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Best Rods for Saltwater Fishing

Causal fishing is fun and it can turn into a serious hobby for those who are bitten by the fishing bug and want to turn it into something they do on a regular basis or even do it for a living.


The natural progression, of the lifecycle of a fisherman, starts as a tag-along hobby that lights a spark of desire and passion, often turning the attention of the fisher to the bigger waters of the ocean, which makes for a transition from fresh water fishing to salt water fishing.


Fresh water fishing is generally very straight forward, although it does require a fair amount of skill to be developed, with fresh water fishing equipment generally proving to be less expensive than saltwater fishing equipment.


A number of reasons exist for this, one of which is the fact that it is generally harder to attain a fair level of success, fishing in the ocean as compared to fishing in a dam or river.


So, the best equipment has to be used and the best rods for saltwater fishing are those which are longer, in the size of the line as well as the rod, but mostly the line since the length of the rod is generally selected on the merit of control, comfort and usability, which is essentially down to the individual fisherman.


The rod has to be strong enough to support the line though as the line is what can go very deep into the ocean and hook some big catches.


Probably the most important feature is the spinning reel though, as this has to be mounted so well, on the rod, that it must feel as if it is part of the rod. The location should be in a comfortable position for one-handed handling, as the need for such a situation may arise at any time, during saltwater fishing trips.


Lastly, the paintwork or covering of the rod must be resistant to the corrosive nature of the salty water which is characteristic of the ocean.

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach



Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants


Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:


seafood restaurants



Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community


quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.



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