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BPS Rick Clunn BC reel: Can't get spool out

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I feel certain I've had the spool out of this reel for cleaning and lubing, but I can't seem to get it out now. I have the left side palming plate off.The spool will slide out a little and I got a couple loops of line between the spool and the reel body that I can't get clear. Now I really need to get the spool all the way out. Is there some trick? Help!

 

Update: I got all the line off. It was cheap Big Game mono anyways.But I'd still like to get that spool out to lube the backside spindle. I used it in salt water.

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take the tension knob off the right side and get a small pick and push slightly in hole where spool shaft is and give it a small pop. had the same thing happen on another reel.make sure you clean the bearings really good.

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17 minutes ago, crypt said:

take the tension knob off the right side and get a small pick and push slightly in hole where spool shaft is and give it a small pop. had the same thing happen on another reel.make sure you clean the bearings really good.

Thanks, that did the trick. I can see there are detents machined into the right side spool shaft. I have not been pleased with the quality of this reel from day 1.

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1 hour ago, the reel ess said:

Thanks, that did the trick. I can see there are detents machined into the right side spool shaft. I have not been pleased with the quality of this reel from day 1.

Never used this reel.  Admit I am hesitant to use any reel with a professional fisherman's name on it.  You aren't helping to change my opinion.  :D  Given its price, I would guess quality control might not be the best.  Could be you didn't get one of the better reels.  Not all low priced reels are bad.  I've got a couple that I am very pleased with.  However, if the money is available, I'd rather spend a little more.  Are you going to be looking to replace it?

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On 8/13/2016 at 2:34 PM, new2BC4bass said:

Never used this reel.  Admit I am hesitant to use any reel with a professional fisherman's name on it.  You aren't helping to change my opinion.  :D  Given its price, I would guess quality control might not be the best.  Could be you didn't get one of the better reels.  Not all low priced reels are bad.  I've got a couple that I am very pleased with.  However, if the money is available, I'd rather spend a little more.  Are you going to be looking to replace it?

Well, it was $80 on closeout. It has a solid aluminum frame. Another member on this board who works on reels told me it's essentially the same as a Johnny Morris reel but with fewer ball bearings and a cheaper drag. He told me I could upgrade it and have a JM reel that will last me a long time. But the drag has not been the problem. The cast control button has never engaged smoothly. It seems to need a lot of cleaning and lubing to keep it working well. But it will cast a mile and I've caught some bigger bass with it. If it quits I'll replace it with a Lew's. I'm high on their quality.

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Changing the subject to reels with fishing pro's names on them, a dozen or so years ago BPS marketed a David Fritts bait casting reel.  Those are great cat fishing reels.   Guido Hibdon put his name on a US Reels product.  That reel is yet to find its true purpose in my reel arsenal.

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I bought this one because it was basically on sale $20 off. But I've stayed away from that since. I remember the Fritts reel.

Wasn't it specifically for crankbaits, with a slow retrieve and an old clutch type anti-reverse?

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More or less yeah, but  back in the day 5 to 1 was considered a high speed retrieve.  Right off hand, I forget the ratio of the Fritts reel, but it was closer to 5 to 1 than 3.8 to 1 I think.   Anyway, put some 25 or 30 pound line on that reel and it does a great job of lobbing baits & weights a decent distance without throwing the bait off the hook.  I have them on some close out catfish rods that I got at Walmart.   They have a considerable back bone to them, but a very forgiving tip.  They were made for fishing circle hooks for catfish.

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