In 2010, the introduction of Makaira two-speed and Cedros single-speed offshore reels demonstrated Okuma’s commitment to wholesale advancement of the offshore reel category. In 2011, one example of this continued commitment goes by the name Andros.
Completely new, from concept to completion, the Andros 5II lever drag reel showcases what’s become possible with 50- to 80-pound Spectra fiber lines. Andros delivers incredible strength, handling and capability from… get this… only 15.2-ounces of refined excellence with a capacity of 430 yards of 50-pound braided Spectra. At less than a pound and fitting in the palm of your hand, Andros houses a ton of ambition to take on larger challenges with a smaller reel than ever before possible.
At the heart and soul of Andros capability is its’ unique and advanced frame design. Andros’ frame and left side plate are precision-machined as a single continuous piece from bar stock aluminum. Additionally, the reel foot is machined as an integral part of the frame support. The design eliminates wasted space and redundant structural elements while allowing for the largest possible spool diameter and Andros’ low profile mounting position in reel seats.
Competitive reels utilize a reel foot that’s separate from frame elements. Within this design both the frame and reel foot require independent structure to deliver strength. The result is that the main frame sits elevated over the reel foot, which introduces wobble under high stress and necessitates a reduction in spool diameter in order to maintain a compact overall size.
In all offshore applications, spool diameter and the resulting line pick-up is of critical importance. Thanks to the frame design, Andros delivers a spool diameter of 54.5mm while top competitors deliver spool diameters of only 46mm and 47mm. The bottom line here is that Andros, whether in high or low gear, can pick up as much as 30% more line per turn of the handle. This massive point of separation is where Andros confirms itself as a true big game performer. When on big fish, the ability to gain line is an absolute necessity. It’s the difference between performance and punishment.
The right-side side plate finishes Andros framing structure. Again precision-machined from bar stock aluminum, the mounting system continues Andros superiority. Utilizing male and female aluminum connection points and just a single screw, Andros eliminates even more corrosion points and allows for simplified maintenance access. Where it’s common to find five or six screws on competitors, each a potential point for electrolysis to take place, Andros single screw frame design represents long-term thinking and respect for the investment in a reel designed for life.
Andros’ commitment to excellence touches each and every interior component. The drive shaft, spool shaft, main gear and pinion gear are all cut from 17-4 stainless steel. Strong, rigid, durable and highly corrosion resistant, this high-grade stainless allows for the reduction in parts size without compromising structural integrity. The gears are helical cut (cut at an angle) to provide progressive meshing instead of the noticeable hard slap you can feel in straight-cut gears. While obviously smoother, helical cut gears are also more durable over the long-term.
Andros features six EZO bearings from Sapporro Precision Incorporated of Japan. Andros’ two spool bearings are ABEC-5 rated, delivering ultimate freespool performance. As an industry first, Andros non-spool bearings are fully grease-packed from the factory. While this does introduce slight handle resistance, it minimizes water intrusion and ensures long-life durability. The spool bearings feature a 30% grease pack with respect for freespool. The right-side spool bearing is unshielded and immediately available when the right side plate is removed. This allows anglers looking to maximize freespool performance to easily remove the grease and replace with oil. If this is done, please incorporate a rigorous maintenance schedule to protect the bearing. The left spool bearing is shielded, but only because its’ size is not available from Sapporro without the shield.
Andros drag system is Carbonite, greased with Cal’s drag grease. The system delivers 15-pounds of drag at strike, 24-pound at full, each while maintaining complete freespool. In front of the drag are Andros’ two-speeds: 6.4:1 on high, dropping to 3.8:1 at low. Andros’ high speed keeps pace with sailfish, wahoo and other speedsters while delivering exceptional action from vertical jigs. In low, Andros bears down on tuna, jacks and other powerhouses. The 3.8:1 ratio assures that even in low gear and with half a spool of line in the water, sufficient line is being retrieved to bring large fish to the boat.
Mounted on a rod, Andros sits low and stable thanks to the reel foot’s inclusion as part of the frame structure. Its’ drop down gear case places the machined aluminum handle nearly in line with the rod blank for superior power and balance while nearly eliminating wobble when cranking under pressure.
With a ratcheting lever drag, 16-point double dog anti-reverse system, large and accessible shift button, oversized Ergo grip and Okuma’s Corrosion Resistant Coating process throughout, Andros completes itself as a premium performer. Designed to showcase braided line, its’ performance is nothing short of exhilarating, connecting angler and fish with less interference than ever before.
Andros’ multi-discipline design elements refuse to be categorized as simply a jig reel, casting reel or live bait reel. Combining forward-thinking design with the best materials available, Andros does it all with no-excuses performance. Excelling with fish up to 100 pounds, quickly Andros will become your most often used and most enjoyed piece of premium fishing equipment.
For a full list of specifications, click here: