Saltwater Fishing Gear

What salt water fishing gear would you suggest I buy?

Your choice of saltwater fishing gear really is dependant on the type of fishing you will be attempting. I will outline here a standard gear setup that should be able to handle most types of saltwater fishing. Your fishing reel is without a doubt the most important piece of equipment you will purchase. Saltwater fish fight much harder pound for pound than their fresh water cousins. It is absolutely imperative that you have a reel with a smooth running drag and also hold at least two hundred yards of line. This brings us to the subject of line. I strongly advise spooling your reels with power line. These lines have a small diameter in relation to their test strength. This allows the angler to spool relatively small reels with the large amount of line necessary to withstand the long powerful runs many saltwater fish are capable of making. One problem of course with power lines is they are very visible and will inhibit strikes if you attach your hook directly to them. You therefore need to obtain clear fluorocarbon leader material and high quality two way swivels. I advise using fluorocarbon leaders of at least two feet. It is important to use fluorocarbon due to its excellent invisibility properties, especially in saltwater. Your rod selection is dependant on the type of fishing and species of fish you will attempt to catch. Light and Medium action rods work well for Snappers and other pan fish. For larger fish you will want to use a medium to heavy action rod.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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