Avoid These Common Fishing Gear Problems
You hear about it every season: A fishing buddy who finally hooked a monster fish after hours on the water, only to have it get away because of a simple problem with his fishing gear. It happens all the time. It’s likely even happened to you. And it’s immensely frustrating.
But you can avoid a lot of common gear problems by taking a little time to inspect your gear. Here’s how to do that.
- Check your rod guides for any sharp edges. A chipped guide can easily slice a line. One way to check your rod guide is to use a piece of cotton; a sharp edge will snag some material.
- Regularly check your lines for any damage. Lines can weaken from exposure to the elements, from long fish battles, and from scraping against rocks and pilings.
- Make sure your drag is properly set. To test it, pull line off your reel before casting. If it feels like it is sticking, get it serviced.
- Make sure the line roller on the bail arm of your spinning reel turns freely.