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Prepping Your Nice Bass Reel For Saltwater Inshore Fishing..

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If you are planning to use those nice bass reels for saltwater inshore fishing.

Here’s you got to do before using them.

Open them up:

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 and clean them with:

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use a bowl and small brush for cleaning:

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 Grease these parts

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This one needs heavy greasing.

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Then put them back together and they are ready to go:

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Don't forget to oil all the other bearings.

Here's some tools you might need when you heavily into maintaining and pimping your reels.  

Tool caddy:

This one works like a lazy susan.

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Slop as much grease as you can on the drive gear bearing if using the reel in saltwater. If you don't I guarantee that bearing will turn to mush.

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Use the same grease on the inside frame as you would on the gears? Or an anti corrosion grease? What about the pinion gear bearing? I have read that it needs to be greased.................but be careful not to get grease inside the pinion gear.I am a little confused about the Anti Reverse Bearing? Is it.....don't get grease on it or it will slip or oil makes it slip? 

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Oil your AR bearing, don't grease the inside of it. Oil won't cause it to slip, grease can interfere with it though.

 

I use corrosion block grease and corrosion x oils on my reels that are heavily used in salt, but most tests I've seen show they really don't prevent rust corrosion. They are designed to prevent corrosion on electronics for the most part.

 

I think the idea is to put a barrier between the metal and the salt water, vaseline would probably work just as well as a "corrosion prevention" grease.

 

I'm a big fan of the corrosion x oils though, I make sure my bearings are filled with it on spinners, and I fill then blow out the spool bearing on my calcuttas for casting performance.

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The one in the picture that is heavily greased is the Drive shaft bearing.  The side plate that house the driveshaft bearing also needs to be heavily greased since saltwater usually get's trapped in it.

 

Yes, you don't grease the AR bearings. I use a few drops of corrosion x for the AR-Bearings, one too many drops would make it slip. 

 

For spool bearings on baitcaster, I use TSi 301 oil.    This one is the best one I have  used for saltwater since it does not get sticky like the Reel X oil.  Spinning reels, I use Reel X since it is thicker.  Actually using the shimano oil that comes in the box with the shimano reels would do just fine for spinning reels.

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The most important step is after fishing in saltwater, rinse the reel thoroughly with clear running water and set it out to dry completely before storing and bump up your cleaning/lube intervals. Liberal greasing is a good idea but gobs aren't necessary. All the extra that doesn't contact any parts is just more to clean out later.

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