When you take a fishing trip, there is always a lot of equipment that you need to remember to take with you. However, if you are going to head out to the coastline or the open waters of one of the oceans or seas that border North America, the most important part of the equipment to consider is the saltwater fishing tackle. Often, this is the most crucial part of assuring that you have a successful journey – your equipment must be in good, working order and must be durable enough to assist you in reeling in even the biggest possible catches you could locate on the open waters.
When inspecting your tackle prior to setting out for your adventure, you should check several different pieces of equipment. The road is probably the most important feature of your tackle and should be in good working order. Some of the worst disasters are caused by having roller guides that stop rolling, flimsy guides that fold over or shatter, and reels that jerk free from broken reel seats. Gimbles and grips can come unglued, and tip tops can fall off in a cast. All of these problems lead to blaming saltwater fishing tackle for a lost catch.
One great thing about the rod is that it is usually inexpensive, and you can get a high-quality rod that is good for a lifetime if you keep up with minimum care procedures such as washing a rod with freshwater upon returning from a saltwater fishing trip (to remove the traces of salt that can rust metal parts and eat at other areas of the rod) and storing it in a rod holder rather than in the open air of a storage facility. Preventative care is the best way to maintain tackle in good, working order.
The same can be said of all pieces of saltwater tackle. Whatever artificial lures you choose to work with should be washed with freshwater to rid the lures of any salt that remains and stored in an airtight tackle box for safe keeping. Hooks should be treated the same, especially since metal can rust or tarnish in open air and in short order when covered in salt. Saltwater tackle is most quickly ruined by not rinsing the saltwater off the items upon return from the fishing trip. The salt is destructive to your boat, your tackle, any metal objects, and more when left unwashed. This means that any equipment used in a saltwater fishing trip should be carefully washed in order to preserve it more readily for the next trip.