No matter who you are at some point in time you will be going fishing and when you’re heading to that destination is the most likely time that you will damage your fishing gear. With a few precautions and travel tips you can avoid snapping your favourite rods tip off in the car door or pulling up to your destination and finding all the rods tangled together in a big birds nest. When you’re finished with your days fishing and it comes time to store your hard earned fishing gear there are plenty ways to keep it out of way off trampling feet or out the hands of the young fella who reckons your fishing rod would make a good sword to belt the tree in the backyard with.
When it comes to transporting your rods especially surf rods and solid once piece rods a rod holder is ideal whether your bolt them to the bull bar or to the roof racks. They are excellent for keeping rods secure and rod tips away from car doors and any other obstacles that are moving around in the car. Two piece rods are excellent for anglers that do a bit travelling being able to be split in half makes them much easier to store in the back of the car. When it comes to keeping the rods from ending up into a big birds nest rubber bands are very handing in tying two piece rods together and any hooks or sinkers that hanging from the rods. Another handy tip is using an old pair of jeans or joggers, they can be cut up and stitched together to make a case which will stop rods getting tangled and damaged from other foreign objects that could rub or crack the rod. Rod cases and PVC pipes are another handy way to keep your gear protected when travelling and in storage but be sure to place a bit of foam on either end of pipe to protect the rod tips. For Reels there are plenty of reel travel cases on the market to protect your reel but there are plenty of other ways such as wrapping the reel in thick sock or jumper and placing in your bag. When transporting reels long distance is also a good idea to remove the handle to make it less bulky and to avoid any damage.
When it comes to storage there are a few do and don’ts that could reduce your rods life span or make it last a lifetime. When you go put your fishing rods away be sure to loosen the line and remove any heavy sinkers that could be putting any unnecessary stress on your rod which could weaken them over time. Keeping your rod stored with no stress will keep them nice and straight. Leaning them up against a wall is another possible way to damage your fishing rod especially if it’s against the tin shed wall because of unnatural angle that the rods are bending on and from the heat that the tin can generate will cause the rods to warp and kink. Rod racks and rubber rod holder clips are an excellent way to store rods. Rod racks are excellent if you have a bit of spare space they keep the rods straight and organised but if your lacking in space rubber rod clips are ideal because they can be glued or drilled somewhere up high to avoid clutter and to keep them out of harm’s way.
Every angler loves being able to travel to a new fishing destination and sometimes that means flying. Storing rods for flights can be tricky at the best of times with plane companies continually changing their policies on extra baggage sizes and weights. The best thing to do is check with your flight company prior to departure to ensure your gear transported safe and sound. Rod tubes are excellent for these situations because they come with zip’s which can be locked to prevent any break ins and with special slips it makes it easy to store your information.
When it comes to storing live bait it can be a constant battle to keep them alive and having to cart around an extra bucket. This is where Citer lures have come up with a handy portable way to store and keep live bait kicking. There collapsible bait storage bag is ideal it is made up of light plastic canvas that can either be filled with water and stored or placed under the water. The lid is made up of a fishnet mesh to let water circulate through combined with plenty of zips and has it has a lead weight attached to make the bag sink below the surface. Once your finished fishing the live bait bag collapses down making it easy to store for the next fishing trip.
The Citer collapsible live bait bag is a excellent way to keep your bait swimming.