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Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:17 am 
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I have fished in saltwater for as long as I have been fishing and I have been continually frustrated by spinning reels https://under-the-open-sky.com/best-spinning-reel/ and their ability to corrode and become unusable in virtually no time. I always rinse my reels in freshwater after each use and I've tried all sorts of other methods to try and prevent saltwater damage. I've tried soaking the reels in freshwater instead of merely rinsing them, rinsing with pressurized freshwater, gently rinsing, taking the reel handles apart and rinsing each component separately, reeling fast after rinsing to knock all the remaining water out of the reel, etc. Nothing has been successful. Virtually every light-tackle spinning reel I've used in saltwater has corroded and had to be replaced. I haven't had problems with the big ocean spinning reels for big game fish, but I mainly use conventional reels for most of that kind of fishing and use spinning reels for shallow nearshore fishing. Even the "saltwater specific" reels I've tried have also eventually failed. Does anyone have any pointers or tips that they've had for ensuring the longevity of spinning reels in saltwater?


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Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:34 am 
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I use the Penn SS series reels which appear to be replaced by the Z series now. I can't speak to the Z series, but my old metal SS series reels have lasted pretty well, although I only fish saltwater a few weeks a year. I see they also make graphite bodies, but I will stick with the heavier reels.

I would also be interested in how regular saltwater fisherman clean the lines after a long day fishing. I also suspect that just cleaning all the parts in freshwater and oiling the reel is not sufficient. Seems like there must be a good process for line cleaning. There are lots of tips in the cleaning and restoration topics, the search I used was https://reeltalk.orcaonline.org/search.php?keywords=saltwater+cleaning&terms=all&author=&sc=1&sf=all&sk=t&sd=d&sr=posts&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search


Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:45 am 
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Some models are more suited for salt water than others but all of the older makes are susceptible to salt infiltration and corrosion. The best advise I can give is to thoroughly disassemble and clean your reals regularly. That will depend on how often and long you use them in that environment.

A good unpainted & non-plastic parts soaking in lacquer thinner, acetone, or other strong solvent helps remove crud buildup. An ultra sonic machine helps speed up that process. Then a light burnishing finishes the cleaning process. Don't forget to thoroughly clean any ball bearings.

When you reassemble the reel give every thing, all parts, body, etc. a thin coating of synthetic marine grease. Penn or Yamaha blue. & Super Lube are good examples. Greasing everything will slow things down a little but speed has no real relevance in spinning reel operation. Line flows freely when the bail is open, and ease and speed during return isn't that important. Smooth function and longevity is very important. Add a little synthetic oil to things that you want to move more freely, like bearings, bushings, etc. If you want a reel that reduces salt infiltration look into Van Staals & similar models. They are sealed, but then you give up some access to moving parts.


Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:15 pm 
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Good freshwater cleaning after each trip. Using soap and water is better. I knew a fisherman that took his aluminum reels into the shower after each trip and washed them with soap and water as he showered. His stuff stayed very nice.

At the end of the season, its time to break the reel down for a deep cleaning and service. Do that and your old Penn Greenies will be with you forever.


Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:19 am 
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I gave up. I use Shimano Stradics for general SW inshore fishing. Rinse gently after each use and expect 3-ish years. After that, I consider them disposable.

Now, my Stella tarpon reels get an annual take down and cleaning. Still, rinse during season, but clean thoroughly before putting up. They are on year 5.


Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:12 am 
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Well, I am, not really up on Japanese reels. I guess I am stuck in the past. Just got this reel. It was heavily used and not fishable.

I took it down, cleaned and painted it. Then assembled, it is ready to catch fish again. Being that it is a 750SS, I would put its age at 35 to 40 years old. It now runs like new.

I know, I changed the color. I like blue better than black. Some reels are just bullet proof and others you have to throw away.









Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:52 am 
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m3040c wrote:Well, I am, not really up on Japanese reels. I guess I am stuck in the past. Just got this reel. It was heavily used and not fishable.

I took it down, cleaned and painted it. Then assembled, it is ready to catch fish again. Being that it is a 750SS, I would put its age at 35 to 40 years old. It now runs like new.


Couldn’t have said it better myself Mike! I have worked on hundreds of reels. Some you just throw away. Whenever someone asks me about a particular new reel, I tell them that it’s a great 5 year reel if you take care of it. If you want something to fish with and to last,,, buy a vintage reel, American made Penn. Clean and lube once a year. It will probably outlast you.


Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:22 pm 
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Rising the salt off the reel after each use is very good..But you should have the reel completely dis assembled each year and cleaned..You cannot get the salt out of the reel by rising..I have been in the rod and reel repair business for 45 years now and I have seen reels that the owners have thought by rising them was all that was needed..Take it from me, have them completely cleaned at least once a year...…….Dick


Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:26 pm 
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Yup, when you want a spinning reel that can take a lickin and keep on tickin, here's what you want. What is the best about these reels is their affordability. A Van Staal can empty your bank account, these are very attainable at low prices.



Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:37 pm 
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I use the old Penns, and these are the only spinning reels I accept from customers for service.
I do like the high speed Accurate for jigging though.

John


Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:09 pm 
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Re: Saltwater Spinning Reels??

I use the old Penns, and these are the only spinning reels I accept from customers for service.
I do like the high speed Accurate for jigging though.


Last year I took a bunch of Old Mitchell spinning reels to service for an old friend. Made in France 302's and 402's. They needed complete overhauls, even had some broken internals and I went nuts finding the brass conversion eccentrics (upgrade from the aluminum originals) to get them working right again. You are correct, should stick to Penn Greenies and SS models. the Mitchells worked out well but I like Penn better.


Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:30 pm 
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Gotta agree with Master Mike on the Penn's. This 700 isn't the first year but close, dad bought a few for the charter boat replacing the Quick's. I managed to sleaze this one out of the pack and it pretty much lived on my skiff as a kid without much love, but made me money, back then we were getting twenty five cents a pound fo the stripers. Only the spool isn't original and still use it as a daily driver. Part of the stand has vanished ,and the nut to spin the handle has seized, which suits me just fine since they always seem to unscrew themselves when I have a ---- off bonito at the other end of the string. Old girl still runs smooth even being butt ugly on the outside. I expect I'll get another 50 or 100 years out of this one.


Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:15 am 
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Gotta agree with Master Mike on the Penn's. This 700 isn't the first year but close, dad bought a few for the charter boat replacing the Quick's. I managed to sleaze this one out of the pack and it pretty much lived on my skiff as a kid without much love, but made me money, back then we were getting twenty five cents a pound fo the stripers. Only the spool isn't original and still use it as a daily driver. Part of the stand has vanished ,and the nut to spin the handle has seized, which suits me just fine since they always seem to unscrew themselves when I have a ---- off bonito at the other end of the string. Old girl still runs smooth even being butt ugly on the outside. I expect I'll get another 50 or 100 years out of this


Yup, the 700 was pretty bulletproof. It was made in three different versions. With a little care can last generations. Don't know if the new reels with infinite anti-reverse and 50 ball bearings will last like the old time spinning reels will. They run really smooth but seem delicate to me, that is unless you buy a $800 model.


Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:29 pm 
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I like taking old corroded Mitchell's that people have given up on and bringing them back to life. This old 301 looked pretty bad but it cleaned up pretty nice after some cleaning, sand blasting and painting.



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