Whether you bought a expensive fishing outfit or a economical combo it is nice to get more than a few sessions out of each. Saltwater is the enemy: It loves to eat away metal and leaves you with a powdery deposit where some of your reel and rod parts were. If you are a surf fisherman, sand and salt are tough combination and need to be removed after each rip.

Reels have lots of moving parts and will work better minus the salt and sand. Don’t forget the rod either. The reels seat can corrode, as will the guides. Here’s what you should do to prevent this.

  • The first thing is to thoroughly wash everything with fresh water. Sometimes this is enough if you are going to use it in the next day or two. But if you do not plan on using your tackle for a few days or until next summer, you might need to take a couple of other steps.
  • For a deep rinse, take the reels off the rods and wash thoroughly in the kitchen sink or by an outdoor faucet. Make sure all the bail parts and handle get special attention as these are the two things that kill a reel.
  • Towel dry and then spray with some kind of lubricant like Corrosion Block or even WD40.
  • After you have sprayed down the reel, use a paper towel or shop rag to wipe off the excess lubricant. The same thing can be done to the rod.

Hopefully when you retrieve the rod and reel for the next outing it will work as well as when you put it away.

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