Your rods and reels are your most prized possessions and it’s a really great idea if you know how to look after them.
All good anglers will have their way of looking after their rods and reels, so this article may be talking to the converted. However, perhaps it may be a good idea to skim through just in case you’re not doing one of these suggestions.
Better yet, if you’re knew to fishing and, like all good fishers, you are keen to learn all that you can, then this could be of help.
There is absolutely nothing worse than losing a really great trophy fish simply because your rod or reel is not in good condition. The bonus is, that if you keep your tackle in the best condition it will last you a very long time.
So always make it a priority to clean and maintain your rods and reels and the rest of your tackle at the end of every fishing trip you have whether that is down at the backyard pond or out on the blue ocean.
Here are 6 things to get into the habit of which is going to keep your tackle in excellent condition.
Use mesh rod covers when transporting your fishing rods to the boat ramp and when storing them in your boat’s rod locker. Not only do fishing rod covers prevent your lines from getting tangled together, but they also provide cushioning to help protect your blanks and guides. Mesh fishing rod covers come in a number of different colors so that you can color code each rod and quickly find the one you need.
When on the boat, keep your rods straight and side-by-side. Put them in rod holders or inside of your rod lockers. Blanks, guides and reels can get scratched, nicked, and bounced around due to the vibration that occurs while your boat is running.
When you are done using your fishing rods & reels for the day, remove any hooks or lures that might get tangled in your lines, caught on your vehicle upholstery, or caught on you.
Rinse off your fishing gear thoroughly with fresh water to remove any dirt, grit, sand or saltwater residue. Once dry, you can wipe off your fishing rod with a soft cloth and use reel lubricant to clean your reel components.
Store your fishing gear in a proper rod storage rack that keeps your rods from curving and the components from bumping against each other. Avoid leaning your rods up against each other and storing them upright in a corner of your garage — the reels, blanks, guides and tips are much more susceptible to damage when stored that way.
If you are storing your reels for more than a day or two, it’s a good idea to loosen the drags so that the fishing line doesn’t break or pull on your rods.
If you get into good habits right from the start, then it’s going to make your fishing a whole lot more enjoyable!