Think about it, the only thing between you and that next catch is a thin stand of fishing line! Yes, today’s fishing lines are incredibly strong and abrasion resistant, but some additional care for your fishing line and how you handle your fishing reel can help eliminate future heartbreaks.
If you are flipping a Texas-rig or jig, more than your likely your line will not lay down smoothly on your reel after repetitively performing the technique. Also, since your line is commonly heavy braid or Fluorocarbon, there is a limited amount out with each cast and when you set the hook it can bury down into the spool. For both of these reasons, I’ll cast my jig or Texas-rig out to the open water every so often to loosen the spool. This action could keep a fish buttoned up during a battle as your reel’s drag will operate more smoothly.
Speaking of drag, check it often! Every time I grab a different rod and reel, I make sure the drag is set where I want it. It is very easy for the drag on a casting reel to get bumped and loosened up without you knowing it, especially during transit. This quick check of your drag, you are making sure that when your next trophy hits, your reel will be ready to handle the task.
When fishing with a spinning reel, instead of closing the bail by cranking the reel handle, close it by hand. This will decrease the amount of line twist, resulting in less damage to your line, smoother casting and an overall better experience with your spinning reel.
Take care of your fishing line and pay attention to your reel and you can help eliminate possible headaches and the heartache of losing that trophy fish!
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