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A Look At Saltwater Fishing Gear

Aug 18, 2007
Saltwater fishing can be quite different than fishing in a lake or stream because the fish are quite different, so if you plan on fishing in the ocean, you'll need different saltwater fishing gear than for freshwater angling. A saltwater fisherman needs to use very different tactics than a freshwater fisherman to be successful. Modern fishing is not just about skill, but proper equipment as well. A saltwater fisherman often needs very different equipment that a freshwater fisherman might use. If you are a freshwater fisherman that would like to do some freshwater fishing and catch fish like Tuna, Swordfish, Cod, Snapper, Flounder, and Mackerel, do not expect to be successful without some practice fishing in salt water, and some changes to your equipment.

The first thing you need is a good rod. A saltwater fishing rod should be about nine feet in length, give or take a foot. While you are getting started you can use a decent, but not top quality, rod. Look for something between one hundred and two hundred dollars, not something that is dirt cheap. A dirt cheap rod will inhibit your learning and can even lead to bad fishing habits. Also, dirt cheap rods tend to have a resale value far before the little bit you paid for them. If you start with a decent rod you can later resell it for a good price and buy something better.

Next on your saltwater fishing gear list is a good fishing reel that is designed for salt water use. Saltwater is more corrosive than freshwater, so you should look for a reel that resists saltwater corrosion. Look for materials like stainless steel, titanium, plated steel, fiber, or resin. To g with the reel choose different lines for the different types of fish you wish to catch. Shier fish require longer leaders. Fish with sharp teeth and fins require a thicker leader to stand up to their rigors. If you are using a floating line in deep water with a weighted fly, use a longer leader. If you are using a sinking line in deep water, use a short leader.

Many fishermen disagree on whether you should construct your own fly, or buy one from a bait shop. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, but whichever you decide to use you should be sure it is suited to the fish you wish to catch and is high in quality. The fly is meant to fool the fish, and low quality materials will not fool anyone. You have to make sure your fly is high enough in quality that it will actually fool the fish into biting.

If you are already experienced in fishing in freshwater then the transition to saltwater will not be too difficult, but you have to approach the task differently. Different techniques are required, and you should not waste your time by using the wrong equipment. No one enjoys an unsuccessful day of fishing, so be sure to hedge your bets by using the saltwater fishing gear that will produce the best results.
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