By Jason Brenic | October 31, 2022
As an angler, there is no feeling (other than losing a big fish) that is worse than breaking a fishing rod. We all work hard for our money, and it can really be a heartbreaker when one of your new rods gets broken, that’s why I decided to put together this article with a few simple tips to help you keep your Piscifun Rods in one piece!
#1 Cover Them UpThe best solutions to problems are the ones that don’t cost you a lot of money. I think that’s how the saying goes? Anyways, there’s an easy solution to help you take care of your rods and that is rod sleeves.
Rod sleeves like the one pictured here are designed to help you keep your rod in great shape. The sleeves will protect against scuffs, scrapes nicks on the guides, etc. The sleeves come in array of different sizes to fit both Spinning and Casting Rods. Not only do they keep your rods protected, but they are perfect for keeping them untangled as well! If you haven’t before consider checking out some rod sleeves to protect your investments!
#2 Have Rod Discipline
When it comes to breaking a rod, there are often simple things that we can do to help avoid it. You’ve heard it a million times, heck, you’ve probably done it yourself at some point. You are getting ready to head out on a fishing trip and you walk up to your vehicle and lean your rods against it. You open the door and you’re unaware that your rods have slid in the crack in the door. You go to walk away and shut the door only to hear the dreaded CRUNCH of all three of your rods being shattered by your door. The fix for this is simple, simply be aware of what you’re doing with your fishing rods. Don’t put them near a tailgate or car door and leave them there. By being just a bit more disciplined you can avoid these sad days of loss.
#3 Make Some Room
This next tip is specifically for my boat owners. When a big fish gets hooked and someone is scrambling with the net, things can get a little dicey! More than one rod has fallen victim to being stepped on during a scramble on the boat deck. Try to limit the amount of rods that are laying in the boat at any given time. You can do this by better preparing for the trip, putting some away in your rod locker or even moving them down to the passenger side of the boat so they are out of the way.
#4 No One Likes a High Stick
This one probably accounts for more rod breaks every year than everything else combined. The infamous HIGHSTICK. Now, what is High-sticking? Well, its pretty simple – High-sticking is when an angler is fighting a fish and allows the rod tip to exceed the 45-60 degree angle. When this happens the rod is no longer able to bend and allow for even distribution of the pressure on the rod. What ultimately will happen if you exceed that angle is that the top 6” or so of the rod are going to snap off. This problem is common amongst all rod brands and effects both spinning and casting rods. Another time to really pay attention to this is when you are going to “swing” a fish into the boat. Its very easy in the excitement of trying to land the fish, to allow your rod to end up past the safe point of 45-60 degrees.