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July 01, 2010

7 Common-Sense Tackle Care Tips

Proper care adds years to your tackle and dollars to your wallet

7. Stow Them Smartly
Some of the best and least-utilized tackle-care items are rod bungees. In my opinion, these should be standard equipment on all new boats sold with T-top-based rod holders. Rod bungees serve two purposes. First, they prevent rods from being launched from the holders in rough seas, which can injure someone, or cost you a bundle if one goes overboard. All it takes is a single big wave and a little extra speed to launch your boat into the air. And that's when rods will likely get pitched from their holders.

Second, bungees keep the outfits secure so they are less susceptible to vibrating and bouncing around, which can loosen screws and beat up reels and reel seats.

It takes me about two seconds to secure the assigned bungee to each rod in my T-top holders. And when we reach the fishing grounds, I simply remove the bungees and the rods are accessible.

Again, adhering to these tips will undoubtedly get you the maximum amount of life and optimum per-formance from your reels and rods. It will cost you only a few extra minutes of your time and a few extra dollars at the end of the season, but you will come out years ahead in satisfaction - and big fish catches.