Getting fishing gear ready for the start of the season is one of the most important things you can do to improve your chances of fishing success. While you wait for the weather to warm, pull that tackle out of your garage or tool shed
and get prepped for opening day!
Start by cleaning dirt and grime off your reel so they don’t work into the gears. Apply reel grease to the gears and reel oil to joints and entry points. Also be sure to add a drop or two of oil to the knob joints on the reel handle. Be careful not to over-lubricate, as too much oil can attract grit and ruin a reel. Check your reel seat to make sure the screws are tight.
Neglected line always results in headaches for the angler. If it coils up when you pull it off the spool, odds are it’s going to cause trouble. Discard old line and add fresh line to spools as needed. If you are confident your line is fresh, test it with a few casts. If there is any doubt about the quality, replace it
with fresh line. Most lines benefit from an application of quality line treatment after the first spooling, and again before heading out on the water.
Inspect each rod for damage, paying special attention to the line guides. Use mild soap and water to clean up rods, then wipe clean with a clean paper towel or rag. Avoid using abrasive cleaners.
Tackle & Other Gear
Proper organization can save you a lot of headaches when you are out fishing this spring. Go through each tackle tray, take inventory and make sure your tackle is organized in a way that makes each item accessible. If your tackle has outgrown its home, upgrade to a new tackle box or gear bag. Change out rusty hooks on lures with a pair of O-ring pliers. Check your nets for torn mesh or a weakened rim. Inspect flashlights and electronics to make sure they are in working order, and replace the batteries. Finally, don’t forget to brush up on local fishing regulations and purchase any required licenses. Rules and license requirements can change from year to year, so make sure you understand current laws.
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