do you need aspecial kind of rod to fish off pier, can you use a fresh water rod and reel thank you.

It depends on where the pier is at. Fresh, or salt water.

If you are talking about a coastal pier, then I wouldn’t advise using your favorite catfish rod. Not unless you want it destroyed. Saltwater rods and reels are not just bigger versions of freshwater gear. They have stainless steel
hardware and gears to protect against the corrosive effects of salt water, have larger stronger gears, the rods are much stouter to haul in bigger, meaner fish.

Also, you will be much hiogher off the water, so you may have to lift (or crank) your fish up to the deck, sometimes a considerable distance. A rope gaff may be required in some cases, or a large net with a really long handle. You will also want to use wire leaders for toothy ocean fish. Even the little salt water versions of bluegill, known as porgies, have a mouthful of teeth.

Happy fishing.

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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