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Cleaning my 2003 Pinnacle Extant Baitcasting Reel

I know that sounds really exciting. Who cleans their fishing reels? I mean seriously. Aren’t they self cleaning? One would think so. But after practicing today with this particular reel, I realized something was wrong. Normally when you have your reel locked and your reeling in your line, the reel won’t turn if you tug on it. This allows you to set your hooks correctly. Any play in the line and you could miss a fish. Well, I come to discover this was not the case today and my continuous anti-reverse mechanism would release 12 to 18 inches of reel before it would engage. This would make any sort of hook sets impossible. It was time to break it all apart and clean it. This should normally be done once a year, but I haven’t done so in the last 6.

Below are a bunch of images showing the steps of taking the baitcaster apart, cleaning it and putting it back together. Once I had it back together and tested it, it worked like the day I got it. Very nice!