Whether you bought an expensive fishing outfit or an economical combo, it is nice to get more than a few sessions out of your tackle. Saltwater is the enemy: It loves to eat away at metal and leave a powdery deposit on your reel and rod parts. Surf anglers can add sand to the salt – a tough combination that needs to be removed after each trip.

Reels have lots of moving parts and will work better minus the salt and sand. And the rod guides can corrode as well.

The first thing to do is thoroughly wash everything with fresh water. Sometimes this is enough if you are going to use the rod and reel again 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.

Here are some of the steps that can be useful to making your tackle last longer.

–  Take the reels off the rods and wash thoroughly in the kitchen sink or at 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 with a lubricant, use a paper towel or shop rag to wipe off the excess lubricant.

–  The same process can be applied to the rod, but it’s probably easier done outside. After the rod is rinsed, spray the reel seat and guides down with the lubricant and wipe the excess off.

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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