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what’s the difference between freshwater and saltwater fishing poles?

Posted by Lauren Yanez on May 31, 2010

I can see that the freshwater line capacity isn’t as much as the saltwater. So Is it ok for me to use a saltwater pole in fresh water?

The main difference is the size and the strength. I’ve seen a lot of people using saltwater-sized spinning outfits in fresh water for catfish. If the saltwater outfit isn’t too big and heavy for the fishing you’re doing, there’s no problem using it in fresh water.

Going the other way, if your freshwater outfit is strong enough for the fishing you’re doing in the ocean, there’s no reason not to use it there. You ought to make sure you rinse the salt water off it afterwards so it won’t corrode, but I’ve caught plenty of saltwater fish with "freshwater" tackle.