First revealed at 2018's ICAST show by Okuma's John Bretza in early July this monster surf casting reel was first released in Asia, Australia & Europe. Now in the USA the Surf 8K is slowly being released into American tackle outlets. The beginning teaser was one of many clips i took in Hawaii for the Izuo Tackle Show in Jan.2019 where new prototypes were revealed & modifications were being discussed on future pieces of gear. Now that the Surf 8K has been officially released in the States i can now publish this.
This amazing monster surfcasting spinner has been making me drool for months! On one unit i'm putting on 65lb braid backing to a 50lb monofilament top shot for deep-water pier usage while the other one will get 50lb braid backing to a 40lb mono top shot for deeper reef drops close to shore. I'm doing this for 3 reasons-
1) Most reef species will damage up to the first 20yd of leader in the places i frequent. So for me to put on 50m of mono seems plausible. I'll have enough top shot for 2 riggings.
2) If the predator over-powers the leader line it'll break at the braid junction due to the difference in line strength. This way it's a cheap line configuration as i can tie on another cheaper top shot and not risk loosing my much more expensive backing.
3) I'm strong enough to grab the line & break it if it gets hung-up. My next configuration would be 100lb backing to a 80lb top shot. For that i'd have to wrap the line to break it.
Okuma Surf 8K Stats-
Slow Oscillation For Casting Long Distances Due To The Tight Line Layering Technology.
Hydro-Block Drag System-Drag System Is Sealed To Keep Out Water & Debris Like Sand.
Brush Guards- Prevents Braid From Slipping Under The Spool While Casting In High Winds.
Manual Bail- For Chunking Large Heavy Baits.
Dual Force Drag System- Like The Azores Spinners The Stacked Top & Bottom Drag Washers Are Sandwiched To Create Even Drag Pressure Between The Stacks
Heavy Thick Bail Wire (Always My Favorite)!
6 Ball Bearings (5 + 1rb).
4.7:1 Gear Ratio.
42.6in Per Turn.
Extra Thick & Strong Aluminum Handle.