Replaced Shimano Cardiff 200
Fished with Garcia bait casters for the past 42 years. Decided to try a Shimano round reel about 4 years ago. The Cardiff is a very solid reel and would cast a 1/4 oz jig with 10 lbs mono a long way. I did have to use a hard two handed swing to get max distance. On Christmas Eve I fished from the bank at my local lake for the last time with the Shimano reel. I caught several small bass with the 1/4 oz jig. The day after Christmas I purchased the Orra 2 Inshore from Bass Pro. I spooled up with 12 lbs test mono and tied on the same 1/4 oz jig. The casting difference was amazing. I could make a smooth one handed cast with the Orra and reach the same distance that I normally reached with a hard two handed cast with the Shimano. I would say that I just upgraded from a Chevy to a BMW in the overall feel and performance category with the Orra Inshore.
December 26, 2013
Reel worked great for 6 months, then casting adjustment become erratic and reel became noisy while reeling. Shipped to Abu Garcia for warranty and/or cleaning. Sent to them on 9/16/13 and I received a replacement reel on 9/24/13. It is the new 2014 Orra Inshore 2 model. Some new features that I was hoping for. What awesome customer service! Thank you Abu Garcia!
September 25, 2013
Accidental Muskie Encounter
I purchased this reel for large and smallmouth bass and pike action in Minnesota. It has performed excellent for that, taking down those three species with ease. I can also attest to the strength and durability after taking down a 40 inch Muskie, caught by accident. Despite taking five lengthy drag singing runs, the reel performed flawlessly. It has not made noises, or acted strange in any way, since that encounter. Like other have said, this reel performs at a level above its price point, and will look to purchase another in the future.
June 15, 2013
I bought this reel as my entry reel into higher end fishing reels for my inshore fishing. At first I was very happy with the reel. But after several months of usage, I began to get many backlashes, no matter what type of line I used. During one of my fishing trips the side plate came off along with the braking system. Luckily I was still within my first year of ownership and the warranty covered the repair.
September 7, 2012