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Control Your Controllables
Posted by mmagnone, 5/8/2019 09:19:02 AM
While many anglers understand the importance of being meticulous in their approach both on and off the water, on a day to day basis, I witness many individuals failing to understand the importance of regularly changing their fishing line. Each line type on the market has its own intended purpose. Some are more forgiving, which aid in shock resistance and the load of heavy lures, while others are built with the intention of invisibility and sinking characteristics. There are others that have absolute zero stretch designed for heavy cover applications and floatation. Being that fishing line is without a doubt the most critical link between you and the fish, while it seems a little overboard, changing line every few trips eliminates any room for error and provides a more seamless approach.

For instance, there are times when you may be throwing a Square Billed Crank Bait down a section of rip rap bank. As the lure makes intermittent contact with the rocky bottom, your line is coming into contact far before your lure actually impacts. As the bait roots, rolls and digs, every rock you hit increasingly damages the structural integrity of your line. Without regularly changing out your line or at the very least, retying, the next cast could be the difference between a "Personal Best" or driving home with that all too familiar "Instant Reply".

There's a saying that is forever etched into my brain by one of the greatest anglers on Earth, Kevin Van Dam:

“Control your controllables”

With fuel prices at an all-time high, lure prices reaching the triple digits and truck and boat payments nothing short of cringe worthy; changing your fishing line, as often as you can, is a SMALL price to pay in the grand scheme of things. Keep yourself in the hunt and control your controllables.
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