TO ABEC OR NOT TO ABEC
by: TODD IWAMOTO
Hmm, you're probably thinking, what the heck is this guy talking about? ABEC?
Let me start off by asking some questions:
Have you ever been at the edge of a vast frog mat and knew if you could get your cast to the back of a small hole, the fish of a lifetime is waiting for your frog?
Spots are busing bait all around you; but just out of range and by the time you get there, they're gone. You're in the back of the boat and can't quite reach the bank.
"If only I could cast a little further," you say.
Has your arm felt tired after a day of hardcore pitching when it seemed like you were fighting with your reel to get the extra distance needed but knew regular casting would not get the same accuracy?
These are a few of the scenarios where a simple upgrade of your bearings would make a world of a difference between a good and great day.
If you are like most of us, you pay very little attention to the ball bearings in your reels except when advertisements tell you this, "Xtra spectacular reel has 15 ball bearings," or whatever. What and how does it really affect the performance of your reel anyway, when some reels have many and other few but they are all pretty smooth and perform adequately?.