How to Set Up a Saltwater Fishing Rod

What You'll Need
Saltwater Fishing Rod
Spinning Reel
30 to 50 lb. Test Fishing Line

There are many different ways that one can set up a saltwater fishing rod. Depending on the type of fish that you are going after, you will want to use a different set up. However, a basic set up consists of a rod, reel, heavy fishing line, metal leader, and rig for lures. Setting this up takes a little practice, but can be mastered very easily. 

Step 1: Assemble Pole

A saltwater fishing rod can measure 8 to 10 feet in length depending on the type of fish that will be caught. Because of this length many rods are in sections. Assembling the rod is fairly easy. You simply press the sections together until they snap into place. It is important to make sure that the loops line up for ease of casting and reeling in large fish. 

Step 2: Open Reel Seat

Once the rod is put together you can secure the reel to it. In order to do so you will need to open up the reel seat at the end of the pole. Loosen it by unscrewing the bottom nut. 

Step 3: Secure Reel to Rod

Set the reel on the rod and tighten up the locking nut on the reel seat. This will press the reel towards the housing and lock it in tight. 

Step 4: Run Line Through Eyelets

With the reel positioned securely on the rod, you can run the line up through the eyelets. Run enough line that you will be able to work with for rigging up your lure. 

Step 5: Make Overhand Knot At End of Line

Before you attach any of the rigging for the lures you should create an overhand knot at the end of the line. To do so you fold about 6 inches of line over itself and make a loop. Tighten this knot and you have created a simple loop for attaching your rig. 

Step 6: Make Two Dropper Loops

After the knot in the end of the line you should make two dropper loops within the line itself. Measure up about a foot and a half from the end of the line. Make a small circle with the line that is about 6 inches in diameter. Cinch the line together where the line meets and twist it about six times. Run the loop through one of these twists and pull it tight. You will be left with a loop in the middle of your line. Do this another time about a foot from this one. 

Step 7: Attach Hardware to Line

The basic set up for a saltwater fishing rod is almost complete. Now you only need to attach the different hardware you are going to use. Place a heavy sinker on the bottom loop and tie it with another overhand knot. Then attach two hooks, that are on metal leaders, to each of the dropper loops in the line. Now, you will only have to attach the bait and you are ready to go.

Step 8: Substitute Lures

You can also use artificial lures instead of hooks and bait. Simply attach them the same way.