FISHING TACKLE AND GEAR CARE
Fish Tackles and gear maintenance-an amateur’s guide, so stop buying new fishing gears regularly
Maintaining your fish tackle is a great way to save up on some money and an excuse to regularly buy new fishing gear. If you want to prolong the life of your tackle, get a good resale value then you have to maintain them. The angler has their gears exposed to air, water, salt, the sun and the wind some of the most corrosive elements of Mother Nature. But there are a few simple things which will maximize the protection of your fish tackle and reduce their malfunctioning.
- When you are out fishing you should try and minimize exposure of the fishing rods and reels to sand and salt water. That does not insulate them or wrap protective material around, but ensure that you don’t drop them in the water or leave them unattended to be exposed to sea sprays, tides and winds. This can turn fatal with salt water entering deep into your reel.
- Even if complete protection is not possible from the elements, always ensure to use warm soapy water and gently sponge your fishing rods and reels as it will remove any sand or salt particles that may have gotten into the tackle. After the tackle is washed, dry it off with a piece of cloth and spin the handle to flick off any standing water from the moving parts.
- Use a mild aerosol lubricant or a corrosion inhibiting spray and spray all over the body of the tackle and wipe it off after a few minutes. Inox is the best corrosion inhibitor recommended by the experts. Leave it to completely dry in an open areas leaving them enclosed in a box or your fishing equipment may inhibit the drying process.
- Also, make sure that you do not knock your fishing rods against board decks and rocks as well as any hard objects as they may cause internal damage or even damage the frame of the reel.
- Also, if you want to be extra careful you can surely take your tackle for servicing once a year to ensure the internal parts are in good shape and will work okay/
If you plan to do at total dissembling for cleaning and lubricating your fishing rods and reels, ensure that the separated equipments are kept on a piece of a paper of a clean cloth which makes us easier to recall our progress and even demarcate them as to where they will fit once assembling starts.
Lubrication used should be according to the manufacturer’s guidelines and whatever you do please don’t use petroleum jelly as it may stiff and even lock down your reel. Dedicated lubricants specific only to certain parts of the fishing rods and reels should be used. A reel’s lube used for greasing the teeth may not be good for as a grease lubricant.
Always make sure to use viscous liquids such as reel grease on gears so that it helps the gears stay in place. Also, ensure that when not in use cover the fishing rods them using reel covers and reel bags.
If you plan to dismantle your Tackle make it clean like this