With the spring fishing time upon us, now is the time to make sure that your gear is dialed in for those big tournaments and big fish fun trips here are a few things I do to make sure my gear is good to go:
-Take a Q-tip to all of my rods guides. I rub the Q-tip around the inside of the ceramic pieces, and rod tips in the case of the GLX rods. If any piece of the q-tip sticks to the inside of the ceramic piece you should double check it for cracks or grooves int he ceramic piece and replace if necessary. You don't want any frays in your line.
-We all have those rods that have been in the rotation for years that have the cork starting to fade, get hard and slippery. In my case my loomis dropshot, spinnerbait and crankbait rods get a serious workout and the cork has started to harden and get slick. I take a brush like what you'd clean pots and pans with, a little lemon joy and water then clean and rought them up a little. Almost like new.
-Replace or get the line twist out of my line. I tie a ball bearing swivel to the end of my line especially on the spinning rods, connect it to something stationary and continue to back up down the driveway or even down the street. You get funny looks from the neighbors, but avoid a big headache on the water.
-As always replace those hooks on your cranks! Lets face it, the bronze VMC's and Eagle claws usually suck, so ntrade those crank and jerkbait hooks with gamakatsu EWG's or Mustad triple grips!
What else do you guys do to prep for the big days?