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Fishing Gear Maintenance Guide
Not only is Salt-Away great at protecting your motor, boat and trailer but it is also perfect for protecting your fishing gear.
Use Salt-Away to wash all your reels, rods, lures, pliers, life jackets and other equipment.
Salt-Away does not harm any part of your fishing equipment. That includes braid or monofilament lines, electric reels, even flylines. It is also safe to use on reels containing magnesium alloy, unlike other competitor products. It is safe on rubbers, plastic and metal. For washing your dive gear please refer to Dive gear maintenance.
(1) Drag Tightening
Depending on whether you’re fishing a star-drag, lever drag or a spinning reel, tighten the drag firmly before any maintenance. By compressing the drag washers, you are removing the chance of water lodging itself in between the drag plates. If water happens to get in to these areas, it can leave deposits on the washers and plates which can effect drag performance.
(2) Apply Salt-Away
Once the drag is tight, it’s time to start cleaning. Spray the entire surface of the reel with Salt-Away solution or wash in a bucket of Salt-Away solution for a few seconds (5% Salt-Away to 95% water, i.e 50mls per litre). Scrub the reel with a soft brush to remove grime. It’s a good idea to spay and clean the rod at the same time. Make sure to clean the roller tips and swivels.
(3) Do not rinse away Salt-Away
Do not rinse the Salt-Away off as it protects all surfaces, metals, rubbers and plastics, so just drain, shake and allow to dry.
(4) Back Off Drag
The next day once dried, it is very important to back off the drag. Leaving the drag up tight for an extended period of time will result in reduced performance – more often than not a high spot is created that will result in a surging feeling when fighting a fish. If this happens it’s time for a new drag.
It’s time to add some lubrication – a very simple task. A simple rule to follow is that grease is for the gears; lubrication is for everything else. Lubricate handles, lube ports, clicker buttons, as well as any tension knobs – when in doubt lubricate it. Our PRO EPT lubricant protects your reel from salt corrosion and is completely safe on monofilament and braid lines. With spinning reels, keep all lubricants away from the exposed drag on top of the spool.
Always refer to your reels maintenance guide when carrying out maintenance.
Cleaning Methods For All Other Fishing Equipment
- Fill Salt-Attack mixer cup unit with Salt-Away.
- Connect garden hose to mixer and other end onto garden spray nozzle.
- Turn the mixer to ‘Salt-Away’ and spray a light coating of Salt-Away over these areas.
If using a spray bottle mix 50ml of Salt-Away concentrate per litre of water.
Washing in a bucket
Mix Salt-Away at 15ml of concentrate per litre of water. ie. Mix 75ml in a 5 litre bucket of water.
Note: buckets of Salt-Away solution can be re-used a number of times. Just make sure to keep the Salt-Away solution sealed.
- Washing fish bins and bilges with Salt-Away eliminates fish odours.
- Smelly hands – a quick wash with Salt-Away will take away the smell.