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.
Buying jig heads already painted increases their cost. Is that added cost worth it or is it worth the time to paint your own? Some anglers only use painted jig heads, matched to each bait color. Others fish with both painted and non-painted with little difference in catch rates. In most cases it is worth the extra money or time spent painting your jig heads. Colored jig heads add to presentation and in turn add to more fish in the boat.
There are many good knots, but the easiest one and the one that works for almost every fishing situation is the Improved Clinch Knot. This knot is very easy to tie and rarely fails. An improved version of this knot is the Trilene Knot. Either one works great. Both these knots will serve you well if you are just starting out fishing or are a long time angler.
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