Are you ready for a new fishing season? Learn how to increase your chances of catching more fish and avoid technical hiccups during your excursions.
These lines need special attention because a braided line in poor condition can ruin your fishing expedition.
Check that there are no knots
You have to carefully inspect the entire line to see if there are any knots. If there are knots on the line, they can create tangles which may in turn cause the line to break due to friction on the rod’s rings. If you do find a knot, it’s best to cut the line.
Check the condition of the fibre
The best indicator of the condition of a braided line is the state of its fibre. If the fibre is pilly or the braiding is not consistent, your braided line has worn down and lost its resistance and glide. If this is the case, you should cut the part of the line that is damaged.
Due to the cost, it can seem painful to cut out a large part of your braided line. However, it’s better to simply cut out the damaged portion so as to avoid problems and frustrations later on.
Whether you have mounted, non-mounted, triple or single hooks, freshen them up at the start of the season to have the right sharpness.
Rust and oxidation
If you see traces of oxidation or rust on your hooks, you must act quickly. The longer you wait, the more your hook will deteriorate.
- Pro tip:
In order to get rid of deep rusting, submerge your rusted hooks in a glass of cola. After a few hours, remove the hooks and wash them with soapy water to remove the sugar from the cola. Finally, rinse the hooks in water and dry them off.
The point of the hook
A hook with a sharpened point will have better penetration and lead to less unhooking. We recommend you check the sharpness of your hook points, and sharpen them regularly or replace them if their condition is inadequate. When in doubt, change your hook.
Comfort is key to ensure a pleasant fishing expedition, and the waterproofing of your clothing is an essential factor of your comfort.
To make sure your boots/pants are properly waterproof, you can put them into a tub of water and check to see that no air bubbles escape. If there are air bubbles, use a special kit to repair your clothing.
With time, fishing pants and jackets can lose their original water resistance. In order to restore their resistance, wash them in the machine with cold water. Select a heavy rinse and a gentle spin cycle, then let them air dry on a line. On occasion, you can put your fishing clothes in the dryer for a short period, this will also improve the water resistance. Another option is to use a water-repellent spray on your clothes to increase the quality and durability of their water resistance.
Once you have inspected the line, it is important to check that the reel is functioning properly as well. Take the time to test all of the functions of your equipment. If you hear any abnormal sounds, check to see if there is any dirt or salt encrusted underneath the spool. If certain pieces are not working the way they used to, or seem to be causing abnormal friction, clean out the reel by dipping it into clean water.