Fishing this weekend?
The summertime fishing season is coming alive with lots of blue-water activity on all coasts, but in your haste to get offshore to work warm core eddies, rips and weed lines, don’t take a chance of losing the fish of a lifetime by overlooking the obvious. So before you leave the dock and get under way, here are a few tips from Viking to make sure you are ready for action.
Naturally, your reels have been loaded with fresh line and the drags checked and set. But have you also examined the rod guides for wear or burrs that could nick and compromise the strength of that new line?
Have you also checked the line on your teaser reels, the pulleys and guides?
If you use electric teaser reels or electric reels for deep drops, are they powered up and ready to roll?
If you fish from the fighting chair, is the spindle greased so it turns smoothly?
If you use light stand-up tackle, are your belts adjusted properly and are the straps ready for a good fight?
Bait is expensive and needs consideration, too. How is the live well pump? Is it ready to flow? Do you carry a spare pump?
Are you up to date with current permits to fish for highly migratory species including tuna, marlin and sailfish, which are regulated by the National Marine Fisheries Service? Be aware of local and state regulations as well.