The Abu Garcia 6500 series of reels are open-faced spinning reels designed for heavier use with salt water species. Like any piece of gear, the 6500 reels need proper maintenance and TLC to maintain the optimal performance for casting, spinning and catching fish. Abu Garcia recommends several methods of keeping your reel in top performing shape.
Abu Garcia recommends keeping the handle spinner, spool and cartridge bearings properly oiled and lubricated. One good method of keeping up with these activities is to make a small written schedule for the maintenance and writing down the date of your last servicing. When you lubricate the handle and spool, use the Abu Garcia lubricant, available through their website or at most fish bait and tackle stores. Place one small drop of the lubricant onto the metal fasteners where the handle spins and allow it to penetrate the fixture. Test the spinning handle a few hours later by doing some quick casting and reeling in. Oil the spool housing at the cartridge bearing site with either model and hobby oil, or a small dollup or WD40.
To keep your spool and reel properly casting and taking in line, checking the bearings and regreasing at least once a year are musts. The 6500 series uses a set of three ball bearings set in a housing packed in grease. Over time, sediment, dirt and grime corrode the grease, making the pin mechanism harder to use and eroding its integrity. Repacking the bearings in new grease keeps the reel functioning at its best. If the bearings have ground down, or there is no grease left, replace the bearings when repacking the grease. Bearings are available through bait and tackle stores.
If you live where you will put the reel away for the winter, or have long stretches of time between use, spray the reel down with a generous amount of WDF40 before storing. The WD40 acts as a barrier against dust, sediment and rust or metal degradation and keeps it functioning at its prime. Take the fishing line off the spool when storing, and before spraying the reel with the WD40.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.