How to Assemble Saltwater Fishing Equipment

How to Assemble Saltwater Fishing Equipment
The words "saltwater fishing" often bring to mind open water deep-sea fishing adventures. While this is certainly one very exhilarating type of saltwater fishing, there are many who do not want or cannot afford an open-water excursion. Surf and pier fishing are great alternatives that provide easy access and a means of introducing young anglers to the sport of saltwater fishing. The first step in saltwater fishing is to correctly assemble your tackle so that it is can stand up to the forces involved with this type of fishing.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Saltwater rod and matched reel
  • Braid fishing line
  • Braid line connection tape
  • Fishing rig with weight and line
Step 1
Securely connect the pieces of your saltwater fishing rod. Clean the connection points to remove any dirt, sand or debris that could cause the sections to become stuck while fishing. Slide the sections of the rod together until fully connected. Twist the sections slightly to align the line guides and lock the sections of the rod together. Heavy weights can cause a rod to separate while casting if the sections are not securely locked in place with each other.
Step 2
Place a reel matched to the rod on the reel seat. Turn the adjustable locking ring until it holds the foot of the reel tightly in place. Pull braided fishing line down through the rod tip and line guides to the spool.
Step 3
Open the bail of a spinning reel or pull braided line through the line guide on the front of a casting reel. Pull the braided line around the spool of the reel so that several inches of the free end extend past the spool. Remove the backing from a piece of braid line arbor tape and secure the line to the reel
Step 4
Tie a uni knot by holding 1 or 2 inches of the free end of the line against the main line just beyond the spool. Turn the free end back forming a loop and wrap the free end around the double line and through the loop several times. Pull the knot down tight and cut excess line from the free end with sharp scissors.
Step 5
Wind the line onto the spool of the reel by turning the handle. Fill the spool with braided line until it is 1/4 inch from the edge of the spool. Cut the line free from the filler spool 3 to 4 feet from the end of the rod tip.
Step 6
Attach a single hook, high low, flounder or other type rig to the end of the braided line with a uni knot. Choose a rig based on the type of fishing you will be doing and personal choice. Slide the knot securely against the eye of the barrel swivel that is attached to the leader rig.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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