This post was written by Patrick Morrow as a guest post for Fishing Recreation. Check out his best spinning reel review site, where they discuss fishing tackle and talk about spin fishing in general.
Even with old man winter’s strong, frosty grip during this time of year, this is no excuse to put your fishing gear’s care on a back burner. After all, the warmer temperatures will be here before you know it and you don’t want to miss a moment of fishing.
No matter what time of year or how much fishing you are actually doing, proper maintenance of your gear is critical. The more proactive you are during your down time, the better your experience will be when it’s actually time to go fishing.
Here are a few helpful reminders to guide you.
Keep an Eye on the Treble Hooks of Your Lures for Signs of Rust or Wear and Tear
When it comes to fishing, we all know how important the lure is. After all, you need those little fishies to hook on to something, to reel them on in for that sweet, sweet catch. If you notice any rust, you should replace immediately.
If you come across broken or straightened hooks, you can remedy it with a pair of pliers. If the hooks are beyond repair, it’s easy enough to go to any tackle or specialty shop to purchase new ones.
Keep Reel Gears and Springs Lubricated
The simplest way is to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on whether to use grease or oil. Lightly coat the outside of the gears and springs and voila, you’re done. Also, before you store them, don’t forget to loosen the drag on the reels.
Keep Ceramic Rod Ring Guides Free of Chips or Breaks
To check for chips or breaks, you should simply run a cotton ball or piece of nylon stocking through the guides of each of your fishing rods. The stocking or cotton will catch any chips or breaks that maybe hidden in your ceramic.
These are the same chips and breaks that could cause your line to fray or even break while you’re reeling it through your guides.
Keep the Line on Your Reel Well Maintained
This includes replacing your line regularly. As a guide, you should think about a replacement at least once per season. If you use a braided line and notice more knots than normal, that’s your indication that it’s time to replace it. With a monofilament line, it may start to hold memory which is a sign to replace.
Keep Your Soft Plastic Baits Free of Wear and Tear
If you find that your baits are damaged, you can repair them yourself with bait glue. If they are too far gone, it might make more sense to replace them.
With especially damaged baits, you can look into a soft bait recycling program where they can be used for other purposes.
Now you know that even when your fishing gear is tucked away nicely in your home, it shouldn’t be tucked away so far in your mind that you forget to maintain your gear in the winter. After all, happy gear equals happy fishing.