Right. Truth of the matter is, while I do use Penn grease, I use very little grease in my reels. Oil the roller bearings, special drag grease smear on each side of the carbon washers (use a toothpick to spread a thin layer only thick enough that a light finger print would be left if touched), and an occasional tiny dab of Penn grease in a ‘few’ of the teeth of the main drive gear.
Swab the insides of the side plates with an oily or greasy q-tip (or foam tip). A little corrosion-x swabbing inside the plates is great too.
Not an expert and I don’t do this for a living. Just sharing what has worked for me since the early Ambassador days. I also agree that a baitcaster is a fine piece of equipment. People treat them poorly and expect high performance all the time. It is not the reel’s fault. Treat them right and allow them to perform at their peak.
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