How often does one need to rinse freshwater tackle off after fishing in saltwater bodies of water?

I’m going on a vacation to Florida and plan on trying to do a little offshore fishing with my freshwater tackle. I understand I need to rinse the saltwater off to prevent corrosion, but I’m not sure how often. Do I need to rinse after every time out (I may be fishing nine to ten different times throughout the vacation) or is it just a once after the vacation thing? Also, how does one rinse all of the saltwater off of the reel? Thanks in advance! Any information helps as this is my first time fishing in saltwater.

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5 thoughts on “How often does one need to rinse freshwater tackle off after fishing in saltwater bodies of water?

  1. Rinse after every single time. Saltwater will corrode it very fast. Also if you hook into a 10 lb saltwater fish your medium action rod will be out there for a while. Seriously youll be reeling that fish in for a hour.

  2. With freshwater gear it is a good idea to rinse it off every time after you have fished in the saltwater. Even gear that is rated for saltwater they should be rinsed and wiped down as well, because even though it says that it is for saltwater use they can still be affected by corrosion that is caused by the saltwater.

    You can run water over your reel from a faucet and wipe it down a few time to be sure that you have removed all or most of the saltwater. Just to be on the safe side you can do those steps a few times before you let your reel sit out to dry. Some fisherman say to turn your drag up before you rinse the reel, but I haven’t done that and my reels are okay.

    For the fishing rod wipe it down with a damp rag/cloth a few times. I myself make sure that I get the rod guides/rod eyes wiped down pretty good.

  3. rinse it completely with fresh running water each time out, both rods and reels, then after you return home, take your reels immediately to a professional for a real cleaning and service.

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