Saltwater Fishing Tips > Having the Right Equipment
In our last post, we covered the basics of saltwater fishing for beginners. Arguably one of the most important things to familiarize yourself with the equipment, as specialized gear is required to make a catch in the open ocean. Before reading on and getting acquainted with the equipment and gear needed, ensure you keep your investment protected with a Boat Insurance policy.
#1: Fishing rods.
Modern fishing rods are made from fiberglass or graphite. Depending on the type of fish you are trying to catch, you’ll need to consider which material is most beneficial for you. Graphite is more expensive, but is also way more durable than fiberglass. Experts recommend that beginners start on fiberglass rods as they are easier to handle. Be sure to inquire about the proper length for fishing in saltwater off of a boat – approximately 6-8 feet.
#2: Saltwater fishing reels.
Saltwater fishing reels need to be strong and able to withstand the saltwater’s corrosive effects. The best choice of reel for beginners is one that makes casting the line easy. Spinning reels are recommended for saltwater fishing as they are able to cast a long way and are not affected by the wind. They are quite heavy, however, and the line can become tangled easily. The best spools for saltwater fishing are those that are made from aluminum as the line does not dig into the spool, and this stops the free movement of the line, especially when trying to catch large fish, states eBay.
#3: Saltwater fishing hooks.
As we mentioned, fishing hooks for saltwater need to be made of stainless steel or high carbon steel to prevent breakage and corrosion. Depending on the size of the fish you want to catch, varying sizes are required. The bigger the fish’s mouth, the bigger the hook needs to be.
#4: Saltwater fishing bait.
Live shrimp or cut fish are to ideal types of saltwater baits. If you happen to catch a fish you don’t want, you can always cut it up and use it for bait to save money.
#5: Life jackets.
No matter how experienced the boating crew might be, weather and currents can be unpredictable. Beginner fishermen should wear a life jacket at all times.
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