Q: Are there ways of keep­ing salt out of reels on a kayak?

Sea Angler (UK) - - SEA SCHOOL - DEWI MOR­GAN, SWANSEA

GR says: Not re­ally! I use the ‘rocket launcher’ style of rod holder some­times. They keep the rods a bit higher and a lit­tle bit more out of the way of the wa­ter.

The re­al­ity of kayak fish­ing is that your gear gets wet and if left that way the salt

will start to cor­rode the reel.

You have two op­tions: buy cheap gear and hope to get a year out of it or buy qual­ity and look af­ter it. Each op­tion has its advantages, but I’d never for­give my­self for los­ing a good fish on poor gear.

Wash your gear in fresh­wa­ter as soon as you get home af­ter each trip. Don’t leave it in the car boot or the shed un­til the next morn­ing. You will for­get and then your reel will seize up. The same ap­plies to any­thing metal­lic and ex­posed to salt­wa­ter.

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