Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer

As mentioned last week, some important tackle box items will be discussed to help make your tackle box complete. Shown in the attached photos one does not want to have equipment malfunctions when these husky fish are biting. Another addition to ones tackle box or boat box can be a versatile set of pliers, pictured. Not only do these pliers come in handy with sharp toothed fish like Pickerel, and more so, Northern Pike, but they can replace the screwdriver kit mentioned last week. Embedded in the pliers handles are an array of Swiss army knife tools from a Philips head screw driver to assorted knife blades.

Tip #1 – If your tackle box’s spare room is filled with lures like the author’s, this pliers combo will foot the bill.

Great size bass like the ones pictured, can sometimes get into thick lily pads or submerged logs and when you try to drag them out the rod tip can break off, or as luck would have it, when one is removing the rod from the truck or car trunk after getting to your favorite fishing hole. This writer had 2 rod tips break off at the end of the day and it is still unknown how it happened.  Alcohol is ruled out as both times it was in the morning and coffee doesn’t cause havoc like that.

Replacing a broken rod tip is fairly easy. The repair kits can be purchased at most tackle selling stores and they contain a glue stick that has vastly improved since this author was a youngster. The displayed amateur you tube video, here, shows how it is fairly easy to replace a broken off rod tip.

Tip #2 – Purchase a rod tip repair kit. The kit comes with 3 different size rod tips and enough glue to fix about 50 fishing rods. It could mean the difference between a fishing day that started off with a hiccup and a day that ended way too early on a bad note.

Note: if you have any questions about rod tip replacement feel free to email the author. Info, below.


Jeffrey “Jeff” Gross spent 21 years as an Analytical Chemist at the USCG R&D Center in Groton, Connecticut, Woods Hole Laboratories, and Helix Technologies. Changing careers is a “great learning experience for everyone”, Jeff says, and I’m an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, a student of the sciences, and the world. The US holds too many wonders not to take a chance and explore them”.

Jeff is the Model Train and Railroad entrepreneur. Proud Golden Retriever owner. Ultra strong Second Amendment Advocate and Constitutionalist. “Determined seeker of the truth”. 

Jeff is a RIFGPA Legislative and Legal Officer, Freshwater Chairman, NRA Liaison.

His subjects include Outdoors, Second Amendment, Model Railroading, and Whimsical.

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