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What is the proper maintenance of a reel after it gets dunked? Both spinning and baitcasters? Pls some one weigh in in the basics? I’ve had  both a spinning reel and baitcaster fall in the water this year besides hosing it down when I got home and spraying it down good with reel magic, drops of oil on the baitcasters bearing that’s all I did? 😭 I think I should have done more!!!

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If they were mine they would be completely torn down , cleaned and re-lubed....

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Depend on the water I guess.  For instance, the Potomac has salt content although not a lot, so if one of my reels got dunked I would strip it, dry it and relube.  On the other hand, a reel laying on the deck during a heavy rain get pretty wet. and they survive.

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1 hour ago, Maico1 said:

If they were mine they would be completely torn down , cleaned and re-lubed....

I’ve been warned about taking apart a 16 stradic if I’ve never done it before and every Time I brake down a baitcaster on my own I mess something up so I don’t do it anymore. I thought a rinse and a drenching in reel magic plus drops on the bearings, grease on the worm gear, without braking down the reel would be sufficient.

 Having thought about it now I don’t think that was enough? Hence the crying emoji 😭

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SO you dunked a reel and then “hosed it off” then sprayed reel magic, oil the bearings and greased it? Thats worse than just dunking it. If it feels gritty or slow then just send it to somebody that knows what they’re doing because when you submerge a real anything and everything can get inside

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4 hours ago, iabass8 said:

SO you dunked a reel and then “hosed it off” then sprayed reel magic, oil the bearings and greased it? Thats worse than just dunking it. If it feels gritty or slow then just send it to somebody that knows what they’re doing because when you submerge a real anything and everything can get inside

😂lol well not exactly like that!  I rinsed it let it dry then sprayed it down let it dry then opened up the reel cleaned it wiped it all down,  (not complete tear down) and put a drop of oil on the bearings and lubed the worm gear. But yeah im sending it out but not till November surprisingly the reels are still extremely smooth and in good operation. 

 I actually send DVT an email and got some information from him.

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If you're hardcore like me you keep on fishing them till there's actually a reason to do something to them. 😁 Unless it's salt water of course.

But then again, I use those magical number reels too. They ain't that delicate.

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30 minutes ago, DINK WHISPERER said:

If you're hardcore like me you keep on fishing them till there's actually a reason to do something to them. 😁 Unless it's salt water of course.

But then again, I use those magical number reels too. They ain't that delicate.

Never know I just might ? I heard they are basically copy’s of the old shimano cores with some tweaks to the outside and a different braking system. And very colorful.😄

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On 8/26/2018 at 11:41 AM, DINK WHISPERER said:

If you're hardcore like me you keep on fishing them till there's actually a reason to do something to them. 😁 Unless it's salt water of course.

But then again, I use those magical number reels too. They ain't that delicate.

I think I did that once or twice with my two reels Chornarch 50e and curado 70, but it only submerged in water for only a minute or so, 😄. I remembered fishing it until couple months later to get a drop of oil on spool bearing.

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Kidding aside tho, I would open it up and let it air dry, you might not need re-grease anything but a drop of oil on spool bearing doesn't hurt.

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It's like horses, don't put them away wet. If it's in and out of the water, I'll just fish it hard for the rest of the day, Then open it up, wipe it dry, and then leave it apart until dry, and then a quick lube, and back to work. If it is underwater for a prolonged period, I'll usually do the same, but leave it apart and take it out of the rotation till the off season. The advantage of using the same reel for everything is that there are about 20 others ready to go.

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In a perfect world, yes dunking would indicate tear down time. In reality a brief submersion in clear water probably isn't catastrophic if addressed as best you can. Lingering submersion in dirty water or laying on the bottom requires more active response. Laying reels on the ground or worse yet sand is arguably the worst. 

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