The Salt Strong Inshore Fishing Tackle Index (Best Value & Performance Gear)


It’s here!

We have secretly been creating a tackle index (similar to the Dow Jones 500 Index) revealing all of the best value fishing tackle for inshore saltwater fishing.

We’ll cover everything from:

  • The best value inshore fishing reel
  • The best value inshore fishing rod
  • The best value inshore swimbaits
  • The best value inshore braided line
  • The best value inshore leader line
  • The best value inshore topwater lure
  • The best value inshore hooks
  • And a WHOLE lot more.

Join us on one of our most in-depth tackle podcasts yet!

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Here’s a timestamped table of contents:

  • 1:02 – The Salt Strong Fishing Gear Index
  • 2:19 – The first edition because this will be ever-changing
  • 2:27 – KISS (Keep it simple, specialist)
  • 3:50 – Do you want an index for ALL types of saltwater fishing?
  • 4:18 – The best value inshore fishing rod (Yes, the balcony snook rod)
  • 6:37 – The best value spinning reel
  • 11:36 – The best value braided line
  • 12:13 – The best value leader line
  • 13:20 – Mono vs Fluoro
  • 17:01 – The best value paddletail
  • 20:27 – The best value jerk bait
  • 22:25 – The best value shrimp bait
  • 24:10 – The story of Brazil and why you should never buy pre-rigged baits
  • 26:37 – The best value topwater
  • 28:31 – The best value suspending twitch bait
  • 30:32 – The best value weighted hook
  • 33:35 – The best value jig head
  • 35:09 – The best value weedless jig head
  • 38:14 – The best value spoon
  • 39:38 – The best value bucktail
  • 41:06 – The best value circle hook
  • 42:23 – The best value big circle hook
  • 43:12 – The best value sunglasses
  • 46:21 – The best value pliers
  • 48:23 – The best value scissors
  • 49:37 – The best value tackle box
  • 51:48 – The best value popping corks
  • 56:02 – The BEST fishing club in America (Join the Salt Strong Insider Club here!)

Here’s the full Salt Strong Inshore Fishing Tackle Index:


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This list is going to change over time, especially as we continue to design our own tackle.

But for now, this is the most comprehensive inshore fishing tackle index for the best value gear on the market.

We’ve tested it.

We’re not sponsored by any of these companies.

And so far, it’s the best of the best (for the value-based angler).

Is your tackle on this list?

Have any questions about these tackle items?

Let me know down in the comments!

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Nick Noonan
1 year ago

Excellent podcast and reference index! Having the consensus of the Salt Strong coaches concerning tackle is fantastic. I am in the market for an additional rod and reel over the next few months and added the recommendations to my list. I will check the index for updates just before making the purchases.

Jonny Lee
2 years ago

Hey guys, I know you mentioned this being a “living thing”, meaning you would keep it updated. Any thoughts on making it a spreadsheet style file we can access at any time? With maybe the “updated on” date? Just a thought. I know I really value your knowledge/wisdom to help me make informed decisions on my tackle/gear. I personally don’t have the extra income to make mistakes on stuff lol.

Also, maybe an index of the “money isn’t an issue” index. The things you would personally buy and trust if money wasn’t an issue.

Keep up the amazing work!

Tavis Powell
2 years ago

Awesome podcast Salt Strong! I would love to see an expansion on the index into other areas – perhaps “bargain or best value, mid-tier, and high-end” price points for the appropriate categories and reef fishing options.

This stuff is really good content and the explanations of “why” are always super insightful.


Tom Moran
2 years ago

Great segment guys, really nice to have it all in one place.

A couple of comments – one more big plus to me for the Z-Man jig head is that the short hook shank allows significantly more lure action. The long shanks common on most other jig heads greatly restrict the ability of a plastic bait to wiggle.

I have the TFO Pro 7.5′ M action, and while the rod is a beast to cast (in a good way), it’s also quite heavy and the grip isn’t as comfortable as some others. )Though grip comfort seems to be a low priority with many rod makers these days.) I often fish 8 hours plus at a time, and after a couple of days of throwing the TFO Pro my forearm / elbow is worn out! I have stopped using it as much as I’d like to otherwise in favor of lighter rods.

Steve Rackas
2 years ago

I understand that Daiwa is the preferred vendor for Salt Strong reels. I would like to see some tests on the Magseal reels to see if they actually do hold up over time.

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve Rackas

The only reason Daiwa is our preferred vendor is because their reels have been proving to last longer than the others. It’s tough to do a perfect experiment on exactly how much of a benefit Magseal actually provides, but I’ve noticed that my Fuego that got dunked (accidentally) over 6 months ago is still working like new even though I didn’t do anything special to it to clean out the salt.

Also, my Daiwa reels have required zero upkeep other than a basic fresh water rinse to the exterior of the reel after each trip unlike all of my Shimanos (even the $200+ models) that seem to always have a squeaky roller bearing after about 6 months of use.

Please share any ideas you have for doing a more exact test of Magseal… all I could think of was to simply fish them hard to see how they hold up.

My first Fuego purchase was almost 2 years ago, and I’m shocked that it’s still working great after going through a lot of abuse, so I for one am totally sold on Daiwa’s ability to make reels that hold up to saltwater exposure while keeping their price points shockingly low.

2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Shimano core protect, daiwa amg seal, pen or vans rubber seals systems all are cated for people who do service their reel. All of them fail with neglect.
Eachsystem adds more service issues to encourage sending the reels in for service to generate more money. Yet to have issue with reels that are over 20yrs old reels. Current reels from alot off companies are just a hassle to deal with

2 years ago

I was waiting to hear about the best fish finder for a kayak.

Tony Acevedo
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick

Hey Rick!

That’s a tough one because some kayaks are set up for some of the more advanced machines with side imaging, and others you’ll have to get creative with mounting transducers.

I would recommend something with side imaging if possible. I use a Simrad GO5 unit with total scan. My Hobie Outback is made for side scan units as they have a large transducer (Hobie comes with a plate underneath to mount it to).

Johnny Boyd
2 years ago

What color power pro braid?

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Boyd

That doesn’t seem to matter as long as you’re using a mono/fluoro leader. We often go with bright yellow so that the line is easier for us to see.

Richard Van Gilder
2 years ago

#1 Great video!
#2 Are you getting any feedback from manufacturers on WHEN the rods & reels will be in stock? I read your remark that some people have been waiting for over 4 months. I certainly appreciate the discount my membership brings but would be nice to know how much longer we have to wait!! Even if they say “another 4 months”, at least we’d have an idea.

Justin Ritchey
2 years ago

Hey Richard! Appreciate the comment, thank you sir! Truthfully, these manufacturers would love nothing more than to send us A TON of product right now. We have Thousands of each of these products like Rods & Reels on order at the moment, but when we finally receive a shipment of Daiwa Fuegos or TFO Rods, its only a small fraction of what we actually ask for. In other words, the demand for these awesome products continues to exceed the actual supply by these manufacturers.

We are hoping to see more TFO Rods available within the next 4 Weeks (mid July timeframe). Unfortunately, Daiwa isn’t able to provide an updated ETA for Fuego reels yet. They have stated that we are 1st in Line to receive more! But unsure of when that time will be.

Richard Van Gilder
2 years ago
Reply to  Justin Ritchey

Appreciate the response Justin. What is another Rod you’d recommend then between $100 & $150? Also noticed the Daiwa BG is actually slightly more than the Fuego. Is it worth it?

Justin Ritchey
2 years ago

By late July we will have more of our Custom Bull Bay Rods available again! I’ve fished a number of different brands over the years (Star Rods, St. Croix, Shimano and several different models of Bull Bay Rods), and I think for $150 with the Insider Discount, these Custom Rods offer an incredible value.

Technically, comparing the BG to the Fuego isn’t really apples-to-apples. The BG incorporates an Aluminum Body/Frame and Carbon Fiber Drag Washers. The Fuego is a Carbon Composite Body/Frame and uses Felt Drag Washers. Both are incredibly smooth, and both work exceptionally well for Inshore Fishing. The difference I would say is between Strength vs. Sealing, and both are marginal in the big scheme of things. The Fuego offers MagSeal, which is a great sealing feature. But the BG offers Aluminum Body, which is significantly stronger than a Carbon Composite (Plastic) body. I’d say it’s truly a matter of preference at that point 🙂 I think you’d be incredibly happy with either option.

Tony Toscano
2 years ago

Liked the topic,more of it please for surf,pier,offshore fishing and also different regions that maybe John Skinner and possibly other salt strong members in the community having input.UNITY THROUGH FISHING!!!!!!

Steve Dixon
2 years ago

What’s the best rod, reel line size for sheephead around bridges or deep docks?


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