How to Save Money on Fishing Equipment

Save Money on Fishing Equipment

If you’ve recently taken up fishing as a hobby and you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the vast array of items you need to purchase to take your angling to a whole new level of performance, we are here to help. We know that buying fishing gear is difficult, and the fact of the matter is that many rod and reel combos, as well as various types of tackle,  can cost a pretty penny.

Should you want to save some bucks as a beginning fisherman or woman, we suggest checking out the tips below.

Your rod and reel

An article I liked and came across a while back recommended getting budget-friendly combos instead of buying the pole and the reel separately. Why’s that? Apparently, the two might not be a good match if your expertise in terms of fishing isn’t all that vast. Besides, there are many variations when it comes to the features, design, and build of a rod and reel, so you have to do your homework to get the right thing.

Always remember that your local tackle shop can also sell used equipment, and if it’s ended up on their counter, it’s likely good quality. We wouldn’t necessarily recommend getting used fishing gear unless you have the opportunity to actually see and touch it. A rod and reel combo for beginners will set you back about fifty to one hundred dollars depending on what you want to get.

What about your tackle box?

There are a lot of small things you’re going to need for your fishing endeavors, and they range from hooks and sinkers to lines and bobbers. Because there is no way you’re not going to need all of these and more, what you can do is buy them in bulk. Things tend to get lost at the fishing site, so you always have to carry a backup with you.

To keep everything organized, we would suggest purchasing a nice tackle box. You can even make one all by yourself if you’re a DIY-er, but just make sure that the closing system is reliable so that you don’t end up with your hooks all over the place.

What about the lures?

You can use two types of bait for targeting the fish species of your choice. One of them is natural and the other’s artificial. Of course, you’re going to have to spend your money to get any kind of artificial lure, but you won’t have to do the same with natural bait. However, do keep in mind that keeping the bait alive can be a real challenge if you don’t like caring for worms.

And of course, if you were to teach your kids fishing, for example, you’d use bait like polenta, grits, or fresh bread.  Guess what? You probably have all of these in your kitchen already.

You will have to care for your artificial lures, though, because crankbaits can cost a little money compared to those basic plastic flies you can find in any fly fishing kit.

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