Okuma Aventa Centerpin Float Reel

14 Reviews
Item No.: 100971


The Okuma Aventa VT-1002 Centerpin Reel is a great entry level centerpin reel that offers quality construction at an affordable price. The Aventa features a 4.5" spool diameter making it the perfect size for trout and steelhead applications.

  • Precision machined aluminum one-piece frame and spool
  • Stainless steel shaft
  • Two stainless steel ball bearings
  • Ported spool with exposed rim for easy control
  • On-off ratchet
  • Twin removable wooden handles

Ratings & Reviews

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3/2/2013 12:00:00 am

okuma avent vt-1002

by sabrepsycho -

after all my reserch on purchasing my first center pin reel, i determined that the okuma aventa vt-1002 was the best "bang for the buck" and fishusa.com was the lowest price. i have been using this reel at the local pond for carp in preperation for steelhead and it's a blast to use.

10/23/2013 12:00:00 am

Great no hassle reel

by Rob -

Very smooth. Easy to handle. Not so expensive that you feel scared to use.

11/10/2013 12:00:00 am

Good Choice

by Old Eagle -

I have become interested in center pinning. I researched and chose the Okuma Aventa as my beginner's reel. I feel I made a very good choice. The machining is excellent and appears up to the task. Biggest fish so far about 15 #.. The reel spins smoothly and is above my newbie skill level, but also, in my pre -purchase research, I found out that very advanced upgrade bearings are available, inexpensive and easily, user- installable . Fish USA has the best prices and FAST delivery.

1/3/2014 12:00:00 am

Great centerpin!!

by Ro Ro -

A great centerpin for fishing small streams . Smooth bearings.

1/15/2016 12:00:00 am

Don't listen to the haters

by Don

I'm on here to try and overcome the "just go buy a kingpin" crowd. If you're buying this reel, you're either A) not made of money and have to get some bang for your buck or B) new to pinning, and you're not sure if its for you or C) BOTH! I was both when I started pinning a few seasons back, and I do not regret starting on the O Aventa. Not for one second. Yes, the start up is crap compared to an 800 dollar reel, yes it's a bit heavy, but I caught a zillion fish on it and learned the ropes of pinning with it. Can't say enough good about this reel as a starter

1/2/2017 12:00:00 am

My fisrt centerpin

by Ben -

I don't have much experience with pins but I've fished this reel for a few weeks now and I am in love. I was able to pick up the wallis cast my second time out. I know the general consensus is this is a starter reel, but I am satisfied so far. I'm sure at some point I'll upgrade. If your looking to get into pinning and don't want to spend a ton of money, this is a good set up.

11/11/2018 12:00:00 am

Excellent product with bonus points for price

by Hometown

Excellent, budget friendly, tracks, casts, reels very effortlessly. Smooth operator! Also, take care of your gear, when I get back from fishing I always separate the two sections and let it air dry, wipe out the sand and add a bit of plumbing grease and I'm ready for next time!

11/18/2009 12:00:00 am

Great Reel

by Steelie Hammer -

This is my first centerpin and have loved it so far. The casting takes some getting used to as with all centerpins, but its second nature after you learn it. The startup is good, very durable and spins for days.

9/9/2010 12:00:00 am

Great bang for your beginner buck

by akabert

I just started to center pin last fall and came across this real at a good price. Used it in the spring for steelheadand loved it. Hooked approximately 12 steelhead the first good day of the run and landed 10. Great reel for the beginner to start.

7/20/2008 12:00:00 am

smooth casting,easy handling.

by Justin "Salmon Slaye -

I'm a Flyfisherman,but being a guide you need to know not just the river,and what it takes to get your client on a fish but aslo it's very helpul to know all fishing methods. Thanks to my good friend Bob from Ohio, who got me into center pin-float fishing,he recomemded the Aventa and about two weeks later i hooked just not one fish but ended up hooking four in a day and landed all four, two 10 pounders and two at 12 lbs. It's a great reel if you starting out or have been fishing for years.

2/7/2011 12:00:00 am

Great starter reel for center pinning

by Perchin dog -

This is my first center pin equipment, its a great starter reel.

1/25/2008 12:00:00 am

Good reel at a good price

by Chris -

As my first center pinning reel, it has worked exceptionally well. It's constructed well and I've never lost a fish because of the reel. Sometimes the line gets a little tangled up when casting or reeling in quick but besides that it's a good purchase and a great way to become a better pinner.

5/2/2012 12:00:00 am

Great Value

by chasinsteel -

clicker keeps reel from freespooling when changing flies

9/28/2019 8:14 am

Great Reel!

by Erik

Got one of these last fall. It was my first pin reel and I love it. I upgraded to abec-7 bearings from Boca and that made a huge difference. I’ve caught a bunch of fish and had a bunch of fun with this reel. I’ll get newer, fancier more expensive reels as I go along, because that just happens, but when I went up to the Adirondacks last week, I took this and an 11’ Clarus and did really well with the browns and had a blast. And when I slipped b/c I just had rubber/carbide stud soles instead of felt (those rocks up there are hard, round and slippery!) and scratched the hell out of it, it still ran fine and I was pretty glad it wasn’t a more expensive reel.