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I know every piece of tackle is important, rod, reel, hook, swivel, line..And a fail on any one of these can cost you a big fish...But wht do you pay the most attention to?

For me it's the line..It has to be fresh, and free of nicks, not left in the sun etc.

I change my line many times each fishing season.
 

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the eyes on the rod,cut off 8 to 10 ft of line tie fresh knot,and when fishing after baiting hook check for scales on the tip and make sure the hook exposure is good,pull on drag to make sure it is set correctly
 

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My club thats in the boat. For knockin the snot outa eels when I catch em. LOL!

Tough question to answer. All the ingredients are necessary for success.:cool2:
 

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I can't put an honest answer on just one item. Rod, reel, line and hook.

Rod- free of nicks on guides. no cracks on rod blank
Reel- has to be in smooth operating condition
Line- free of abrasions, the fresher the better, low memory, hate currly line
hook- very sharp point, check it after every fish.
 

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I know every piece of tackle is important, rod, reel, hook, swivel, line..And a fail on any one of these can cost you a big fish...But wht do you pay the most attention to?

For me it's the line..It has to be fresh, and free of nicks, not left in the sun etc.

I change my line many times each fishing season.
Im with Jack on this one, always inspecting and changing lines on my poles. Also I inspect my knots constantly and continue to improve the strength in my knots.
 

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Ok, you said tackle so to me that dont include the rod & reel.
#1 - Line condition- age, weight, plyability, knot, surface condition, ect.
#2 - hooks- sharpness, structure, strenth, proper size and type
#3 - sinkers- right size/weight, eye condition, right type
#4 - floats- (if used) right type & size, condition,
#5 - bait - right type & size for target fish, freshness, perkyness (live bait)
 

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The thing I am most concerned about is the line. However as several have
noted you check everything trying to find what might have changed during
the last fight or long storage period. I guess the line is the highest probability
of failure due to damage. Hooks, swivels, guides, rod & reel generally take
time to wear out. Line can go south in a heartbeat.
 
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