Saltwater wade fishing gear isn’t quite different from the regular wade fishing gear, the main difference being that, you have to consider the possibility of corrosion as you deal with saltwater. What this implies is that even though the title says “Saltwater”, you can still bank on the details of this article if you’re fishing in freshwater.
Waders: While some people would not mind wading in regular cloth, I strongly recommend that you get a wader. The idea behind wader is that; your cloth does not get wet after fishing. This is important as you don’t have to go about changing clothes before and after. There are different types of waders out there, depending on the season.
If you do more fishing in the winter, then an insulator wader is the best option, but if you fish a lot more during summer, a breathable wader is the best option. Whatever your choice is, comfort should come first.
A wader will protect your skin from direct contact with the water and possible insects and bacteria found in the water since you would most likely go deep to the waist level.
Life Jacket: This is very important. Probably the most important item on the list. Water is totally unpredictable most times, current can change at any given time. This makes a life jacket an essential item on the wade fishing gear list. They’re usually not heavy-weight and won’t cause you any discomfort.
Ensure you have it on all the time. If you don’t feel like wearing it, have it clipped to your wader belt, you never can tell when the need will arise. Aside from being a safety item, most life jackets would have two front pockets where you can keep some items when going into the water.
Wade fishing tackle box: This is for storing the lures and soft plastics etc… They now produce a floatable fishing tackle box for the purpose of wade fishing. You should consider getting one of those to compliment your saltwater wade fishing gear item.
Saltwater wade fishing belt: This is equally very important. One of the major benefits is that it provides a bit of space to clip and hold some essential items when you’re in the water. The saltwater variation is specifically designed to withstand possible corrosion from salt water exposure.
Fishing Rod: Medium-light fishing rod works best. Some people prefer to go shorter than 6 foot 6 inch in length. There are several variables attached to this, so I wouldn’t be able to say specifically the appropriate length.
There are several brands with the appropriate product, and one of them is: They come strongly recommended. Most people are indecisive about the best type of rod to go for, I’ll strongly suggest that you get something in the medium-light category, and see how it goes from there.
My choice of reel for wade fishing is the baitcaster reel, in that they’re lighter than the spinning reel. I wrote about both reels in a comparison post, you can check it out here. But if you favor the spinning reel more, then you want to opt for something small and light to some extent.
Jigheads, Lure, soft plastic flukes, Top Water Bait: This is self-explanatory to some extent. You don’t need too much, just a few will easily get the job done.
Sun Screen and Polarized Glasses: I am a bit of a protection freak, that would probably explain why I have this on my gear list. Having these in your gear collection would do you good. A polarized glasses would greatly help in seeing beneath the waters.
Others: Some other times, typical of a fishing gear collection includes; float, a plier. You can check out the comprehensive post I wrote about this here.
Wade fishing is a completely different type of fishing, and you need to learn the techniques required to be successful when you’re out in the water. Here is an article with some tips on wade fishing.
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