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How Much Is Too Much?

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Just sitting here in my room looking around at all the stuff I have and wondering,

how did this happen? I have about 30 combos, from high end to low. Wouldn't even

hazard a guess as to how many baits I have, bags and bags, and boxes and boxes.

Not to mention my antique tackle collection, some 32 old reels, 40 old lures, some

still in original boxes, and about a half dozen old steel rods. Got to part some of this

stuff out. Or should I just keep it and continue to feed it and let it grow, or just stop

where I am?

I don't know guys, any suggestions?

Hootie

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when you looked arounddid you smile? if you did , keep it! if not, ill take it!

I gotta say, I like that answer. I guess I smile. But I'll have to get back with ya

on that after I make sure.

Hootie

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I was in the same boat as you.Eventually i either sold alot of baits or donated to kids id see fishing of the dock some where with mom or dad. They get so excited. As far as reels and rods go,i just keepem.Because selling them dont really yield much profit because of shipping especially on rods.Dont beat yourself up over it,everybody here has this problem im sure. :tongue8:

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I have this problem but in moderation. I have a few more combos than I use, but they never build up too much since I've given several away over time as new ones have came in. Some I now keep as loaner rods, too. With baits, I have way more than I need but not more than I can carry. I never use many of them but I'm of the mindset that one day I'll want a particular one and I'll have it. I continue to add to these. As for antique tackle, I have none. Not into collections that are not practically useful. I just see them as clutter. Once I had an old Pflueger Summit casting reel from back when they had cork wrapped on the spools that was given to me. I got tired of it sitting here and gave it to my neighbor.

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If the folks from the crew of the TV show "Hoarders" shows up at your door that may be the time to stop.

As long as you have the space I don't see an issue here. I would suggest selling things locally or online that you don't use any longer minus your antique collections.

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I too suffer from "Gear Acquisition Syndrome", otherwise known as GAS.

Fishing gear isn't too bad, guitars, on the other hand.... :scared:

Tom

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I don't know guys, any suggestions?

Donate some of the stuff to local youth groups.

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I hang on to a lot of that stuff and loan it out to friends. I have way more gear than it looks like I have because my friends have a bunch of my combos on long term loans. In my experience if I sell them next time I go fishing I'll wish I had them.

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Never have enough folks in the world like some of those that post on this site!

Was that a shot?......lol

Hootie

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Hootie, just pointing out that I've noticed a lot of generous folks on this site, helping others. A good thing!

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Hootie, just pointing out that I've noticed a lot of generous folks on this site, helping others. A good thing!

Yes Goose, a very good thing. I've given away a lot of tackle myself. Don't know if it's because I'm really generous, or just a lousy salesman,.....couldn't sell windex to a peeping tom.

Hootie

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I have 3 combos and that's it. I don't get into having a rod for each bait, or a certain gear ratio reel for specific baits either. I like to have stuff that is an all around set up. Versatility for me is big when it comes to my gear. As far as tackle goes, I'm pickier about what I buy now. I'll have a bunch of stuff in my basket at BPS within the first 5 minutes, and I may walk out with half after thinking about what I'm buying. The bait monkey will bite every now and again still, but not as much as before.

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When how much is too much ?

Man don´t ask me ! I can´t give right answer, let´s put it this way: if it itches ---> scratch it until the itch goes away.

Funny that you bring up the subject, I haven´t purchased a rod or reel in over two years and nowdays I´m getting the itch for a GLoomis crankbait rod, who knows for how long I can stand the itch before I scratch it.

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Not sure what to much could be when it comes to fishing gear. However if you are starting to question yourself or you are starting to feel overwhelmed with what you have,then by all means thin the herd . On the other hand if you enjoy looking at what you have collected over the years then set up some displays of your collection. I think we all move some of what we have collected just not at the same pace that we buy it at. So when that happens there is nothing like giving it to a kid and watching their eyes bug out and that big smile on their face......

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Some of my inshore reels take a beating, 2 sorons and 2 stradics are acting up a little bit, this time I'm not going to send anything into service but replace the reels with new ones.

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I try to give stuff I don't use away. Only prob is I only have so many friends and family members that fish a lot. Another prob is giving it away to people that will actually appreciate and make good use of said equipment.

As far as whens enough, enough. I'm always for upgrading! Lol

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It's called consumer marketing.

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