Ive always been a weekend warrior, so never had to do anything, except oil the externals.
The past 3 years, I've been lucky enough to spend a lot of the spring and fall, on the Winnebago system, chasing walleye and white bass.
I'll spend 16 hrs, drifting jigs, and tossing 3 ways. Jigs are no problem, you just check them here n there. It's the 3 ways, with casting and retrieving that tests the reels.
Now, I know I'm using lower end reels, mainly Shimano Sienna and Sedona and I'm gonna slowly upgrade, as money allows.
The one thing that stumps me, is why my reels start binding up, after I use them a few hours. It feels like the grease or oil thickens, as I use them. They go from a smooth retrieve, to feeling like there's crisco in them. Temperature has no effect, happens hot or cold. Reel can be smooth as silk for hours or minutes, then next cast, gets bad enough that I have to swap out.
Last 2 years, I have taken them apart, just enough to clean and lube everything, but it makes no difference.
I've been told by many elders, that it's the bail roller bearing, and it just needs oil, but have tried that also.
Now, some of these reels I've had for decades, never an issue. Some were brand new, and started acting up 1st trip.
I know I need better equipment, and I'm working on that. But my older, go to reels never did this. Even after a solid 2 weeks on the water, and decades of use. Now, they all do it !
Am I missing something here, or can it just be that they're cheap reels ?
I use grease on gears, oil on all bearings. Whatever they have at Cabelas.
When reels start acting up, it feels like a tight spot, every rotation of the handle, at a certain point. Ive tried pulling the spool, but problem seems to be internal.
The thing that baffles me, is that it can come and go, at will.. If it's a bearing, wouldn't it happen all the time ?
I've always likes the way Shimano felt, and functioned. But, at $200,$300 each, for a higher end reel, I'm afraid those will start doing this also, probably right after warranty expires.
Have any of you had this problem with higher end Shimano reels ?
What's your opinion on Picifun... ?
From what I've read, they make a great reel, for the price.
I run 8 or 10lb Suffiix braid everywhere, except the drop to weight, where I use 8lb mono, in case of snags. For crankbsits I'll use a 3 or 4 ft FC leader. But 99% of time, Braid is on the reels.
The only issue I've had, has been with the reels getting sticky. And I've tried everything I can think of. Is it just low quality, or am I doing something wrong.