Last week I wrote a blog about choosing your Rods, reels, and line. On Friday I attended a seminar that was open to the public at Pro Tackle, A Local Tackle shop in Belleville. I was happy to see a decent turn out for this event as I believe it was the first of its kind for the store. Local guides were on hand doing the seminar, and an Okuma Pro Staff Member. I believe these 2 guys need a bit of recognition here. It was obvious that the 2 guides felt right at home talking techniques, gear selection, and even proper etiquette at the ramp and on the water, as the seminar went on for approx just shy of 3 hours, as a professional guide on Quinte I run some of the same area’s that these guy’s do and was amazed at the amount of detail and information these guys were willing to give away. I could tell with some of the questions being asked that the 2 were a bit hesitant at first, but never the less they still told trade secrets about equipment, placement, tackle, and yes even spots that they and other people I know personally and even I myself frequent LOL. After the Seminar the 2 guides and the Okuma pro staff member, and the owner of the store, stuck around to answer all of the questions everyone had. Also Pro Tackle had a free BBQ for all that showed up. I felt it was probably one, if not The BEST Walleye seminars I have ever attended personally.
I am going to touch base on one of points in this seminar that I thought was a great topic. Last week I talked about choosing your Line counter reels, but I did not touch base on what to do immediately after you have chosen one for your specific needs, before you take it on the water.
CALIBRATING YOUR REELS.
I always knew that calibrating reels was extremely important, however you should do this fairly often. In recent blogs I mentioned that when you buy specific baits no matter what it is that there is a chart that sometimes comes with the lure in the package or you can find on line, or if you have a smart phone then you can download an APP which will tell you the dive curve for just about any lure on (or off) the market today. I have to admit that calibrating my reels have been put off for some time now so right after I was reminded at the seminar the next day I took all my reels and found that over half of them were way, way off the mark, most of my reels didn’t have enough line on the reel for it to even be close to accurate, and even one of my reels were broken beyond repair, this Just after I posted in my last blog to remember to maintain your equipment, I have no idea how long I’ve been carrying around a broken reel LOL. Anyway, besides being able to accurately place your baits as per manufacturers specks, there are other reasons you should be calibrating your reels, if you have some other friends on the water and either you or they call, text, or radio each other to let one another know a set up that has been working that day, what if one of you have a rod that has been going off like crazy, you are going to let your buddy know your presentation and how much line you have out behind the boat right? Well if either one of your reels has not been calibrated then you are going to put out what you think is the correct amount of line due to your friends information, and really you will either have too much line out or too little. This equates to your buddy having a great day on the water and you think he is pulling a fast one on ya. So I strongly suggest before your next trip out you take the time and do yourself a favor and possibly even save a friendship, and calibrate your lines.
Does My New Line Counter Reel Need To Be Calibrated? YES
as soon as you pick up a new reel no matter what the make, sometimes the store you buy it from will spool it for you free of charge. I just came across this the other day with a good friend of mine, since I was calibrating all of my reels I asked if he wanted his done as well, his answer to me was no I just bought it and the store did it for me. I asked him in shock, they Calibrated the reel for you? I was curious because I have never bought a reel and had the store offer to calibrate a reel for me. He said well they are the ones that put the line on it. I tried to explain that putting line on the reel and calibrating it were 2 different things so now when he asks me for information on the water and if I tell him, he may not put out the right amount of line, or if he tells me a set up at least I know ahead of time I won’t be able to replicate it lol.
How to calibrate a line counter reel. First you will need 2 or three pegs to stick in the ground (or something that can mark the ground), a clip to hold your line to the pegs, A Tape measure, (you don’t have to but a Tape that has 100 linier feet on it would be the most accurate), Something to mark your reels with ( either painters tape or a marker), and a Perminant Marker.
Make sure to spool your reels until they are full then take the following steps.
1st measure out 100 feet, with tape measure. Stake ( or mark) the ground at either end.
2nd clip your fishing line to the peg in the ground. Do NOT cut your line off the spool yet.
3rd reel up until the tip of your rod touches the Peg
4th zero out your counter reel
5th release the line but keep some tention on the line with your thumb as you walk over to the 2nd peg 100 feet away.
6th read the line counter, what does it say?
7th If the counter reads more (>) than 100ft then you need to add more line to the reel and
If the counter reads less (<) than 100ft then you need to take some line away
Repeat steps 1 through 7 until your counter is exactly on the 100Ft mark.
You can also look up on Youtube to see how this is done.
I hope this was helpful and Tight Lines.