Prepping For Spring
Blog by: Scott Brands 2/27/2021
Despite the cold temperatures outside, we all know spring is right around the corner. One of the best things about cold weather is that it gives you an opportunity to perform some of the work youíve been putting off all winter. In this blog I want to focus on a few things you can do to prepare for the spring bite.
First of all, get your shopping done. If you havenít already gotten your tackle for the year, this would be a good time to stock up on gear you know you are going to need. Many people donít think about buying gear until they need it, and when a lot of people do this, it can mean that supply is low. Make sure you beat the spring rush, and buy your gear now while you still can!
After youíve finished your shopping, itís time to get organized. Go through your boxes and make sure you know where everything is. I use a label maker to help me keep track of my gear throughout the year, and Iíve got boxes labeled for jigheads, weights, terminal tackle, and the various types of lures I have. Throughout the season things are bound to get a bit disorganized as you use different items so this is your opportunity to get everything back in its proper spot.
Up next on the list is rod maintenance. I begin this process by getting out all my rods and cleaning them from head to toe. I use pledge lemon wipes to clean the rod blanks along with the guides, and I use a magic eraser to clean any cork handles. If your rod has EVA foam, I will also use a 200-grit sanding sponge to essentially sand off the dirty outer layer of the foam and then wash it clean. One final note on rods is that you can use a cork sealant like U-40 to keep your cork handles looking good year-round while adding a layer of protection.
After rod maintenance, itís time to get those reels lubed up and looking shiny again! Reel cleaning isnít for everyone as there are a lot of moving parts to a reel so if you arenít mechanically inclined, make sure to get your reels to someone who knows what theyíre doing. If youíd like to take a stab at cleaning your reels yourself, there are plenty of videos on youtube which will help you with the process.
Last but not least, get those reels spooled up! Check out the line on all of your reels to determine what line youíve got to replace before hitting the water. Getting lazy with this step could cost you a fish once you finally get back out on the water, so donít skimp on evaluating the condition of your line and replace it if necessary.
The weather forecast looks like our lakes might be opening up really soon so get ready!
Ajax5240, CO 2/27/2021 7:17:44 PM
Boat registration renewal and trailer registration. Trailer lights and bearings, battery check up (should have been charging them all winter). And any motor maintenance you didnít do in the fall.
Kenny Rukspin, CO 2/27/2021 8:05:33 PM
... and don't forget to renew your fishing license. They go on sale this Monday, March 1st.
Scott Brands (Skookshunter), CO 2/28/2021 8:06:42 PM
Thanks for the additions guys! I'm in a kayak so didn't think about registration.
Coyute, CO 3/2/2021 1:45:20 PM
Done, done, and done. I'm quickly running out of tackle to clean and organize. Guess I'll buy some more! I've even gone through and organized all my vintage tackle. I love to organize and prep for spring. I look forward to it every year.