“I probably change every other trip,” Hernandez said of his line. “You get in a boat, you have a big fish on your line and everything breaks down. And if you’ve stored it in your garage, monofilament does not like heat and direct sunlight.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaThe more the gear is used, the more it needs to be serviced. Primarily, that means the replacement and re-greasing of drag washers. The drag provides tension to the line, but also prevents it from breaking when there is a strike and when reeling. When a fish is on it, it helps keep the hook set in the fish’s mouth so that it’s not thrown, and provides an easier reel-in. “It’s not so much the salt; the saltwater does not get in the drag,” renowned Southern California saltwater angler Dan Hernandez of Montebello said. “The drag washers just wear out. You see it a lot on party boats. People do not check their drag and when they get a catch, their gear breaks down. That’s not very good, especially when the first fish hits. There’s a lot of hoopla and no time for others to help.” Even freshwater gear needs to be serviced, but not quite as frequently. It’s not just reels that need to be serviced, either. Rod tips get banged during party boat rushes and slides. Handles need to be wrapped, guides need to be spruced up and monofilament line is a problem, too. “It’s true,” Whittier angler and Sav-On Tackle pro John Perkins said. “Especially for the saltwater guys. When it’s time to tackle up, they don’t want anything wrong. You have corrosion, and it’s not from the salt.” Two San Gabriel Valley-area tackle shops – Sav-On in Santa Fe Springs and Johnny’s Sport Shop in Pasadena – service major manufacturer’s equipment. Winter storms have been pounding Southern California’s shorelines for several weeks now, bringing big waves and surf, generally making it uncomfortable for anglers and boaters to attempt to get out on the water. And when they do, it’s awfully rough. Professional anglers say this is the perfect time of the season to get rods and reels in for maintenance and to acquire a 2006 sportfishing license.