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Understanding the Difference Between Freshwater Fishing and Saltwater

Depending on how close you are to the coast, you might find yourself presented with the option to go freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing. At a glance, it might feel like the only real difference between the two is the size of the body of water and the types of fish available, but in actuality, the differences are a little more complex.

Freshwater Fishing

Freshwater fishing is generally more common because it is much more accessible. Freshwater fishing also tends to be fairly peaceful, with little danger from the elements. This makes it appropriate for fishermen fairly new to the sport. Tools for freshwater fishing, such as lures and rods, are readily available and come in vast varieties. With that in mind, the types of fish you’re likely to catch in fresh water won’t be as large as their oceanic counterparts.

Saltwater Fishing

Saltwater fishing is a little more restrictive in terms of the licensing necessary, and of course, can only be done in areas with access to the coast. When fishing out on the ocean, the weather can change rapidly, and rough waters could prove to be a real safety hazard. As a whole, the experience is more challenging but is often also considered more exciting by those partial to the practice. Because saltwater is highly corrosive, special gear created for such an environment is necessary, and the gear may also be more costly. In addition, fish caught in the ocean can be much larger than those in a lake, requiring the rods to be much more heavy-duty to get the job done.

When determining which of the two is most appropriate for you, it’s best to determine your investment in the sport. If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or seek to slowly perfect your craft, freshwater fishing may be more appropriate. If you want to continually challenge yourself and look forward to dealing with the unexpected, then perhaps saltwater fishing is more your speed. Whichever your preference, you can find the best boat for the job at Rogue Jet Boats. For more information, contact us via our website or simply give us a call at (541) 944-2155.