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AMFisH blog post – 10 tips for end of season cleaning and storing of fishing gear!

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

Dedicated to helping you catch more fish!

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Don’t forget about the “hot” fall top water bite! – fishing.

Hi fellow AMFisHers, anglers and fishing enthusiast’s! In this blog post I discuss one of the most exciting ways to catch fish all season long and even right into the fall weather we are having now.

There is nothing quite like having your heart pumping at 1000 beats per minute, as you watch your top water bait moving across the surface of the water, all the while waiting for the insane fish blow up to take place! This is quite the exciting way to fish and is typically overlooked come early to late fall, which can be a very good top water fish producing time of year.

When it comes to top water fishing there are a lot of bait options, everything from frogs, bait fish, mice or rats, buzz baits, poppers and many more so where does one start?   Well keeping it simple with a top water bait that imitates an injured bait fish is a great choice! What to look for is any top water bait that has the look of a minnow or bait fish and the key is to make sure it displaces water as you are working the bait.

Come fall when frogs and mice are not out and about to often, a popper style bait that has a cupped lip area is one to consider. These are fairly easy to fish and will blend in as bait fish will still be around. These baits are usually twitched or popped bait to the boat, with that cup style mouth pushing through the water creating quite the splash! Another minnow style top water bait choice is a bait that has a prop style end to it, which turns around while it is being retrieved and creates a rather large water wake drawing in fish from a great distance.

(These are Creek Chub popper style minnow baits)


These prop style baits are quite hot these days and they really do work well! They move a lot of water and make quite the commotion on the waters surface, which is why they lure fish in for the strike. When fishing any of these two top water bait styles there are some tricks when it comes to working them, that will result in some stunning strikes.

(This is a Joe Bucher Outdoors TopRaider black and orange prop style bait)

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First tip is to let the bait sit sometimes for up to 10 or more seconds after you have made a cast. By doing this you allow all the splash rings around the bait to fully disappear, making the bait look about as vulnerable as it can.

Second tip is to do the reverse of this, where as soon as the bait splashes into the water you start to work it immediately and quite frantically, as this will mimic something that may have fallen or been dropped by a bird of prey scurrying for cover.

The two tips above have caught me a lot of fish over the years and the third tip is to include pauses in your retrieve. Pausing any top water bait during the retrieve almost creates a crash into the bait situation with any closely following fish and it also instantly triggers their instinct to strike.

Tip four is to change your retrieve speed and style, as the fish will always tell us what they want to eat and how they want it, so it is important to work top water baits as you would any other style bait. Working the baits faster, then slower, then fast with pauses then slower with pauses and so on, will lead you to what fish are reacting to much quicker instead of fishing a bait the same way that may not be appealing to the fish that day.

This is a great time of year to experience that top water bite so don’t miss out! Hope you found some value in this article…tight lines everyone.

The AMFisH guy…Billy

Dedicated to helping you catch more fish!

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