Sharpen Your Hooks During the Off-Season

sharpenerFor freshwater anglers who don’t fancy ice fishing, waiting for the ice to thaw can seem like an eternity. There are a few things you can do to help the time pass more bearably, though, such as giving your current gear the once-over. One thing, in particular, is making sure your hooks are sharpened for the incoming Spring season.

Many would assert that the most important piece of tackle in their tackle box is their hooks. All the fancy electronics, flashy boats, latest rods, reels, and lures are nice, but if your hooks are dull, you simply won’t pull as many fish to the boat. What many anglers fail to realize is that hooks can dull any number of ways, including rigorous use and banging on rocks and stumps throughout the season.

There are many hook sharpeners and files on the market today, and types of products do a good job. Many anglers use both types of sharpeners, but many also keep one on hand in the boat at all times. This is because sharpening your hooks is not just something to be done in the off-season, but throughout the season, as well. It’s a good idea to keep a hook sharpening tool with you while you’re out on the water so you can keep them sharp all the time.

I know the tips above may seem obvious, or even unimportant to some, but this simple, easy effort will make your time on the water more enjoyable when the season rolls around. Furthermore, prepping for the Spring by sharpening your hooks beforehand will ensure many more hook-ups during your first trips to the water.