How to pick ocean fishing gear

Ocean fishing offers a variety of adventures for all types of anglers, which is why it’s such a popular sport. To ocean fish, you need a good seaworthy boat and the right fishing gear. One of your first decisions will be to determine just how far offshore you plan to travel. This will be the deciding factor in which type of gear will suit your needs the best.
The gear that you choose will determine the outcome of your fishing trip. It’s what stands between you and the fish. The right gear can increase the number of bites you get and help you reel in your catch while the wrong gear will hinder your success. So how do you pick out your ocean fishing gear? What are some of the things you need in order to get started?
Begin by making a shopping list of all the things you’ll need to buy to go fishing. Here is a list of the basic gear you’ll need:
* Fishing rod and reel
* Strong monofilament fishing line
* Hooks and rigs
* Fishing nets and gaff
* A variety of lures (for those times you don’t use live bait)
* Terminal tackle (sinkers, swivels, weights, leaders)
Now that you have your shopping list ready, the next step is to look for fishing gear designed for the harsh environment of the sea. The saltwater and air will corrode regular gear causing them to rust and break prematurely. Saltwater gear is specifically designed from materials such as fiberglass, nickel, graphite, titanium, stainless steel and resin to hold up in this type of environment.
The last step is to buy the right gear for the job. Decide which species you want to fish (or at least the general size you plan to seek out) and the type of fishing you plan to do, then match the gear accordingly. As a rule, medium weight tackle is great for fishing just off the coastline and you’ll need to go heavier as you move out further. The bigger the species, the heavier the gear needs to be.
Here are a few more tips to help you pick out your ocean fishing gear:
* When picking out your fishing rod, consider the length. Short rods have more power that will help you pull in the fish you catch but long rods will allow you to cast further.
* Always buy your reel to match the rod that you choose. Most of the one’s designed for ocean fishing has several gears. These allow you to adjust the settings to suit the type of fishing you’re doing.
* When buying your terminal tackle, choose a variety of different sizes so you can experiment and try different things to match your fishing techniques. The more variety you have, the better.
* Choose heavy duty fishing nets and a gaff because you’ll need these when you’re trying to get your fish from the water into the boat. Some of the species that you’ll encounter in the ocean are so large that it would be impossible for you to pull them in with your rod. In some cases, it takes three or more anglers to get one of these monsters in the boat even with the special gear.
If deep sea fishing is on the agenda, then you’ll need to buy special gear designed for the larger species found way offshore. This gear will be larger and sturdier than anything you’ve ever used before. You’ll still need the same basic gear that is listed above but you’ll need to add a belt and harness. These are designed with a place to put the butt of the fishing rod so you’ll have more stability and so you can control it better. You also have the option of renting deep sea fishing gear instead of buying when you’re new to the sport.
The ocean fishing gear listed here is what you’ll need to get started. After you’ve been fishing for awhile, you can begin adding to your collection. You’ll learn what works best for you when it comes to length and design and then you’ll be ready to experiment with a few accessories.
It’s a good idea to buy high quality gear when ocean fishing. The species you’ll encounter will be larger and in many cases, much more aggressive than anything you’ll find when freshwater fishing. For this reason, you need to make sure the gear you choose will hold up to these species. It would be a shame to lose your catch due to poor quality gear.
Since buying ocean fishing gear is an investment, take care of it by rinsing it off after each fishing trip and store it properly. This will enhance the life of your gear and help keep it in good shape for your next ocean adventure.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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