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I've always been the kind of guy who said just fish. Focus on your fishing, your gear is important, but its squat if you can't focus on fishing. These last few months I've been buying and trying different stuff... And I find myself drifting towards equipment more in more. I like to gawk at new reels... Read about the technology... I want to blow a bunch of money... He has me! Is there anyway out?

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Somehow I think you really don't want any help :smiley:

 

It can be a fun addiction, so long as your wallet can support it!

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This is what happened to me this past year, two years ago I was the one spinning rod only guy.

 

I have 7 rods now. 3 spinning, 4 casting.

 

And all of the tackle I have bought too. Heck, just looking at different colors of lures/baits on TW is thrilling.

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This is what happened to me this past year, two years ago I was the one spinning rod only guy.

I have 7 rods now. 3 spinning, 4 casting.

And all of the tackle I have bought too. Heck, just looking at different colors of lures/baits on TW is thrilling.

I was that guy last year as well. After I bought my first casting reel, I wanted more... And so I bought 4 more.....
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Find a secondary hobby because fishing is dead for me right now lol

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I fished for about thirty years with one casting rig, one spinning rig, and one fly rod. I now have a dozen spinning rods, two dozen casting rods, and half a dozen fly rods.

So, no, you can't get loose. Enjoy the ride, amigo.

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Welcome to the DARK SIDE. In 2013 I fished with a 25 YO Shakespeare Sigma spinning combo & an entry level Bass Pro bait cast setup. Fast forward to current day: I've got 8 baitcast & 5 spinning setups of various manufacturers & sizes and 3 fishing kayaks (there are, you guessed it, three of us in the family).

Your new addiction only means you're having fun while expanding your fishing talents. My only advice is spend within your means. My wife doesn't mind my 'habit' because I never buy anything until the mortgage/bills are paid and a specific amount saved for retirement & college assistance.

Simply put, blame the Bassresource tackle monkey.

Best of luck, and enjoy your purchases.

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Theres nothing wrong with your new obsession.  You are growing into a full blown fisherman.  No more one rod I'm good guy, soon you will need rod racks, newer reels, rods to throw worms, rods to fish frogs, rods you see on sale you must buy, new rods you want to buy.  Then you will need the reels, and your justifacation is all the new rods you have to put them on.  Then next year you will justify upgrading your reels with nicer ones.  It's a vicous circle.  I know, I just purchased 7 new reels in the last 2 weeks.  But there's nothing wrong with you. Welcome to the dark side.

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There is no escape from the planet of the bait monkey!

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Thank you all for your support! Looks like my extra spending $$ is pre destined so to speak.

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It has just begun. When you start modifying brand new out of the box steez reels to make them better or personalize, you have it bad.

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It has just begun. When you start modifying brand new out of the box steez reels to make them better or personalize, you have it bad.

i am waiting for my bills to die down. Im on a 5 year plan, by then my budget should triple. I cant wait to get my first insanely high end rod and reel. Well i mean 500 dollar reels and rods. Haha

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Just keep it simple, save some money up each week and buy one set up a year, a really good set up. You will spend more time fishing than drooling over new tackle and maybe even save a few bucks.

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Don't fight it Luke. It's just another way to enjoy the sport. If you can't read, watch, or look at all the eye candy surrounding the sport, then the only thing left to do is BUY MORE GEAR. While you're at it, pick up some bananas for the little guy. He's been working really hard since Christmas.

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Too late to lock the barn door.  The horse is already out.  :teeth:

 

I got back into fishing in '09 after a 23 year hiatus.  At that time I had 5 spinning rods.  One I didn't use because it is a broomstick.  A second I didn't use because the reel was no good.  These outfits had been accumulated over a 31 year period.

 

In '09 I was aware of the Internet and decided to try baitcast reels.  Since then I have accumulated 8 more spinning combos that see little use and 44 casting rods plus 2 more that arrived broken, and have never been replaced.  My b/c reel count slightly exceeds the rod count.  I'd no doubt have a few more, but starting last July I've had one thing after another happen to suck up my money.  Somehow I still managed to eke out a few more rods and reels during that time frame.

 

I believe it is easy to confirm that it is an addiction hard to suppress.  But then who wants to.  :eyebrows::laugh5:

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It's a familiar story for a lot of us and it is a slippery slope.  A few years ago, I was using a walmart spinning combo and night crawlers.  Fishing was ok, but not an obsession.  Then my buddy bought a pack of senkos and 3/0  hooks and to both of our amazement started catching fish after fish.  I remember that day well because up til then I never understood why a fish would choose to eat an artificial ever.  A couple of years ago I bought my first casting combo.  Then I found this forum (actually I blame these forums, lol) and it's been down the slippery slope.  I believe if you found this forum then you are most likely already cooked :cooking-egg-31:

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Yep, your now following the same path I did. I did not know it then, but as soon as I found these forums, my destiny for higher end gear became pre-ordained. 

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yeah, it has you fully addicted before you know it. I joined this site because I had a few questions about fishing lakes, I moved and no longer had easy access to wadeable rivers for smallies and wasn't doing well on LM lakes. Pretty quickly I joined a club and my 3 spinning rods turned into 14 baitcasters and 4 spinning rods (none of the 3 originals remain). Thankfully my wife has a expensive hobby to (Reining horses) so my expendatures go unnoticed.

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Then at some point you discover spool upgrades,gear swaps,drag upgrades,flashy parts,faster bearings that aren't needed,ect

Then stuff really starts to go downhill fast. The bait monkey starts twisting you like a sponge to squeeze every last drop of $ out of you.

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Then at some point you discover spool upgrades,gear swaps,drag upgrades,flashy parts,faster bearings that aren't needed,ect

Then stuff really starts to go downhill fast. The bait monkey starts twisting you like a sponge to squeeze every last drop of $ out of you.

Amen brother. Tell it like it is.

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 It is a vicious cycle. I got onto the Rod kicks years ago and I've went through some cash, I just got this itch that I couldn't scratch. I had to try all of the different brands of fishing Rod's. Now with a spare room full of rods and reels I'm now getting the itch to try reels the same way and buying a ton of those. At last count I think I have 19 Duckett's alone and that's not counting the 15-18 other brands I have bought at least one of, some more, just to compare. It is a ride I wish I could get off of TBH. If my wife had any idea how much that stuff has cost I may be headed for a divorce. She is already upset because I believe in catch and release and she wants catch and fry.

 

 The best thing I can say is just enjoy the ride and don't think about the money.

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I'm glad to read these post! I read the forums every night, Visit TW, Cabelas,GM and BPS web sites all the time in the winter. Bass Pro makes feeding the bait monkey easy when they have the trade in/up sales during the Spring Classic and when hey offer easy pay online I can spread my new purchases over six months so my wife does not notice how much I actually spend. I have my online cart loaded and printed off a copy with fishing rods/reels and tackle to check out and buy during the Spring Classic. Received a lot of $$$ on BPS for Christmas, been hard to hold onto lol. Looking at the Pflueger Patriarch or Supreme XT and pair up with a new Carbonlite or Browning Superlight. Plus the numerous lures I have listed to try. The bait monkey's grip is tight and you will never be free of him! I have learn to accept the bait monkey as a part of everyday life lol.

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The tackle monkey....the only way to get him off your back is to purchase all your ideal setups haha ;)

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