If you are an avid fisherman, you will likely have amassed quite a collection of rods, reels and tackle to help you in your quest for that elusive monster catch. When you are not fishing, storing your equipment is something to consider, and with that in mind, here are a few do’s and don’ts for storage of fishing tackle.
Do Keep Fishing Rods in Their Bags – The correct way to store your fishing rod is to put them in special bags, which are sometimes called holdalls, and this will protect the delicate finish. Prior to storing any type of fishing rod, you should thoroughly clean the sections, before putting each section into the special sleeve, and when you buy fishing rods, you also receive a suitable bag, and whether the rod is a single piece, two pieces, or even three sections, each would have a corresponding sleeve in the customised rod bag.
Don’t Leave Hooks Lying Around – Barbed fishing hooks can be very dangerous, as they are very sharp, and once embedded into a finger, for example, a barbed hook will be difficult to remove. Your tackle box has many drawers and compartments, and all hooks should be kept in small plastic containers, which should then be stored in one of the many drawers in your tackle box.
Do Clean and Service your Fishing Reels – The typical fishing reel is exposed to the weather, especially if used on saltwater fish. After a good clean, you should remove the line spool, then lubricate the reel as the manual instructs. Keeping your reels in good condition will ensure that they work properly when it matters. Store fishing line in a dry place and make sure the line is not exposed to direct sunlight, as this can damage monofilament fishing line.
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Don’t Leave Bait in Containers – Whatever bait you use, it must be disposed of when storing your equipment, and by washing out bait buckets, they will be ready for use when the season begins again. If, for example, you forgot to throw away your ground bait, when you next open the container, the smell will be overwhelming, and this could affect the fishing.
Do Clean your Lures – If you use artificial lures, they should always be kept clean, and with each lure in its own plastic container, there won’t be any accidents with hooks. All end tackle; floats, weights, spinners and hooks, should have special compartments in your tackle box, and this will ensure you don’t get tangled up.
Don’t Put Anything on Top of your Fishing Rods – It is essential that your rods are not under any pressure, as this could damage a section, and the best way to store rods is in the upright position, with each in its own bag. PVC tubing is another great way to store your rods, just cut off a length of suitably sized PVC tube, fit caps on both ends and you have a safe storage solution. These can be hung from the garage ceiling, which doesn’t take up much space, and as the rods are out of the way, they can’t get damaged.
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Your fishing equipment is quite an investment, and if you take good care of your rods and reels, they will give you many years of trouble-free use.