Now that 2013 has wound down and Spring is only a faint promise, it’s a good time to perform some routine maintenance on boats and tackle.Some of us still fish through the Winter but acceptable weather days are fewer in number so there’s always plenty of time to spare. Here are just a few things to look for. Boat: check all wiring and connectors for corrosion, check all the pumps for smooth operation and free from dirt and crud, check all the nuts and bolts for secure fitting, keep the gas tank full and use stabilizer, lubricate anything that moves. Trailer: lights, wiring and connectors, grease the wheel bearings, tire condition and inflation, winch cable, grease the winch parts/gears, all accessible nuts and bolts.Tackle checklist: line condition on all reels, rod guides, replace snaps, swivels and terminal hardware, retie all knots, lure hooks and split rings,condition and proper operation of all reels. It’s a good time to inspect all the stuff you may have on the boat. Is there anything you didn’t use last season? It’s a good time to clean house and get ready for the next swap night at the club. I’m sure there’s more that can be done but these ideas should get you started.
And don’t forget Winter safety. A dip in the water in July may be refreshing but it can be deadly in the next few months.
Now that we are starting 2014, I appeal to your generous nature to give a little of your time as a committee member. The Club has many ways that you can contribute.