Saltwater fishing rods and reels have been giving anglers more choices every year. Saltwater fishing is very different from freshwater fishing, so it stands to reason that a saltwater fishing rod and reel should be different than a freshwater rod and reel. The technology behind saltwater fishing equipment has progressed to the point where you can use the same rod in both fresh and saltwater.
Saltwater fishing rods and reels can be made from many materials, such as graphite, fiberglass, boron, and even carbon. The majority of saltwater rods are split-cane or composite (graphite/fiberglass). Graphite is the most common material used for saltwater fishing because it is very sensitive and doesn’t corrode. Saltwater fishing is harder on the body than freshwater fishing because of the increased weight of rods and reels, so split-cane is often used for saltwater fishing because it reduces fatigue. Most saltwater reels are spin-cast but spinning reels are available.
Saltwater rigs usually require heavier lines than their freshwater counterparts due to heavier lures and more strength needed to pull a fish from the water. The line used for saltwater fishing is usually a 30-100 pound test but can go up as high as 300 pounds depending on how deep or rough the water is you are fishing in.
Saltwater fishing is a great way to test your skills and patience. Saltwater fish can be very big and fighting them on a fly rod is difficult at times. Larger saltwater fish such as Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, and even Shark are prized catches for most saltwater fly fishermen. When you get one of these fish on your line, you will feel like you are on the same level as Hemingway.
As mentioned before, saltwater fishing is more physically demanding than freshwater fishing. Split-cane rods can reduce fatigue, but most anglers use a weight-forward floating fly line with their rod. Using this type of line reduces casting effort and increases the number of fish caught. Saltwater reels also put more strain on your arms and back than freshwater reels, so you should probably get a reel with a star drag and level wind.
Saltwater fishing is very popular but you usually have to pay higher prices than freshwater fishing. This is because saltwater fish are harder to catch and larger in size so they can command a better price. You will also need to buy good quality reels, line, lures and other accessories which will drive up the price of your expense list. Also, saltwater fishing is very popular around the world so you will probably have to go on a long trip to get to your favorite spot. Saltwater fishing equipment is also bulkier and heavier than freshwater equipment so this becomes another factor in how expensive it can be.
Saltwater fishing has never been more popular and it’s very different from freshwater fishing. As a result, saltwater fishing rod and reel have to be different to accommodate the needs of fishermen spending time in both fresh and salt water environments. The line used is usually heavier than normal because of increased weight from lures and the type of fish being targeted. Saltwater fishing is harder on the body than freshwater fishing so split-cane rods are often used for saltwater fishing because they reduce fatigue. Most saltwater reels are spincast but spinning reels are available.