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Boca Bearings Fishing Newsletter: Issue 25

Introduction: This tutorial continues to build on the fundamentals presented in Reel Bearings – 101 and 201. It covers reel maintenance and design, common bearing problems and troubleshooting, and other related topics.

Reel Design and Maintenance: 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…

The type and degree of maintenance required to keep your reel in tip-top condition will obviously depend on several factors. The amount of time spent on the water actually using the reel, how it's stored, the brand/model/features a reel has, what type of water you fish (e.g. salt vs. fresh), whether your reel has greased or oiled bearings, and what minor maintenance is performed (e.g. flushing, periodic mini-lube or just an occasional wipe down), are some examples of the hardware factors. But personal factors also play a role and some examples include: how tolerant you are on performance problems; how you value your equipment; how much risk you are willing to take; whether warranty is of concern; if maintaining the reel is considered a chore or pleasure; and if you have the tools, dexterity, time and desire to do the maintenance yourself or decide to periodically send it to a professional for service. Everyone is different and there are a lot of variables involved, so we each have to determine what we are comfortable with and what works best for our situation...
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Q: What is an ABEC Rating?

A: Precision ball bearings are manufactured to standards established by the Annular Bearing Engineers Committee (ABEC) of the American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA). The ABEC and ISO bearing standards are primarily concerned with bearing tolerances. The tolerance is the permissible deviation from a specified value of a structural dimension. The higher the ABEC rating the closer the part is to being dimensionally perfect. For more information about ABEC ratings see info.

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Red Nnapper : Where did you catch it? Alantic Ocean What did you catch it with? A live grunt that i caught it the next drop after catching a moray eel.

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