For us open water anglers, the early morning and long days on the water soaking in the warm sun and feeling a tug on the end of our line, have come and gone for another year. There is still some fall fishing available and many anglers, like me are switching out their tackle and gear so they are prepared for fall fishing. Other anglers are switching out their rod for a bow or gun to pursue game in the woods. Whichever case it may be, it is important that at this time you are properly transporting and storing your valuable fishing equipment.
As I begin brining in my rods/reels, tackle and boat gear from the boat and garage, I first make sure that as I’m transporting my rods, that they are covered by a Rod Glove. This way they are protected as they make their way through doorways and put in a rod rack in the basement. It is important to keep the tools you rely on protected from damage all winter long.
To help prevent mildew and damage to your rain gear and life jackets, hang them up on hangers so they stay dry and have air flow on them. This will help prolong their life and keep them from smelling musty next season.
Now on to the fun stuff…your tackle! Throughout the summer months of going from lake to lake, the amount of tackle that makes it way from my organized Plano Stowaways to my boat and then being strewn across a work bench or in a tub is tremendous. As I start finding all this tackle again, I’ll sort it into piles of the same type of baits, such as crankbaits, topwaters, spinnerbaits, etc.
At this point, I’ll be inspecting my lures for any damage or items that need attention, such as replacing split rings or replacing a stock treble hook for a super sharp Trokar Treble hook. If there are some baits, that didn’t make their way on to the end of my line this year, I’ll put them in a pile for resale or donation to a local youth fishing club.
I’ll now begin putting my tackle back in its specific Plano tackle box, which helps keep my tackle organized and protected. I’ll use the large waterproof cases to store all of my hardbaits, such as crankbaits and topwaters, to ensure they stay dry all season long and rust free.
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