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Old 01-17-2019, 11:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone ever have there reel freeze up on them while Ice fishing? I was up at Green Mtn and it was only -6, my Abu Garcia's worked fine. I've never had this happen before!
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I've made the decision on what reels that I'll use for Lake Trout fishing by putting them in the freezer for a few days and them testing them. Especially the drag. It's interesting how the temp affects them.
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Old 01-19-2019, 07:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Have never ever had a problem with a Shimano while ice fishing.
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I'll bet it was a chunk of ice between bail and spool rather than the reel freezing
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@ Hook, I knew something was wrong the first time I reeled it up to check my lure. It was really stiff, I started fishing again. Got a hit and the reel wouldn't move, I couldn't even turn it manually!
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Well that sucks, missing a fish because of equipment failure is the worst.
I've laid mine down landing a fish and had the ice problem I mentioned
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Ice always use Quantum Hot Sauce in my reels and have never had that issue. This year I started using the Piscifun ICX5, with its sealed bearings it seems to be a solid cold weather reel.
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Mitchel 308 throw anything else away
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Old 01-24-2019, 06:41 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Shimano's, but measure the greased fabric disc and order the same sized replacement carbontex drag discs. Run them dry, and you'll have the same drag at -10 as you do at 35, no need to have to adjust for sticky grease drag.
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Thanks Koldkut! I had to google "carbontex drag discs" Found an interesting site http://www.smoothdrag.com/ some interesting stuff on there.
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