Now it’s time to check your fishing rods, mainly for cracks or potential problems in the reel seat. You certainly don’t want the reel to come off in your hands while you’re fighting a fish.
Then it’s on to the line guides. I’ll never forget losing the largest tarpon because of tackle failure. A chipped line guide frayed the line, and after an hour-long battle, the fish, estimated at 150 pounds, was gone. If you can, borrow a piece of hosiery from your spouse or girlfriend and thread it through the fishing guides. If there is a flaw, the fine mesh of the hose will snag it. Don’t try to repair the guide. Replace it.
Some people are great with repairs like that, but I’m not comfortable doing that kind of work if it might mean losing a fish. Therefore, I will take any damaged line guide to one of the tackle shops mentioned before to have it replaced. If you don’t feel like maintaining your reels, those shops can also take care of that for you.
If you’re dreaming of casting your line, start planning your next fishing trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach today!