Save On Tackle

If you are like me, you want to save as much as you can on your fishing tackle!  Use these six money saving tips to stretch your hard-earned bucks!

1. Go on-line

 Before I buy any tackle, I go to ! There is a ton of new and used fishing stuff…..If you don’t have any luck there, you might find some nice deals with other online retailers  like: or 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.)Here is a good one,  although shipping takes a long time from China:

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.

If you do have to end up at a tackle shop, this might help:

2. 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.

3. 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.

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.

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.

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. Try sport shows, garage sales and flee markets.  Good Luck!



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