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Anyone rig all their rods up the day before(assuming you know what the weather is going to be like), plastics and all??  I've always read that you should leave plastics in their packaging or in a Plano case until you need them...  Do you guys really think plastics are effected that much if you leave them rigged on for a day or two???

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I have. Now I'm too lazy. I'm of the mind set now to leave the pastics in the package until time to use them.

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rigged up ready to cast all the day before for me

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I rig them day of, but our mercury is in the shop so my trailblazer is being used by both of us. I left my tackle box in the truck so I'm looking at two of my poles with plastics still on. So that's upsetting to me, especially since they both have done well by me as trailers this year.

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Do you think leaving them rigged on for a few days ruins them??

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I rig the hooks and stuff up and put the plastics in my top drawer to rig on the water. That way I don't leave them rigged on the hook keeper, that starts to tear a hole in them.

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I rig them on the hook or coil keeper but will not poke them until ready to fish(leave the hook open for the keeper on the rod)

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I rig them on the hook or coil keeper but will not poke them until ready to fish(leave the hook open for the keeper on the rod)

like this unless my rod has an open hook keeper then I will fully rig it.

 

   tight lines 

 

     Andrew 

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I usually tie on the hard baits/spinnerbait I want to use the night before.

For plastics I put those on once I get on the water. I need to see what's going on before picking the shape, size, and color to use.

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I typically rig all of my soft plastic baits the night before, i have never noticed a difference in performance between the ones that were rigged the night before or the ones that replace them after they get beat up (which doesn't take too long)... 

 

Mitch

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Rigged and ready. Exception is any gulp baits as they will dry out. 

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You should retie your hooks just before using them, not the day or week before. Pre rigging means you think you know what the bass are going to eat before you go fishing! If you use the same brand soft plastic size and color all the time it doesn't matter. Tying hooks with braided line makes little difference how long they tied, mono and FC it weakens the knot.

Ask yourself this "does the Elite pro pre rig the day before fishing"?

I have a good idea what I think the conditions may be on the water, rig rods as needed on the water or just before launching. Nothing stays tied on over night.

Tom

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I don't think a Pro is going to waste time tying on lures at the start of a tourney. They pre-rig beforehand after days of practicing. 

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I don't think a Pro is going to waste time tying on lures at the start of a tourney. They pre-rig beforehand after days of practicing.

This is exactly what the pros do they rig there stuff in advance either before blastoff or in some cases the night before.

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Most pros cut off every lure they used at the end of each day and respool that reel with new line during each tournament day. The pro ties hooks and lures on before they launch, rarely the night before. When a pay check depends on putting bass in the boat, you don't risk line or knot failures.

My routine is cutting off every lure and hook when I wipe down the boat on the trailer. Put each rod in a sleeve before they go into the locker. Every lure gets the hooks checked before they get put away.

I retie several times each outing and check the hook point and line nearly every cast for damaged and I don't tournament fish anymore.

Tom

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I generally don't rig up until the morning I fish.  If I know exactly what I'm going to be doing and what the water conditions are, I will rig up the night before.   I don't worry about it effecting my line or the plastics.  I don't leave stuff rigged up for long periods of time though.  When I'm finished fishing for the day I usually cut everything off and back my drags down, (not necessary but my ocd requires that I do it).  :D

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I tie on the jigs, spinnerbaits, and snaps the night before.  I don't put on the plastic baits until after I get out on the water, and see what the lake is like. Most of the time I end up changing the baits I tied on the night before.

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Just to be safe, I sometimes cut the line and put the rigged worm (hook and all) back into the bag--- especially if the plastics are scented. I know that it doesn't make too much difference either way, but it is a habit I have gotten into. Anyways, I just re-tie the prerigged hook the next day and it is good to go.

I have found that this also helps protect because it keeps it from snagging or tearing when i transport my rods.

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Depends - plastic with salt in it I rig when I use them - some plastics are on until a fish tears them up.

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I'll leave plastics on overnight. It really doesn't seem to matter. As long as they're not getting wet it's not going to hurt them. From what I know, most pros rig the night before. They might make some adjustments the morning of. As far as I know, leaving a bait tied on does not weaken the line. The initial tying of the knot does, but it's not like it declines in strength the longer it's been tied.

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It really depends on what the rig is. If the bait has salt in it, it doesn't go on a hook until I'm ready to fish. The salt will rust the hook & weaken the knot. if its something like an A-rig, then I'll Pre-rig and leave the baits on.

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I rig them on the hook or coil keeper but will not poke them until ready to fish(leave the hook open for the keeper on the rod)

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I don't know if mono knots will weaken over time. I don't have reason to doubt those of you who say they weaken. But I did creat some pre-rigged carolina rigs (8 and 6 pound mono) and put them in small plastic bagies and labeled them for future use. They've been sitting for a week or so. Since the bass are starting to bite I'll use those riges some and see if the knots hold up. I suspect if I tied those knots correctly they won't weaken much but I will experiment and see.

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I really don't think having a plastic bait outside the package for any length of time is going to decrease it's ability to catch fish, unless of course, it has some kind of scent that may evaporate.  Soft plastics are the only lures I leave tied on my rods at the end of the day and only if I've retied recently. 

Cranks and most other hard baits with trebles have a tendency getting caught on carpeting, clothing and worst of all hands when handling prerigged rods. It takes me less than a minute to tie on a bait, set the cast control and drag on my reel and make that first cast.  It can take a lot longer for me to untangle a bait and is virtually painless.

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i dont i grab the stuff i want from my shelf's then go. I do keep a trailer on my jig doesn't seem to make a difference 

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