Over the years I have heard of some good tips and made a few myself, Most come from the need to improve or rigg something to work. Others just made sence. so here a few tips that I hope will help. 1. I got some new rods and found that the reels seats were loose, a easy fix is to get an old bike innertube from a bike cut it the length of the reel foot, slice the tube open so it will lay flat, trace the foot on the tube, then cut it out and place it under the foot and reel seat and tighten up the seat, a snug fit. 2. I have a label maker, I make a label saying property of "your name" make sure it will fit under the length of your reel's foot, stick it to the underside of your reels foot and place it back on the rod, now if your gear gets stolen at least it has a id on it. 3. Much like tip#2 except for rods, get a rod builder pen and just sign your name on your rod near the handle and put a good sealer over it. 4. Hooks are always a problem on a boat when in transit. I take the hook and hook it on the under side of my casting reel next to the reel's foot, this will keep the hook in a safe and unexposed. 5. In my boat i have several knifes one in the bow, one in the stern, and one under the console, There has been times when i need to cut a line quick to prevent a major accident. or even worst. The list can go on and on so lets here some ideas and tips form the rest of you.