How Much Does it Cost to Start Bass Fishing?

by Huk Gear May 28, 2015

That’s one of those simple questions that has a really complicated answer. The cost of bass fishing can depend on where you live, what type of fishing waters you have available, and what type of equipment you want to use.

When you get down to it, you can spend as much or as little as you are comfortable with. For as little as $50, you can get yourself a rod and reel, a few soft plastic lures, and your fishing license. Or you can spend over $300 on the rod alone. To help you get started, let’s take a look at some of the expenses of bass fishing.

The Expenses of Bass Fishing

Rod and Reel- The first item you will need to buy is obvious: a fishing pole. You have two options here, you can purchase a rod and reel combination or you can purchase the rod and the reel separately. If you really want a quality rod and reel, but you don’t want to spend too much, choose a combination in the $80 to $150 range. This will give you a quality product, with good gear ratio and ball bearing count, while not forcing you to empty your bank account. By the way, most beginning anglers will probably want to start with a spinning reel, as the are more versatile for a wide range of fishing.

Bass Boat (Optional)-This will be the biggest expense in bass fishing, so you will want to get a little experience before rushing out and buying a new boat. You can spend $50,000 on a new bass boat, or you can buy a quality used boat for two or three grand, the choice is yours. Go out with a friend or family member who has a bass boat and pick up a few pointers, and remember, a great bass boat needs a trolling motor and fish finder, which will drive up the cost. Consider an angler’s kayak or canoe as well, as this is an affordable, challenging, and rewarding way to bass fish.

Tackle- Like everything else in bass fishing, there is a wide variety of prices that you can pay for lures. If you want top-of-the-line bass lures from the leading brands, you can spend up to $20 for every item. However, you can also find a package of good soft-plastic minnows for only a few dollars. You generally get what you pay for, as higher-priced lures have detailed designs, more moving parts, and advanced engineering, but that doesn’t mean you won’t catch bass with discount lures.

Fishing License- No matter where you go, a fishing license is a must. Usually the price is around $15 to $20 for state residents, but you will pay more for out-of-state licenses, which often come in single-day or 10-day registrations.

Apparel-If you’re going to start bass fishing, you need to be comfortable, so make sure you are stocked up on the best fishing apparel from Huk. You’ll find affordable options that will maintain their quality for a long time, giving you added value for your purchase. Protect yourself with long-sleeve shirts, fishing masks, and other long-lasting fishing apparel from Huk.

Fishing Shirts and Apparel for Bass Anglers

Visit our website today to take a look at our huge selection of fishing shirts and other apparel, including performance polos, all-weather gear, and fishing masks. You’ll find high-quality options from one of the top brands in the industry, so stop by our online store today!

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