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May 28 2018, 11:58 AM #1

Kit Carson


Member Since : 2001
Number of Posts : 55

Reel Maintenance

I need some advice. I have an older green Curado Bantam and Abu Ambassador that are around 8 or 9 years old, I think. I've never done anything to them. I also have three new bait casters I bought this year. I need to know how I should be maintaining them. How often should I oil them? Where to oil, etc? 

Also, can anyone recommend someone to maintain or repair reels? I know I should at least get the older ones in for maintenance.



May 29 2018, 09:48 AM #2

Keith Barfield


Member Since : 2015
Number of Posts : 72

Kit, last year I was referred to Bill Brown at  972-800-7387.  He lives in The Colony and did a fine job on my reels.  He also fixed some broken rod tips.


May 29 2018, 10:22 AM #3

Kit Carson


Member Since : 2001
Number of Posts : 55

Thanks Keith. I will check him out.

May 30 2018, 07:38 AM #4

Larry Maupin

Slot Fish

Member Since : 2012
Number of Posts : 211

For reel repairs the cheapest and quickest I've found is Bass Pro Shops. You can ship them in (to Missouri) or drop off at your local store. I did that with three old reels last year. Price averaged about $60 per reel for parts and labor. I picked them up at the store and paid at that time. Also got back a plastic bag of old bad parts. I'm happy with the work and the price. Be aware it took 3 months to get them back, so would be good to do over winter. I would use them again.

May 30 2018, 09:10 AM #5

Kit Carson


Member Since : 2001
Number of Posts : 55

Thanks Larry.

June 03 2018, 01:30 PM #6

William Fetech


Member Since : 2010
Number of Posts : 664


After each use, I oil the worm drive on my bait casters. Several times per year, I take a small screwdriver and open the oil port that most bait casters have on the handle-side and apply a couple drops of oil. The oil kits are available at Bass Pro or Academy Sports.




June 04 2018, 11:38 AM #7

Murray Camp


Member Since : 2016
Number of Posts : 34

I take my reels into these guys annually and have been happy with them:

You may not need annual service, but I use my bass tackle for SW fishing as well, so it's needed. 

Hope that helps. 

June 06 2018, 01:01 PM #8

Steve Alexander


Member Since : 2002
Number of Posts : 741

Southwest Parts is the best in the business. Located near downtown Dallas.

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