Okuma Interceptor IBF 55b - small price but massive performance

OldTaff

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Last weekend my little £2.50 charity shop bargain “Kingfisher” feeder reel succumbed to one too many carp - a brief internal exam revealed terminal main shaft and gear wear plus cracked drag shims.

Luckily the neighbour of a good mate used to run a tackle shop/stall a few years back and still has sheds full of new old stock - braving
lockdown he found me one within my tiny budget and I duly “clicked and collected” to his house.

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The reel is an Okuma Interceptor 55b baitrunner, brand new in the box with a spare spool for the immense sum of £15.

Now I’ve never owned a baitrunner but Chris talked me through its operation such as setting the drag and clutch, etc and bunged in a 1000m spool of el cheapo 15lb backing mono.

Loaded it up last night and added 100yds of Drennan Carp & Silverfish mono as my main line - exactly what was on my Kingfisher.


On to the lake this morning to be baptised in the fire of a natural water loaded with carp only - the reel was to be fished in conjunction with a Ron Thompson 13’ Panther medium feeder rod and a Drennan 15g small flat in-line method feeder, size 16 QM1 banded insisted the rig.

Not intending to utilise the baitrunner facility I set the front drag fairly tightly and made my first cast - the bail arm is smooth to open, the line fed smoothly off the generous spool and I could easily feather the line with the light application of my index finger which fell naturally onto the lip.

Although I generally close my bail arm manually I used the comfortable double handle to close it and it did so with the merest turn and a satisfying clunk. Establishing a bend in the quivertip was much easier than before with the balanced twin handle.

Retrieval of an empty feeder was very smooth and when I got my first bite the handle fell naturally to my hand. The 4.5:1 ratio is more than enough for what I need.

lntrigued I engaged the baitrunner facility for a couple of casts (not really a method feeder technique) and when my next bite came the spool sang as it span as intended with the barest of handle turns clicking the switch back enabling a smooth strike on a 6lb common.

A most unexpected test came with the third and last fish of my session - a long bite and a big angry lump on the end. The reel performed flawlessly during the 10 minute ding dong battle allowing me to net a stunning 12lb 11oz common on the 8lb line.


This may not be a “new” new reel but as far as value for money, build quality and performance go I am stunned and delighted - I am certain it will give me many years of hard battling service.


Karl
 

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Okuma reels are the nuts for the money... I still have one that's nearly 15 years old... I bought a pair of Longbow's (gave one to a buddy after he had his gear nicked... he's still got it... loves it too)
 

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Okuma reels are the nuts for the money... I still have one that's nearly 15 years old... I bought a pair of Longbow's (gave one to a buddy after he had his gear nicked... he's still got it... loves it too)

Don’t know what it would have cost when it first came out but it is a whole lot of reel and feels built to last
 

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The Okuma Aventa Pro baitrunners I have are very good. Better than the Daiwa baitrunners I have and as good as xtea Shimano baitrunners imho.
 

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Absolutely great reels for the money. I wish I’d bought a couple more of these for the thirty quid it cost me.
 

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Absolutely great reels for the money. I wish I’d bought a couple more of these for the thirty quid it cost me.
Yep, the Epix Pros are brilliant. Still use a couple of EPB 30s that I bought new yonks ago & they’re still going strong.
 

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I bought an okuma intercepter as a cheap second to my shimano baitrunner a few years ago.

I used it once and threw it away. Absolute junk compared to a decent shinano. Id never buy other than shimano, the other brands just don't feel the same. And for the sake of a few quid its a no brained.
 

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I bought an okuma intercepter as a cheap second to my shimano baitrunner a few years ago.

I used it once and threw it away. Absolute junk compared to a decent shinano. Id never buy other than shimano, the other brands just don't feel the same. And for the sake of a few quid its a no brained.

When you say a few quid which Shimano do you have ?

My review and opinion that the reel is excellent value for money is based on the price point of the new & boxed Okuma that I have bought (£15) because that is my budget and Shimano is generally outside of that for new.
 

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When you say a few quid which Shimano do you have ?

My review and opinion that the reel is excellent value for money is based on the price point of the new & boxed Okuma that I have bought (£15) because that is my budget and Shimano is generally outside of that for new.

Stradic and baitrunner 5000 gte c.

Thing is, i bought my stradic for about 60 quid 10 years ago. It works perfectly and I could sell it for that tomorrow if i needed to. So the net cost of the reel is zero if I needed the money...
 

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I bought the Interceptor way back in around 2001 - I remember seeing it mail order in Angling Times for about £25 which was about a third of the price of the cheapest Shimano Baitrunner at that time. I already had a pair of Shimanos and this reel was for the rare occasions (two or three times a year) when I'd be using a third rod. It was a bit of a punt since at the time Okuma were brand new - I'd never even seen any of their gear - but there had been one or two favourable comments in the angling press and whispered conversations in tackle-shops.

It's not a Shimano - it was never aimed at that market - it's not as smooth as a Shimano and doesn't feel as nice as a Shimano - but in the close on twenty years I've owned it it's never let me down - it winds in smoothly enough, the line lay is spot on, the baitrunner engages and disengages as it should, the drag is passable - what's not to like.

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It's the reel in the background in the first picture and in the foreground in the second - the reel at the back is another Okuma I bought a few years later (possibly the Dominator?) and I found the spools were interchangeable with the Interceptor.
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And the Epix Pro is still one of my goto reels for fishing the feeder.

Simon
 

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Absolutely great reels for the money. I wish I’d bought a couple more of these for the thirty quid it cost me.
The original Epix ( silver in colour ) was an even better IMO and I had both, nice reels for the money.
 
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