Keeping your drag smooth with this step by step D.I.Y. fishing reel service.
Have you ever lost a big fish to gear failure?
Getting big fish to the boat for clients is my job and why I never leave anything to chance if I can help it.
Sometimes we will fish all day chasing that one metre plus barra and the last thing I want is to lose it during the fight due to gear failure or lack of maintenance.
One of my pet hates is sticky drags, hence why you need to regularly do a fishing reel service.
In a previous video, I explained the ins and outs of why you need a well-maintained drag to land big fish.
But in this video, I am going to go one step further.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep your gear in top shape.
I don’t use reels that cost $1000 each, I don’t believe you have to… but I do put the time in to keep the reels I use in excellent working condition.
People always ask me “where do you catch the big fish, what lure to use etc.”
But very few are ever interested in the behind-the-scenes stuff.
And that’s the stuff that makes it all play out successfully on the day.
Therefore one of the most critical things is to give your fishing reels a service regularly.
If your drag is sticky, it’s a time for some fishing reel cleaning and maintenance.
Even when you are tossing lures in the shallows for schoolies, you just never know when the mother of all fish is going to latch on.
When all hell breaks loose you want your gear to perform to its absolute maximum capacity. It has to!
And in this harsh saltwater environment, it just won’t be able to handle the pressure if your fishing reel hasn’t been serviced.
So… what are you waiting for?
Most of the tools you need to do a fishing reel service are probably in the shed already!
So grab one of your reels right now and give it some TLC.
Because prevention is always better than cure.
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