After a day's fishing, rinse the reel inside and out with fresh water and allow to dry. Then lightly oil and grease easily accessible moving parts. This is especially important if reel was used in saltwater or in dirty or muddy conditions. Do not use the reel until it is fully clean, as dirt and sand will cause damage.
Remove the reel covers, spinnerhead, spool, and washers, clutch ring, center shaft assembly, crank handle, bearing retainer clip, crank bearing, and crank shaft assembly. Note: Line the parts in order of removal to allow for easy reassembly. Using a small paint brush or tooth brush, a mild detergent (such as dish washing liquid), scrub and rinse all visible gunk and debris from the reel body and parts. Allow to dry or dry with a soft, clean cloth. Relubricate the parts during reassembly according to directions below.
NOTE: To remove the spinnerhead, you must hold the handle so it does not move as you turn the spinnerhead counter-clockwise.
NOTE: The majority of spincast reels are not designed for saltwater use. Please contact us if you are unsure if your reel is suitable for saltwater use.
After each fishing trip, remove the spool and soak in fresh water, thoroughly rinse the reel body with a light spray of fresh water. Thorough cleaning after each saltwater trip is very important to the life and dependability of your reel. The reason for this is that every time saltwater gets on the reel and dries, it leaves a microscopic coating of "crystalline" salt residue. This salt coating will not only attack the components in the reel but will create the same wearing and / or binding effect as sand or dirt. After the saltwater and saltwater residue is rinsed from the reel, use a clean dry cloth to remove the excess water from the reel and spool. Then, use a good quality lubricant that contains "corrosion inhibitors" and apply a light coating on the reel. We recommend using products designed for fishing reels.
The following points document the proper maintenance guidelines that should be used for all Spinning reels:
• Your reel has been designed to provide years of dependable performance when properly maintained and lubricated.
• Be sure to exercise care when applying oil and grease and use only small amounts of each when lubricating, as excess is unnecessary and can hinder performance of reel.
• The more frequent or severe the use, the more often and thoroughly a reel should be serviced. Your reel should be cleaned and re-lubed after each trip of saltwater fishing or if dropped in dirt or sand.
• Annually the reel should be professionally cleaned and lubricated. Lubrication points are as follows (some part descriptions will vary from reel to reel):
GREASE Crank Gear, Crank Shaft, Pinion Gea,r Center Shaft Asy., Pick-up Arm, Roller Wheel, Anti-Reverse Pawl/Ratchet, Spool Washers, Bushings.
OIL Handle Knobs (both ends), Pick-up Pin, Arm Lever (pivot), Kick Lever Mechanism, Ball Bearings, Clutch Screw, Spool Release Mechanism.
NOTE: Grease and Oil used should be a good quality, light grade product designed for fishing reels.