Learn More About Saltwater Rod & Reel Combos
Reel in a trophy with a saltwater fishing combo from Field & Stream. Choose saltwater rods and reels from the best brands, like Abu Garcia®, PENN®, and more.
Once you select your new outfit, stock your tackle box with the latest saltwater lures and get ready for the fight of your life.
The first thing you need to decide is whether you want a spinning or baitcasting saltwater combo. Spinning combos feature a spinning reel seated underneath a spinning rod; they are generally easy to use and are beginner-friendly.
Baitcast models are often more popular with experienced anglers who want a little more control and distance on their casts. Baitcasting reels tend to accommodate bigger lures and heavier line, making them an ideal choice for big-game saltwater fishing. However, baitcasting reels can be prone to line tangles, which is why beginners often opt for the more user-friendly spinning model.
Once you decide on a spinning or baitcasting combo, consider the following:
A longer rod will provide additional leverage, which can be a big advantage when fighting feisty game fish.
Power will indicate what type of line you should use with the rod. If you’re going after saltwater monsters like marlin and tuna, you’ll want a heavy-action rod. Conversely, an ultra-light or light rod will work for smaller species like red drum and striped bass.