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]
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:
- Use a gear tie to keep the weight snug against your rod so it won’t bounce around.
- 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.
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.
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