Two months ago I was very excited about my new Shimano OC 12000 baitrunner reel for drone fishing. It looks pretty good, has a huge line capacity and lots of grunt. It's been working great and caught some nice fish - until yesterday that is.
After only two months of moderate use it's already broken and I'm a little disappointed. I have looked after it and there is no corrosion or anything. But when I tried to reel in a bit of slack line last night, while preparing for the next fishing trip, the reel suddenly completely jammed up. And it made a clunking noise as if something came loose inside.
After taking it apart it I found to weights inside the rotor. I guess they are counter weights to prevent any wobble when the rotor is spinning. They are held in place only by a little plastic piece. This little plastic piece had some sign of damage and those weights just started moving out of place when the reel was spinning and after a few turns jammed up the rotor. I couldn't find any way to fix it and keep those weights in place without the reel jamming up. The only way was to remove the weights and use the reel without them.
Now I can still use the reel and it seems to be working okay without weights in it. But I'm really baffled at this construction and that after only two months it's already broken.
Has anyone else experienced problems with the counter weights in the baitrunner series? I know that the OC version is a little cheaper and less sturdy than the D version. But it should at least hold up to it's specifications. Maybe it wasn't a great choice for drone fishing after all.
Anyhow - here are a few photos of the problem.
the rotor disassembled
this is the part of the rotor that's holding the counter weights.
those are the two weights
and here is the little plastic piece that's supposed to hold them in place
yeah I did. Just got the reel back a few days ago.
So I contacted Shimano New Zealand and they asked me to take it to the store where I bought it and have it send to them for inspection. I thought that was very nice of them since, especially since I lost the receipt. So that's what I did.
It took about a week for the shipping and assessment until I had it back. The Shimano guys were very friendly and helpful. In between I also had a quick chat with them over the phone and they told me that they'll glue those weights back in. I didn't realise they were only glued in, otherwise I could probably have done it myself and could have saved myself the hassle of sending it back and forth. They reckon that they have a special glue for it though. Hopefully it will last a bit longer this time. For some reason those weights are not mentioned in the reels repair and parts guide.
They also said that the reel would probably work pretty much the same without those counter weights in it. Which is true, as I've been using it without these weights a few times and didn't notice any difference when reeling in.
I mentioned fishingreminder a few times but they didn't show any interest. Also asked if a TLD 25 might be a better option for drone fishing. ( I now think an overhead reel is a better choice ) Was hoping maybe they'd offer to send a TLD25 for some more drone fishing videos and testing
Because the reel was away for a week and I was keen on fishing, I almost bought a used PENN Senator 115L2 9/0 This is used by some of the kite fishing guys and has a huge line capacity. It's a bit like a winch. I might get one of those at some stage if I can find a good deal. Just doubt that they are as much fun to fish with as a spinning reel. They are also very heavy. Maybe a TLD25 would be a more fun reel with a little less line capacity.
That was good of them. I didn't think they would haggle about the receipt.
It would be a special glue, maybe some sort of epoxy. I think a one part isocynate glue would also work, but you would pay $20 or $30 for a small tube.
Yes a small overhead would be my choice. I think I mentioned that before. The only issue is that they don't have (or at least the TLD range) magnetic over-run control. But it does have a basic manual control and a clicker and you are not pulling the line off at high speed. With a little practice it should work just fine.
You will have to learn how to "thumb" line on to the spool. If you want to use braid, get some finger guards. A good quality leather glove and make your own is the cheapest way.
Oh, they didn't bite at name dropping Fishingreminder mmm...Maybe you should have said itsaboat sent you haha
itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
Yeah. It would work if itsaboat and Mark go and see Shimano in person. Let them know you are from one of the most popular fishing website in the world. They might give you some promotion fishing hooks, maybe one each. Too late anyway, next time