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Reel differences? - saltwater and freshwater reel uses

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:43 am
by Sandfly
Are there any differences in the materials used to manufacture reels for sea of freshwater use?

If I use one of my freshwater fixed-spool reels for lure fishing in the sea next spring, will it be ruined? Will it begin to rust within seconds upon contact with salt water?

Being as tight as a duck's bottom, I'm reluctant to spend money on yet another reel when I have a good selection available in my coarse fishing kit.

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:07 am
by flattiefanatic
Freshwater reels might not have the salt water resistance that sea reels have. Im sure you can use freshwater reels but most of those reels with the exception of big pit reels have a lower line ratio. If after every session you rinse the reels out(get rid of salt deposits then im sure it will be fine). But obviously if your sea fishing a lot then the salt water reels can be brought on a budget ;)

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:12 pm
by eccles
Tend to agree with flattie on this one, I do know that quality sea reels have brass gears, graphite bodies and stainless components whereas I wouldn't know if freshwater reels have such materials. Personally I prefer graphite spools too as you then get no corrosion problems as happens with some metal spools.

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:24 pm
by fishy1330
well guys i have to disagree i have just washed my shimano biomaster gt 8000 after todays session it's a bought 12 year old and it's a big pit reel . having sed that some reels just don't last long at all . you get wot you pay for most salt water reels cost far to much :) :) :) ian

Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:07 am
by rabbi2
The penn 8000 were plasic gearing they were suposed to be the bees kness but turned out to be crap
keith :D :D