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Topic: On the water gear self assistance  (Read 1108 times)

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Ho Chi Min Oh

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I just bought a curado 200 dpv during the Mel Cotton's Expo.  Was excited to use it b/c the sales guy heaped major praise on it. 

Last weekend, I thought I made a pretty clean launch out of Mitchell.  Not one wave over the bow.  When I got to my spot and started fishing, the curado was "crunchy".  Obviously sand had gotten into it somewhere.  Gave it a few dunks, which help somewhat, but not totally. 


Obviously the best thing is to avoid the scenario, but when its already there, what to do?  Would like to hear from all the hardcore reel techs out there.


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take it off, put it in a bag, put on a different reel.

when you get home, service the reel yourself or dial 1-800-alan-tani.

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take it off, put it in a bag, put on a different reel.

when you get home, service the reel yourself or dial 1-800-alan-tani.


Especially with a reel like the Curado that has tight tolerances and light weight parts.
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...and pick up a dry box/bag to keep your reel in during beach launches. I've got a nice little daiwa conventional still in pieces in a box from when I tilted during a surf landing a few years ago. Just took on enough sandy water to make it "crunchy". Since then all reels get stowed, going out & coming in through surf, no matter the size.
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The stowage/bag it is an excellent idea. I did a crash landing last fall and ended up with a crunchy reel, (great term), I dunked it in fresh water when I got home and left it till about a month ago.  Hours spent with solvent, brush, and new marine grease. OK now but precautions are well worth the trouble. Thanks for bringing it up.


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I guess that's why I still go with the old jigmasters and squidders.  I just pop em apart and rinse them out - even with salt water.  Just have to remember to re-rinse with fresh when I get home.  I know they're not the greatest, but they sure are durable.


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CALL 911 REEL RESCUE = Alan Tani....(it's exactly what I did when I dumped my Calcutta on the surf a few years back :smt011)
I was tolds to soak in warm water for a bit, dry it and drive to his house asap :smt002


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My smart assed, completely useless answer is to buy a Penn gti and stop putting 200+ dollar freshwater reels in the salt.  The level of abuse the Penn is able to take allows for a much greater crunchiness tolerance.  On the other hand I get why you guys like the shimano's... being able to real in 120'+ of line faster than a Ferrari goes 0-60 has its benefits...
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