Published at Saturday, April 07th 2018. by Rubina Sibilla in Fishing Reels.
When you′re on a hot bite or a long-planned trip the worst thing that could happen is tackle failure. Losing a great catch due to something that could have been prevented is annoying. Avoid that problem by maintaining and regularly servicing your spinning reels and you′ll enjoy years of dependable use. Here are some steps to keep those reels in good working order.
Fill Your Reel Just Right. When using a baitcasting reel filling the spool to 90 percent capacity is recommended. This optimizes casting performance. Too much line is likely to increase the chance of backlash while not enough limits casting distance. For spinning reels a good rule of thumb is to fill the spool until there′s at least 1/8 inch of room from the line to the edge of the spool lip. That will let you use the most line capacity without causing line to spring off the spool and form tangles. The 1/8-inch rule applies to spincast reels too but you′ll have to remove the reel′s front cover so you can check the amount of line on the spool.
There are three types of drag systems : 1. Spring and pawl or “click and pawl” systems feature a spring that pushes the prawl into a gear on the reel spool to produce a drag. Spring and pawl is best for light fishing when targeting panfish 2. Disc drag pushes a large-diameter pad against the reel spool′s braking surface. Pressure is applied directly to increase overall control and efficiency. Cork or synthetic materials like Teflon are used in disc drag systems. Cork provides a smoother more consistent pressure and can be easily adjusted. These systems are great for fighting large strong fish 3. Caliper drag systems fall between disc and spring and pawl. A caliper pad pushes against the braking surface of the spool. This friction slows the way the reel spool spins.
Outside of situations like those just keep an eye on your line and change it out when it fades frays or doesn′t feel as supple as it was when new. Like maintaining a reel keeping good-quality fishing line on your reels is key to your success. Tatty line might land a panfish or small bass without problem only to break when you set the hook in that fish of a lifetime.
Line Replacement. When should you replace old line with new? There′s no set answer to that question but certainly you′ll want to replace it after any long taxing encounter with a hard-fighting fish which can compromise the properties of the line. I also replace mine after extended fishing time in waters with lots of rocks snags and other debris that can cause nicks and abrasions. And of course it′s time for more line whenever the amount on the spool gets too small due to changing lures losing baits to snags cutting off line because of “twisties” and so forth.
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