Almost everyone loves fishing. But which type of fishing is better, saltwater or freshwater? That answer will probably vary depending on who you ask. Here are the pros and cons of each to help you to decide for yourself!
Let’s start with saltwater fishing. There are several advantages to fishing in saltwater over freshwater. First of all, the ocean contains a much larger variety of fish and they are mostly bigger than freshwater fish. There are many impressive catches such as sharks or marlins. It can also be easier to catch fish, especially when fishing off the beach or from a pier because the fish are attracted to all the bait in the water from other people fishing. You can also go deep sea fishing, which has a great sense of adventure to it. The main disadvantage to saltwater fishing is that you pretty much have to live near the coast for it to be practical. Most people will have to travel to go. Also, it is generally more expensive than freshwater fishing. Depending on what you are fishing for, you will need a medium to heavy weight rod and reel. You will also need stronger line. The fish are also more picky when it comes to bait. Mostly you will need to use live bait as lures are not always as effective against saltwater fish.
Freshwater fishing is generally a much more laid back style of fishing. The advantages are that most people will have access to a body of freshwater to fish in. The fish aren’t as picky on bait and lures can work very well. Due to its relaxed nature, it is better for beginners. The gear is cheaper and smaller rods with lighter lines can handle most freshwater fishing. On the down side, there is much less variety in the types of fish compared to the ocean and the fish are generally smaller.