Had a really nice day hitting smallies on a local trib - Dad and I went out this morning and had an outstanding day. 20+ fish averaging between 12 - 16" were in hand. We were on fish for the majority of the day and it appears that we are officially in prespawn. We were slaying aggressive fat females and noticed that males were staking out and defending bedding spots in slack water. Quick question on reel maintenance - I got a little ahead of myself getting a fish off and didn't realize that my reel had been submerged during the exercise. Whenever this happens to me, the reel seems to seize up and it becomes incredibly difficult to operate the reeling mechanism. I get the feeling that the water interacts badly with the bearing grease, but I'm curious if anyone else has this problem and any workarounds (aside from not getting the reel wet - ha ha). I'm inclined to regrease the bearings, but I'm wondering if this is really the issue. Any thoughts will be appreciated.