The Facts About Saltwater Fishing

Saltwater fishing is one of the favorite and most popular recreational activity in most parts of the world. This is also becoming a remarkably growing industry in the world which includes harvesting, processing, and marketing.

The Facts About Saltwater Fishing
Fish dying on a net

Fishing is done mostly in freshwater especially for recreational purposes. Most of the people go fishing in saltwater. The names itself defines the difference between freshwater and saltwater.

When you go fishing in saltwater you have to take care of certain things. Although there is not much difference in fishing techniques, the equipment for fishing makes the difference.

Also, the variety of fish in saltwater are larger and heavier as compared to freshwater fish. As such, you need to have strong and dependable fishing equipment, which can also withstand the corrosive nature of saltwater.

Difference Between Equipment Used in Fishing

The Facts About Saltwater Fishing
Fish swimming under water

There are many differences between the equipment used in freshwater and saltwater fishing.

Fishing Rod

Most of the saltwater fishing rods are made from high-quality fiberglass which is tougher and powerful as compared to the rods made from graphite which are stiffer and can be broken easily by little pressure or weight. These fishing rods are thicker and heavier.

Saltwater rods are spinning, baitcasting, and trolling. These rods are also segmented by pound test line and lure weight.

Saltwater Trolling Rods

These types of rods basically use a lever drag system and do not use star drag system because lever drag system allows you to set the maximum drag and these trolling rods also carry a large line which helps to tackle big and heavier fish.

The Facts About Saltwater Fishing
Fish swimming in the water

These trolling rods are stouter and also a bit shorter compared to casting rods. They are further categorized by line test which shows the capacity of the rod as 20 pounds will support small fish like sailfin and dolphin. The rod of more than 100 pounds can handle big and large monster fish which are bigger than dolphins and sailfish.  

Saltwater Reels

Fishing reels are also different from freshwater. The outer layer of the saltwater reel is anodized which prevents it from corrosion. These fishing reels have sealed casing which does not allow saltwater to sip in.

When you are fishing in oceanic waters, you will not want to get your fishing equipment corroded by the salty water of the sea. These reels are mainly classified into two sections which are low speed and high speed and with different gear ratio.

The high-speed reels have a greater gear ratio to retrieve at fast speed and the low-speed reels have less gear ratio but have more strength which enables it to handle big and heavy fish. These saltwater reels are usually spinning, trolling, and jigging. On the other hand, the freshwater reels are open bailing, spinning and bait casting.

The reels capacities also differ as saltwater reels have larger lure weights for bigger and heavier fish and the line capacity is also larger as compared to freshwater because freshwater usually has smaller fish species. 

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