Saltwater Fishing Tackle Mistakes: A Guide For Newbies


Note: This blog post on Saltwater Fishing Tackle Mistakes was originally posted on April 20, 2021, but we’re sharing it with you again so you can avoid making these same mistakes. Oh, and be sure to check out all of the HELPFUL comments below this article!

It’s time to avoid these saltwater fishing tackle mistakes!!!

As anglers, we’ve all purchased fishing tackle that doesn’t work (some of us more than others).

You know what I’m talking about…

Strolling down the aisle of your local bait and tackle shop, you spot the bright orange lure that you saw on last week’s episode of Fishing with (insert your favorite TV fishing personality) and you’ve just got to have it.

You are now suffering from S.O.S. or Shiny Object Syndrome.

But there is good news: we have the cure.

Listen in as we break down all of the major mistakes that we’ve made when it comes to buying fishing tackle and a few mantras that you should learn to be a more successful angler.

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Here’s a timestamped table of contents from our conversation about…

  • 0:33 – Are you overspending, going way too big, and buying way more than you need?
  • 1:56 – Buy a reel for the kind of fishing you plan to do
  • 4:03 – Line mistakes that hurt your casting distance
  • 4:52 – Are you hunting elephants?
  • 6:04 – Line capacity vs. gear ratio
  • 9:07 – Do you have fisherman’s eyes? Buy fewer lures.
  • 12:34 – Focus on depth coverage and weight
  • 14:21 – You must use live bait to catch fish
  • 18:34 – Bare minimum fishing to be a better angler
  • 23:31 – The reason we do not have sponsors
  • 29:14 – Fair and balanced business practices, always
  • 31:48 – Use the right lure, at the right time, in the right spots
  • 35:30 – Focus on the trends and finding the fish
  • 37:11 – Flouro vs. mono
  • 39:35 – Learn to tie your own rigs and know your knots
  • 45:36 – Use the K.I.S.S.S method: keep it simple Salt Strong
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  • 50:14 – Are you tired of the negativity on Facebook?

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Being a newbie to fishing certainly has its challenges when it comes to tackle and honestly, we are all still learning.

The important thing to focus on is keeping it simple and mastering what you know works.

Repeat after me: simplicity & specialist.

What are some of the mistakes you made when you started fishing?

If you’re new to fishing, do you have questions about anything to get started?

Let me know down in the comments!

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Joseph Orneallas
10 months ago

Luke needs a Flowbie. That’s hilarious. never had one but I did have a pocket Fisherman at one time. Same era same garbage.

Joseph Orneallas
10 months ago

I really like what Joe said about having sponsors. It is all a money-making adventure, not a fish catching adventure. NO one product or brand name will always be the best in every situation. The only “bling” I’ve seen almost all fish go for is a spoon. Or maybe a buck tail.

Ira Newman
1 year ago


2 years ago

Lures are designed to catch fisherman and not fish. LOL

Thomas Smith
2 years ago

There was a song a few years ago called “Double S”. Unfortunately “simplicity-specialist” wasn’t in it, but I couldn’t help remember it while watching this video. 😊

Ryan Jacobs
2 years ago

With all you guys on this podcast, it reminded me of the Brady Bunch.

John Clapp
2 years ago

I was stationed at Sonar School in Key West, Fl from summer of 1971-summer of 1972. One weekend, I and several buddies were driving around the keys checking out various fishing spots. We were at a bridge on one of the waterways with all the latest and greatest (according to the local fishing stores) gear. we had fish following our lures but not even a nibble. Along came a wizened old lady with two plastic buckets. she set one bucket on the ground and sat on it. from the other bucket she retrieved a soda can wrapped with fishing line. She baited a hook, dropped it in the water, and within a few minutes pulled up a sizable whiting. She did this a couple more times while we watched her slack-jawed. She looked at us with a kindly smile and said. “The fish knows who needs them and who don’t. 

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  John Clapp

That’s awesome!

2 years ago

Nice podcast!
on the subject of knots, one of my reels has braid that broke off two consecutive times at the spool. Using FG knot for braid to mono and loop knot at lure. Curious why the line would snap at the spool when I’m pulling the line tight to free from snag with intent of breaking the line at either my loop knot or FG knot?

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Rick

That shouldn’t happen… seems like you may have some sort of issue with your roller on the spool or with a knick you a rod tip guide because the only way for the line to break there is for it to be compromised.

Rick Daniel
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Agree, will take a closer look at the spool and all the guides. Appreciate the input.

John Rhoden
2 years ago

Fishing 41 years. Only time I caught on artificial was a jig tipped with a minnow trolling. Caught a slab Crappie (2.5 pounds). Caught that on a zebco 33 classic with 10 lbs monofilament.

Anyway, you guys are right. You can catch the same fish on a $50 rig as you can on a $1k rig. It’s about knowing where to find the fish, and using the right bait.

I have really only ever fished live or fresh dead, but it makes a difference. Sometimes the fish are nailing shrimp, and other times the mud minnows are killing them.

Just started trying my hand with artificial. Got me a pack of slam shady, and a darker and more natural bait. No success yet, despite being right on top the fish. But, what I wanted to say, is I have one rig that cost $200, the rest cost less than $100 and I have caught fish from 1 lbs to 32 lbs on those rigs.

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  John Rhoden

Thanks for making time to leave the comment John! I hope you catch some great fish on those lures soon.

Kenn Tompos
2 years ago

The chorus or hook (pun intended) for your song is “Simplify! Specialize!”.


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