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My Walmart's Fishing Section Has Really Gone To $%&#

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I don't shop for tackle there anymore really so I was a little surprised...

-Tackle/lure section now cut to 1 aisle instead of 2

 

-Pitiful little row of crankbaits, all tiny and in the worst colors

 

-No shad raps, no skitter pops, not even a jitterbug.

 

-no senkos....NO SENKOS!? :confused2:


For some reason I don't remember it being like this.

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You can always try online. Some great deals in the forums here, craigslist, ebay, dealers, and retail online. More competition, options, and better prices. Walmart makes too much money anyways, support small businesses :)

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Mine is terrible. 50million packs of zoom plastics and very few of anything else. Tons of shad colored crankbaits even though we have no shad. NO bluegill colored crankbaits even though that's the primary forage. Swimbait hooks in only 1 size and weight.

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I live 11 miles from the shore in Jersey, so I get mainly off shore stuff at walmart. Even my local dickssports has a poor selection that is poorly organized. I even tried to get a job at the dicks working nights, trying to restore order to the fishing department but they don't like that kind.

 

Walmarts inventory control is relentless, they don't want items sitting on the shelves. If it don't sell they won't stock it that simple.

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Yep. Only thing I've bought there in the last few years is Zoom Craws. I would buy Trick Worms there, but they're always out of bubble gum color. Academy has become my go-to.

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I live 11 miles from the shore in Jersey, so I get mainly off shore stuff at walmart. Even my local dickssports has a poor selection that is poorly organized. I even tried to get a job at the dicks working nights, trying to restore order to the fishing department but they don't like that kind.

 

Walmarts inventory control is relentless, they don't want items sitting on the shelves. If it don't sell they won't stock it that simple.

Dick's doesn't seem to know what people in our area fish for. They don't seem to try.

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Walmart is the worst. I flat out refuse to go there except to remind myself how lucky I am to be me.

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With more than 41% of the state of Michigan covered by lakes, rivers & streams, Senko's are sold a most every little hole in the wall road side establishment. - Even The Two Track Inn . . . 

 

:eyebrows:

 

A-Jay

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Ours have decent selections, including some good yum and Luck E Strike plastics kits.

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There only fully stocked up on freshwater tackle in the springtime. As the stuff runs low it's clearances for room for hunting stuff.

The space becomes costly. I was shopping there in Jan to march grabbing clearances on tackle, plastics, cranks, etc. I shop online mostly now.

We have a local mom n pop bait shop with marked down tackle from the last century. I give it to the kids. Brannans bass shop in Texas is good.

Before I moved the local deli even sold fishing stuff. Bait too.

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I go there to stock up on Zoom and Yum plastics that are in the clearance bin, but that's really about it.

I did buy my (surprisingly!) favorite rod there, a Cherrywood I've found to be excellent for thick brush and veggie fishing with worms and jigs, but that is an exception.

Josh

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Well I guess, consider the source..

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every now and then the clearance racks will have some good stuff- picked up yamamoto grubs for 1.40 a pack, tungsten weights for .75, some owner hooks for 1.00. as far as the usual stuff ill pick up some zoom stuff from time to time but academy is pretty much my go to store now

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Yep. Only thing I've bought there in the last few years is Zoom Craws. I would buy Trick Worms there, but they're always out of bubble gum color. Academy has become my go-to.

Can't never ever have enough bubble gum trick worms, I guarantee. I never leave home without them!

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I rarely go in there, for tackle anyways. I may go in there to get a few things here or there, but never tackle. DSG around here is 10x better this year then in years past, so I go in there when I take a lunch and pick up whatever on sale, usually something is... I'll buy something that I NEED to have that day I buy at Gander Mountain. My big tackle purchases, and any rods, reels, or line, are bought at local shops... Honey Creek Tackle, The Outdoorsman, or Mooresville Tackle Service Center. I also make a trip to BPS every 8 months or so, and buy online from then when they have free shipping no minimum. Really just no reason to go into Walmart. I feel bad for the dude who has to shop at Wally World because its the only place in 50 miles.... That sucks :(

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Walmart is the only place I can go if I need something immediately. I went in today to get some fluorocarbon. It was either Red Label or Vicious Fluoro. I went with Vicious because why not. It was alright, but I wish they had some better lines.

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My local Wal-Mart is a joke to say the least.  The fishing selection is a waste of time and the prices are better at Dick's, Gander Mountain, you name it.  Also, I don't know if they still care these but they use to carry Zoom, Yum and GYCB in smaller quantity packages at the same price or more than it would cost for a full pack any retail bait shop. 

 

I will not shop there unless I have to. 

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Wal-Mart - Where Weird Meets Value and everyone else camps out in the parking lot.

 

A-Jay

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Wal-Mart - Where Weird Meets Value and everyone else camps out in the parking lot.

 

A-Jay

 

It's been several years ago but I lived in Paducah, Ky for about 2 years.  The Sunday evening entertainment was to go to Wal-Mart with my neighbor and sit in the parking lot and watch the crazy people go in and out.  I hate to admit it but it was fun and we were not the only ones there.  When we started to add beer and portable grill, we might have gone too far. 

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Hey guys, remember, it's Walmart we're talking about here. You all who have been disappointed by their selection are setting your expectations way too high!

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Hey guys, remember, it's Walmart we're talking about here. You all who have been disappointed by their selection are setting your expectations way too high!

Exactly. With most places offering free shipping on orders over $50 anymore, why go to Wal-Mart for fishing tackle? 

 

The one by me does have some great new hooks from Eagle Claw. Some short shank, EWG, black nickel trebles that are really nice and come in a 15pk for less than $5. Also have some EWG, heavy duty black nickel worm hooks that come in a 12 or 15 pack for less than $5. Other than that, I have 2 BPS, a Cabela's, 2 Academy Sports, 3 or 4 DSG, Roger's, Mondotackle, and Scheel's all within a hours drive from me, I have no reason to shop Wal Mart for fishing tackle. 

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It's been several years ago but I lived in Paducah, Ky for about 2 years. The Sunday evening entertainment was to go to Wal-Mart with my neighbor and sit in the parking lot and watch the crazy people go in and out. I hate to admit it but it was fun and we were not the only ones there. When we started to add beer and portable grill, we might have gone too far.

I went into the one by Chong's and the mall today to get 1 stinking item and it's ridiculous. I'm not one to dress up just to go to the store but those people in there had no self respect. I could smell people from 10ft away. People with their underwear hanging out of holes in their sweatpants. Parents swearing at their toddler-age kids. One woman was back by the paint eating a bag of chips and I heard her snort. They say southside out near Reidland is worse.

I did swing by the fishing stuff and they inly carry Trick Worms, Flukes, Brush Hogs, and Lizards in Zoom. Similar in other brands. But if you're looking for junk fishing line, $20 combos, and panfish jigs, they have a whole wall of it. Dick's is about as bad and Gander is overpriced. When I went to school at Murray they had better stuff. Benton may be better too. It just boggles my mind that the stores near Kentucky Lake don't have a good selection.

I hear good things out of The Cabin in Eddyville and Bass and Gas and Fishermans HQ in Benton though.

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The Walmarts have gone down hill since I moved to South Florida, it used to be pretty fair.  I still can buy what I need to catch both fresh and saltwater fish, just a smaller selection.  I was in Yuma Arizona last week, the Walmart there was terrible.  I had my own reel and salt water lures with me but I needed a rod, couldn't find anything decent, Sports Authority was even worse.  I did buy at Walmart an Ugly stick  6' med/hvy $40 and went freshwater striper fishing, sold it to a guy on the bank for 20 bucks.

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WM has very strict buying procedures now - as Adamseye said: " if it doesn't sell quickly then they don't stock it " .

DSG has buying decisions made six states away - they don't care about local buying habits or needs for the fishing dept .

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