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Norman Latona

Cracking noise in Shimano baitcasting reels

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I have owned and fished with Shimano reels for 2 decades or more. Everything from the original silver Calcutta’s to saltwater 200’s and 400’s to Chronarch’s and Curado’s. I recently purchased a pair of the new Chronarch’s. After a few months of fairly heavy use, both of them started making a loud cracking sound when I set the hook hard. The noise only occurs upon hook set...it is loud and unmistakable. The first time it happened I was certain I had cracked a rod or rod seat. I eventually sent them to Shimano in CA with a note. Within a few weeks, I received two new ones...and a few months later, I started experiencing the same. Being a dedicated Shimano guy, I decided to give the new Curado’s a try. Believe it or not, after 2-3 months of fairly hard use I am experiencing the same noise with one of them. Crazy! Has anyone had the same experience? Any suggestions?

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Nope. Owned at least 50 in the last 20 years. Sounds like a reel seat nut to me.

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i have had my chronarch make some pretty weird sounds when fighting big browns in the river current

 

its like a cracking/ scraping sound on the reel i thought for sure the first time the brown had exploded my chronarch lol

 

it ended up being fine i have no idea what happened but the next time i caught a big brown the spool was making some weird noises again which went away after a few casts... chronarch is the ci4 model

 

basically i am just saying i dont know I don't understand it is but it has happend to me but only on big fish in currents

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