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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.

4 Comments »

zak:

fresh water poles are light weight easy to cast and thinner but a saltwater pole is thick heavy superduper long and a little harder to cast
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May 31st, 2010 | 11:42 pm
Peter_AZ:

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.
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May 31st, 2010 | 11:53 pm
Logic316:

Sure.
Saltwater rods just tend to be longer and heavier, and the components are made of materials that are more resistant to corrosion.
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June 1st, 2010 | 12:43 am
O. G.:

The main difference will be the components used on the rod itself. Saltwater tends to be a more corrosive environment and needs stainless components to last longer. A "freshwater" pole will not last as long in saltwater conditions.
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June 1st, 2010 | 1:18 am