Fishing Hacks – Fishing Tips
A life hack is a quick solution to a common problem. Over the years fishing, I have learned a good number of “fishing hacks” to make my fishing trips much easier on me. Some of these are my own and others I have learned from good friends while out on the water.
Eliminate Line Twist
When you’ve spooled fresh new line on to your reel, it can take awhile for it to form a memory and to stop spilling off your reel at every chance. To get the new line to conform to your reel, run a newly spooled reel under hot tap water for a minute or so. The heat will cause the line to form a memory of the reel, preventing tangles and twist later on.
Switch to Braid on Spinning Reels
Many spinning reel users have been making the switch from straight monofilament/fluorocarbon to braid for their main line with a mono/fluoro leader. This is because the braided line will last many months longer and has zero stretch, making it extremely sensitive. For spinning reels around the 2500 size I’d recommend 20-30lb braid because the diameter is similar to that of 6-8lb monofilament. My connection knot of choice is a Reverse Albright Knot since it goes through the guides perfectly without damaging the inserts. Some anglers also use bright green, white, yellow or pink braid so they can visibly detect bites even better. Make the switch to braid and you’ll not only save money but be able to see and feel bites like never before.
Easily Cut Braided Line
Scissors and knives aren’t the only tools that can cut braid. A lighter is actually just as effective if not more effective than cutters. The bonus of using a lighter to cut braid is that it leaves a small knob on the tip of your tag end, helping to prevent the knot from slipping. Next time you decide to fish with braid bring a lighter out with you.
Keep Your Hooks Organized
No one likes to break off and retie, and it’s worse when you have to dig around to find a new hook. Stick a large safety pin through the eye of like-sized hooks and you will always have your hooks sorted and neatly organized. Another great tip to keep smaller hooks organized is to put a magnet in with the hooks to prevent them from falling in other compartments in your tackle box.
Loosen Your Drag After Fishing
When storing your spinning reels for the offseason, be sure to release your drag. Continued pressure on the inner workings of the reel from a tight-set drag can cause the springs to loosen over time, making your reel not work as efficiently the next time you have a big fish on.
Protect Your Rod Handles
The handle is usually the first part of a rod to become noticeably dirty. You can use armor all to keep the cork soft and clean looking. If you want to keep your cork handle pristine (or if you don’t like the feel of cork) then invest in shrink wrap. Not only does the shrink wrap look great but it also gives you increased grip on your rod. I use shrink wrap on all my saltwater gear and it’s worked great protecting my rods.
Movable dividers in tackle boxes sometimes slide up, allowing small tackle items to get combined. Put some silicone on the bottom of each divider to hold it in place. You still can easily remove the divider to redesign or clean the tackle box.
Restoring Old Lures
If the paint is chipping off your spinnerbaits or crankbaits you can touch them up with acrylic paint to make them look new again. I have changed the colors on some of my favorite lures to match the fishing conditions needed. Another tip I often use is to paint your hooks red to imitate a bleeding baitfish.
Check your Line Guides
A rough line guide can fray line and cost you a fish of a lifetime. When I’m maintaining my fishing equipment I like to run a Q-tip over both sides of the guides to see if there are any nicks. This will catch one no matter how minor that your eyes may have missed. If they are rough you can take some sandpaper and roll it up tight, with the rough part on the outside. Then put it in the line guide and let the roll expand. Then gently twist it, and it will smooth out the line guide.
Line Saver When Traveling
You know that rod you broke off and just left it be and picked up another rod to continue fishing. Well, when you transport that untied rod the line generally ends up tangled all over the place. A simple solution to this problem is to squeeze a split shot on your line’s end after removing a baitcasting reel from a rod for storage or travel. This prevents the line from slipping through the guide and prevents tangles.
If you have any interesting fishing hacks that you’d like to share please list them in the comments below!
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