Ahhhhh!!! Now that the holidays are over and we're in the dead of winter it’s time to reorganize the boat and gear. And if you were near as good as I was last year... get to installing those Christmas gifts in the boat.
Let's talk Rods, Reels and Line the critical link between you and the fish.
Check your guides and tips for cracks, nicks or abrasions...buff out with super fine emery cloth and if that doesn’t work replace tip, guide or replace rod.
Check rod shafts for nicks or cracks...replace
Check reel retaining ring/mounts...make sure rings are not split or stripped out and check that the reel seat is not loose or split...replace rod. (There’s a reason we all own so many rods)
Take apart, clean and oil. Most reels are very simple to do just pay close attention to the dissemble process as well as not to lose any of the small parts. This will make re-assembly much easier.
If using monofilament line...replace it!!!
If using fluorocarbon line, I replace it every year (you can get 2 years out of fluorocarbon line but I never seem to remember when I re-spooled each reel).
If using a super line such as Berkley Fireline check for frays and either cut off or flip the line spooling from one reel to the other...if already flipped it’s time to replace. I save the middle (good portion) of the line for tying leaders and rigs or occasionally my wife needs it for crafts. Please be responsible when disposing of any lines. Your local bait and tackle shops or even Wal-Mart usually have line disposal bins.
Have a safe, blessed New Year and "Get Hooked" with The Walleye Guys!!!