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Service is more than just a business to
owner Larry Qualls. It is his personal
commitment to keeping solid work ethics and
quality workmanship alive!
Larry, his wife Paula, and a trained and
dedicated staff have created a service that
can't be matched by anyone.
more about Qualls and the people behind its
in the following reprints from various
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Your Trashed Tackle
Steve Jones, Guide Conservation Editor
reprinted from Outdoor Guide Magazine
For over 25 years (since 1972), Larry Qualls has
been at it. Qualls Rod & Reel
Service, the largest reel service in
Southern Illinois, is just the ticket for
getting new life out of old fishing gear.
Located at 2705 South Broadway,
Salem, Illinois, 62881, Larry and his wife
Paula are ready to help bring your old
tackle back to life. But not only do
they repair tackle, they repair trolling
motors, sell reconditioned tackle.
Need work on your Minn Kota or Motorguide
trolling motor? Qualls is a warranty
center ready to help you with those problems
If you are one of the few
anglers who take care of your equipment, you
already know that preventative maintenance
can extend the life of your reels
tremendously. Qualls offers a
"tune up" for your reel that
includes cleaning, lubrication, and
adjustment....It would be a great annual
habit to get into.
Many only have
minor problems when we store them away and
go buy a new one. But then, we knew
that - otherwise we would have thrown them
away to begin with. If you think about
it, there is GOLD in them thar rafters!
Call Larry and Paula at
(618)548-1153 or visit their website....What
are you waiting for?
Trash Back Into Treasure
Dave Shadow, Guide Conservation Editor
reprinted from Adventure Sports Outdoors
Oh man, now I've done it! I've trashed
the trolling motor and with a tournament
coming up this next weekend, "this is a
Sound like a familiar
scenario? I hope this hasn't happened
to you, but it happened to me recently, and
that's "the rest of the story."
I was on Smithland pool,
fishing out of the Golconda Marina and all
was well. At least until I ventured
way up Dog Creek and managed to hit a
submerged stump with my new Motor Guide
trolling motor. I did it up pretty
well, actually. I bent the shaft,
broke the cables, snapped a pin in the
mounting bracket, among other things they
didn't bring to my attention.
But this is no problem, I kept
telling myself. After all that's the
beauty of having a Motor Guide!
Alas, mine was too
new for the repair shop to have repair parts for it.
It seems that mine was the "new & improved"
model and no one had managed to wreck one in the manner
that I just did. Leave it to me! And with
a big tournament just a few days off.
I visited with Dale Greene at Lakeside Boat
and Motors Shop in Mt. Vernon regarding the problem, and
he assured me that in one way or another he would have me
on the water on tournament day. Then he sent me to
see Larry Qualls.
Qualls Rod, Reel, and Tolling Motor Service
is located just south of Salem, Illinois, on Route
37. This made it very convenient since that was on
my way home. This location puts him in the center of
a lot of fishing activity.
Qualls is a warranty repair center for Motor
Guide, Minn Kota, and Mercury trolling motors and has over
30 years of experience to serve you. His large parts
department is a real asset when it comes to getting you
back on the water quickly. He even has loaner motors
for those cases when it's just not possible to repair
yours soon enough.
There are a lot of sources for equipment
these days, but there's no substitute for knowledge.
Qualls has both the "smarts and the parts" to
solve most of your tackle and equipment problems, and to
fill your needs for new equipment with the "state of
the art" technologies. Depth finders, built-in
transducers, and auto-pilot selections are among his
fields of expertise. Whether it's rod and reel
service or trolling motors and electronics, Qualls is the
place to go for factory-trained service.
The end of the season is a good time to get
all your gear tuned up for the coming season. Qualls
also offers a 12-point checkup on trolling motors.
This is the ideal time to check rod guides,
reel wear and cleaning, and repairs for all of those other
little problems that you "patched up" during the
It's Faith, Family, and Fishin!
with a little T.L.C they'll
take you a long way
reprinted from Z Bits
For the most part the Midwest has survived
another winter, and a mild winter at
that. With the last of the ice on the
waters a mere cube, sportsmen are loading
the essential gear aboard their boats,
chomping at the bits to get on the water for
some early spring fishing action.
How many times however, have
you arrived at your favorite fishing hole
only to find your trolling motor
malfunctions, leaving you dead in the water
at the most inappropriate time?
If you stop and think about it,
your trolling motor performs more hours of
work than any other feature on today's
year manufacturers work tirelessly to
improve motor design, adding new features,
greater thrust, and options that will
satisfy the ever demanding requirements of
Wanting to do an article on
some of the things that should be addressed
when maintaining your trolling motor, I
contacted Larry Qualls. Qualls owns
and operates Qualls Rod & Reel, Motor
Repair in Salem, Illinois. Larry has
been servicing trolling motors for the past
20 years. Larry is an authorized
service center for Motor Guide and Minn Kota
"There are a number of
areas requiring attention by boat owners on
the trolling motor," Qualls said.
The following are areas that should be
inspected on a regular basis, and repaired
Today's new space age materials
and prop designs provide for greater thrust
by strengthening the blades for less
deflection, and edge profiles that cut
through grass more effectively.
Current prop design has been improved with
the introduction of graphite/plastic
composites. Even with such modern
technology, problems can and do arise.
With demands placed on trolling
motors, all props inevitably get nicks,
cuts, and worn tips that can cause vibration
and will pick up more weeds. Best
performance is with smooth edges.
We have seen an increase in
lower unit seal damage caused by entangled
fishing line that can lead to total
failure. Check behind the prop every
20 hours for line buildup and remove it if
you find any.
wise move is to carry an extra prop, prop
pin, and prop nut. Pull ropes also
become frayed and should be replaced as
often as needed. This is another
excellent item to add to your spare part
Batteries require special
attention relative to selection and
maintenance. No matter how new your
battery, it's very advisable to recharge it
after each trip. Insure water levels
are maintained and connections are clean.
No-maintenance batteries and
onboard chargers increase the life of modern
Shaft set collars (bottom collar) that hold
the lower bearing and cone can loosen due to
vibration. Check the position and
tightness of the setscrew to insure there is
a minimum of play. A loose set collar
can misalign steering cables and damage the
top shaft bearing.
The small and low-cost
trolling motor plugs, motor side and boat
side, require inspection for rust,
corrosion, and loose terminals. It's
also recommended that the motor plug be
disconnected while trailering and storage to
prevent accidental operation that can burn
out a lower unit or cut up a boat
tarp. (Have you priced a boat tarp
Mounting brackets absorb the shock of open
water running, trailering, and the normal
daily operation. Wear on pivot point
bushings, pins, and nylon spacers can cause
the mount to become loose, allowing the
motor to have excessive movement forward and
side-to-side when power is applied.
Mounts with doors that hold the outer shaft,
and also provide depth adjustment, can
become damaged if opened under pressure of
the stored position.
To avoid door handle
problems, lift the motor shaft 45 degrees before opening
the door. Doing this takes off the pressure that
occurs when in storage position.
Trolling motors are designed to give the
sportsman of today dependable service and greatly improve
your time on the water. With a little time and
expense you can protect a vital component, and hopefully
enjoy a trouble-free day as well.
Contact Larry Qualls at: (618)548-1153 for
sales, parts, service and any questions you might have on
trolling motors. (My
thanks to Larry Qualls for his collaboration on this
S. Broadway, Salem, IL 62881
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