Baitcast Reel Repair and Maintenance


Because of their complexity, baitcast or ‘casting’ fishing reels generally require more repairs and maintenance services.  At Fischer Angling we will completely tear down the reel and inspect every part to make sure the reel is in top working condition.  If there is a baitcast reel repair or part needed we’ll contact you in advance for approval of this repair.  We then properly oil and grease the bearings, gears and other small moving parts.  Our inspection process includes testing each piece of the reel making sure that everything is working properly.  

The following are factors that effect the frequency of needing a baitcast reel repair or maintenance service:  Saltwater environments will take more of a toll on your reel than freshwater environments.  If you add saltwater wading to your fishing style this is another element which will greatly increase the wear on your reels.  We recommend a comprehensive baitcast reel repair and maintenance servicing based around your fishing style. 

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Baitcast reel repair and maintenance services include:

  1. Initial reel inspection
  2. Reel tear down
  3. Parts and bearing inspection
  4. Customer outreach and approval if additional parts needed*
  5. Ultrasonic parts and bearing cleaning
  6. Oil and grease reel parts
  7. Reassembly of reel
  8. Final inspection test/review

*Approved additional parts costs will be invoiced to customer prior to returning reel.

Return shipping to you as a customer is a flat-rate included in the checkout process.

Our baitcast reel repair and maintenance services are considered by many to be the best in Texas.  That’s a tall order when you consider the amount of fresh- and salt-water anglers we have in this state.  At Fischer Angling we want to provide you with an experience rather than being just a typical online shopping site.  That is why we continuously provide our customers with an abundance of educational tools as well as our services and merchandise.  We want to be your first source when it comes to your fishing needs.  

Service offerings include: Online tutorials, reel reviews & equipment reviews through our YouTube site.  Every type of baitcast reel repair and maintenance services.  Updates on new equipment within the industry.  We also value our customers opinions and encourage everyone to ask questions when you need help.  We’re here to provide our customers with the type of service we also expect.  

The Baitcast Reel Defined

You’ve probably heard of the terms ‘backlash’ or ‘birds nest’.  This occurs with a baitcast or ‘casting’ reel when the line from the spool comes out too fast and begins creating a web of tangled line on the spool.  This is many times very frustrating and depending upon the initial error can be difficult to untangle.  Modern casting reels try to stop this from occurring by using braking systems that are manual and even controlled chip.  The dreaded backlash is big reason many people prefer a spinning reel to a casting reel.   

So why would you want a casting reel?  Well, they have the ability to be very precise when casting off reefs, around logs or through trees.  You can control the cast and be much more accurate with a casting reel.  The learning curve is higher on a casting reel compared to a spinning reel but in many cases the practice will pay off.

Casting reels come in both left and right-handed models and the handle cannot be changed from one side to the other like with a spinning reel.  You need to know what model you want prior to purchasing.  My suggestion is that if you’re right handed you’ll want a right-handed fishing reel.  That is the way I was taught and how many anglers today prefer.  Some anglers don’t like that you need to switch hands when casting however I use two hands and leave my right hand on the handle.  This way I’m prepared when my lure hits the water.  A good cast to a bass or redfish will immediately produce a strike so you must be prepared.  The longer it takes to switch your hand around the more potential you have for missing the strike.  

Casting reels are also more sensitive to water, moisture, salt, etc.  Regular baitcast reel repair and maintenance services like ours are highly recommended.  Without these services your expensive reel can become fouled up causing more frequent backlashes and your casting performance will decrease.

Round and Low Profile Baitcast Reels

Round: holds more line, used for heavier line, used to toss larger baits, used for long runs during the fight. 

Species: steelhead, salmon, muskie and pike

Low-Profile: most popular, used for palming, easier for wrist-action, more ergonomic.

Species: Inshore speckled trout, redfish, bass, crappie

Gear Ratios

All reels have a specific gear ratio that describes the speed at which the line will be reeled in per revolution of the handle.  Common ratios include 5.4:1, 6.4:1, and 7.1:1. The first set of numbers lists how many revolutions the spool makes for each turn of the reel handle. For example, with a 6.4:1 reel the spool will revolve 6.4 times with one crank of the handle. The higher the number, the more line that can be retrieved within the same amount of work.  Many people also research how much physical line is retrieved per revolution.  Beginners will stick with a common 6.4:1 while more advanced anglers will go with a slower or faster ratio depending upon the conditions they are fishing. 

Braking Systems 

Baitcast braking systems adjust and slow down the rotation of the spool during the cast. Without a braking system you would have a backlash with every cast. 

The spool tension knob is your first line of offense for adjusting spool speed. It is the large knob found on the reel handle side. Tighten this knob enough, so that when you disengage the reel, your lure will slowly fall to the ground. Once it makes contact, the spool should stop revolving almost immediately. The heavier the lure, the tighter the tension should be.

Centrifugal brakes are friction based, and utilize pins inside the side plate of the reel to make adjustments. To engage the brakes, push the pins outward. For a six-pin system, always adjust pins that are across from each other. Both should be either on or off.

Magnetic brakes work on a more complicated principle, but rely on the spool and magnets to decrease the spool revolution rate. They are also adjustable by the angler.

Computer controlled braking systems use a small waterproof computer chip.  The chip measures the speed of the line when casting and will increase or decrease the brake to prevent a backlash.  I personally love these reels however they will backlash on occasion and are more expensive than some traditional baitcast reels.  Repair services for these reels can be costly especially if your chip malfunctions.  

We hope that this was helpful and that you’ll choose us for your baitcast reel repair and maintenance services.  

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