Hi im new to salt water fishing and was wondering about rod and reel types, line, rigs, bait for fishing from the beach and from docks and piers. I have a PENN Fierce 6000, is this a suitable rod or would i need something smaller. Any tips would be much appreciated. THANKS!!!
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Nate, the rod and reel are not as important as the rig you use. For shore fishing, you're almost guaranteed to catch smaller fish, below five pounds. So use 12 pound test or thereabouts. You'll probably need a sinker to cast, so put it above a swivel and tie five feet of fluorocarbon as a leader ending with a #4 hook. Live bait is just about the most effective way to hook a fish. Don't stay in one spot too long. I have learned from years of scuba and skin diving that fish are pretty scarce, both in lakes as well as in the ocean. Keep moving, covering as much area as you need to find some fish.
And... tie good knots!
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I would try not to make the differences too big. If you fish the lakes and rivers then you already know one size does not fit all. I did a lot of big game fishing. 80 lb test rod, 16 O reel with 100 lb test line. You have to first use all the information before you know what gear you need. Are you casting offshore, fishing the bottom off the pier? What size fish do you expect to catch? Lures, hooks, bait, line, rods and reels come in all varieties so you can choose the gear needed for the hunting you'll be doing. Once you know the fish you're after and the environment you'll be fishing, I'd study alittle online and at the stores to decide the best gear for that fishing. Saltwater or freshwater is not the main issue.