If you have recently gotten “hooked” (pun very well indented) on the sport of fishing, the odds are pretty good that you’ve begun to realize exactly how expensive this sport can be – especially if you are under the impression that you’d only have to set yourself up with a fishing pole, some hooks, and maybe a couple of boxes of worms before you got down to the water.
Now, you can certainly have yourself a lot of fun with as simple and bare-bones a fishing set up as it gets (dropping maybe $50 on a rod, reel, and bait and tackle from a big box store like Walmart) – but if you’re really looking to unleash your inner angler you’re going to find your bills get a little bit steeper and steeper every time you add to your collection.
Thankfully though, there are some pretty cool tips and tricks that you can use to save quite a bit of money on bait and tackle (the real life blood of your fishing arsenal). Take advantage of the inside information we are able to offer you below and you’ll be able to outside yourself for any fishing excursion without having to subside on PB&J from here on out!
Look for “red tags”
As you cruise your favorite big-box retailers or outdoor shops, spend at least a little bit of time cruising the aisles for “red tags” – clearance items.
It’s not at all impossible to scoop up a tremendous amount of “last season’s gear” for fishing at a fraction of the price it would have cost you to purchase everything just three months, six months, or 12 months earlier – and it’s not like any of that stuff has gone completely out of fashion.
This tip alone can save you hundreds of dollars every year on the money you spent on your fishing set up.
Shop local and fall in love with negotiating
The odds are pretty good that you have a local bait and tackle shop in your area, and it’s likely a great place to hang around and trade stories with fellow outdoorsman people like yourself. A lot of people kind of shy away from purchasing their stuff locally, however, believing that they can always find cheaper prices online – but that’s not always the case.
For one, most local shops set their prices with a bit of horse trading in mind. You can negotiate on price, bundle purchases together to get a better deal, or work out some kind of arrangement that allows you to get your hands on the equipment you’re after without spending a small fortune.
Secondly, the odds are very good that the local folks running this bait and tackle shop are going to be able to provide you with a wealth of inside information that you just would have had access to otherwise. They’ll be able to help you find the perfect gear for your needs, to new into new stuff just hitting the market worth paying attention to as well as the “junk” you want to avoid, and they’ll be able to really help you get the most out of every purchase you make.
It doesn’t get much better than that!