I’m starting to think about getting a new bait cast reel for a jigging rod. The Bass Pro Shops Carbonlite 2 appeals to me because of its weight, its cost, and its looks. My concern is that it has an aluminum main shaft that the drive gear rides on. My mind immediately goes to past experiences I’ve had with aluminum and mechanical parts, such as stripped threads, bending under load, and all that kind of stuff, and this sort of puts me off. So I wanted to ask, is there anything to be concerned about with that, or am I overthinking it?
I’m only thinking of stripped threads as a concern when I take it apart for service, when removing and reinstalling the handle nut, that is.
Also, this reel has a brass drive gear, but others out there have aluminum gears. I’ve asked this and read about this before; it seems they develop gear grind after a while when the drive gear is aluminum. My friend has the Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris reel, the $200 model with aluminum gears, and it feels like a coffee grinder to me. He had it for about 2 years before it was serviced, so I took it apart for him and cleaned and lubed it like I always do for mine and it didn’t return to a smooth state. Still grinded like it had sand in the gears when reassembled, but my much cheaper Abu Garcia Orra SX reels with brass gears are still smooth as butter after 5 years of use and being taken apart multiple times. I had read that this was due to aluminum gears. However, I’m starting to wonder if it could also be due to using the reel as a winch in a fish fight, rather than using the rod to move the fish and just using the reel to take up line in between for another pull with the rod. The latter is how I fight fish, and I think he uses the reel more as a winch. I never do that. So, with that in mind, would aluminum gears be ok, or would I just end up paying more for such a reel and then be disheartened when it starts feeling rough on the retrieve? I know people buy $200 and $300 reels everyday, and many of these have aluminum, and they swear up and down they’re smooth and how much they love them.
What’s odd, is my friend hadn’t seemed to notice how rough his was until he sampled mine. His is BAD! I wouldn’t even fish with it cause of how it feels, and yet it still works just fine. Just rough as heck.