How to Use a Sea Tackle for Freshwater Fishing

How to Use a Sea Tackle for Freshwater Fishing
Traditionally, sea, or saltwater, fishing tackle is designed to be heavy duty so that it can handle the rigors of the pounding surf and corrosive saltwater. As surf and inshore tackle evolved, many of the rods, reels, lines and even lures can be easily adapted for use on some larger freshwater game fish species. Bass, walleye, pike and carp anglers can benefit from the medium-heavy to heavy designs associated with some sea tackle.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Medium-heavy to heavy saltwater rod
  • Spinning and casting reels
  • Braided fishing line
  • Saltwater lures
  • Terminal tackle
Step 1
Match a medium-heavy to heavy rod in a 7- to 8-foot length to the species of freshwater fish. Choose a rod with a medium to fast tip depending on the fish species and personal preference.
Step 2
Attach a spinning or casting reel to the saltwater rod you choose. Select a reel that is approved for saltwater use by the manufacturer. These reels are typically designed specifically with the salt and freshwater crossover angler in mind.
Step 3
String braided line onto your spinning or baitcast reel. Choose a braided line color such as moss green, yellow, clear or smoke based on fishing conditions and personal preference. Braided lines are commonly used by many sea anglers and easily translate to freshwater fishing situations because of their diameter, smooth casting and abrasion resistance.
Step 4
Attach a lure such as a top water plug or weighted jig head lure to the end of the line. Choose silver reflective and clear top water lures for early morning and late evening bass for example. Weighted saltwater jig heads can have an almost endless array of soft plastics attached for a variety of freshwater species.
Step 5
Tie on saltwater hooks in the 1/0 to 5/0 size and weights in the 1/4 to 1 ounce range for freshwater fishing in shallow, medium and deep lake and pond situations. Bait hooks with soft plastic baits designed for saltwater use in smaller sizes that closely imitate natural freshwater bait.

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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