Saltwater fishing requires a strong rod and reel, gaffs, nets, hook removers and gutting knives alongside clothes suited to the temperature and climate and the optional inclusion of electronic sensory equipment to detect the presence of fish. Saltwater fishing is a hobby that depends strongly upon its tools and fishers need to be well-acquainted with them.
The rod and reel are the cornerstone of any saltwater fishing expedition. There are many styles available, including jigging, spinning and baitcasting rods, all of which are designed to be optimal in the pursuit of different classes of fish and in different settings and scenarios.
Proper clothing is an essential for saltwater fishing, especially on open water. Temperatures can change significantly no matter what the season, so avoiding sunburn in the heat and keeping internal temperature regulated in the cold are very important. Fishers are only effective if they are in peak condition and capable of quick thought and judgment.
Basic tools for fishing, such as hook removers and gutting knives, are critical to being an effective fisher. Nets allow handling of catches without risking damage to the hands, hook removers minimize damage to the fish themselves so that they can either be safely released or preserved for display and tools in general help make every situation a fisher could encounter easier.