Saltwater Fishing Gear – it’s easier than you think!

Nothing beats saltwater fishing. Your saltwater fishing gear can make or break your trip though. There are so many different kinds of fish you can try to catch. They include but are not limited to these types of fish:

  • Shark
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna
  • Mackerel
  • Eel
  • Tarpon
  • Sea Catfish

The Saltwater Fishing Gear you will Need


Obviously the most important thing you will need is a high quality fishing rod and reel. I recommend going with an eight or eight and a half foot rod or a nine foot rod. I say high quality because it needs to be strong enough to withstand the fight that you are likely to have when reeling in the saltwater fish. They also need to be able to withstand the saltwater and not become corroded.

Some of the best rods are made from titanium, stainless steel, or fiber/resin. You will spend at least $100 for one of these. You won’t regret it when you are fighting a big fish and know you have a rod that will back you up.

Your Fishing Line, Flies, and Leaders are Important Too

Now that you have a good rod and reel as part of your saltwater fishing gear you need to concentrate on your fishing line. For shallow or flat areas you will need a floating line. Go with a clear, middle ground line for your underwater fishing.

If you are fishing for a shy type fish you will want to go with a thick leader. You will have a variety of flies to choose from. Look for those that are recommended by expert anglers and proven to be successful.

Casting and Hooking with your Saltwater Fishing Gear

If you have ever done any fly casting for trout it will make casting easier. Your goal is to keep things light. Do not overline, that is, use a recommended weight for your fishing rod. It won’t hurt to take lessons from professionals before you go. It’s always best to go fishing as prepared as possible.

Once you’ve made a great cast you want to be able to hook the fish (obviously). Keep things simple and try not to lift your rod very high in the air. You want to avoid a fight. You can try to alter the fish’s swimming pattern by rolling it. Don’t try to reel your fish in non-stop. Let it out a little and then reel back in. Try to keep your rod tip low. High sticking (no we’re not playing hockey) just might break your rod in two.

Saltwater Fishing Gear Means Bringing the Right Bait to the Party

Artificial and live bait can be used for saltwater fishing. Shrimp is a good thing to try as well as baitfish. Whatever fish you are trying to catch you will do best with what they eat normally. This can include, crabs, crayfish, oysters and crustacean. Keep it light though and don’t overweight your bait either.  To determine the size of your hook just look at the size of your bait.

Saltwater fishing gear is fairly simple. If you are well-equipped you will have a better chance of landing your prey.