Dos and Don’t’s of storage.
During long time storage, it is a good idea not to keep your fishing rods in their case or bag. Keeping your fishing rod in its case or bag can lead to moisture developing on the blank. Moisture in your rod bag can lead to discolouration of your blank, thread/binding, and grip. It can also lead to corrosion on the guides.
When storing your rods out of their cases, we would recommend using a 2- or 3-part horizontal rod rack, as this will distribute the weight of the blank equally over 2 to 3 points. We would not recommend storing your rods vertically with the tip against the wall, over time this can lead to a permanent curve in the rod, especially if stored in a warm, humid environment.
Dos and Don’t’s of transport.
When traveling by air, we would recommend a hard plastic or thick cardboard tube to transport your rods. This will avoid pressure breaks if other items are packed on top of your rods. When packing your rods into the tube, there should be no movement inside once closed. If there is, some bubble wrap around the pieces should stop any possible damage your rod might take from pieces hitting against each other.
When driving from fishing spot to fishing spot, would recommend keeping placing your rods in padded horizontal roof racks on the top of your vehicle with the base of the rod going no further than the back of the vehicle and the tips of the rods facing the front of the vehicle. Once securely fastened down, this will prevent any damage from being shaken around on the road. Once your trip is over, spray your rod down with fresh water and dry with a cloth, once the rod is dry you can place it back in its case, this will keep it safe and secure on the drive home.
Try your best not to transport your fishing rods assembled through the window of your vehicle. Any bumps on the road can lead to small cracks on the graphite where the blank and the window meet. If this is the only way you can transport your rods, wrap the point of contact in a towel or foam to minimise the contact directly on the blank.
Dos and Don’t’s While Fishing
When walking to your fishing location, walk with your rod completely assembled and keep your tip at a 45-degree angle to the floor, this will avoid the rod tip from dipping down into the floor, which can damage the tip guide and even snap your tip section.
If you are walking with your rod/s in an H-frame or Beach trolly, make sure your rods are secure in the holders as this will stop them from swinging around freely which can damage the contact point on the rod.
Once you are at your destination to fish, place your rod either in a secure sand spike, make sure the sand spike is deep in the sand, or secure on the rocks as a fall from that height may damage the blank which can result in a break on a cast or fighting a fish.
Avoid leaning your rod against rocks or other objects as the wind or a small bump may cause the rod to fall over, this will not only scratch your blank but possibly damage the carbon itself.
When fishing, make sure you do not go over the specified casting weight of the rod itself. Often anglers just look at the sinker rating, but the weight of the bait needs to be taken into account as well. For example, throwing a 6oz sinker and a medium chokka bait on a 5-7oz rod. Overloading the rod can and often will lead to a tip and mid-break. You can normally tell if the rod has been overloaded when the rod breaks in more than one spot.
While fighting a fish or trying to get loose when stuck, it is important not to “high stick” your rod. High stick is a term used when the rod has been lifted past 90 degrees, which puts all of the rod’s pressure on the tip, which will almost always lead to a break in carbon graphite rods.
When your rod is loaded, weather with a big bait, on a rock of fighting a big fish, the angle should never exceed the 60-degree mark. A lot of times this can happen when the fish is at your feet. You should not try to pick the weight of the fish up with the rod.