Now is the time to go through your fishing equipment to make sure you are ready for the summer . It’s never too early, because before you know it, spring will be gone, the lakes will be open and you’ll want to get out there on the water.
Here’s a list to get you started:
1. Check and/or change the old monofilament line from your reels. Mono always stretches and gets bridle over time and nobody likes to loose fish because of weak line.
2. Check and lubricate your reels with light oil (and very little of it.) on the bearings and bushings and lithium grease on the gear surfaces. Check for any loose nuts or play in the crank handle.
3. Check the eyes on all rods for loose binding string. Use epoxy or fingernail polish to hold any loose ends. Replace broken eyes with new, high quality ones.
4. Check and sharpen the hooks on all of your favorite lures.
5. String up new leader lines.
6. Re-organize tackle boxes and get rid of unused items.
7. Sharpen bait knives and fillet knives.
8. Most importantly,buy lots of new rods, reels and fishing tackle. The more you have, the harder it is for your wife to notice when you buy more.
A summer of fun begins with equipment that is in good shape, so start now so you are ready when that magical time comes.