When a fishing reel won’t reel in, there are two common problems to look for: The line is tangled, or the cast-bail is askew. Fixing either of these problems is quickly done, in the field or at home, using a minimum of hand tools. … There is no need to remove any cover with spin reels as they have open faces.
Why is my fishing reel locking up?
Any amount of dirt in the worm gear assembly can prevent proper movement of the paw against the tight track causing the gear to lock up. This can cause stripping of the gear or an uneven ride of the paw, which will stick to one side of the equipment. The result is a pile-up of line on one side of the spool.
Why is my spinning reel backwards?
Fishing reels are made to cast out line and retrieve via the spool and handle. Many modern fishing reels use anti-reverse clutches or mechanisms that allow the reel to spin both ways. There are times when these devices get jostled, causing it to turn in one way only, such as backward.
Why is my reel not tightening?
A common problem with spinning reels is a frozen drag, which is often caused by dirt, debris, or the drag being left tightened. Always loosen your drag completely after using your spinning reel. If loosening the drag and turning the spool frees the drag, then there is usually no need for disassembly.