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Captains corner: Too cold or too rough? Time for the dirty work

Winter is a great time to service your tackle, including rods, reels, boat, motor and trailer.

Rods and reels: These should be rinsed with a freshwater misting after every use throughout the year. But a few times a year, the reels need to be taken apart for an internal cleaning. This means getting atto the drag system and all the gears inside to clean and grease them. If this is something you don't think you can do, most local tackle shops offer this service. Spray the rods with silicone to prevent rust on the guides.

Boat trailer: Make sure all the lights are in working order; all wires and connections are in secure, with no breaks. The trailer's brakes should be checked for rust and fluid. The most overlooked area of the trailer is the tires and hubs. I change my tires and hubs every two years.

Boat and motor: General maintenance for the motor should include spark plugs, water pump, oil changes and filters. Check all wiring connections, fuel filters, gauges and electronics on the boat. Local professional dealers can provide further information about maintenance on these parts.

Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.

Captains corner: Too cold or too rough? Time for the dirty work 01/20/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 20, 2011 7:46pm]
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