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See Why Pro Angler Pete Maina is Addicted to the Outdoors

See Why Pro Angler Pete Maina is Addicted to the Outdoors

Pete Maina is living the dream. How, you ask? Well, first off, his curly shoulder-length mane rivals that of most ’80s rock stars. And who wouldn’t want that? But that’s not the only reason. Find out below.

See what I mean about the hair?

Pete Maina for AMSOIL

Bred to fish

Growing up on a resort in the fishing hotbed of Hayward, Wis., Maina was cleaning fish for people by the time he could hold a knife. By 14, he was a full-time guide.

Raised in the “Muskie Capital of the World,” Maina built quite a reputation for being the “Muskie Guy,” guiding countless anglers to catch one of the toughest species of fish to land.

Maina made a household name for himself after appearing on pro angler John Gillespie’s inaugural show, in 1990. He continued to appear on the show regularly. You can also see him on Mark Zona’s, “Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show,’ and has filmed multiple muskie segments for Bass Pro Shops’ “Outdoor World.” In addition, Maina has produced books, articles and videos and speaks at fishing events throughout North America.

Catch & release

Ask Maina about the largest muskie he’s ever caught and he won’t be able to tell you the exact measurement. As an avid promoter and educator of safe fish handling, Maina encourages anglers not to measure their catches as it prolongs their time out of the water.

“A fish is a beautiful fish and the accomplishment is all the same.”

Pro angler Pete Maina

Maina urges anglers to use strong release tools and hook cutters to remove the hook successfully and swiftly. Muskies are prone to delayed mortality, so safe handling and quick release are important. You’ll notice that his mounts in the above video are replicas.

Pete Maina’s favorite AMSOIL products

Maina keeps the 300-hp Evinrude® E-TEC® engine that powers his Recon boat running strong with AMSOIL HP Marine Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil.  A BIG hit here in Sioux Falls. The holy grail to engine performance. Still too many are missing out.

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Modern oil-injected two-stroke outboards often run on leaner gas-to-oil ratios to reduce exhaust emissions. The leaner ratio leaves less oil to lubricate and protect these hotter, more powerful motors, which invites deposits and wear that threaten engine performance and life. HP Marine is proven to excel in these harsh conditions. It controls performance-robbing friction, heat and wear, yet produces low smoke and has low aquatic toxicity properties.

Another Maina must-have? AMSOIL Quickshot, which is formulated to address ethanol problems while helping clean the fuel system and combustion chamber for maximum performance.

“The recipe to help you with ethanol is Quickshot.”

Pro angler Pete Maina

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How to Clean a Fishing Reel

How to Clean a Fishing Reel

At some point, every angler is going to have to clean his fishing reels if he wants them to last. Like most fisherman, I have my favorite fishing equipment I use regularly, take care of after each use and put away nicely.

But I also have a collection of rod-and-reel combos I pull from the garage a few times per year when our whole crew takes to the boat, bridge or shoreline. You know, the gear that requires untangling almost every time it’s used. The gear I end up replacing when something breaks because it’s just easier to buy a new one. The gear I picked up at a local hardware store while out of town because the kids found a fishing spot during the trip.

This is the gear that gets dirty, corroded, worn and abused – and is in bad need of a cleaning. Here’s how I clean a fishing reel.

Step-by-step instructions for cleaning a fishing reel

Remove the line spool

When cleaning a fishing reel, start by removing the line spool. This prevents the line from unraveling and creating a bird’s nest on your workbench. It also prevents the line from accumulating the cleaning agent, grease or oil and leaving a trail in the water after your next cast.

Clean the reel body

Apply a thin coat of a good cleaner to the reel body. I use AMSOIL Metal Protector. Wipe down the reel body with a clean rag.

As the images show, AMSOIL Metal Protector does a fantastic job.

Dirty fishing reel pre-clean-up.

Clean fishing reel after using AMSOIL Metal Protector.

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Grease/oil the gears

Next, disassemble the reel to expose the gears and see if greasing/gear lube is needed. Check with the reel manufacturer for lubricant recommendations. A good gear lubricant or NLGI #2 grease should do the trick. I use AMSOIL 100% Synthetic Firearm Lubricant and Protectant. Apply a little lubricant to the gears.

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Lubricate pivot points

With the reel disassembled, I also like to apply a little AMSOIL Metal Protector to any pivot points or other components.

Reassemble the reel

Once everything is cleaned and lubricated, reassemble the reel and send it on its way for another weekend of fishing.

After cleaning our fishing reels, our crew had a successful weekend on the water. A couple people commented on how nicely the reels worked, we had no mechanical issues and, best of all, we caught our share of bluegills and crappies.

If your family is like mine, you love to fish. No matter how busy our schedules get with work, hockey, football and other activities, we always make time to get on the water. The last thing you want to do is waste that precious time messing around with a reel that doesn’t work.

Follow this process for cleaning a fishing reel at least once a year. It’s quick, simple and effective. If you get skunked, at least you won’t be able to blame your reel.

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