We’re rapidly approaching the start of winter and the holiday season. This is the time of year many across the United States and Canada would consider their fishing offseason. It can be a tough time for those anglers who love getting out on the water with their friends and families to catch fish.
If you’re really missing your favorite hobby that much, you don’t have to fret. This is the perfect time of year to start preparing for next year by taking care of your fishing gear. Here are a few things you can do with your equipment in the offseason:
Take Stock of Your Gear
This is the perfect time to take inventory on your gear to see what improvements need to be made. Check your hooks, snivels, and snaps to make sure they aren’t bent or corroded. You should also look for imperfections in your jigheads, lures, and just about anything else you use. If you find any issues, throw them out and replace them. This is also a good time to check your line and ensure it’s still in good shape and there aren’t any nicks in it. You’ll thank yourself when you go into next year fully stocked on quality equipment.
Inspect Your Rods and Reels
It’s always important to ensure your rods and reels are in good shape. Check your rods for any imperfections and coat any nicks you might find. You can also clean your rod and reel just by using soapy water. Finally, oil your reel by applying a small amount of a good reel oil.
You don’t want to go into your first fishing trip of next season disorganized. Help yourself out by getting organized when you have nothing else to do. Sort your tackle box by sorting gear by some sort of category – what kind of species it’s used in catching, for example. Getting organized now will help you more quickly locate anything you need in a given situation when you’re back out on the water.
And while you’re getting ready for the next angling season, consider taking a trip to Armstrong Station, Ontario to visit Mattice Lake Outfitters. Stay in one of our remote cabins and fish in our beautiful lakes full of plentiful fish species. Contact us to start planning your trip today.