Saltwater Fishing Gear Setup and Fishing Rod Arsenal
Putting together an arsenal of fishing gear is about being ready for any situation that arises on the water. Any style of fishing from muddy bass ponds, to high mountain lakes, to salt flats each, have their own unique tools to catch fish. Particularly, for backcountry salt-water fishing you need a variety of rods, leaders, and baits to get the job done. You will find that being organized and prepared for any situation is a deadly combination for catching fish.
To start, some staples to bring on the boat are both 40lb and 20lb leader material. By bringing the leader line, you can repair any broken leaders or change the length for the situation. Also, don’t be afraid to bring some extra line for your spool just in case of gnarly backlashes that can’t be fixed.
Another staple to not forget is a good pair of pliers, or better yet a pair of pliers with a cutting or nipping tool. You not only need a good multipurpose tool to unhook fish but also to aid in cutting off tag ends from lure and leader tying or possibly opening split rings and replacing hooks.
Go to lures to have in this arsenal would be an assortment of jigs in different colors and sizes as well as big plugs and a variety of soft plastics.
Having a lot of rods with you allows for adaptation for whatever the water throws at you. It is good to have rods that span from super lightweight 2 power all the way up to heavier 5 power rods.
For finesse fishing, a TFO Inshore Series 2 power, light rod is the perfect choice for extremely light jigs. For a slightly larger lure a TFO 3 power, medium light rod is also good to have for just a little extra power while keeping sensitivity. For accurate detailed casting, a 6’ 9” inshore 4 power, medium rod is ideal for throwing light soft plastics such as flukes under mangroves. A TFO 5 power, medium heavy rod then comes into play for big plugs to entice angry snook or aggressive tarpon.
It also never hurts to have a few rods of the same power either with a different bait tied on and ready to cast or to have a different leader strength or length pretied.
While this may seem like a lot of rods for a single day of fishing, you never know what you are going to encounter. Perhaps the fish are super finicky and won’t just inhale a large bait that you are throwing on a 4 power, medium rod. You want to downsize but realize that a 2 power, light rod may not have enough backbone. Having that 3 power, medium light rod is going to come in handy and you will be glad that you are over equipped than under-equipped.
By having a variable amount of rods rigged with different baits and different leader lengths you can be ready for any opportunity that arises and catch that fish.