I'm having an issue with my Shimano Saros 1000 reel. It seems after an hour of spinner fishing (past 5-6 trips), the handle takes a bit of force to get reeling. It doesn't happen every cast, but at least 1 out of 2 or 3. The reel is about 9 months old and I have taken very good care of it. I have oiled the reel (standard reel oil) according to Shimano's maintenance guide, but the problem keeps continuing. Any thoughts other than call Shimano or take it back?
What I will tell you is that spinner fishing is very differnt type of demand then what other types of anglers ask a reel to do. Of course I dont know for sure but I'd estimate that my Ci4 bail has opened and closed over 250,000 times since I've owned it. I figure I open and close the bail about 2800+- times on the average 8 hour fishing trip. Bail revolutions in that time frame..............easily over 12 million times!! I guess what I am getting at is that you're not going to get very much out of a reel if you want to be a 'baller' in this sport. If you get a year or two of fishing out of a reel you should feel good about it and move on to the next one. I'm in year two of my Ci4 and she's still purring like a kitten. I have a hunch I'll get 3 out of her or at least into the next year.
That said, Shimano has a limited 1 year warranty I believe. I would call, make a claim, and send it back. They'll probably just send you a new one. It will take a month but you'll get a new reel.
I used to have issues with regular Stradics all the time. Constantly. I figured out how to repair them myself but am not familiar with your issue. If I were a betting man I'd say you bail trip level isn't fully retracting and is pressing against the side the frame creating a dragging feel.
I agree with Trout 2003 on the abuse a reel can take but that reel is quality enough that you should have at least got a year out of it. Warranty it and enjoy a new one or repaired one.
The issue you are having I have had though. That particular reel I took a couple of falls with. I am usually pretty good at throwing the rod out of my hands when I do fall but they do take a beating, falling, dropping, etc.
I have a nice rod rack in my garage but I also have kids too so you never know what could happen. That is why my new reel is always packed away in my case and does not come out until I reach the water. I'm not taking ANY chances with this one.
I had the same thing happen on a Shimano Sedona. Every now and again, when retrieving, it "sticks", but it is not all the time. Of course, it's only a $50 class reel, but I'm not cranking as much as you spinner folks either.
CBS, ive had my mitchel 300s for about 50 years and still using them. i take mine apart about every other year depending on how much i use them and grease them. they still work like new. wouldnt give them up for anything.
CBS, ive had my mitchel 300s for about 50 years and still using them. i take mine apart about every other year depending on how much i use them and grease them. they still work like new. wouldn't give them up for anything.
You're so right about the old Mitchell 300 reels. IMO they're one of the best reels ever made. For many years there was nothing else I would use. Unfortunately the newer Mitchell reels seem like junk. Several models had issues with line wrapping around the drag adjustment knob and creating a tangled mess. I had to file the drag adjustment knob down on a Mitchell to get it to work. I've since switched to another brand.