The Clash had its first real workout, in Indian waters, whilst I was in Chennai this week.
I met up with Maruthu and later with Vijayfisher for a prolonged session of popping and spinning for barracuda and GTs from the shore.
Although none of us had any strikes, we saw enough jumping barracuda to know that someone is going to luck into them shortly.
The Clash has worked superbly, casting 40-75 gm.lures/poppers without any issues and more importantly, there were zero,repeat zero, wind knots !!
With the friction bail system, there was no problem slinging out the lures without worrying that the bail could close prematurely and result in a lost lure.
The light weight of this reel was a joy after the heavy Penn all-metal reels of yore ... intensive casting over several days did not result in any undue shoulder aches and pains.
The unforgiving shore conditions of salt spray and sand did not affect the action of the reel and a simple rinse in the shower ( with a locked drag) was all that was done maintenance wise, barring oiling of the line roller.
Testimony to the water resistance of the reel was provided by my accidentally dunking the reel for over a minute under saltwater while I was trying to retrieve a snagged lure.
I could not open the reel immediately and had to wait until I returned to Chandigarh today. Yes, there was minute water ingress under the drag and also in the main body of the reel. However, this amounted to hardly a couple of small drops and does not appear to have caused any damage.
There was what appeared to be dried salt on the shaft, which may have got in when the reel was under water and the drag was, of course, not fully tight.
A bit of TLC has been given to the Clash by cleaning up the droplets and the shaft, with oiling and greasing of the vital areas. I do not wish to over pamper the Clash and will leave it as is to see how it fares under normal usage in India with owner care (rather than an annual service with Penn, which one would have done in Australia).
Picture of the Clash innards after the dunking.
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