Shimano Survivors | Sahara Performs After A Year Underwater

We absolutely love hearing stories about our reels performing above expectations, but this one might take the cake. Shimano fan Gary S. sent us the following letter about his Sahara and Compre combo that he thought was lost forever...


Read the full transcript here:

"Dear Sir,

I am an avid fisherman who guides and fishes in Lake of The Woods in Ontario Canada. This past June of 2016, I was fishing for walleye in the Sabaskong Bay area on the east end of Lake of the Woods. My Shimano Compre, medium, fast action, 6'6" rod with a Shimano 1500 Sahara FE spinning reel accidentally went over the side of my boat into about 30 feet of water. I thought it was lost forever.

When I got home, I went to my local Cabelas and purchased an indentical replacement.

A week ago I returned to fish Lake of the Woods over Memorial Day weekend. On Friday May 26, 2017, I was fishing in the general area of where I lost my rod and reel the year before and snagged onto something. I slowly brought my line in and discovered I had caught my Shimano rod and reel I lost the year before. It was covered in slime and looked pretty rough.

My brother, who was fishing with me at the time took a picture of me holding my recovered Shimano rod and reel.

That night at our cabin, I disassembled the Sahara reel and cleaned and lubricated it. I put new line on it and cleaned the Shimano Compre Rod. I was fishing with it the next day and limited out on walleyes.

I wanted to let you know what great fishing equipment you make. After a year in thrity feet of water, with a little elbow grease and some new line, this Shimano rod and reel was ready to get back in the action, performed like the day I purchased it, and caught a limit of real nice walleyes. This is a testament to the quality of Shimano fishing equipment. 

I fish for Walleye, Northern Pike, and Muskie and will only use Shimano equipment."

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