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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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Have never ever had a problem with a Shimano while ice fishing.
 

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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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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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