Clean, Dry, and Store Your Surf Fishing Tackle
I have this little tub that sits in the back of the Jeep for my surf fishing rigs I use for the day. By the end of every day it is full with about eight rigs that are usually a little tangled. I used to just toss the rigs I used in a bucket. We all do it, no matter how much we try to keep tackle organized. End of the day you are hot, tired etc etc. Then the next day before you head out, you have a bird’s nest of rigs in a bucket.
Storage is easy and you can reuse the packaging. We all try to use the original bags, or separate containers for long term storage. The fold up storage sleeve bags all that stuff. Short term storage is the real issue.
It doesn’t matter if you try to keep rigs seperate or whatever for the short term daily use. Because no matter what you do, the rigs tangle up with themselves, or each other, and eventually make a mess.
Most of us just toss that mess and grab new rigs. Some cut out the good gear and tie the rigs again. There is a great way a friend showed me that he uses to keep that mess organized and easy to access over and over again.
It is a simple solution, get a bulletin board with a cork side and some pins. These usually cost around ten bucks. You can polyurethane or clear coat the board to protect it a little more from water and weather.
Wash your rigs like normal, with fresh water, let them drip dry on a counter or wherever. They can also dry on the bulletin board if you protect the cork. Oiling the cork with mineral oil will protect it as well. Use pins to hold the rigs and just loop the lines back and forth between pins until the rig is pinned in place. Cleaning your rigs after use extends their life and quality.
Some of the longer rigs take a hot minute to pin. I also do this with new rigs after I take them out of the bag before I use them. This way they are ready to use or switch out to a new rig. This helps a great deal for tournaments. You can bait up rigs with fishbites, and let them sit until needed.
Long term storage in bags is good, but pinning the rigs keeps the memory of the bag curl out of the line. Pinning the new rigs will help take out that curl. On the back of the bulletin board attach a picture hanger and you can hang the board. It makes a great man cave or fish room decoration.
Usually I just pin the rigs back up after using them, but at the end of the day, the flies are biting or whatever. You have four to five rods out and it is time to roll. I just pull the rigs and drop them in the tub. Because I need to clean them later anyway.
You should always take off your rigs, never let the weights hang on the rods with the surf fishing rigs either. That can break a rod when the weight bangs into the rod. Take off the reels as well, especially if you use braided line, no sense in fraying the line. You will be ready for the next day.