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Boca Bearings Fishing Newsletter: Issue 4


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?

Spots are busing bait all around you; but just out of range and by the time you get there, they're gone. You're in the back of the boat and can't quite reach the bank.

"If only I could cast a little further," you say.

Has your arm felt tired after a day of hardcore pitching when it seemed like you were fighting with your reel to get the extra distance needed but knew regular casting would not get the same accuracy?

These are a few of the scenarios where a simple upgrade of your bearings would make a world of a difference between a good and great day.

If you are like most of us, you pay very little attention to the ball bearings in your reels except when advertisements tell you this, "Xtra spectacular reel has 15 ball bearings," or whatever. What and how does it really affect the performance of your reel anyway, when some reels have many and other few but they are all pretty smooth and perform adequately?. more

Kit Used In Video
Daiwa Pixy R Bearings
#FR148-OS LD

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; it has less rolling resistance and is lighter and than steel. As a result ceramic bearings last longer and cast longer...more

Question / Answer
Q: How do I properly spin test my fishing reel bearings before installation?

A: We always suggest testing ceramic bearings by putting them under load. Fishing reel bearings are relatively small and ceramic is much lighter than steel so there is just not enough mass to see a prolonged free spin without a load attached to the bearing. The flick test seems to result in a perception that a ceramic bearing does not spin as long as a steel bearing, but as soon as you put both bearings under load the difference is noticeable. New bearings will require a short break in period, so comparing new bearings to old worn in bearings is not an apples-apples comparison. We typically just attach an awl to a bearing and give it a spin like shown in this spin test video.
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