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Fishing Gear Preseason Checklist

By Kastking | 22 January 2018 | 0 Comments

The old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure can be well applied to kayak fishing gear.



It’s time to start organizing your fishing gear. Spring is almost here in my home state, New York, and  many anglers  in the South have already started their salt and fresh fishing seasons. This article should help you get a few simple things together. No matter where you are, inspect your rods and reels, check your braided lines for frays, and cut out line that is worn. If you are removing excessive amounts of line, chances are that braid was rubbing on some structure with a good amount of line out and it’s a good idea to put on a fresh spool of KastKing Braid. Make sure none of your guides developed cracks if they were in a cold or salt heavy environment. Start by running a Q-tip on the inside of each ceramic guide.  If you feel something that isn’t smooth with the cotton swab chances are it’s a crack and you may need it to be replaced depending on the location of the crack.


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Check dry suits, seals, gaskets, and fishing gear for cracks that could ruin an outing.


After going through your rods and reels it’s a good idea to go through your safety gear. Closely looking at your waders and dry tops/dry suits before hitting the water is a really good idea. Inspect all rubber or latex seals for cracks. It’s a good idea to suit up at home also to make sure nothing breaks. After a season of storage in a closet a small crack in rubber could have expanded into a larger one, and may turn into a tear while you are suiting up in the parking lot preparing for fishing. This will turn one of your first days of the year into a trip to repair your gear.


If you store a lot of related miscellaneous fishing gear in your vehicle or other outdoor storage it’s a good idea to go over everything. I usually keep a few things in my car ready to go in an instant. 303 Protectant, WD 40, latex and neoprene patches, and a first aid kit. You may have never used some of those products all last season so they are due for an inspection.  I’ll take the time to go through everything to see what may have dried out or had a mystery leak.  Adhesives tend to dry out when going through varying climates. I’ve had first aid kits also get water in them making a lot of the bandages useless.


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Fishing around structure can takes its toll on fishing gear. Being prepared helps your results. (Photo courtesy of Elias Vaisberg)



After going over my fishing gear I like to go over my kayak. A fresh coating of 303 protectant hits the hull after I’ve removed the tarp for the first time since winter. 303 protectant is a great sun block for plastics and vinyls. Spray it on to your boat liberally and wipe it in with a rag while wearing a latex glove to protect your skin. I also make sure to hit the rudder on my boat with 303 also as it will help prevent cracks from developing in the long term.  My hatch seals and handles that are twist and turn molds will get a layering of silicone lubricant as well. Sand and dirt tend to accumulate in these areas and they can lock up and begin to rot after not being used for a few months. After I inspected the boat I’ll just apply a little bit of dielectric grease to the connections on my battery and fish finder plug. It’s also a good idea to power on your fish finder to make sure nothing corroded out after the winter. I’ll also briefly inspect my paddle for cracks, and if you have a Hobie Mirage Drive, or an engine on your boat the maintenance will be more complicated and not subject to a few hours of prep time.


Going through all these simple steps I mentioned on your fishing gear and kayak won’t take more than 2-3 hours at most, if something is wrong preseason you can now save yourself a headache right before hitting the water. It’s still early enough  n the season that you will be on the water in no time and not have potentially missed one of the best days of the season.


By  –  Elias Vaisberg


Elias Vaisberg is a highly experience kayak fisherman in Brooklyn, NY. He logs countless hours targeting anything that swims in Jamaica Bay and New York Harbor. He qualified for the Hobie International Challenge the past two years. He fishes on a 2011 Hobie Outback and is sponsored by Eposeidon and Hobie.




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