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I don't get to fish that often, but I enjoy researching and picking up new equipment- especially when a sale is on.

Anyone else have trouble saying no to buying copious amounts reels, tackle etc? 

I think of my reels and Rods as collection items! 

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No, but there is nothing wrong with your hobby.

You may want to add estate and yard sales to your list of locations to try to find older and more collectable equipment.

Let us know when you find a great bargain or a very old item.

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I'll pick up gear on clearance and have found a lot of gems that way .  

I dont buy much new stuff because I  have enough . It has to be something that I'm out of or   fills a niche . For instance    I've been a faithful  Rattle  Trap user .This year I have become a Red Eyed Shad convert and have bought a dozen or so .For my style of fishing , the Red Eye Shad has taken over that bottom bouncing niche and I have been stocking up .

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I have an addiction. But, it doesn't mean buying mass quantities. I've been doing this a long time so it revolves around playing around with a color. Finesse worm fishing is an addiction. I have my share of crankbaits and than some. But I like picking up new variations of productive patterns. For years I would never pick up reds and fish them, would never think they would/could be productive colors.  I got the chance to talk with Ish Monroe on this a few years ago and he gave me some insight on this. Now I fish this with confidence in some situations. So I pick up some red patterns on occasions. 

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We have a support group for exactly this problem. 170 pages of it, in fact:

There's no cure, as far anyone knows.

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Life is to short to ever pass up a deal on fishing gear.  You never know when everything you own will not get a bite, but you have no doubt the one thing you didn't buy would load the boat. 

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45 minutes ago, Spankey said:

I have an addiction. But, it doesn't mean buying mass quantities. I've been doing this a long time so it revolves around playing around with a color. Finesse worm fishing is an addiction. I have my share of crankbaits and than some. But I like picking up new variations of productive patterns. For years I would never pick up reds and fish them, would never think they would/could be productive colors.  I got the chance to talk with Ish Monroe on this a few years ago and he gave me some insight on this. Now I fish this with confidence in some situations. So I pick up some red patterns on occasions. 

I'm interested . What did Ish tell you ?

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I go in spurts.. if something gets hot for me I stock up on it.. and of course it dies off.. but I've found them to pick up again in the seasons to come.. this is why I have a huge selection (for a part time fisher / young father) of hard baits . And soft plastics to rival it . For some reason I think I need it all. 

I haven't went crazy on reels. I'd like something nice one day buy i have different priorities. I make do with rod and reel combos under 75$. 

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it's only a problem if you say it is or if you can't afford it.....  

so no i don't have a problem, i just enjoy buying and trying new things and keeping the ones i like, getting rid of anything i don't like or use much....

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Buying fishing lures and having them is fun. Part of the fun of Bass fishing is buying lures and the companies know this, have you ever noticed the size of the saltwater section or panfish section compared to the Bass Fishing Section? Is there another site like Bass Resource where we all talk about the same things over and over and enjoy it? Walleye anglers don't seem to do this, Bass Angler's are a different breed of fisherman.

It is only an addiction if it is causing issues in your life, that is a real answer, I think I have an addiction to buying fishing tackle, but I like collecting things. Many people are suffering from serious addictions in life, so a fishing addiction is about the best thing one could have as long as it is not combined with a gambling problem for example You can always sell your lures, hard to sell your gambling debts, but it sure would be nice if you could.

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I definitely have the same problem!! As others have said, as long as you don't get yourself into financial trouble over it you're fine

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The struggle is real! Haha. While I don't go over board by any means, I have seen cases where people will have hundreds, if not thousands of a single style of lure IE: Crankbaits, Jerkbaits, etc. I carry enough with me not to run out on any given trip with a back up stash at home to replenish when I get low. I try to keep it reasonable. Some types of lures I have a lot more than others IE: Jigs vs. Cranks. I have around 20 setups while some people have 50+ if not hundreds! We have all seen the pictures on here of peoples lure collections and setup collections! For some tackle collecting becomes more of a hobby than fishing itself! Haha

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my biggest problem is not selling anything!!

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24 minutes ago, SwampLife said:

my biggest problem is not selling anything!!

 

Oh I hear ya loud and clear on that one! It did take quite a few years before I was able to start to part with some of my gear. Thankfully I have gotten to a place where I have been able to let go quite a bit of my gear and have (mostly) just the gear I use fairly regularly.

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Purchasing fishing stuff is as fun as fishing wih it.

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I go overboard when things are on sale/clearance, with the thinking that I'll need it eventually so I might as well save money now.  What actually ends up happening is that I have tackle where 90% hasn't touched the water, and 75% is still in the package.

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21 minutes ago, blckshirt98 said:

I go overboard when things are on sale/clearance, with the thinking that I'll need it eventually so I might as well save money now.  What actually ends up happening is that I have tackle where 90% hasn't touched the water, and 75% is still in the package.

I'm not that bad about it now, but there was a time and a place I was like this with lures and tackle, not so much setups though. Nowadays, I am much more  particular about my purchases and buy stuff mostly on a "as need" basis regardless of full retail or sale price.

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HI my name is CRYPT and I love to fish,buy tackle,talk about fishing,dream about fishing,………………where is the next meeting at?   

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10 hours ago, MIbassyaker said:

We have a support group for exactly this problem. 170 pages of it, in fact:

There's no cure, as far anyone knows.

What problem?

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I have a swimbait problem. Cant stop buying swimbaits, cant stop fishing swimbaits, cant stop buying swimbait rods and reels. 

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Do not buy a lot of low or medium quality equipment! Finally you found yours facilities crammed without any chance to rid it. Only through Salvation Army store or Goodwill.

IMHO much better to weight some period, accumulate that money and buy highest quality stuff.

Something like Van Staal, G.Loomis etc. You will enjoy flawless great fishing and get some kind of investment. (And yours wife will happy with extra space for her dress :) ).

Good luck! 

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Researching and buying lures and equipment is half the fun for me. I fished only wacky rig for my first 4 years of heavy bass fishing. Now for the past 2 years I've been trying a lot of new lures and techniques and it's opened up so much more for me. Still love wacky though! I now have 7 rods and reels for bass, a nice collection of hard baits, and a ton of soft baits. I probably don't go a single week without buying at least something for fishing. As long as it doesn't get to be a financial problem, I don't see the harm in it. There are a lot worse addictions out there. 

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I thought I had a problem buying too many lures.  When I want a lure, I buy three.  One to use.  One just in case I lose the first one.  A third one just in case I lose the first two!  Then I realize the lure comes in 12 different colors, and two sizes.  Then I realize I need to buy more tackle boxes. Then ...

 

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Buying gear is almost as much fun as catching fish with it. 

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