Extreme Fishing Outfitters

Extreme Fishing Outfitters

Fishing reels and gear


Saltwater Fishing Gear and Tackle


If you are a fisherman that is used to fishing in freshwater lakes and ponds but considering some ocean fishing, you should be aware that saltwater fishing can be completely different than fishing in a river, lake, stream or pond mainly because the fish that you will encounter will be different.  Fishing in the ocean will require different equipment and gear than freshwater.  Also, saltwater fisherman need to use different tactics than those fishing in lakes, streams and other freshwater sources.  Today’s fisherman should be are that successful fishing comes from proper equipment, although skill does factor it into as well.  Anyone wishing to fish in saltwater should be aware of the proper gear, tactics and equipment to use.  Also, freshwater fish going after certain fish such as Mackerel, Flounder, Snapper, Swordfish or Cod, would benefit from learning how to properly fish in salt water.


First, let’s concentrate on your fishing reel.  There are reels that are designed for saltwater fishing, because saltwater corrodes your gear more than freshwater does.  Look for a reel that is made of out resistant materials such as plated steel, fiber, resin, titanium or stainless steel.  Also, be aware that your fishing line can vary depending on what type of fish you are going for.  Check with your local fishing store to determine what type of line and leader you should use for the type of fish that you are angling for. 


Next, let’s talk about your fishing rod.  Saltwater fishing rods should be around 8 to 9 feet.  Obviously, there is something to be said for buying a rod (and reel) of high quality if you want it to last longer.  Something around a hundred or two hundred bucks is a safe bet for a rod that is both high quality and affordable.   Buying a good quality rod ensures your ability to resell it later, if you want to upgrade.


Deciding which fly to use is probably one of the most important decisions you can make.  You can choose to make your own – either because your favorite handmade fly brings you luck, or because you can make better looking ones than the store has in stock, or you can buy one at your fishing supply store.  Either way, you’ll want to make sure your fly is specific to the fish you are trying to catch and high in quality.  A high quality fly will do the job of fooling the fish into biting.


Let’s go over some tips and techniques for fishing in saltwater so that you have a basic idea of what’s waiting for you out on the ocean when you go.  First, become familiar with your equipment.  This may seem obvious but it is important enough to stress here.  Getting the hang of tying, casting and baiting will help you once you get out on the water.


Picking the right location and the correct time of day for your saltwater fishing expedition is important, as this affects fish behavior and migratory patterns.  Be aware of what time of day and locations are good for the type of fishing you are doing in your part of the world. Also, the tides are a big part of saltwater.  Fishing on the ebb tide will bring the best results, although anywhere between half rising and half falling is good.


Research the area if you are new to salt water fishing. Look over navigation charts and know the types of fish that are present in the waters you are fishing in.  Also, be aware that fishing on the perimeter is the best place to start saltwater fishing, so that the fish that will be scared away when a fish is hooked is minimal.  This way, you can move a bit farther in when you get your first catch, so that you’ll have a supply of fish to pull from.


Knowing your fish and what type of flies work best for it, is another tactic that great saltwater anglers use.  There are many websites that offer top quality flies that are specific to a certain type of fish.  Many times, your local fishing shop will know what flies work and which don’t, although a non-fishing store that just carries standard fishing supplies may simply refer you to the flies in stock and tell you that they should work. Make sure you ask someone who knows what they are talking about when it comes to choosing flies.

The ocean can be full of surprises, and you’ll never know what you will encounter.  From dangerous fish like sharks, to the bizarre looking frog fish, you’ll never know what to expect.  A good idea is to take a good camera along, preferably one with a telephoto lens so that you are able to take pictures of anomalies far away.  A camera can make your saltwater fishing trip more enjoyable and more profitable, so take a good one.


The last tip is to take your first salt water fishing expedition with some expert salt water anglers.  That way, you’ll be able to watch and learn from what they are doing, answer questions, and be corrected when you aren’t doing something properly.  We wish you luck on your first big saltwater fishing expedition.