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Fishing on a budget sucks. Honestly. I am a high school student so I only get a yearly allowance of 50$ to spend on fishing gear, excluding holidays and my birthday. I will be going to ma local Dick's to check out their clearance deals, hope I can get something good. What are some good fishing stores for those on a extremely tight budget??

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Get a part time job if you can. That's where I get my spending money. I wouldn't say there are great stores for a budget, but rather, great brands for budgets. Store brand quality has really gone up, and the Cabela's, BPS, and Academy house brands of great value/quality for the price. Also, I'd recommend BIG Bite Baits soft plastics. They are extremely well priced and of high quality. As for rods, the Berkley rods (Cherrywood, Lightning, Shock, Amp, EMotion) are all extremely solid rods for the price. I fish currently all Berkley rods, as they are the most cost effective option for me. Good luck, it gets tough trying to get everything you want w/limited spending money!

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Use craiglist and be a hustler ... With your head on a swivel ... That's what Id do .. And get some money some way or another .... Bust your ass bro !

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Get a part time job if you can. That's where I get my spending money. I wouldn't say there are great stores for a budget, but rather, great brands for budgets. Store brand quality has really gone up, and the Cabela's, BPS, and Academy house brands of great value/quality for the price. Also, I'd recommend BIG Bite Baits soft plastics. They are extremely well priced and of high quality. As for rods, the Berkley rods (Cherrywood, Lightning, Shock, Amp, EMotion) are all extremely solid rods for the price. I fish currently all Berkley rods, as they are the most cost effective option for me. Good luck, it gets tough trying to get everything you want w/limited spending money!

How are the E-motion and Shock rods?? Would they be good for cranking or jigging?

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Having a budget sucks in general, not just for fishing...Wait til you get older :).

 

Like the above poster said...Work!  When I was in high school (which was not that long ago) I fed my fishing habit by working as much as I could... I actually bought my first bass boat (17' BassTracker) when I was 16, plus all the tackle to go in it.  It was hard work, but I really loved fishing and wanted a boat so I made it happen...I sort of took it to the extreme though, working every night after school so I could rack up hours and kept the weekends mostly free for fishing.  

 

If you've got free time, especially in the winter...You can turn that directly into tackle :).  

 

 

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Having a budget sucks in general, not just for fishing...Wait til you get older :).

 

Like the above poster said...Work!  When I was in high school (which was not that long ago) I fed my fishing habit by working as much as I could... I actually bought my first bass boat (17' BassTracker) when I was 16, plus all the tackle to go in it.  It was hard work, but I really loved fishing and wanted a boat so I made it happen...I sort of took it to the extreme though, working every night after school so I could rack up hours and kept the weekends mostly free for fishing.  

 

If you've got free time, especially in the winter...You can turn that directly into tackle :).  

I just shovel snow the entire winter to supplement my budget. It actually works pretty well. Whenever there is a big snowstorm, I make around 60$ in a day by shoveling drivedays.

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I just shovel snow the entire winter to supplement my budget. It actually works pretty well. Whenever there is a big snowstorm, I make around 60$ in a day by shoveling drivedays.

That's a good start. I mowed yards, shoveled snow, put up hay, cut firewood etc when I was young.

Dad pounded working and budgeting into my head very early on. From 12 on it's been 10% church, 20% savings. Pay bills from there and what's left is left.

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If I were you I'd save up on money and make a yearly purchase from TW on Black Friday, with some small purchases of essentials here and there.

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How are the E-motion and Shock rods?? Would they be good for cranking or jigging?

The shock is great for jig fishing w/braid. The EMotion has a few different cranking specific models with cool blank actions. For pure value, the Shock is a great rod at $50.

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That's a good start. I mowed yards, shoveled snow, put up hay, cut firewood etc when I was young.

Dad pounded working and budgeting into my head very early on. From 12 on it's been 10% church, 20% savings. Pay bills from there and what's left is left.

 

I do the 20% savings thing... I think its a good budgeting idea. Ot can be used to fund big stuff, or if an emergency ever arises.

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I do the 20% savings thing... I think its a good budgeting idea. Ot can be used to fund big stuff, or if an emergency ever arises.

Yup. Just started my 5 year old on an allowance. She sets 10% aside for church, and 20% aside for savings. The rest is hers to do with as she so pleases.

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im in college right now and I'm always broke, saving change helps me a lot lol but what helped me out a lot was berkley coming out with the havoc and now (first time I'm seeing it) yum is coming out with a lot of baits that are $2.99 but when it comes to rods and reels i don't like to buy too cheap, denali rods are great rods for the price with a lifetime warranty and for me the best reels have always been lews

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One suggestion I would make for anyone on a budget is to learn to distinguish need from want. You need certain equipment and even on a limited budget, you can fill those needs. What you want and your decision to purchase it is what can become a stumbling block reguardless of you income.

If you can learn that simple lesson it will carry over into all the purchases you make in your life.

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Fishing on a budget sucks. Honestly. I am a high school student so I only get a yearly allowance of 50$ to spend on fishing gear, excluding holidays and my birthday. I will be going to ma local Dick's to check out their clearance deals, hope I can get something good. What are some good fishing stores for those on a extremely tight budget??

Get a medium action baitcaster or spinning combo, spool it with 10-12lb mono, and go from there. Specialized rods help but you can still get it done with one setup. Get a few basic baits, squarebill, topwater, spinnerbait, and t-rig stuff. If you're really into it, the bday and holiday $ will go straight to fishing  :grin:

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Pen, watch for the upcoming sales.

 

And I am sending you a PM on a discounted outlet for fishing gear and tackle.

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Pen, watch for the upcoming sales.

 

And I am sending you a PM on a discounted outlet for fishing gear and tackle.

Thanks man!

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One suggestion I would make for anyone on a budget is to learn to distinguish need from want. You need certain equipment and even on a limited budget, you can fill those needs. What you want and your decision to purchase it is what can become a stumbling block reguardless of you income.

If you can learn that simple lesson it will carry over into all the purchases you make in your life.

This - 100%

 

Put forth a great deal of effort in distinguishing "need" from "want."  Try to establish consistencies in what works most/least/not at all.  Stick with what works while shying away from the mentality of doing too much of "Trying this and trying that." 

 

Avoid being one of those guys who only really uses 10% of their gear. 

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Avoid being one of those guys who only really uses 10% of their gear. 

 

Good luck with that!

 

 

 

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I sent you a PM Penguino. Hope it helps. I try to fish on a budget as well, I'm what some people would call cheap, or frugal. I don't believe in paying 15 dollars for a lure, and I sure don't believe in paying 8 for a bag of plastics. 

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I sent you a PM Penguino. Hope it helps. I try to fish on a budget as well, I'm what some people would call cheap, or frugal. I don't believe in paying 15 dollars for a lure, and I sure don't believe in paying 8 for a bag of plastics. 

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At best, I might pay $15 for a lure, IF its design offers something truly unique.   Other than that - No. 

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Boy, you could buy some spinnerbaits and senkos and not have to buy much else all year long if you knew how to work em

Thats pretty cheap there..

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50 bucks doesn't go a long way even buying sale items.  I might stay away from plastics, those are always being replenished, in the long run they may be more expensive.

Forget what I buy it's what I use, during the present bass season I'm in right now I'm usually catching at least 10 bass every morning.  I've used only a Storm chug a bug, roostertails (only item that I regularly replace, mepps will last longer), hard jerkbait and spoon.  I don't always stay with a limited number of baits, but this year I am and doing it for less than $50.

The budget doesn't limit the number of fish you can catch, your ability is the controlling factor.

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Boy, you could buy some spinnerbaits and senkos and not have to buy much else all year long if you knew how to work em

Thats pretty cheap there..

Well Senkos can become costly like SirSnookalot said. They are great, but they do tend to fall apart rather fast and at 8 bucks a bag he is going to be going to Bass Pro a heck of a lot. 

 

I would have to agree with SirSnook. Its best if he sticks to things that don't need to be replenished often. 

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