For those that are making the transition from freshwater to saltwater fishing, will have to update their tackle that they use. For the most part, this is particularly important when it comes to the fishing reel. The saltwater fishing reels are made to handle the powerful salt, that will eventually cause the saltwater fishing reel to seize up and break. This is one of the reasons that freshwater fishing reels are much more cheap than those of the saltwater fishing reels, go figure.
Even if you purchase a rod and reel that is made for saltwater fishing, extra care must be taken, whether you are fishing in the bay, gulf, a pier, the beach, or deep sea fishing, you are exposing your fishing equipment to the harmful sea salt that is in the air. This is why it is so important that you rinse all of your equipment down every time you are finished fishing for the day.
If you don’t, the salt can actually start to eat away at the gears and mechanisms that are located inside of the saltwater fishing reel. Some of the effects of this will be the reel squeaking when you are winding the line in, and also you may notice that it is harder to reel in the line than it was when you first got the reel.
It doesn’ t matter what kind of reel you are using, whether it be a spinning reel, bait caster, or deep sea saltwater fishing reel, they need to be rinsed down with freshwater when they are done being used. It goes the same with just about anything that you bring on the boat, besides the electronics that is, as they are designed to withstand the harmful sea salt, to a certain extent, but you really can’t go and wash down your $2000 fish finder, well maybe you can but I wouldn’t recommend doing that any how.
By rinsing the saltwater fishing line down also, you will be keeping it nice and strong, as yes the saltwater can take effect on that too if not cared for and rinsed routinely. Take care of your equipment, and believe me it will take care of you. There is nothing more frustrating than fighting that giant tarpon or redfish, and have them break off the line because your saltwater fishing tackle was in crappy shape, and not cared for properly.
So if you have learned anything from this at all, it’s that if you are saltwater fishing, keep your tackle in good shape, it only takes a couple of minutes to give it a good rinse off.