Getting fishing gear ready for the start of the season is an important task. Cleaning and repairing damaged equipment, spooling line on reels, organizing fishing tackle and buying needed supplies are a sampling of things to do to prepare for opening day. Finishing these chores sets anglers up for success by being organized and ready, but also helps prevent downtime during the season due to gear problems or insufficient supplies. Hereâ€™s a rundown of what gear to get ready.
Reels need routine cleaning and lubrication to perform their best. Review product literature for basic and annual maintenance directions.
Remove old line and fill spools with fresh line, as needed. Monofilament has the shortest lifespan of all lines and, at a minimum, should be replaced each season. Superline can last several years. Fluorocarbon can be used for a couple seasons, depending on usage and product quality. Dispose of old line at a line recycling collection bin.
Clean fishing rod handles with mild soap and warm water. Inspect rods for damage, paying attention to line guides.
Rod and reel repair as well as major reel servicing are best done by trained technicians at an authorized service centre. Send products in well in advance to beat the pre-season rush.
Itâ€™s good practice to go through and reorganize gear during the offseason. Here are some tips.
Tools, apparel and boating equipment should also be prepared before fishing season opener.
Complete the above preseason to-dos and youâ€™ll be well prepared and organized for the start of the fishing season.