Archives for December 2013





OK ,you have the reels,rods and lures cleaned up so last thing to do is get into tackle box and get knives and pliars out
Take your knives and clean all rust off,wash with a salt away solution ,put an edge on the blade , rinse off with fresh water and dry,apply a light coat of oil and put away
Pliars, cutters etc—-first step again is to remove rust and make sure to get into moving parts, get into that salt way solution and with a toothbrush scub thoroughly and than rinse off with fresh water and dry. I like to add a little greese where there is a metal to metal contact and coat rest with a light oil
Put both away in a dust free area and they will be ready for the first trip of the Spring

IF you followed my suggestions you will be ready to go with the first sign of fish. The past 2 years I found big fluke in early April and short bass along with them all through April when weather permitted
I’m betting on same pattern in 2014
Following the New Year I will provide whatever info I get on the 2014 regulations which we could see dramatic changes and as we get closer to the fish biting I will offer some early season tips

Happy New Year


Ok,hopefully you have completed Tip #1 & 2 and now ready to move on to next task
Tip #3 deals with arificial baits.
Swimming plugs,,,, first develop a 50/50 mix of saltway and water and drop your swimming lures into the mix and let sit for few minutes, I like to brush them when I remove with a tooth brush and than rinse off with fresh water. Look closely at hooks ,if relatively clean with no pitting rust ,take a wire brush and clean the hooks, than take each hook and sharpen the hooks, rinse again in fresh water let dry. IF hooks are too rusty replace them. You can buy replacements in most Tackle Shops or on line
Jigs , follow same steps as a swimming lure and after you have hooks in good shape looked at the hair. I will replace any hair on a jig that got a lot of use. It is a simple process but how hair is applied can make a difference. Pick up a couple of deer tails from a hunter or buy them. Deer hair is critical as it is hollow and when applied right it breathes when you work the lure through the water . Take old hair off and replace by laying the hair on jig in layers. Do not just grap a bunch of hair and start tying , tie a little at a time and go around the entire shank evenly. If you do that ,you will have a nice working jig. Take a Sealant Coating and coat the threads.I have found a product called SealCoat to work best and only needs one coat.
If paint is chipped up you can use a hard paint and re-paint but painting the jig doesn’t make a whole lot of difference as I use them all summer with all the paint worn off. Key to the jig is the hair and how it gets applied
Now if you don’t want to go to all that trouble you might be able to buy brand new ones from me
If you take care of youyr baits now you will be ready in Spring when fish start biting


Ok you have your rods all clean up and ready to go NOW lets look at reels
First Spinning reels
#1—wash thoroughly with a Salt Away mixture and use a tooth brush to get into tight places,once you have completed that rinse entire reel with warm water in possible and dry

#2- look at the rolloer guide,does it spin freely, if not it is usually due to salt built up. Regardless I like to always remove the roller guide and clean up the mating parts with salt away mix and wire brush the surfaces and rinse. Also check the roller guide bearings if roller doesn’t turn freeely you will need to replace but usually if you take the time to clean and get all the salt out this isn’t problem.. This little component is #1 reason for lost fish especially early in season so take the time to make sure you get all the salt out. Before reassembling apply a light oil on each component and re-install

#3- Remove side plate and look at gears,is the grease all mated up and harden ? If so remove all the grease and re-pack with a good mfg reccomemnded grease. This usually is need every 2 years depending on usage..If grease looks good just add some in high use areas like the shaft
Examine the gears for broken teeth and make sure the anit -reverse is throughly lubricated before putting the side plate back on .

#4– if using mono line I recomend replacing on yearly basis,if using braid examine the first 25 yards or so for nicks and fraying and if found remove a few yards. Braid can be used 3-4 years if taken care of . I have even used it 5 years . After 2 years I like to reverse the line and get the line that has been laying on bottom of reel into the workable position

#5-The last thing I do before putting reel away is to spray a very light coat of oil on reel and put away in an air tight bag if possible
IF you follow this guideline you will have a trouble free start to the 2014 swason
I might also add IF you need replacement parts the time to order is NOW,if you wait until Spring it usually takes longer to receive and many times in early Spring parts are on back order

Conventional reels ,follow the same pattern keeping in mind the objective is to make sure ALL salt build up is removed and everything is working smoothly



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Most of us have pulled our boats and stored our equipment waiting for Spring. However to be ready for the Spring bite you should do some basics with your equipment before storing. Last year I had bass and fluke the first week of April
I will cover several topics between now and end of the year.Today I will start with fishing rods
#1–first thing I do is wash and wipe down each rod with a Salt away solution making sure you get each guide, and than was wash off and dry
#2- I take a cotton cue tip or cotton ball and rub each guide ring and tip ring IF the cotton graps something on the ring I mark that guide or tip to be replaced. It indicates a potential small crack which will only get worse with use and chances of losing a nice fish increase
#3- if you know how you can replace the guide or tip yourself or take it to any of the local tackle shops in your area. Doing it now you will avoid the Spring rush
#4 Now before storing for winter I will apply a light coat of wax to the entire rod except reel seat
#5—I apply a light coat of oil to reel seat
#6–Rod is ready to be stored for winter and will be ready for action the first sign of Spring
I like storing in horizonal position if at all possible
I will cover reels on next report