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« on: September 29, 2018, 08:41:34 PM »

Might be a dumb question to some of you seasoned Baitcasting anglers here but not for me. As a novice who is still working on controlling backlash,would more high performance bearings make matters worse for me? What I mean is, I've been reading the threads on Fuego vs Tatula and it was mentioned that if you upgrade from the stock bearings on the Fuego it will perform like a much more expensive reel. I'm guessing that's because the bearings would spin "freer" in essence faster and longer. Could that relate to me having more backlash issues until I get my thumb braking under control?
I could see where the upgraded bearings would help a bank bound angler such as my self reach otherwise out of reach spots due to increase in casting distance but would, is, the trade off worth it?
Or am I looking at this all wrong?
By the way, I did go ahead and order a Tatula CT Type R. Could not pass up the deal, payed less than 90.00.........BAIT MONKEY STRIKES AGAIN!!

As always,I appreciate all that you guys are teaching me, all I ask is that you please be patient with me.
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Re: Bearings
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2018, 09:10:46 PM »

Imho, the stock bearings in the reels you mentioned are more than fine for you. You need to build your water time with your b/c's and train your thumb in feathering that spool.  Bearings will be a cool a upgrade once you become proficient in using your b/c's (bait casting reel). Just my .02
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Re: Bearings
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2018, 09:23:54 PM »

Imho, the stock bearings in the reels you mentioned are more than fine for you. You need to build your water time with your b/c's and train your thumb in feathering that spool.  Bearings will be a cool a upgrade once you become proficient in using your b/c's (bait casting reel). Just my .02
I tend to agree. Thanks


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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2018, 09:51:04 PM »

I upgraded some reels I have one time. I was looking at going with Abec 7 ceramic bearings and some other parts upgrades. I asked some questions on another forum ( many years ago, before I joined UB) and  a British fellow, who was a well known distance tournament caster, told me that for fishing, I was wasting my money, as I wouldn't see any real improvement over the factory bearings.

He also said a good cleaning & proper lube could do wonders for a reel that's not worn out, as many times reels have too much oil & grease in them from the factory and that can slow down the bearings. I ended up replacing some bearings on an older reel that needed it, and went with Abec 5 stainless bearings, and a proper lube. That reel casts great! Also just cleaned & re-lubed other, newer reels and they cast much better than they did before the cleaning.

I agree very much with Lou! Learn how to cast the reel, practice as much as you can, and unless the parts are worn out, you don't need to be replacing them.  ;)
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Re: Bearings
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2018, 10:13:23 AM »

Great advice here. IMO upgrading bearings versus proper lubrication equals just a couple of feet if any in distance. I can equal a smoother feel and reduced or increased noise depending on your upgrade. Stock bearings generally are just fine, it's the cleaning and lube that needs to be addressed.

So, get your thumb working like you want and then we'll teach you how to fix those stock bearings up. If after that you still want to turbo cast there are some bearings out there that can help.
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