All About Saltwater Bait Caster


A man wearing a uniform and holding a gun

Saltwater Bait caster is a castable fishing rod designed to handle big fishes like tuna, mahi-mahi (dorado), and other species. These rods are also used for trolling baits for sharks. The construction of the Saltwater bait caster is different from the freshwater version which you can read more about in our guide here. In this article, we will focus on how this type of fishing rod is designed and used.

What Is The Popular Saltwater Bait Caster Rods?

Saltwater bait casters can be divided into two categories – Surfcasting and Casting from a boat. This article deals with both of them. Surfcasting rods range from 8 feet to 12 feet in length. They are sometimes called light-medium heavy rods. Their main strength is they can cast heavy weights many times up to their weight. On the other hand, this type of fishing system requires movement similar to spinning or baitcasting otherwise, fish would feel that something is wrong and they won’t take the bait.

When it comes to fishing from a boat the range of rods is quite wide. They can be as long as 15 feet and they require masts too. Saltwater casting rods are usually longer than surfcasting ones due to fact that boats are larger than shorelines which means you need more space for backlashes etc.

What Gear Do I Need For The Saltwater Bait Caster?

A person holding a gun

It depends on the rod you are using. If you are fishing from a shoreline then all you need is just a rod and reel, not even a casting or spinning one, but it has to be able to hold the weight of your line. As for trolling for marlin etc., in addition to a rod and reel, you also need a trolling motor, battery, or even an outboard motor. This is why it is called “trolling” because the action of fishing requires your boat to move from one place to another. But if you are beach casting for mackerel, sardines, etc., all you need is just a rod and a reel, but still, you would need pliers to take out your hook from the fish’s mouth.

What Is The Best Bait For a Saltwater Bait Caster?

Saltwater bait casters are designed to handle big fishes like tuna, mahi-mahi (dorado), etc. so it doesn’t matter what bait you are using for them. However, if you are mackerel fishing then you can use herring strips or even frozen sardines. Fishing on the other hand requires good knowledge of baits that these species feed on and it is important to be familiar with their migration activities as well.

What Is The Best Way to Catch Saltwater Bait Caster?

Saltwater baitcasting reels are designed to land big fishes so they can handle enormous pressure when fish take the bait. If you put too much tension on them when playing with the fish, they may break and it is the last thing that you want in saltwater. You don’t need to wear gloves but if the water is cold then you should. These rods are designed to use with braided lines, but if your budget allows it then you can also go with other types of fishing lines like fluorocarbon or monofilament.

Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter
Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter