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I do pretty well on the Luck-E strike jogger worms.Usually found in Walmart pretty cheap.Funny thing is my wife and kid picked them up for my birthday one year.Those things work...seeing how cheap they really are.

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Gander Mountain 5" grub - got a bunch for $2.99 - a tough, durable grub (I prefer it over Zoom Fat Alberts). Here's the math:

$2.99 + tax = $3.28

$3.28 / 15 baits = 21.9cents per bait

Avg. 10 fish per bait = 2.2 cents per fish..... :P

AND, I didn't factor in the price of the Gammy 2/0 EWG hook that is included in the bag! ;D

Maybe not the BEST value, but a pretty good value!!

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Bandit crankbaits

H20 Express crankbaits

Renegade worms (wal-mart store brand)

    -gk

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Best bang for buck brands for me would be netbait and zoom with their 20 packs. I have never really bothered with the absolute bottom shelf brands i.e. generic walmart type stuff

oh and bandit crankbaits

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Initial cost doesn't infer "value". Fewer lures, better

lures is my advice. I would buy one Lucky Craft

Pointer rather than three Rogues. The LC is the

"Best Bang For The Buck".

8-)

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Initial cost doesn't infer "value". Fewer lures, better

lures is my advice. I would buy one Lucky Craft

Pointer rather than three Rogues. The LC is the

"Best Bang For The Buck".

8-)

im with rw. when the pointer bite is on, NO other bait catches more fish. 20 bucks goes a looooooong way with that bait.

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Bang for the buck?  Not plastics.  Not jigs.  Any decent hardbait will do.  A Terminator spinnerbait would do you well too.

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Yeah. I've got an old zara spook that i've had as long as I've been fishing. That thing has caught hundreds of bass and will likely catch a few hundred more. They've always been inexpensive and last a long time. In pure "bang for buck" value, the spook is pretty tough to beat.

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Yeah. I've got an old zara spook that i've had as long as I've been fishing. That thing has caught hundreds of bass and will likely catch a few hundred more. They've always been inexpensive and last a long time. In pure "bang for buck" value, the spook is pretty tough to beat.

Gotta agree with that.  I've got a spook jr. that I've caught so many fish on.

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Bang for the buck? Not plastics. Not jigs. Any decent hardbait will do. A Terminator spinnerbait would do you well too.

When I was crunching my numbers, I started with hard baits but couldn't make the math work for ME. It all depends on how many fish you think you can get out of a hardbait before you lose it or it becomes unserviceable vs. how many fish you think you can get out of a bag of plastics.

If you never lose a hardbait, and get more than a couple of hundred fish on it, then the math works out in favor of the hardbait. For me, I recall I had 1 lipless crank that I got about 70 fish on before I lost it - so - $6.00/70 = 8.6 cents per fish - still more expensive than my grubs.

Your spinnerbait example is good though - get one for $4.00 or less, if you never lose it you might catch many hundreds of fish (just keep sharpening the hook) BUT, don't forget to factor in the cost of the periodic skirt replacements... :P

So, when doing the math on hardbaits, give realistic consideration to how long you use a single bait before it is lost or "used up" and also factor in maintenance costs for the bait (hook replacements, new skirts, repainting/touch-up, etc.)

EDIT - after posting, I saw the top-water examples...that's true, you might fish one of those a long time without losing it and it might be the winner!  Also, my grub math is skewed as I didn't factor in the price of hooks used over and above the one included in the bag... :-?

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I agree with the spook post(s). The one I have has caught many fish and was one of my first lures I purchased back when I started fishing. They are still pretty inexpensive and are proven fish catchers for decades.

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Bang for the buck? Not plastics. Not jigs. Any decent hardbait will do. A Terminator spinnerbait would do you well too.

When I was crunching my numbers, I started with hard baits but couldn't make the math work for ME. It all depends on how many fish you think you can get out of a hardbait before you lose it or it becomes unserviceable vs. how many fish you think you can get out of a bag of plastics.

If you never lose a hardbait, and get more than a couple of hundred fish on it, then the math works out in favor of the hardbait. For me, I recall I had 1 lipless crank that I got about 70 fish on before I lost it - so - $6.00/70 = 8.6 cents per fish - still more expensive than my grubs.

Your spinnerbait example is good though - get one for $4.00 or less, if you never lose it you might catch many hundreds of fish (just keep sharpening the hook) BUT, don't forget to factor in the cost of the periodic skirt replacements... :P

So, when doing the math on hardbaits, give realistic consideration to how long you use a single bait before it is lost or "used up" and also factor in maintenance costs for the bait (hook replacements, new skirts, repainting/touch-up, etc.)

EDIT - after posting, I saw the top-water examples...that's true, you might fish one of those a long time without losing it and it might be the winner! Also, my grub math is skewed as I didn't factor in the price of hooks used over and above the one included in the bag... :-?

All of these numbers are confusing.  ;D

But really, Zoom products always produce and are a pretty decent value. The same with Academy's H2O hardbaits.

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Bang for the buck? Not plastics. Not jigs. Any decent hardbait will do. A Terminator spinnerbait would do you well too.

When I was crunching my numbers, I started with hard baits but couldn't make the math work for ME. It all depends on how many fish you think you can get out of a hardbait before you lose it or it becomes unserviceable vs. how many fish you think you can get out of a bag of plastics.

If you never lose a hardbait, and get more than a couple of hundred fish on it, then the math works out in favor of the hardbait. For me, I recall I had 1 lipless crank that I got about 70 fish on before I lost it - so - $6.00/70 = 8.6 cents per fish - still more expensive than my grubs.

Your spinnerbait example is good though - get one for $4.00 or less, if you never lose it you might catch many hundreds of fish (just keep sharpening the hook) BUT, don't forget to factor in the cost of the periodic skirt replacements... :P

So, when doing the math on hardbaits, give realistic consideration to how long you use a single bait before it is lost or "used up" and also factor in maintenance costs for the bait (hook replacements, new skirts, repainting/touch-up, etc.)

EDIT - after posting, I saw the top-water examples...that's true, you might fish one of those a long time without losing it and it might be the winner! Also, my grub math is skewed as I didn't factor in the price of hooks used over and above the one included in the bag... :-?

Used up? I've got plugs that were my grandfathers. Some of my Rebels and Warts are from my teenage years Get a plug knocker to fetch hung baits. As far as pike go, in my experience, if you're catching pike, 80% of the time you're fishing in the wrong locations.

For at least ten years, I fished cranks almost exclusively. From when I was 15 to about 25. I buy a crank once, and I can catch tons of fish on it. Yes, I fished worms, but they were a luxury. Hooks, weights, and worms. On a bad day, it could cost you $3.99 for a bag of Culprits. on a good day, times four. That crankbait I bought for $6. Its there when I run out of worms.

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Another vote for the Zoom products. 20 packs for around $3 cannot be beat, especially when it comes to the trick worm  :P

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Used up? I've got plugs that were my grandfathers. Some of my Rebels and Warts are from my teenage years Get a plug knocker to fetch hung baits. As far as pike go, in my experience, if you're catching pike, 80% of the time you're fishing in the wrong locations.

For at least ten years, I fished cranks almost exclusively. From when I was 15 to about 25. I buy a crank once, and I can catch tons of fish on it. Yes, I fished worms, but they were a luxury. Hooks, weights, and worms. On a bad day, it could cost you $3.99 for a bag of Culprits. on a good day, times four. That crankbait I bought for $6. Its there when I run out of worms.

You're right. Like I said above, the math works if you catch more than a couple hundred fish on one hardbait.

I still have baits that I bought before you were born...but I haven't fished them continuously all this time so I haven't got the same return as you have on your hardbaits. My "high-time" hardbait of my modern-fishing era was that lipless crank that was up to 70 fish or so before it hung-up on the bottom (while fishing from the bank).

On the plug knockers, I have one in the boat, but I have a harder time getting them to work when fishing from the bank! :P

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A couple hundred?  On one bait.  All it takes is half a dozen, and I've already beaten out more value than a bag of senkos.

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Franco mentioned a lure knocker. I used to laugh when I'd see these on the shelf. Then I fished a lake(I was actually walleye fishing) where the fish were buried in submerged brush and where smashing crankbaits like crazy. I would lose 5 or 6 lures every time I fished this lake so I figured what can it hurt and bought one of those gimick looking things. That $5 dollar lure knocker has literally saved me hundreds of dollars and I beleive I catch more fish because of it since I no longer worry about loosing baits hence I throw right in the junk. I can count the number of lures on one hand that I haven't been able to retreive with a knocker. Every now and again people will pass by and see me using it and you can tell by the look on their faces their like " I can't believe this guy is using one of them." The joke is on them. They really work. I should probably finish this post by saying no I'm not a lure knocker manufacturer. ;D

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A couple hundred? On one bait. All it takes is half a dozen, and I've already beaten out more value than a bag of senkos.

I guess it depends on how you establish that value - number of fish, weight of fish, enjoyment of the catch, challenge of the catch, etc.

Since the OP mentioned best bang for the buck, the metric I was using was cost per fish. My grubs were about 2 cents per fish then add another penny perhaps for level-loaded hook cost so about 3 cents per fish. For a comparable cost per fish, you'd need to catch 200 fish on a $6 hardbait. Once you get past 200 fish on that one hardbait, then you're in fat city and the cost keeps going down.

It's just math.... ::P

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Are your grubs and jigs older than me too?  Last I looked grubs were about $4-5/pack and ballheads were maybe $3 for five.  Lets say you make it through a day losing 2 ball heads, and burn through 1/2 a pack of grubs to catch 6 or seven fish.  That's $4 for one day.  That's what a fat free shad cost.  I guess I'm missing the math point here?

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I have to agree with Francho, best value are the low priced hard baits. I have fished with soft plastics for years and I am always replenishing my supply. On the other hand I still have crank baits that I used in the 60's and 70's that have caught a boat load of fish and are still producing. I probably paid less than 5 bucks for any of them and I am willing to bet that the cost for fish would be less than tenths of a cent. You can still do that with

Bandits

Norman

Strike King

H2O

Bomber

and a few others.

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Even pricier baits...I have a one eyed Sammy 115 that has literally caught more than 100 fish.  Some pretty good ones, too.  IIRC, I paid $12 for it a few years ago.

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Like many others, I have cranks and spinners that have been in use for more than 2 and a half decades, sure, there 's always the chance you might loose one, when I was shorebound I purchased and lost cranks at an alarming rate, some lasted 1 cast, if I were counting that way then cranks are pretty expensive, but it 's been years since I 've been shorebound ( now it 's only when I want ), also I 'm a lot more experienced in the use of cranks so, amazingly, I still fish the same places, same trees are there and I don 't loose my cranks, even being shorebound ( go figure ); still, like Francho and Streak opinate, hard baits are a better value than soft plastics like for a lot.

Value and cost are not the same thing.

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Here how I save some loot:

Mizmo Big Boy 4inch tubes. 100 pack: $37.99

http://sfttackle.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_ID=9&ParentCat=7

SFT Big hook tube jighead. 100 pack: $15.99

http://sfttackle.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_ID=308&ParentCat=13

Buy in bulk. Less than 54 cents a jig. :P

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