Published at Tuesday, April 10th 2018. by Juliane Pia in Fishing Reels.
Proper Lubrication. Proper reel maintenance includes lubricating all moving parts such as bearings spool spindles and gears. You should lubricate lightly however and do not use heavy oil or grease. These can gum up or leave a residue that can inhibit movement of the bearings and other close-tolerance parts. Fine light lubricants such as Rem Oil or Blakemore′s Reel Magic Lubricant are excellent choices. Despite advice you may get to the contrary do not use WD-40 or Vaseline to lubricate any of your reel parts. These work well for many applications but they′re not good for reels. Most manufacturers recommend that you re-lubricate your reel on at least a monthly basis – more often with heavy use. At the very least lubricate everything once during each season you′ll be fishing.
Spincast Reels: With these reels the line comes off the top of the spool while casting. The spool which runs parallel with the rod remains enclosed by a cover that features a port where the end of your fishing line exits the reel. The spool remains stationary until you use a thumb button to cast. As you release the button your bait or lure will propel your line. The ease of spincast reels makes them a good choice for novices. They′re reliable and lack complexity.
Baitcasting Reels: These reels work with the weight of your bait or lure as it pulls on the line and turns the spool. They are typically preferred by more experienced anglers especially when using heavier lures and lines for large game fish. Handles are usually located on the right-hand side of the reel. Most baitcasting reels incorporate a drag system which adjusts the resistance or drag on your spool and controls the level of resistance needed to pull the right length of line off the spool many anglers prefer baitcasting reels for larger stronger game fish like musky or smallmouth bass particularly if they′ll be out on the water for an extended period of time. Many saltwater anglers also use baitcasting reels for species like striped bass some baitcasting reels come in one-piece designs that lessen the corrosive effects of saltwater.
Lubrication is an essential part of spinning reel maintenance. Use the oil that came with the reel or a quality after-market brand. Ball bearings and metal bushings tend to collect water and salt leading to corrosion and seizure if not oiled. It′s difficult to crank in a fish if the handle won′t turn. A little oil goes a long way though. Too much is almost as bad as not enough so apply sparingly.
When each reel is dry lightly lubricate easily accessible moving parts. This is especially important if the reel was used in saltwater or in dirty or muddy conditions. Do not use the reel until it is fully clean as dirt and sand can cause damage.
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