Saltwater Tackle for the Beginner

In shore fishing especially from beaches, the ability to cast long distances can be a massive advantage. Never think or be misled that distance casting with top of the range fishing gear will catch you fish. Fish do not know whether your using a 200GBP rod or a 20GBP rod. Many species of fish move into very shallow water, Beaches Slope steeply, fish-holding water may often be quite close to shore. For boat fishing there is no single outfit that will cover all the eventuality’s.

An example, you cannot fish up-tide with just a basic boat rod, and a supple uptide rod cannot cope with wreck fishing. Always buy fishing tackle appropriate to the style of fishing.

Shore Fishing

In general, fishing from rocks and piers calls for less casting than fishing from an open beach. So rods used do not have to be as refined in design. More importantly what is needed is strong, reliable fishing tackle, as you are fishing rougher ground and catching large fish where you are in position where movement is restricted. This means having tackle with plenty of backbone for steering your fish away from obstacles and pulling free from snags. Shorter rods and well made reels tend with higher gear ratios and high abrasion line form the basic fishing tackle for shore fishing.


Rod: 3.4m (11ft) beach rod.

Reel: Well made reels preferably with higher gear ratios

Line: 9.1 to 18.1kg (20 – 40lb) mono

Hooks: Sizes 1 to 8/0

Terminal Tackle: Disposable Sinkers, small bombs, drilled bullets; 13.6 to 27.2kg (30 to 60lb) trace mono, strong swivels, beads, stand off booms, and line stops.

Landing Tackle: Wherever access allows use a gaff, when fishing vertical drops use a landing net, take a drop net.

Bait: crab, mackerel, squid, prawn, shrimp and worms

Beach Fishing

Most beaches slope relatively gently, the deep, fish-holding water is further out than shore fishing. There is more need to place the bait further out, as a result fishing tackle for beach fishing is usually lighter and more suitable for that long distance casting, but at the same time it needs to be strong enough in able to deal with rough ground.


Rod: 3.7m (12ft) beach rod.

Line: 5.4 to 8.2kg (12 to 18lb) mono.

Hooks: Aberdeen’s, sizes 1 to 4/0
Terminal Tackle: Wired and plain weights, weighing from 57 to 170g (2 to 6oz), shock leader mono up to 31.8kg (70lb), 9.1 to 18.1kg trace mono, oval split rings, bait clips or impact shields, swivels, beads, and line stops.

Landing Tackle: Landing net or gaff.

Bait: crab, mackerel, squid, prawns, shrimp and worms

Boat Fishing

To get the most out of your boat fishing, you will need 2 different types of boat rods plus suitable reels. The first rod should be a 2.1m (7ft) 13.6kg (30lb) boat rod which, although its too heavy for some aspects of your boat fishing and a shade too light for others it will cope with most situations.

The second of which is for your general uptiding, should be 2.7 to 3m (9 to 10ft) capable of casting weights up to 227g (8oz). In addition to the above it is worth having a 5,4kg (12lb) class boat rod or a 57 to 113kg (2 to 4oz) uptider for your lighter inshore fishing, or a 22.7kg (50lb) class for that deep water fishing and wreck fishing.


Rods: a 2.1m (7ft) 13.6kg (30lb) boat rod, and a 2.7 to 3m (9 to 10ft) uptide rod capable of casting weights up to 227g (8oz) uptide.

Reels: Multiplers.

Line: 8.2 to 27.7kg (18 to 50lb) mono.

Hooks: Mustad or uptide, size 1 to 8/0

Terminal Tackle: A selection of sinkers, 18.1 to 27.2kg (40 to 60lb) trace mono, strong swivels, beads.

Landing Tackle: Chartered boats usually provide this.

Bait: crab, mackerel, squid, prawns, shrimp, worms, mackerel feathers, and lures.

Big-game Fishing

Big game fishing is definitely not a cheap sport, as specialist game fishing tackle can be quite expensive. However most Chartered boats again provide this. Trolling requires a short stiff rod to set the hook, and a good heavy duty reel with a smooth-acting drag mechanism (preferably a lever drag) and a large line capacity. A 13.6to 22.7kg (30 to 50lb) class stand-up rod, with a 30 to 50 class lever drag reel, is adequate for all but the largest fish, for which you the require 36.3 to 59kg (80 or 130lb) class tackle would be advisable.


Rod: 13.6 to 22.7kg (30 to 50lb) class stand up.

Reel: Lever-drag multiplier, 30 to 50 class.

Line: 13.6 to 22.7kg ( 30 to 50lb) big game.

Hooks: Forged hooks rigged with lures, wide-gape live bait hooks.

Terminal Tackle: 45.4 to 91kg (100 to 200lb) mono and braded wire traces, crimps and link swivels.

Landing Tackle: The boat will supply this.

Bait: A range of suitably rigged trolling lures to suit species sort, live and dead baits caught from or supplied from the boat.

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