7 Fishing Rod Mistakes To AVOID (To Make Your Rods Last Longer)


Have you ever had a rod break “out of the blue”?

Maybe you were hooked into a big fish or snagged on the bottom, and it suddenly snapped…

Here’s the thing: rods don’t normally break “out of the blue”.

There are usually little things that happen over time that lead up to them finally breaking.

And those little things are usually the rod owner’s fault.

But here’s the good news: most of them are preventable!

And in this video, I’ll show you what the biggest makes people make that cause their rods to break and how to avoid them.

Let’s dive in!

What NOT To Do With Your Rods [VIDEO]

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Here’s what NOT to do when using, transporting, or storing your fishing rods:

#1: Don’t use a new rod before inspecting it

Rods are shipped either to your home or to the store you bought them from and if those rods aren’t packaged securely, it can mean bad news later.

Small nicks or fractures can happen during transit that can create weak points.

And if you have a big fish on, those weak points can cause the rod to break.

When you purchase a rod, inspect it from top to bottom and make sure there are no weak points.

Also, inspect the guides.

Make sure they’re not bent and there are no nicks in the guide inserts.

Take a Q-tip and run it inside of each guide.

If the cotton on the Q-tip snags, then there’s a nick in the guide and that could cut your line.

#2: Don’t reel the swivels, hooks, or jig heads through or to the tip

When swivels go through the tip or jig heads smash against it, you’re just asking for it to break.

Be sure to stop reeling before any hardware touches the tip.

#3: Don’t store your hook or jig head in the guides or guide frames

When you store them inside the guides, they can bounce around and nick them.

When that happens, the nicks can easily slice your line, causing you to lose a big fish.

Don’t store them in the guide frame either, because that can bend the rod guide.

The ideal scenario is to get a rod with a hook keeper and place your jig heads or hooks there.

#4: Don’t keep the drag too tight when the hook is in the hook keeper

This will put too much pressure at an angle where the rod is not designed to withstand a lot of pressure.

#5: Don’t store heavy jig heads or rigs with weights in your hook keeper

They can bounce around during transport and potentially fracture your rod.

But if you really don’t want to take off the weights or jig head, then here are two possible solutions:

  1. Use a gear tie to keep the weight snug against your rod so it won’t bounce around.
  2. Wrap electrical tape around the rod to protect it against the weights.

#6: Don’t lay down your rods in your truck bed or boat

They can bounce into each other which can potentially lead to small nicks.

Instead, keep them secure apart, or keep them secure together with gear ties.

#7: Don’t hold your rod too high up

If you hold your rod too high above the handle, it’ll put more pressure on the rod than it’s designed for and snap.

The same thing goes for high sticking your rod.


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When protecting your fishing rods, it all comes down to minimizing impacts that can cause small fractures.

You might not notice them at first, but these little nicks can add up and cause your rod to break under the pressure of a big fish.

Have any questions about taking care of your rods?

Or have any other tips for taking care of them?

Let me know down in the comments.

And if you know someone who wants to stop having rods break on them, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

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5 months ago

Using a bead to stop reeling lures up all the way will the bead itself cause possible damage

5 months ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

Is there anything you would recommend for a stopper instead then

John Burns
2 years ago

Lot’s of good info. I noticed you had many thoughts on what not to do with your hook. If you don’t have a hook keeper, what is your recommendation for securing the hook?

Chad Shipes
2 years ago

Tony what are thoughts on rod cover,, and would you still secure if using?

2 years ago

Another tip I’d give is to not leave them outside or worse in a shed without environmental controls.

William High
2 years ago

good point Allen

Paul DiLucchio
2 years ago

Inspecting ANY new rod before purchase is a must.

And … it’s ESPECIALLY important when you get one from a Walmart or other retail shop. I’ve seen customers “testing” a rod in very strange (and potentially destructive) ways, then putting it back on the rack.

Bad news for the unsuspecting angler who ends up purchasing it.

Victor Gatell Jr
2 years ago

Hey Tony, is it bad to store the rods, like I do, on ceiling hooks? They are supported horizontally on two plastic hooks and I notice you guys all store yours vertically

Philip Burger
2 years ago

Great video. Could u do a video on how to lubricate and oil reels or any other preventive maintenance we could do. I know Luke did a video on how to wash rods and reels, but want to make sure I am doing what I need to do.

We use spinners and baitcasters (and trollers) in case the advice is different.

Philip Burger
2 years ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

Thanks Tony!

2 years ago

The electrical tape is a good idea. I suggest the use of rubber electrical splicing tape. it has cushion to it, where the typical “electrical tape” does not. If you don’t have a hook keeper cut a “U” segment from a paper clip, bend a small “rocker” to it and attatch it with your 2nd wind of splicing tape.

Andy Hong
2 years ago
Reply to  Louie

Self-fusing silicone tape is even better than electrical tape. Self-fusing tape doesn’t use any adhesive, but it sticks tenaciously to itself as you wrap it around the rod.

Scott K Taube
2 years ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

Hi Tony, check out tackletour.com “Rescue Tape”. I’ve used silicone tape for years. Many different
brands. Always in the car, boat and backpack. Fixed broken rods, leaking gas lines, wiring issues, etc.

Bob Proctor
2 years ago

Nice tips Tony. If only I could always remember to remove my rods from the upper rod holders on my T-top before motoring into my boat house…………. 🙂

Amy Hafer
2 years ago

Thanks for the tips, Tony! While my rods aren’t anything special or expensive, I will definitely start treating them better…I’ve been a bad rod owner!


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