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Ladybug46Ladybug46 Middleburg FlPosts: 1 Greenhorn
Hi, I  bought a salt water rod but want to be able to fish in fresh, salt or brackish water. I haven't been fishing in about 20 years and I'm not sure what kind of weight or bobber to use or how to tie the knot for the swivel bait ect. Any advice. Thanks Melinda


  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 8,116 Admiral
    Go down to the local bait shop wearing clogs and a Bikini.
    Lot's of boat owners be willing to help you out.
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • Rich MRich M Posts: 1,326 Officer
    salt water rod means that it is somewhat corrosion resistant - you still need to rinse it off after using in salt or brackish water.

    look up improved clinch knot and palomar knot - the only 2 you'll ever need.

    the bait shop should be able to help with the basics.  
  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet TallahasseePosts: 5,808 Admiral
    Things have changed in the last 20 years. Braided line is the norm. It’s much thinner and less stretch. I use 10 lb for most everything inshore and fresh water. Weights will depend on current. You will have to learn a few knots. You tube will help you there. Good luck
    You should have been here yesterday
  • Nick NikonNick Nikon Posts: 3,443 Captain
    edited March 2018 #5
    If you're going to use bait, try a "Fishbite" product.

    Two things have a changed a lot in the past few decades:

    Circle hooks have become the norm for bait fishing, and Fishbites.

    The circle hooks prevent most deep / gut hooking of fish, and they don't require a "strike" pull on the line because the fish hook themselves.

    "Fishbites" are easy to handle bait, no muss or fuss ... and they keep well.

    ( Wrapped up in the fridge, they last a long time. )

    Shrimp flavor, sand-flea, clam, crab, or squid, in several colors.

    ( They also have some freshwater products )

    Use a two-hook dropper-rig in the surf, and a "fish-finder" rig in the bays.

    Bobbers are not used too often, but they'll work.

    Good luck.

  • WeedHapsWeedHaps USPosts: 4 Greenhorn
    I usually fish in fresh waters.
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