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Maintaining Your Tackle
more frustrating then looking for that special lure or a certain bag
of plastics and not being able to find it in your boat or tackle
bag. Before the full swing of fishing season kicks into high gear,
now’s the time to organize and repair your tackle.
Rods & Reels
Take time to go
completely over you rods and reels and make sure everything is in
good shape and in proper working condition. You don’t want any
distractions (reel grinding or broken rod line guides cutting into
your line) while you’re on the water fishing.
maintenance is simple and quick. Take a Q-Tip and twist it
inside every rod eye. This will clean the guide and if there’s a
crack or chip on the ceramic eye, the cotton on the Q-Tip will
snag on it. You need to replace any broken of cracked eyes. Then
use a clean terry cloth towel moistened with mild soap to clean
the entire rod and the cork handles. You want to make sure you
have a good grip on that handle when you set the hook into that
maintenance can be a little more complex. Depending on you
mechanical ability, you may want to leave disassembly, thorough
cleaning and lubrication to a reel repair service. You can
however make sure you clean all that outside dirt & grime off of
your reels. Start by removing the line off the spool. I find
that rubbing alcohol works well to remove those stubborn stains,
excess grease/grime and fish attractants from your reels. Reels
should be properly lubricated at least once a year and maybe
more often depending on your extent of use. A quality oil &
grease should be used liberally when lubricating a reel. This
certainly one case where that old saying “If a little bit is
good, more should be better” does not apply.
- Spool up with
fresh, quality line!
Pull out all those
tackle boxes full of lures and bags of plastic. It’s time to inspect
and organize them. We’ve all done it over the past year. Get in a
hurry and stuff this in there, throw that in with that, etc. Next
thing you know, nothing is where you remember it’s suppose to be.
You want to make sure when you reach for bait to tie on the end of
your line, it’s ready to go.
- Clean up
those dirty crank baits. Look for any cracks or loose bills. A
small dap of super glue can help here.
- Make sure
that all your hooks are in good shape and replace those that are
rusting or dull.
- Replace jig
and spinner bait skirts that are in bad shape or the collar is
about to deteriorate.
- Don’t forget
to clean or replace spinner bait blades that may have taken a
beaten over the last season. Make sure the swivel is spinning
- Take the time
to ensure that all the holes in you lead weights are open (no
tooth picks left in them). Also, as they’ve been beating around
in you boat, the nose on bullet weights have tendency to get
- Ensure that
your bags of plastic baits securely close and the baits aren’t
twisted up in knots inside.
- Label your
lure boxes and bags (on multiple sides), so you can readily
identify what’s in them.
- Organize your
baits for seasonal patterns, color patterns, lure types and
fishing techniques, so you only carry what you need. No sense in
carting around extra weight and giving yourself more items to
Take some time now
to organize your tackle and ensure it’s in good working order. Only
carry what you really need and plan on using. Minimize the baits you
haul around to what you have confidence in and stick with the basic
colors. Too many choices can lead to more time you spend looking and
changing baits and less time the bait is actually in the water.
fishing in 2007!