Well, its not officially spring yet, but the winter is way too long so I had to do something to start getting ready for the fishing season.
We’ve had a busy off season, but not too busy to look at some much needed preparations for the upcoming spring fishing season. And maybe, just maybe you should consider a few of these tips to make the 2013 fishing season one of memories as opposed to regrets.
The first place to start is with your fishing line. Line that is damaged or weakened can make a difference of landing a hog or telling the story of the one that got away, or even worse “one cast too many”. Some great advise, is to replace the line on your reels each season. Many may tell you this isn’t necessary, but there are always that nagging doubt when there is a break off.
The next thing to look at is your rods. There are quite a few things that can go wrong with a rod. First to check is for and signs of damage to the rod. It doesn’t hurt to clean the rod with a very mild detergent but nothing too harsh that can harm the rod or handles. During storage and transportation things can go wrong, better to check before you find out the hard way. Look for any cracks or signs of stress in the rod. Also, you need to check the eyelets for signs of wear. This could easily cause damage to your line which could result in the loss of a fish.
The next thing to examine is your reel. If you had some foresight, you may have already taken care of all these tips when you stored your fishing gear at the end of the season. However, like most die hard anglers, you may have sacrificed the time for year end maintenance for one last outing on the water. Throughout the season there are lots of crud, dirt and other foreign material that can find its way into your reel. There are many great tutorials out there if you really want to get inside the reel and clean out all the parts. After cleaning the reel you can get some oil, always use one recommended by the manufacturer, to lubricate various parts. Don’t overdo it, as too much can also mess up your casting distance.
A lot of people end their maintenance here but there is still plenty to do. The next stop is the tackle box. First thing to do is to clean out some of the junk you left throughout the year. You know, the empty jig and sinker bags, the Canadian Tire money, maybe an odd bait receipt or two. The next thing to do to get everything reorganized. Organizing your tackle is an important element for successful fisherman, but we’ll deal with that in another tutorial.
An element few anglers think about is the sharpness of their hooks. A hook that has seen a few fish and maybe a snag or two will lose their sharpness and as a result could cause you to miss a hook set on a monster. Remember, the larger the fish, the stronger and tougher the mouth will be requiring even sharper hooks. It only takes a few minutes and a hook sharpening tool to return hook to their original sharpness. Stay tuned for our video tutorial on sharpening hooks.
And now of course is the time to replenish (and then some) the lost items from the past year.
Stay tuned for part 2 where we discuss the proper spring boat preparations.
We got lured, you can too!