Proper Care & Treatment Of Casting Reels

Anybody that’s fished poppers, hardbait or surface iron for bluefin the last few years has probably pushed their casting reel’s limits farther than they ever have before. While today’s casting reels, like my favorite, the Penn Fathom 25N, are up to the task of landing a 100-pound class fish, the longer battles that go along with the result in angler fatigue and that leads to a fish fighting style that can damage your reel.

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If you have been pulling against your reel handle when fighting fish, replacing your reel’s one-way roller bearing is an easy and inexpensive fix that can be done when performing your normal yearly service.

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If you aren’t currently servicing your own reels, I recommend checking out this article to see just how quick and easy it actually is.

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Erik Landesfeind is BD's Southern California Editor and has over 30 years of experience saltwater fishing for a range of species in both California and Mexican waters. Erik is also an active freelance writer and the author of the weekly column So Cal Scene, which BD publishes every Friday. In So Cal...