There’s nothing better than being fully prepared as an angler and having the right equipment is essential. Experienced anglers will have created a setup that works for them over the years, adding to it along the way, whilst novices may be starting this process from scratch. Either way, whether you have an expensive setup or a modest one, all anglers will want to get the best out of their equipment to enjoy their time fishing. To help, here are a few tips on ensuring your equipment is up to standard and ready when you are.
Choose Reliable Equipment
Having equipment you can rely on may seem obvious, but when there is so much choice from rods to reels and camping equipment, knowing which will give you reliable and long-lasting performance is difficult. Even adding a simple addition such as a comfortable fishing bed or sleeping bag can quickly leave you saturated with choice, so it’s best to do your research before investing. See what other anglers recommend and rate highly, that way you can choose a brand that is trusted and equipment that has been tested out by the water by anglers themselves.
The elements can wear down your equipment over time, so you’ll want to protect them as much as possible to increase their life. One type of environment in particular that can be harsh on your equipment is saltwater fishing. If your equipment is not adequately protected, it can lead to rusting and the quality of your rods and hooks, for example, deteriorating over time. The best way to avoid this happening is with any well-used equipment to remove the build-up of salt after fishing using a wet cloth. Also, you may want to oil any moving parts to ensure the smooth running of reels and any bearings to avoid any unnecessary friction over time.
Keep Equipment Maintained
Like with any well-used equipment, wear and tear can start to show, so you’ll want to make sure they are maintained correctly. Rather than just leaving them to get worse or spending more money replacing them, knowing a few handy tips will help. When washing your equipment to remove dirt, you can use a soft-bristle brush to remove any hard to remove things like mud that will not scratch or damage the surface. Any collapsible equipment such as your rod should be greased to avoid wear by the joints. Using candle wax or other lubricants will help to do so. When storing any equipment, this also needs to be done efficiently to maintain it. Having protective storage bags for smaller items and keeping your rod on a purposed rack at home either vertically or horizontally will avoid trapped moisture.
Make Your Lures Last
The lures you use need to be kept at an optimum level, especially if you’ve found one that works for you and you want it to last. You’ll want to remove the hooks from the lure to easily clean it then use a small brush to remove any build-up of dirt. Oiling any moving parts or joints if the lure has them and finishing with spray wax will go a long way to increase the life of your favourite lures. Maintaining them also starts from straight after use by correctly removing the lure from the fish’s mouth by using a hook removal tool or pliers.
Most anglers will pick up tips and tricks along the way to help them maintain a good equipment setup. The tips above are by no means exhaustive, so finding practical advice that works for you is recommended and will help you ensure your equipment is always at its best.