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Rod for sea fishing?

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I’ve been an avid freshwater fisherman for years, but now I’d like to take a shot at sea fishing.

I’ve got quite a few rods, and I’d really rather use one of those, instead of going out and buying new gear.

So my question is, can I use my freshwater rods for saltwater fishing? Is there any major difference between the rods? I would be fishing from a small boat for smaller fish – I’m not thinking of going for gamefish or anything.

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  1. Dylan on Feb 26, 2013 Reply

    Well, you can use freshwater rods in the sea, but it’s better to use a fit-for-purpose rod.

    Saltwater fishing gear have their metal parts specially treated to resist corrosion and rust.

    Sea water fishing rods are also generally heavier and more durable than fresh water rods.

    If you are just starting out and don’t want to invest in saltwater equipment just yet, then I would suggest starting with heavy duty freshwater gear. Just make sure you clean it properly after use to prevent damage in the future.

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  2. Erwin on Feb 26, 2013 Reply

    Go give it a shot with a freshwater rod. At the end of the day, all rods are essentially the same thing – just a tool to catch fish. Try using one of your heavy duty rods to start off with.
    And remember after fishing wipe down your rod properly to prevent rust.

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