Wanted to make sure the Alaska forum guys on here were the first to know about this.
I recently got the green light to tell you about a rod and reel set we have been working on for a couple of years with the folks at Okuma. I know know the Cedros jigging rods have been popular here in Alaksa because of the quality and the value. however there were some components and features that were less desirable for haliibut fishing.
The managment at Okuma was more than happy to address some of my concerns and they have put together a very sweet stand up rod in the Cedros line specifically built to handle heavy sinkers, strong current and the general abuse that this tackle takes up here. I wanted to make sure the rods were light enough to make catching chickens fun, while having enough back bone to put the screws to a nice fish when you catch one. This new rod does all that, has super high quilaty components and has a price comparable to the Cedros jigging rod ( under 120 dollars). One of the big problems with stand up rods is that the ceremic tip top can get ruined by having the hardware reeled into. A roller tip top tends to get the spectra caught in it at the worst possible time. Okuma responded by using a hardened carboly tip top that will take the punishment. All in all, this is the best 120 dollar halibut rod you will ever find.
The reel is the Okuma Cedros 10. A solid aluminum, lever drag reel desigend by the folks at Tiberon engineering in Southern California. Okuma is putting in a 4.5:1 gear kit in the reel for us in Alaska. This is the perfect speed for bait fishing and will make craking up much easier than the 6:1 that is standard in the reel elsewhere. Check their website, this reel is comparable to the high end lever drag reels comeing out of California
Everything is covered under Okuma's warrenty.
I have some crappy photos, there are much better ones in the Okuma 2011 catalog.