Maintenance Tips for Rods
Every PT rod blank receives a rating for power and taper that is visible in the rod specifications on the rod and in the model number.
The power of a rod refers to how much force it takes to flex the rod blank. Rods are designed with different powers to efficiently work a certain lure or to handle certain line sizes from ultralight mono to the heaviest braids. Rod action describes how a rod flexes along the blank. Faster actions bend more toward the tip whereas moderate actions flex more toward the middle. The rod’s action will play a big role in allowing you to fish a certain technique effectively. To select the right rod, consult the line and lure ratings that correspond most closely to the techniques you will use most often.
The length of a rod’s handle is directly related to the amount of leverage you are able to put on a fish during battle. Longer handles provide more leverage, but shorter handles may provide more versatility when working in tighter situations. Shorter handles are also less prone to catching on rain gear or loose clothing during a cast.
Concept guide spacing is a specified placement of the line guides on the blank of the rod. Fuji® designed this ideal guide placement to provide less resistance and better balance for more power when fighting a fish.
There are several popular types of materials used in the construction of a fishing rod including graphite, fiberglass, or a combination of both. Our rods are constructed using proven materials such as high-modulus graphite (up to 72 million), graphite composites, and strong fiberglass, each with a particular set of benefits to the angler, depending on your fishing style.
A quality fishing rod may also be built solid or with a hollow core, and with multiple layers of different materials.
Below are some of the benefits of the different types of rod materials found in our rods.
High-Modulus Graphite: Graphite comes in a variety of modulus ratings, used to describe the density of the graphite fibers. The higher the density of the graphite, the stronger and more sensitive the rod is. In this regard, a higher "IM" number generally means lighter and stronger.
Fiberglass: While fiberglass has long been a popular material for fishing rods, the technology in modern fiberglass construction has delivered greater strength, as well as more sensitivity (a trait lacking in older fiberglass models). Fiberglass rods are generally heavier in comparison to graphite, but tend to be much more durable. When power, rather than sensitivity, is more important, a fiberglass rod may be the right choice.
Composite: Composites provide the benefits of both graphite and fiberglass: sensitivity, lightweight, power, and durability. Composite rods serve a wider range of uses in the fishing world than either graphite or fiberglass, and have become a popular and more affordable option to graphite.
The drag systems in Quantum reels are designed with high-performance materials like ceramics, carbon fiber and stainless steel to stay smooth even when fighting big fish. But your drag still needs to be set properly.
To set the drag correctly, start by releasing the drag tension by turning the dial on the front of the spool counterclockwise. Then as you pull line from the reel, slowly turn the dial clockwise to increase the drag tension to the proper setting. A good rule of thumb is to set the drag to about 1/3 the breaking strength of your line (e.g. 10 lb. test = 3-4 lbs of drag). The best way to measure the setting is to use a fish scale tied to the line, but you can also simply use your experience in feeling how much tension is best as you pull on the line. Remember, you should always be able to pull line through the tension of the drag to prevent line breakage.
Your baitcast reel has been designed to provide years of dependable performance when properly maintained and lubricated. The following points document the proper maintenance guidelines that should be used for all baitcast reels:
- Be sure to exercise care when applying oil and grease and use only small amounts of each when lubricating, as excess is unnecessary and can hinder performance of reel.
- The more frequent or severe the use, the more often and thoroughly a reel should be serviced. Your reel should be cleaned and re-lubed after each trip of saltwater fishing or if dropped in dirt or sand.
- Annually the reel should be professionally cleaned and lubricated by an authorized Quantum Service Center.
- Lubrication points are as follows (some part descriptions will vary from reel to reel):
- Grease: Main Gear, Pinion Gear, Pinion Yoke, Worm Shaft (light grease), Worm Gear, Release Slider, Worm Shaft Guard, Anti-Reverse™ Ratchet (when applicable), Continuous Anti-Reverse Clutch Sleeve (when applicable) and Bushings.
- Oil: Spool Shaft, Spool Shaft ends, Handle Knobs (both sides), Spool Release Mechanism, Level Wind Stabilizer Bar and Ball Bearings.
NOTE: Grease and oil used should be a good quality, light grade product designed for fishing reels.