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Pro Gear Albacore Special - Finally Something Nice to Say

By Alan Tani

I admit it. I’ve never had anything completely nice to say about any reel. Well, I always try to find something positive, but the reason i’m working on a reel because broken. It always starts on the negative, never totally positive. that’s about to change....

Here’s the link to the manufacturer.....

http://progearfishingreels.com/

Schematics are not listed for every reel, so i’m going to wing it.

Prior to this, the last Albacore Special I opened up was several years ago. I had lubed it up and switched out the composite drag washers for greased carbon fiber, and sent the reel on it’s way. Last month I was sent two Albacore Specials that were basically brand new. when servicing a reel, it is my standard to grease the screw holes, grease the non-exposed metal surfaces, lube the bearings, and install greased carbon fiber drags. I opened up the first reel and was pleasantly surprised that everything had already been done. I went through the second reel just to take pictures. you may have an older Pro Gear. A jumpy drag confirms this.

Here is the Pro Gear Albacore Special.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

You only have to back out two screws to remove the right side plate.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

These screws have to be greased, and, son-of-a-gun, this screw has grease on it!

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

Looking at the right spool bearing, you can’t tell if it’s dry, grease or lubed with an oil of some sort. I called Pro Gear later, and dan at Pro Gear tells me it’s lubed.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

I pulled the spool to check the left side bearing and clicker assembly. Pro Gear says this bearing is lubed, too. And it’s obvious to see that the clicker assembly is greased.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

Reel seats, particularly on older reels, are commonly bolted on dry.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

We’ve got grease....

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

and more grease.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

And how many corroded handles and stars have you seen.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

Grease on top of the anti-reverse roller bearing will keep water out and help prevent failure of the primary anti-reverse mechanism.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

Three screw are all you need to separate the right side plate....

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

cleanly into two pieces.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

Here is a stack of greased carbon fiber drag washers. Nothing for me to do here....

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

So back together it goes.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

I was going to grease the inside of the right side plate, but it’s greased already.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

Three screws again.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

The bellevilles go back on.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

The star.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

The handle.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

The handle nut and you’re done!

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

The only thing you might add is a larger grip.

Pro Gear Albacore Special Reel

The handle grip is purely a personal preference, so I will certainly not count that against the reel. That’s why I give this reel a perfect 10!