Spinning Rod and Reel
These spinning reels feature heavy-duty gears and drag systems for battling bigger fish. Spinning rods are available in medium to heavy action and range in length from 7 to 10 feet long. Saltwater spinning tackle is popular for working topwater poppers and high-speed plugs and casting lighter lures.
Saltwater Baitcasting Rods and Reels
Baitcasting tackle is ideal for throwing swimbaits and plugs for bluefish, snook and other inshore species. Baitcast reels can handle a large capacity of line ranging from 15- to 20-pound test and gear ratios as high as 7.0:1. The best casting rods feature a fast taper and heavy backbone. Freshwater baitcasting tackle is often used in saltwater. Some are manufactured to be more corrosion resistant to salt.
Saltwater trolling reels use a lever drag system rather than a star drag, which allows quicker adjustment of the drag with the lever on the side of the reel. Trolling rods are short and stout with a notched butt that fits into a gimbal on a fighting belt or chair.
Saltwater Jigging Rods and Reels
Saltwater jigging tackle consists of a spinning or casting rod with a springy tip. Spinning or baitcasting reels with heavy drag and large spools are capable of holding hundreds of yards of braided line. Vertical jigging requires high-speed reels with gear ratios of 6.1:1 or faster