Why Super Glue Needs A Spot In Your Tacklebox

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Here’s my tip: “Always have a tube of super glue while fishing”!

That’s it… have a nice day.

To be honest, I believe many people already are carrying superglue in their tackle boxes, however, for those that are not, I’ll give you some reasons as to why you should.

Repairing soft baits

After setting the hook with a wacky rigged Senko or any other soft stick bait, the hook is going to cut into the bait body. As soon as you detect a split or crack in the body, add a drop of super glue to get a few more casts out of the lure. This goes for other baits like Beavers and so on that eventually tear through use.

I would also recommend a product called Mend-It for healing plastics, as it is even better than glue, however, it’s much harder to find. A video of this process can be found below:

Gluing a plastic bait to a jig head

This is another great one when fishing with Senkos and other baits that are frequently ripped off by half-committing fish. Just drop a bit on the hook before you slide it through the bait, give it a second to dry, and carry on with your day!

Strengthening knots

After tying a lure on, add a drop (not too much) of super glue to that knot. Some super glues incidentally are less thick or dense than others. If you can find a glue like some of the Loctite products which are very “thin” or almost watery (known as low viscosity), that will penetrate much better into the strands of braid which means less bulk but still gives great strength.

Repairing gear

If you break anything plastic (or similar material) like the butt end or part of the reel seat of a rod, super glue to the rescue.

Normally I don’t advise this, however, if you are in an absolute pinch and break off your rod tip, you can pull the tip guide off (using heat and pliers) and then superglue the old guide on the end of the broken rod. This will get you through the day (it will probably take a bit of scraping or filing to size the end of the rod properly). This is normally bad practice since it’s permanent, whereas proper guide glue can be reworked when needed.

Can fish smell super glue?

The big concern here when using super glue and bait or knot is “can fish smell the glue?” I’m going to assume yes since they have such an acute sense of smell.

Solution: just add your favourite scent (we use Megastrike) it masks odours and is an attractant.

Super Glue on a boat is like Duct Tape at home… always have some on hand!

Pete Bowman

Pete, one of the most revered and popular anglers in the nation, has a tremendous love for the game… the fishing game. Pete’s vast knowledge of angling and ability to articulate it to audiences worldwide has endeared him to his fans who still see Pete as just “ONE OF THE BOYS”. Pete is also an accomplished and published outdoor writer and photographer as well as a sought-after speaker. In 2012 another of Pete’s ultimate fishing career highlights occurred when he was inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall Of Fame, something he never thought would happen. A Canadian fishing icon.

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  1. I would add to your recommendation… don’t buy a large container of super glue for your tackle box. Once opened, it dries very quickly and you will likely find it useless the next time you need it. It is better to carry a small container with several one-time-use super glue tubes. Then, each time you need to affix something, your glue will be fresh and work well. Just remember to take the used squeeze tubes with you when you finish for the day.

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