Proper reel maintenance?
I’m new to saltwater fishing(well new to actually knowing what I’m doing) and I want to know what to do after a trip to the beach to clean my reels. obviously I know to keep them out of the salt water and out of the sand, but all I know to do is rinse them with some fresh water. I have two penn frc 2000’s and they are starting to show the wear and tear of the beach… I also use a penn 9/0 for shark fishing and it doesn’t seem to be affected at all but it may just be a matter of time if I’m not doing it properly.. so how do I save my reels?
the 9/0 is for shark fishing from the beach by the way.
Salt takes longer to fully dissolve than you might think – as long as 10 minutes in the cold water from a hose, less if the water is warm. Tighten your drags before rinsing and orient your reel while rinsing to avoid shooting water directly into an access point for the drags. It’s best not to use a pressure stream at all while rinsing or you can force little sand particles deep inside the reel where they get into gears and bearings. That’s a key point for surf-fishing, not so important for boat fishing. Keep the reels wet for ten minutes, then towel dry them. After 3-4 hours, or the next morning, loosen the drags.
Every few fishing sessions, check the operation of the line roller on your spinning reels. Make sure they turn freely as you retrieve some line. I don’t think you have a ball bearing in the line roller, just a bushing (look at your reel schematic), so you don’t need to completely disassemble and clean it like you would a ball bearing type, but just rinse it well and put a drop or two of Corrosion-X in there after it dries. Add a drop of oil once in a while to the spool bearings on your conventional reels.
Once a year, take your reels apart, remove and de-grease all gears and bearings, re-lube gears with grease, bearings with grease or oil depending on the function, and replace your drags. Shimano makes a nice blue grease for gears and drive bearings, and oil for spool bearings. Or, take them to a tackle shop that has a good reputation for servicing reels. It might cost about $15 per reel per year, if you don’t want to mess with it yourself.
Saltwater fishing in Port Aransas,TX