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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:29PM

Get your big gear ready

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Big fish season is right around the corner, and now is the time I start checking out my big fish gear. It’s time to pull out all your big tackle and start going through it. Sure, it’s only been a few months, but I’ve seen reels lock up solid in that amount of time simply because they weren’t taken care of. The day you grab it and head for the dock is the wrong day to figure out something needs a good fixing. Ask me how I know this…

I like to start with my reels because that’s where the rubber meets the road. I get all my big spinning and conventional reels out and start giving them function checks. No sense in tearing them apart now if they don’t work right. Make sure drags are strong and smooth. If they aren’t, it’s either time to get a new reel, or order new drag washers. If you have dual drag reels or baitrunners, it’s a good idea to check the function of that also.

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