Hey guys, welcome back to Beach and Fishing and my Okuma Magda Pro Line Counter Levelwind trolling reel review. Now, as you are probably aware, fishing is one of those past times that holds two essential truths:
- There are a great number of variations of every piece of equipment, tackle and accessory that you could be looking for.
- Everybody has an opinion on which of these variations is best at any given time – which is generally due to the fact that that particular item has helped them catch fish.
So with that in mind, one thing I have tried to do on this site is review the products I use, as well as the ones that are popular at the moment to give you an idea of what may work for you as you head out to the water and chase the big ones.
Hence, for this review, I will run you through:
- What the product is
- How it works
- What I bought if for
- Pros and Cons
- My recommendations
What is a trolling reel?
As the name probably suggests, trolling reels enable you to catch deep-sea fish from a moving vessel via a fast moving lure or live bait (usually a live baitfish). They are similar to baitcasting reels in that they are installed on top of the rod and differ from general deep sea spinning reels as they are usually able to hold significantly more line on the spool.
A good deep sea trolling reel must be tough enough to withstand exposure to the elements and the power of larger, fast running catches. It should also have a smooth, dependable drag that can wear down a hard-fighting fish’s resistance.
What is the Okuma Magda Pro Line Counter Levelwind Trolling Reel
The Okuma Magda Pro is a trolling reel that has been designed for deep sea saltwater trolling and jigging. In full disclosure, I do not actually own one of these however have got the chance to try one out recently on some deep sea fishing adventures.
In short, I found it to be easy to use, loved the line counter reels and found it to be reliable when needed. I will elaborate more on this below however for now, let’s look at the features of this reel which include:
- A loud clicker
- Stainless steel level wind
- Smooth multi-disk carbonite drag system operated by a star lever.
- Two ball bearings, a self-lubricating gear system, and corrosion-resistant graphite spools.
- Stainless steel build with side plate rings that have been reinforced.
- Mechanical line counter function that measures feet with a rubber push-button reset feature.
What do you get?
|Model||Magno Pro Line Counter Reel|
|Price||See price at Amazon.|
|Color (s)||Black and Silver|
|Dimensions||6.81 x 4.45 x 3.86 inches|
|Build material||Stainless steel|
|Bearings||2 stainless steel ball|
|Line retrieve (cm)||58.4|
|Max drag force (kg)||6|
|Mono line capacity (Diameter in mm)||0.35/220, 0.40/170, 0.45/120|
- Bait clicker
- Smooth line release switch
- Incredible maximum drag
- Braid-ready spools
- Self-lubricating system
- Ergonomic handle
- Plastic screws in build
- The line release can get stuck at times
How much is it?
I have seen these priced online at anywhere between $USD46 to $USD70 depending on size.
What models are available for the Okuma Magda Pro Line?
Okuma releases several reliable models for its Magda Pro family. Refer to the table below for these models:
|Model||Gear ratio||Bearings||Weight (g)||Line retrieve(cm)||Max drag force(kg)||Mono line capacity
(Diameter In mm.)
|MAGDA PRO REELS|
|MA-15DXT-T||5.1:1||2||357||58.4||6||0.35/220, 0.40/170, 0.45/120|
|MA-20DXT||5.1:1||2||366||58.4||6||0.35/270, 0.40/210, 0.45/150|
|MA-30DXT||4.0:1||2||457||61.0||7||0.40/420, 0.45/320, 0.50/260|
|MA-45DXT||4.0:1||2||493||66.0||8||0.45/450, 0.50/360, 0.55/300|
|MA-20DLXT*||5.1:1||2||366||58.4||6||0.35/270, 0.40/210, 0.45/150|
|MA-30DLXT*||4.0:1||2||457||61.0||7||0.40/420, 0.45/320, 0.50/260|
|MAGDA PRO METER LINE COUNTER REEL|
|MA-20DXT(M)||5.1:1||2||366||58.4||6||0.35/270, 0.40/210, 0.45/150|
|MAGDA DT REELS|
|MA-15DT-T||5.1:1||0||365||58.4||6||0.35/220, 0.40/170, 0.45/130|
|MA-20DT||5.1:1||0||370||58.4||6||0.35/270, 0.40/210, 0.45/150|
|MA-30DT||4.0:1||0||460||61.0||7||0.40/420, 0.45/320, 0.50/260|
|MA-15DLT*||5.1:1||0||365||62||6||0.35/220, 0.40/170, 0.45/130|
|MA-20DLT*||5.1:1||0||370||58.4||6||0.35/270, 0.40/210, 0.45/150|
|MA-30DLT*||4.0:1||0||450||64||7||0.40/420, 0.45/320, 0.50/260|
Which is better to buy? The Magda Line Pro 20DX-T or 30DX-T?
The reel’s model type will depend on the application, line size, and quantity required. If you’re fishing style calls for heavier lines or longer lengths of line, you should use the 30DX because it can hold more lines and heavier lines.
Does the Okuma Magda Pro Line come with left-handed models?
Yes, this reel does have models for those left handed legends amongst us. If you refer to the table above, those marked with * are all left-handed models.
Do I recommend it?
I used this reel in a deep sea situation where were trolling with live baits chasing large and fast surface species and, to be honest, although it is definitely not as smooth as some higher end reels, I never felt like I couldn’t fight and control the catch with this reel.
I didn’t get the chance to have a play with a lure however I did like the sensitivity I felt on the line when the live bait gave a little ‘jump’.
The lever drag took me a little getting used to but loved the way I could control the run of the fish once I got it going.
So, in case you were wondering, this one is a yes from me!
So there you have it, my honest review and appraisal of the Okuma Magda Pro Line Counter Levelwind trolling reel . I hope it has been of assistance but as usual, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out by commenting below. I would also love to hear of your own experiences with it as well.
Are there any other products you have been looking at but want to know more about? If so, please comment below and I will do my best to get some details for you.
Until next time