Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Five Tips to Maintain Fishing Rods and Reels

Submitted PhotosMesh rod sleeves keep your rods from tangling and chipping while being transported.

Submitted PhotosMesh rod sleeves keep your rods from tangling and chipping while being transported.

FOLLOW THE FISH
Capt. Pete Rapps

Your fishing rods and reels are your most vital fish catching tools, so you should know how to keep them in good working order. After all, no one wants to lose out on catching that trophy fish due to a broken rod tip or a frozen reel. However, with proper maintenance, you can keep your fishing gear in tip-top shape for a long time.

1. Use mesh rod covers when transporting your fishing rods.
Whether you are taking them down the boat ramp or storing them in your boat’s rod locker, using mesh rod covers to transport your fishing rods will prevent lines from getting tangled up. Additionally, the mesh coverings will also provide some cushion to protect your blanks and guides.

2. Keep your rods straight and together while on the boat.
During your boat trips, make sure to put your fishing rods in their holders or inside of your rod lockers. Anything from the blanks to the reels can easily get scratched when they are bouncing around while the boat is running.

3. Remove any hooks or lures after fishing.
After a day of fishing, make sure you remove any hooks or lures from your fishing rods. Neglecting to do so could cause your lines to get badly tangled. In fact, with hooks still on the line, you will end up finding that hook getting caught on everything, including you. So save yourself the trouble and have it removed after each fishing trip.

4. Rinse your fishing gear off thoroughly.
Make

Rod racks keep your rods organized and safe from tangling while stored at home.

Rod racks keep your rods organized and safe from tangling while stored at home.

sure to use fresh water to remove any dirt, grit, or saltwater residue that might be left on your fishing gear. Once your gear has been washed, dry it carefully using a soft cloth and use reel lubricant to clean up your reel components.

5. Store your fishing gear properly.
Use a proper rod storage rack in order to store your fishing gear in a way that won’t bend the rods or cause the components from rubbing up against each other. Additionally, you need to avoid leaning your rods next to each other and storing them in an upright position within your garage, as it will make your fishing rods more susceptible to damage.

With these great tips, you should have no problem keeping your fishing gear in great shape both in and outside the boat. After all, an amazing day of fishing always begins with the right fishing equipment for the job!

Contact Capt. Pete Rapps at CaptainRapps@Outlook.com
or 239-571-1756.

Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers year-round expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park, and springtime tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch fleet accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not. Between our vast knowledge and experience of the area, and easygoing demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, and see Capt. Rapps’ first class website for booking information, videos, recipes, seasonings, and more at www.captainrapps.com

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