The biggest killer of graphite rods is impact against a hard object. It may not break in that spot the day it happens but there will be a weak spot at that point. Keep this in mind when stowing rods for travel. If you are keeping them on the deck, strap them flush against the deck so the become a part of the deck and aren’t rapping against it during travel. If you are storing them in a locker, do the same or put them in a horizontal holding system, where they won’t hit the side or floor of the locker. If you are the non boater and your partner doesn’t have room in his locker, try to find the spot that minimizes the repeated bouncing they will take if they are laid over the gunwale. If you have to, lay them over your leg when running the big engine. It’s never fun to set the hook on a good fish and end up with a three piece rod.
Rod, reel and line are one package. They work as a team. Purchasing a “magic” line may throw off your teamwork. Switching any team member affects the entire team’s performance. Once you have the team that works for you- stick with it.
When tournament fishing or just fishing for fun time can play a big part of your day. Go to your nearest dollar store and purchase a stick on clock. These are small enough to put anywhere and they usually last a few years for a dollar. I have one under my dash and one inside Read More…