Hi fellow anglers, fishing enthusiast’s and AMFisHers! The open water season in most places is already done and is coming to a close in various other locations soon, so it was time for my annual sharing of tips on how to properly prepare and store all your rods, reels and baits!
If you want to have your baits and gear last a long time, keep reading this blog post about how to clean and organize gear for the next fishing season.
Here are 10 tips for end of season fishing gear/tackle maintenance, to maintain your gear and prevent any items from rusting out.
Tip #1 – Do not leave your fishing rods and tackle boxes in the garage or in the trunk of your vehicles, once the cool fall and winter weather arrives. Once the temperature drops any dampness in or around your gear will instantly start causing various gear components and baits to rust.
Tip #2 – Store all your fishing gear inside your home in a warm area. A warm bedroom closet or other storage areas excluding basements that can be quite cool, are good areas to keep your tackle until the next season.
Tip #3 – After your last outing for the season make sure you leave all your tackle trays and boxes fully opened in a dry warm area. This will allow any wet baits or water inside your trays to evaporate. This air drying method is the best option, but there may be times where you will want to wipe down bait compartments or use a hair dryer to dry out your trays much faster.
Tip #4 – Make sure to loosen the drag tension off all of your reels. Leaving your drag on a tight setting for many months is unnecessary pressure/tension on the components, so backing it off 3 to 4 turns is a good idea, that way there is no stress on any components.
Tip #5 – Give your reels a quick rinse under a faucet of very warm running water for about 8 to 10 seconds, turning it around to make sure the water pressure rinses off any dirt, dried weeds of stains. Use a medium to medium high faucet pressure, no need to use high pressure methods like a garden hose, as that much water pressure will actually push water into tight areas of your reels.
Tip #6 – After the faucet rinse has been completed, give your reels a good long wipe down with a somewhat somewhat damp cloth, then use a dry cloth to collect up any left behind moisture. Wiping down your reels is a great way to remove things like dirt and dried weeds that should be loosened by the faucet rinse.
Tip #7 – Use a blow dryer to eliminate moisture in those hard to see places of your reels, like around the button and inside the spool area. By working a blow dryer around your reel passing over every single spot for a few minutes can help push out and evaporate water/moisture that may be inside areas the naked eye can’t see.
Tip #8 – Give your reels a little TLC with a few drops of oil. After 24 to 48 hours it is time to add some of the good moisture! A few drops of reel oil can go a long way but you want to apply the oil on dried components and not on top of old oil.
Tip #9 – Store your reels in the original boxes they came in, as it will eliminate the amount of dust that might accumulate if there are sitting outside of a box. If you no longer have the original boxes, you can wrap your reels in some plastic wrap or buy some foam reel covers.
Tip #10 – Make sure to examine all the fishing line on your spools, this down time is a great time to make sure you change out any bad line that should not be used any longer. I usually do this closer to the spring but that winter downtime is perfect for prepping gear.
Hope you found this post helpful!
The AMFisH guy…Billy
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