Get ready now or curse the fishing gods later.

One of my baitcasters

Parts laid out on paper are easier to see.

You can stare blankly out the window this weekend. (Sigh!) Better anglers would rather prepare for that next fishing trip, NOW. You’ve seen that Star Trek episode three times anyway.

Here is a short checklist to avoid fishing delays:

• Chances are good your fishing line is ready for a change. It is the only thing between you and the fish.

• Treat line with Real Magic to reduce ozone damage.

• Inspect the spool for nicks, especially the outer edges.

• Check bails on spinning reels. Do they close with authority?

• Test the anti-reverse function on all your reels. The handle should stop and the drag engages when you pull the line.

• Test the drag while you are testing the anti-reverse. A steady pull should be smooth without a “hitch”.

• Does the line-guide on the spinning reel turn freely? Lubricate as needed. Is the finish on the roller smooth?

• Untwisting the thumbscrews on a baitcaster will reveal the “raceway” that the centrifugal weights turn in. (Some reels have a magnetic field instead.) Is this area clean? Cotton swabs are handy for the task of cleaning these tight quarters.

• Lubricate the spool shaft with light oil for better casts. A heavy oil or lube will slow down the spool.

• Inspect the worm gear and pawl for wear or nicks. Clean these parts and re-lube.

Are you delving deeper into the reel for a serious cleaning? Treat yourself to a visit to Reel You will find repair books, DVDs, and tungsten lubricants that will make the task much easier. They even have a list of authorized repair shops on their site too.

Do you have an older discontinued reel that needs parts? Check out EBay. I just found a part for a classic 1985, Lew’s BBIN.

A little TLC now will pay dividends in fish later.

Blessings, TJ

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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2 Responses to Get ready now or curse the fishing gods later.

  1. What lubes do you use and where?

    • TJ Stallings says:

      Great question dude. To be honest “lube” is a bigger word than it applies. Heavy lube AKA “Grease” is great for gears and “load bearing, bearings” like on a pinion gear in a spinning reel. “Oil” is for lighter parts like; bail hinges, line rollers and spool shafts and bearings in bait-casters. I use Real Magic on the line and all over the outside of the reel to protect the finish.
      BTW, the old part I found was the CERAMIC pawl for the BB1N. I can’t believe more factories don’t use these. They are awesome.


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