Fishing line wears and that 8lb monofilament on your spinning reel now functions more like 6lb or even 4lb after a year of fishing abuse. Monofilament, still the most commonly used type of fishing line by anglers, should be replace annually unless you clearly notice a defect or experience performance issues such as breaks and stretching. Good news, Spring brings with it great deals on fishing gear, particularly fishing line, as retailers clear out last year’s stock and bring in new products. Most fishing line manufacturers are running their yearly rebates. Fishing line deals can be as good as buy one, get one free or rebates of $5-$10 when you buy multiple spools. These great deals give anglers the chance to discard spools of old line and re-spool for the coming season.
Ice fishing is a great winter activity and for the angler it provides a means to reel in some fish while waiting for prime spring conditions. A common question is what is safe ice thickness? First every angler should never consider ice safe unless you have confirmed its thickness. Some tips to keep in mind is that different waterways freeze at different rates. Moving water, large water bodies and spring feed lakes take longer to freeze than small, calm lakes. Watch the temperatures for multiple days below the freezing mark to ensure good solid ice. Check ice with a chisel or check local fishing shops for up to date information before venturing out from shore. Finally remember that ice is seldom the same thickness on the same body of water. Check ice thickness as you move on fish and your next ice adventure will be safe and productive.
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