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I saw this article om Bassmasters eNews. Thought you might like to read it.

6 ways to save on fishing tackle

By Ed Harp

Sep 2, 2012



Every penny counts when it comes to funding your bass fishing passion. Use these six money saving tips to stretch those hard-earned dollars.

1. Look for red tags

Walk the aisles of your favorite tackle shop and look for the red tags, especially on soft baits and hard baits. They might not have the colors or sizes that you find most desirable, but many can be had for as little as 99 cents. That price makes having the best size or color less of a priority.

2. Comparison shop

There's an old adage that says everything's negotiable. If you see a product you like but at a price you don't, ask the manager if he or she will lower the price. If not, go to another shop, tell them where you just came from and that the other manager wouldn't play ball. Ask him or her if they'd like to play.

Often that's just enough to get the second manager to come down in price 10-15 percent, especially on non-sale items valued at $50 or more.

3. Go online

Some of the best deals to be had are with online retailers, places like www.tacklewarehouse.com or www.landbigfish.com. These are high volume shops which frequently end up with large lots of manufacturers' overruns or other slow moving merchandise. (You can also count on them for great deals on hot new products, as well.)

These online retailers are also great places to check prices in advance of a purchase at a brick and mortar store. Knowing how much a competitor charges for a particular item will help you plan your budget and successfully negotiate.

4. Be patient

If you're looking for a new reel, but it's not something you have to pull the trigger on immediately, don't. Many manufacturers will find themselves with excess inventory, which means even better deals after the first of the year.

5. Wait for spring sales

Most big box retailers — and some smaller independents as well — have huge spring sales where they offer discounts on just about everything in the store, even popular, new products. This is the time to stock up on lures, rods, reels, line and apparel. In many cases, the prices offered at spring sales are some of the best you'll see all year. Many anglers purchase the majority of what they'll need for the whole year during this period.

6. Barter

Every year after ICAST (the largest fishing tackle show in the nation), thousands of anglers go out and buy the best-looking new products. And well before these products ever get to the water, many of these same anglers decide they don't need or want them. Frequent visits to one or more of the message boards, such as www.bassfishinghomepage.com, can result in awesome bargains.

For example, it's not uncommon to see new-in-the-plastic $300 rods offered for $225 plus free shipping. Or, in some cases, large lots of lures offered for a fraction of what you'd buy them for individually.

Trades — maybe a reel for several swimbaits — are common on these sites. That's a great way to dispose of something you don't need and get something you do. And it doesn't cost you anything other than shipping.

Basically, looking for the best deals comes down to two simple steps: Look for deals in as many places as possible and don't be afraid to haggle.

Originally published December 2008
 

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Tackle warehouse and especially Land Big Fish is not a good way to save money, I have seen products in LBF for OVER RETAIL, more than once, TW on the other hand when they have a clearance sale on a discontiued product is a great dollar saver. For me ( and I am just an ordinary guy, no sponosrs or anything to gain)
1.ffo-tackle.com Pure Fishing overstock and discontiued site great deals on a lot of Pflueger and ABU gear as well as Berkley
2. Over Stock Bait and Tackle, a site sponsor here
3.BPS; runs some great sales on their own brand stuff( their rods and reels are good buys and they service them)
4. Cableas; Bargin Cave on line
5. Alluring Baits; great knock offs from a good Texas company

I hope this helps , I use all of these and save a heap of dollars
 

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Go to any fishing flea markets in your area. They usually are in the very early Spring when it's cold outside. The competition makes prices plummet.
 

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one of the tihings that i do, especially with soft plastics, is to find places that sell in bulk. cut you colors down to a few that produce anywhere, and buy in bulk. you can save close to 50 percent on the cost of plastics buying in bulk instead of the 10 and 20 packs. packaging cost lots of money.

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Where are some places you can buy in bulk these days? I remember being able to all long time ago but not in the last couple years


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Make many of your own soft plastics and remelt plastics you won't use or that are chewed up. All you need is a microwave and a pyrex cup. You can mold many designs in plaster which costs next to nothing. I just bought a $59 craw mold with an action similar to a Rage Tail Craw costing .60 each. My unit cost in under a dime and I can make any color I want. (You always have to include tax, shipping or gas mileage and consider the possibility a color will be out of stock, plus the fact that the most popular designs are never on sale.)

Line companies always have mail-in coupon offers during the year.

Ebay has no-bid jigs cheap with free shipping and there you can save by buying in bulk. I wouldn't think of buying ball head jigs anywhere else and the quality is good and guaranteed. Good deals can also be had on older electronics. Who needs a color sidefinder costing +$2k when all you need is a decent B&W unit for around a hundred bucks.

Gander Mountain has good sales on-line with free shipping. I've bought their brand name rods for less than 30 bucks and ice fishing rod/reel combos for less than 15 bucks.

Cabelas and Bass Pro are too expensive their higher shipping for small purchases force me to consider other sources. Some sales though are good on higher priced items and I bought my AGM batteries from Cabelas at a good spring sale price. At the time shipping was free for purchases over 100 bucks and AGMs aren't cheap!

One nice thing about Tractor Supply is that they will honor anyone's lower price or sale price, even on-line, as long as you bring them a dated ad or circular. I buy all of my Marine Stabil gas treatment for the bass boat at Tractor after printing out Amazon.com's much lower price. Walmart will do the same thing for local sales flyers within 50 miles. When Dick's has a spring sale and Walmart carries it, I bring the circular to Walmart which is closer.
 

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Texas1 said:
Where are some places you can buy in bulk these days? I remember being able to all long time ago but not in the last couple years


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i just type in bulk plastic worms or something similar, and go to searching. there are several places that you can buy just about any type of worm you want, senko type baits, crawdads, jig trailers, ect. most can be had for less than 30 cents each. some as little as .15. beats .50 and up.

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I've been looking around on eBay and forgive the ignorance but what are you calling a non bid jig. I lose a lot of jigs so if I can save some money that would be great


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A fair number of sellers will have a buy it now blurb or there won't be a bid spot, these are nonbid sellers.
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I will take one, HAVOC baits and skip the other five. At 2.99 a bag, money and time saved overall. In a world of $ 8.00 a bag senkos, $ 15.00 and more crankbaits and overpriced swimbaits it is
a world of tackle to catch fisherman not sure how many extra fish!!! I will have a another good year in 2013 flipping and pitching a pit boss, jig worming a bottom bouncer with multiple quality fish caught
and never mend a senko!!!! Happy New Year!!!

John
 
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