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Boca Bearings Fishing Newsletter: Issue 20

Introduction: 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, its time to talk bearings...

Ceramic and Bearings: Advanced ceramic materials were initially used in the early-60's, mostly as coatings on power turbines and electrical generating equipment. The hardness, electrical resistance, and light weight of the material made them ideal for these applications.  Not long after that, advanced ceramic materials began to be used as man-made abrasives. Today they are used in a number of common products, yet most don't even recognize them.

Now when I say ceramic, I'm not talking about the same type that is used in your grandmother's china.  I'm talking about industrial ceramics – typically made from compounds of synthesized powders which are joined under extremely high pressure and heat.  (In fact, many closely resemble natural sapphire and ruby, and advanced ceramics have a harness that approaches diamond.)  Besides, a table setting of fine dishes made from industrial ceramics would cost millions of dollars!

Industrial ceramics are extremely resistant to wear, lighter than most metals, relatively strong, and are corrosion resistant.  If there was anything bad to say about them, it would be that they will brittle fracture under stress, if there are surface pores, cracks or flaws from the manufacturing process.  That was the problem with early ceramics used in industrial applications, but that was a long time ago – and no matter what you've heard, most manufacturing processes have been improved to mitigate fracture defects, since that time! Read More »

Kit Used In Video

Ceramic Orange Seal Fishing Reel bearing kits are an upgrade replacement to stock fishing reel bearings. These ABEC #7 bearings have ceramic balls with stainless steel races and retainers. Orange Seal bearings have a non-contact rubber seal which allows the bearing to spin freely with out any excess drag. Ceramic will never corrode...more

Featured Pro Staff Member

Featured Pro Staff: Hi,my name is Larry Richards and I am on the Boca Bearing Pro Team..I live on Lake Norfork in the Arkansas Ozarks.Lake Norfork is a clear water lake on the White River chain of lakes.We have great bass fishing on Norfork but Norfork is little known in comparison to Bull Shoals lake our next door neighbor.I also do promotions for Lago vista Lodge on lake Guerrero in Mexico and Hooked on Fishin with Mark Goines TV show.WE have a Hooked on Fishin Kids Tournament every year that Boca Bearings has been a sponsor of for the last two years.
Catch Of The Month

"11 1/2 lbs. Caught @ a county lake in AL... caught on a zoom worm in April.. using Boca orange seal bearings in diawa reel."

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