable for use in all weather conditions and water types.
  • Aluminum spool
    The reel’s aluminum spool is durable and designed for holding and managing monofilament and braided fishing line.
  • Ergo Grip handle (C-65 size only)
    The C-65 size reel includes an Ergo Grip handle for better control and increased cranking power during fights with larger fish.

Company Info

Originating from Taiwan, Okuma Fishing Tackle is a designer and manufacturer of fishing tackle. Selling reels and rods for freshwater and saltwater use, the company is one of the most competitive fishing brands on the market today. Okuma Fishing Tackle has been in operation since 1986, and has been producing gear intended for the likes of bass, trout, catfish, salmon, stripers, tuna or marlin fishing since then.

Performance/Efficiency

The Okuma Ceymar Spinning Reel utilizes a heavy-duty solid aluminum bail wire and oversized line roller, which delivers a solid, long-term performance. The system features a smart Okuma RESII computer balancing, enabling the reel to spin even at high speed without bouncing or wobbling the rod. A user can comfortably use the reel thanks to its EVA handle knobs, and the aluminum handle gives more control with drag.

The body of the reel is compact and sleek in design, reducing the overall size of the reel without compromising on power. It’s built to hold a good amount of small diameter line, and is capable of casting over long distances. The Okuma Ceymar Spinning Reel works efficiently when used for catching a variety of types of fish.  

The reel comes in 6 different sizes – C-10, C-20, C-30, C-40, C-55 and C-65. The manufacturer lists the best purposes for each reel size, which a first timer to fishing may appreciate.

According to the manufacturer, the C-10 is best-performing when attached to a 2 to 6-pound test fishing line. C-30 and C-40 perform best in versatile freshwater, and suit a variety of anglers that fish for bass, walleye, steelhead, carp, catfish and more. The C-55 is most efficiently used in inshore saltwater environments for catching the likes of striped bass, snook, redfish, and shallow water bottom fish, while the C-65 is the ideal choice for situations that need a lot of line capacity, like fishing over reefs or casting long distances from piers and jetties.

Value for Money

Price: $34.95 - $55.88 plus shipping, depending on size/model. Price does not seem dependant on size – the smaller C-10 costs $41.93, while the C-30 costs $34.95.

When compared to the average price of a quality fishing reel, the Okuma Ceymar Spinning Reel offers a fairly good value for money. With a good build quality and durability, this reel is a suitable choice for beginners looking to familiarize themselves with fishing practices using a lower-cost but satisfactory-quality reel. 

Setup & Maintenance

The Okuma Ceymar spinning reel requires the usual general maintenance to maintain its durability over the years. Re-oiling the reel every 6 months or so is simple to do – the handle can quite easily be removed. Because the reel is resistant to corrosion, you’ll be able to use it in a variety of weather conditions and for both saltwater and freshwater fishing.

The reel can be connected to a fishing rod following standard procedure for doing so. There are plenty of generic tutorial videos that can be found online for fishing beginners to take a look at for support.

Pros/Cons

Pros:

  • Compact size
    The reel is significantly smaller and lighter than similar products by competitors, but the size does not hinder the reel strength. Expect the same amount of power as a standard, high-quality reel with good weight handling and a long cast.
  • Comfortable fishing experience
    The reel’s lightness and compact size combined with its EVA handle knobs and aluminum handle make for a comfortable grip, allowing for a more relaxed fishing experience.
  • Sufficient drag
    With a multi-disc drag system, the drag works well, with relatively smooth casting and retrieval for different weights of catch. Drag settings are easily adjustable and anti-reverse roller bearing prevents the reel from turning backwards.
  • Diverse range of sizing
    The Okuma Ceymar Spinning Reel comes in a range of sizes, starting at the smallest, the C-10, and progressing to the largest, the C-65. This variation in sizing allows users to select the most appropriate reel based on their choice of fishing water source or the type of fish they’re hoping to catch.

Cons:

  • Slower gear ratio
    The reel’s 5.0 to 1 gear ratio is slower than similar reels of the same size, which users may notice when retrieving long casts of line.
  • Not as smooth as other models
    When comparing the Okuma Ceymar Spinning Reel to a similar, more expensive product, you may see a difference in the smoothness of use. The reel’s performance far surpasses expectations based on cost alone, but there are still smoother alternatives out there.
  • Saltwater may cause damage
    While the reel is designed to minimize corrosion, it isn’t saltwater resistant. If you’re planning to use the reel in saltwater lakes or the sea, you’ll need to prepare for more regular maintenance/servicing to ensure the reel stays at a usable quality long into the future.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Okuma Ceymar is among the top spinning reels you can get your hands on in its price class. Due to the fact that there are so many different models, there is bound to be a size that fits for everyone.