Car­ing for your tackle will help make it last longer

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Classifieds - Jim Ki­tis

WITH the break in the sea­son upon us, I thought I would write a seg­ment on main­te­nance of fish­ing tackle.

Sta­tis­ti­cally, more than 80 per cent of the fish­ing pop­u­la­tion in WA goes fish­ing three times or less a year.

Of those three-times-a-year fish­ers, 95 per cent oc­curs be­tween the Oc­to­ber school hol­i­days and An­zac Day.

With the win­ter sea­son upon us and with the in­clement weather the old “she’ll be right mate” kicks in, fish­ing gear is thrown into the shed to be for­got­ten about un­til the spring when we are ready to go again.

The three big­gest killers of fish­ing tackle are sun­light, salt and mois­ture.

The fourth is lend­ing your fish­ing tackle to some­one else.

Af­ter ev­ery fish­ing trip, you should wash all of your tackle down with fresh wa­ter.

Take your spools off your reels, wash your spools out with fresh wa­ter and then wrap then in a towel to dry.

Spray your reel body with INOX, which is avail­able at all hard­ware stores and is that good a prod­uct you can even spray it on the electrics on your out­board mo­tor.

The other thing you should do is also wash your rods down with fresh wa­ter, es­pe­cially the reel seats and around the mount guides where they are bound onto the rod blank.

Al­ways let your tackle dry out be­fore putting it away.

When win­ter sets in, you need to do a lit­tle bit more main­te­nance to make sure your trusty tackle is rar­ing to go when it sees the light of day again in the spring.

Sun­light causes the colour to fade on your tackle and also breaks down your fish­ing line.

There is not any fish­ing line that has in­hibitors in it so the more sun­light your line sees, the shorter life span it has and tackle com­pa­nies love that as they make a lot of money from line.

The eas­i­est way to avoid your line break­ing down is to put your reels and spare spools on line ei­ther in a dark box or bag.

Make sure they are dried out be­fore do­ing so as mois­ture can also eat away at your line, es­pe­cially if it is salty. Your fish­ing rods need main­te­nance too.

A good rod has guides that are un­der bound and over bound and sealed with rod var­nish so there are no ex­posed sec­tions of guide.

If the foot of your guide is ex­posed and not sealed prop­erly, as a lot of cheaper rods are, it leaves an av­enue for salt and mois­ture to get in at the bind­ing on your guides.

Cou­pled with sun­light, it makes a po­tent mix to chew away at your guides.

The eas­i­est way to check the var­nish is in a good con­di­tion is to run your thumb nail over them.

If it crum­bles or peels off, take your rod down to your lo­cal tackle store and have it re­bound.

You will thank me when you take it out fish­ing and the guide does not pop off the rod when you lean into a huge fish and set your hook.

Please do not think fish­ing in fresh wa­ter makes you safe from need­ing to main­tain your fish­ing tackle.

All fresh wa­ter has some amount of salt in it so you have to care for your fish­ing tackle, your line still breaks down the same way and your guides can still per­ish.

There is one thing that I need to say to fin­ish this seg­ment:

Vase­line should never be used on your fish­ing tackle in any way.

All it does is end up melt­ing away in the heat and mak­ing a mess and it has no heat shield­ing prop­er­ties at all.

Un­til next week, this is the time of year that gummy sharks come in close to shore to spawn.

Do not get ex­cited and catch as many as you can, please ob­serve fish­eries lim­its and leave some for oth­ers to catch.

This week’s win­ner of the $25 tackle prize is Tayne Prosser, 10, with his 5kg salmon.

Tayne Prosser, 10, with his 5kg salmon he caught re­cently.

Jim Ki­tis.

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