Saltwater fishing tackle for boat or bank

Choosing the right saltwater fishing tackle and equipment is a personal preference, but it is heavily influenced by what is displayed at the end of your line. In a pinch while on vacation in South Carolina, I bought a medium weight combo from a large store that came preinstalled on 12 pound cord. Later that day I was connected to a very large ray. We dueled for an hour and a half and this largemouth bass gear held up surprisingly well.

Saltwater device for boat fishing

If you are planning on trolling, casting won’t be a huge problem. Just release the spool and drop the bait into the water. These reels are likely to be highly powered bait throwers that can hold a lot of heavy line. The rods are usually shorter and more durable for blanks such as tuna, marlin or wahoo. Similar fishing gear works if you plan to anchor and jig or drop bait for grouper, amberjack, or even shark, or drop it on a reef.

Some fish may require lengthy casts and boat movements, possibly after schools, indicated by schools of feeding birds that also hunt bait fish. Longer “Whippier” rods in combination with heavy spinning reels can be more advantageous here. Redfish, striped bass or tarpon can be attacked with this type of fishing gear.

Saltwater device for fishing on land

If you’re fishing from a jetty or long pier, the rods and reels above make a good general combination for fish like black drum and sheep’s head. However, when fishing from the beach, be sure to cast very long casts. The rod can be 12 feet long and have a very long piston for loading and starting leverage.

If you don’t know what species to expect, visit the locals who fish where you want to fish. The fishing shop in this area is also a great source of information and will likely have the appropriate saltwater fishing tackle and should be able to get you started. Be sure to check the saltwater fishing license requirements for your state.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.

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