How to Take Apart a Small Baitcaster

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There are any number of reasons why people would decide to take apart a small baitcaster. Perhaps the fishing reel needs to be thoroughly cleaned. Maybe the baitcaster needs to be taken apart so it can be fixed. It is also possible the reel could be taken apart and stripped down so some of the parts could be used in other baitcasting reels.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • White paper towel

Remove the side of the reel that is opposite the handle. If there is a dial, spin it counter-clockwise until it is loosened. If there are screws, use a screwdriver to unscrew them. Remove the side plate of the reel once it no longer is being held to the main frame of the reel.

Remove the spool assembly that is now exposed. This includes the spool as well as the straight piece of metal that stretches from the spool to the interior of the reel handle.

Remove the screw or bolt that holds the reel handle together. This is located on the handle between the two grips.

Loosen the star drag until it spins off.

Unscrew any screws on the side of the reel where the handle is located, and then pull off the side plate.


  • Bearings and other tiny pieces are attached to the inside of the plate on the side of the reel that includes the handle. Use a tweezers or another device that allows you to pick up small items if you want to remove these pieces. Place all parts of the reel on a white paper towel. This will allow you to see the pieces easily and help ensure you do not lose them.
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