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Everything you wanted to know about fishing reel bearings, including how they are created, and what role they play in reel operation. Class is in session as bearing guru, ChuckE, explains the ins and outs of reel bearings in "Bearings 101." read more »
Ready to move on to "Reel Bearings 201?" The second installment of the tutorial continues to build on the fundamentals presented in Reel Bearings – 101. It covers ceramic bearings, bearing corrosion, lubrication, and other related topics. Bust out those notebooks, it's time to talk bearings.. read more »
Most modern reels are typically designed and constructed so they provide years of service when properly maintained. Materials, service and use, tolerances, alignment, part configuration, and other criteria are considered when designing today's reels. However problems can occur, especially when you consider the environment that reels are used in, and the fact that many anglers don't always perform reel maintenance as often or as diligently as they should. I'm sure we've all heard the stories of a reel that worked flawlessly for years without any maintenance at all, until one day...read more »
TO ABEC OR NOT TO ABEC
by: TODD IWAMOTO
Hmm, you're probably thinking, what the heck is this guy talking about? ABEC?
Let me start off by asking some questions:
Have you ever been at the edge of a vast frog mat and knew if you could get your cast to the back of a small hole, the fish of a lifetime is waiting for your frog?...read more »
Do ceramic bearings or ceramic hybrids offer serious advantages over ordinary stainless bearings? Opinions vary even among top casters and anglers, so we asked Neil Mackellow and Iain Graham to provide their alternative views...
Part 1: We kick off with the thoughts of most the famous 'beard' in sea angling, Neil Mackellow has the floor...read more »
Fishing Reel bearings
are generally supplied dry, without any grease or oil. But many Reel Repair shops still like to flush out the bearings to be sure they are completely dry. This is not a necessary step for bearings already supplied dry by Boca Bearings, but it is a good guideline for older bearings or bearings that already have a thick, viscous lubricant in them...read more »
I've had many people ask if ceramic bearings are really worth the extra cost when it comes to fishing reels? In this article we are going to help answer that question for you and explain exactly why and when is it best to use ceramic bearings or steel bearings.
Ceramic balls can be used to replace steel in ball bearings. Their higher hardness means they are much less susceptible to wear and can offer more than triple lifetimes. They also deform less under load, meaning they have less contact with the bearing retainer walls and can roll faster. In very high speed...read more »
GreenFish is an apparel company with a conscience and a conservation-minded mission. GreenFish believes in supporting sustainable fisheries for the long term. Getting involved is easy. For each GreenFish product you buy, GreenFish will donate 5% to the sustainable fisheries partner of your choice through their GreenFish Gives program. And with that, GreenFish is building a movement to nurture our fishing stocks for future generations to enjoy...read more »
1. Could you give us a little history behind your organization?
Our group, Hmong Kayak Fishing Club, started with four friends (Rocky Ly, KB Xiong, Tony Yang and Will Yang) who found the sport of kayak fishing to be most fun and rewarding. We banded together to form our Facebook-operated club in hopes to make aware the sport of kayak fishing to our Hmong community.
2. What sparked your interest in kayak fishing?
Much of my personal interest in kayak fishing started from...read more »
Fishing reel bearings are located throughout both spinning and baitcasting reels wherever there are components that must spin/rotate. The spool, pinion gear and under drag washers, They serve to facilitate the rotation of gears, knobs, spools and even level wind devices. Without them, the term "smooth" would not be in our fishing reel vocabulary. Fishing would be more of an ordeal than the enjoyable experience it is today.
We've all heard a million times that "the more ball bearings a reel has the better...read more »
1. Could you introduce yourself to our readers?
I am Todd Iwamoto and an avid tournament fisherman on the Left Coast who loves getting on the water for fun and competition!
2. How long have you been involved in your sport?
30+ years of fishing in general and 12 years of tournament bass fishing...read more »
In the past years tuning and customizing reels got a voice of its own, and starts to change the face of fishing. Faster bearings, lighter and lighter spools, more performant braking systems, out of this world handles, full bearing supported knobs, and lots more can make a reel more than you bargained for.
But the question is: "Is it all worth it? Are there tangible results? Or is it just playing tricks on us?" We are...read more »