Saltwater fishing is a popular and exciting alternative to typical freshwater fishing. The species, strategies, and style associated with saltwater fishing provide a great challenge to newcomers to the sport and a different experience than freshwater fishing.
One of the biggest draws of saltwater fishing is the draw of wild, free, and unconstrained open water fish. People often claim that saltwater fish are stronger fighters than their freshwater counterparts, due to the wildness of their existence. Billfish and Tuna are two of the most commonly fished in saltwater, and include species such as marlin, swordfish, sailfish, and blue fin tuna. Billfish are generally regarded as exciting fish that are well-known for their exhilarating leaps and aesthetic beauty, while tuna reign king when it comes to speed, strength, and durability, regularly being clocked at over 40 mph in short bursts. Other commonly sought fish include sharks, sea bass, cod, salmon, and jacks.
With the exception of big-game gear, the differences between rods and reels from freshwater to saltwater are non-existent. However, it is important to remember how degrading saltwater can be to a rig. It is very important to always keep a saltwater rig well-oiled and to avoid letting the salt dry and crack all the moving parts by keeping it clean.