We all watch a bass tournament on television and drool over the professional’s high-end rods and reels, endless boxes of lures, and high-tech bass boats that make a new truck look like a cardboard box. Then comes the commercials, and we’re inundated with ads for flashy new lures, advanced fishing lines, and space-age rod materials.
You might think that to fish like a pro, you need to spend your lifesavings on fishing gear, but that’s simply not the case.
With a little ingenuity, you can still fish like a pro at a fraction of the cost.
If you go to a tackle store in the middle of summer, during the height of vacation and fishing season, you’re going to pay top dollar. But if you wait until early spring or late fall, you can likely find some excellent deals. Many stores have early-season discounts to attract customers, and you can often find deals on even the most popular new products. The same goes for fall, when retailers are hoping to unload their fishing tackle to make room for seasonal items like hunting equipment and winter clothing.
It’s been said that lures are not made to attract fish, but to attract anglers. Flashy colors, advanced engineering, and unique designs all have their place, but remember that tackle manufacturers are competing for your attention, and those bright colors and shiny attachments may do more to catch your eye than a bass’s.
One of the most practical steps you can take to saving money is backfilling your spools with old line. New line is essential for pro-level anglers, but the entire reel doesn’t have to be filled with top-end braided material. Use cheap or old line to start filling the reel, and then add the essential stuff towards the end.
You can find some major savings by purchasing in bulk, and Ebay’s wholesale fishing section gives you everything you could need. You’ll find reels, leaders, lures, hooks, tackle boxes, and everything else you could need for an entire season of fishing.
Your lures will get chipped. They will lose paint and their hooks will rust and become dull. You could throw them out and buy a new supply, or you could purchase a few materials to refurbish them.
A package of new hooks costs about $10 and gives you enough to re-hook plenty of lures. If the hooks are still in decent shape, take some steel wool to remove the rust and sharpen the ends with a file. You can also repaint your lures with water-resistant paint.
Making lures at home is something that fly fishermen know well, but you can get creative and take the practice to bass fishing too. You can create spinner baits, top water lures, spoon lures, and more, all with discarded items you have in your home.
There’s no shame in it. If you fish long enough, you’ll eventually come across lures snagged in trees, hooked on a log near the surface, or sitting by the shore. Why not put them to use? You can use your refurbishing skills to give these lures another shot at life, and you’ll also help remove trash that other anglers have left behind.
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Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.
You often hear the phrase there is nothing more important than a friend but like many other clichés of life especially at today’s pace, many of these old time sayings are said without really understanding their meaning. As I look back at the past five decades of my life spent in blue water and at my hunting career which has taken me all over the globe, I lift both hands in front of me and start counting off the friends which I could call at any time day or night for help; those who would put their life in jeopardy to save mine, or for that matter those who I can count on in the absolute worst of situations.
America (and much of the globe) seems to have an obsession with billfish, but few species are as popular as the Atlantic blue marlin. Not that there is anything wrong with black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, or striped marlin; it’s just that the blue marlin, which is the largest of the billfish group, has captured the hearts and passions of anglers for centuries.
If you want to join the ranks of anglers who’ve pulled up a blue marlin, you have your work cut out for you. But with the right techniques, you can add this world-class trophy to your list.