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....ok so i go wade fishing a lot in the saltwater bays and my reels get soaked a lot of the time well i get home and clean my reels of course but after at least 100+ trips they are finally giving out of me =( i dont like buying new surf fishing reels so does anybody know a concoction that could by example soak my reels in and it will get rid of whatever junk or salts that are stuck in their that i just cant clean by hand?

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Yea, I would use Birchwood Casey® Reel Scrubber Solvent/Degreaser...

http://www.***/shopping/shop/store/reel-repair-supplies02.html

The key is making sure your using a quality reel grease, and applying it to the key places needed to be greased right to repel the saltwater.....

Just .02¢

Good Luck & Tight Lines!!!

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I have only had problems with cheap reels or reels not designed for saltwater use (a must, reel with a sealed front drag )

After each outing I use Salt X, comes in a concentrate, spray it on your reel and line to get rid of salt residue after a fresh water rinse.

All I have done to my saltwater reels is to add Corrosion X or Corrosion block to the handle bearings. I also put a dab of grease around the base of spool shaft.

IMO one of the better surf reels is a Shimano spheros, I have 2, totally designed for saltwater use, stronger drag than stradic and isn't a sand magnet.......These reels are workhorses.

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I've gotten some shimano, non-SW equipment from guys before that were used only occasionally for bay fishing for Reds and the reels were nearly ruined inside.

At 100 trips you need to be investing in quality, SW use gear.

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I use a stradic in saltwater and know many others that do as well with no problems over a long period of time, it's a darn good reel.

Shimano will tell you all their reels are safe for saltwater use(only saros and above have arb bearings)

All of our reels are approved for use in saltwater.

On the Shimano web site none of the reels say approved for saltwater use except the ones listed under the off shore reels category.

I find a contradiction between what is said and what is printed, but as I mentioned never had a problem and doubt that I will.

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Thanks for the help finally got my hands on a can of the scrubber and cleaned my spinning reel today =) it was a first for me felt kinda cool cleaning my own reel :). Wish i would have taken a picture before and after because i had a small plant of some sort growing in my reel along with tons of slime/gunk salt rust it was mayhem and i got it all clean as a whistle =D with no trouble remembering how to put it back together (if only i can fix my watch now =/) Thank ya for the help much appreciated =D

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So what do y'all think the difference is between totally designed for saltwater use and normal reels?

Shimano Normal (standard) Reels

Have aluminum frames are anodized to protect from corrosion which makes them safe for saltwater use. The bearing is ether A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings) or Shielded stainless steel also safe for saltwater use.

Shimano Saltwater Version

Have aluminum frames that are anodized to protect from corrosion which makes them safe for saltwater use. The bearing is ether A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings) or Shielded stainless steel also safe for saltwater use.

Follow Dave's advice you'll be good to go :)

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That reel is THE workhorse of the surf. My Penn 704Z. It's older than most of the members on this site.

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