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Kayak Fishing Gear Maintenance Tips

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All kayak anglers know how important it is to take good care of their kayak as it is not only a huge investment but can also be dangerous to use if not in good condition. However, in addition to regularly inspecting your kayak and storing it in the proper manner, it is also important to take care of the rest of your fishing gear. 

Without proper maintenance, your gear is more likely to break or malfunction, which can put a serious damper on your next fishing trip. Luckily, it doesn’t' take a lot of time or effort to ensure that your equipment stays in good condition. Many good kayak anglers will probably already be following the tips outlined below, but just in case, here are some kayak fishing gear maintenance tips that could save you some money and troubles in the long run.

Fishing Rods

Without your fishing rods you won't have much luck catching anything out on the water, so it makes sense to take good care of them. Regularly cleaning the reel mounting hardware and the handles is obviously very important, but don't just stop there. It is just as important that you make sure to keep the guides clean as well. If you don't , you'll end up with rods that damages your line thanks to all kinds of unwanted stuff that builds up on the guides.

If you don't store your rods properly, you also run the risk of permanently damaging them. Rod sleeves can be useful to prevent your rods from getting all tangled up during transport, but when storing your rods, it is best to do so vertically. This ensures that the blanks stay straight otherwise you run the risk of ruining the rod. Heat can also weaken your rods, so avoid storing them in a hot place if at all possible. It's best to store your rods at room temperature as this will prevent the fiberglass or graphite materials of the rod weakening. With proper care and storage your rods can last for much longer, but even the best rods won't last forever, so you might want to set aside some cash for when the inevitable happens.

Reel Maintenance

Always make sure that your reel is properly cleaned after a day out on the water as dirt and sand can easily get caught up in it and cause damage. Going the extra mile and cleaning as well as oiling the bearings of your reels will ensure that you can get rid of any dirt that has been sucked into it. Before opening up your reel to clean it, make sure that you follow the instructions for that particular manufacturer as these tend to differ. It is also a good idea to turn the drag pressure to the lowest setting before storing any reels. In order to prevent corrosion, you may want to lubricate the moving parts of your reel as this will also help to prevent the reel from freezing up. Just don't spray the reel lubricant into the gear mechanisms. Instead, use grease for lubricating these areas. 

Watch Out For Salt Water

Mud and dirt can cause damage to your gear if you don't do anything, but nothing compared to the havoc that salt water is capable of wreaking. This is especially true for any gear that can become corroded, so if you spent any time fishing in salt water be sure to at least rinse your gear afterwards. Also be sure to dry everything properly after cleaning. Not doing so can cause rust, so don't be too  hasty when packing away your gear. Some saltwater anglers use plastic bins filled with fresh water to submerge their rods and reels in order to rinse off all the salt water. This isn't always feasible, so at the very least hose down the rod and guides. However, instead of using a powerful stream, a hand-held spray bottle might be a better bet as there is no chance of grit being forced further into any crevices when doing so.

Don't Forget The Lures

Since lures do not cost as much as the rest of their fishing gear, a lot of anglers overlook them when it comes to cleaning. Unfortunately, there are plenty of spots on a lure where salt and sand can accumulate, so scrub them with some soapy water to clean them properly.

In Closing

Cleaning your fishing gear is probably the last thing you feel like doing after a long day out on the water, but resisting the temptation to just stow away everything before you go and relax will save you a lot of money and effort in the long run. Even with proper maintenance, some gear like your reels, will also benefit from the occasional professional service every six to twelve months. What is your routine for taking proper care of your fishing gear? Let us know in the comments below or on the forum. 

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