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This is finally the year I'm getting all the gear I need for my bass fishing ventures this year. I'm somewhat of a minimalist and use primarily two rods (1 BC, 1 spin).

My question is, for someone like me on a budget, do you recommend going after tackle bundles/lots?

My favorite baits are spinner baits, plastic worms/craws, buzzbaits, torpedos, jerks, and swimbaits.

Any tips are welcome! Thanks!

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I don't like buying bundles/lots. Many times you get only a few lures you find productive on your waters. If I was you I would go with the basics at first and refine what you need and what you don't. Don't buy a lot of lures that work now because that may change later. Trust me, the guy with tons of baits I don't use anymore. Also think about the way you like to fish and buy baits that fit your style. 

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6 minutes ago, Gundog said:

I don't like buying bundles/lots. Many times you get only a few lures you find productive on your waters. If I was you I would go with the basics at first and refine what you need and what you don't. Don't buy a lot of lures that work now because that may change later. Trust me, the guy with tons of baits I don't use anymore. Also think about the way you like to fish and buy baits that fit your style. 


Okay, so just being sure of what I want to fish with the most and picking up good deals on those types of lures without buying entire lots containing things I may not use?

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8 minutes ago, iaYakker said:


Okay, so just being sure of what I want to fish with the most and picking up good deals on those types of lures without buying entire lots containing things I may not use?

Yup. Ebay, craigslist, flea markets, friends and family, the "for sale" ads on this forum are all good places to find cheap lures, reels, rods and anything else you need. Don't forget that your preferences may change over the years. I've found this to be true in my case. That's why I suggest not buying more than you need now.

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NO. Most are full of lures or colors that didn't sell.

if you're going to stock up, do it with confidence baits in colors that work for you. A different color, or brand is fine for the occasional one lure purchase to try something new, if it doesn't work for you then you're only out the cost of that one. 

Wait for sales, clearances or find deals online. I have multiple packs of my favorite soft plastics and at least one extra of my hard baits. If you want to experiment with color, get a bottle or two of SpikeIt or JJ's

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I feel that buying in bulk is risky business  (my den is living proof).

In the first place, clearance sales & overstock sales wave a red flag of unpopularity  (law of supply & demand).

In the second place, you may grow to dislike that lure or a superior version may hit the market.

In the long run, buying in bulk can cost you money.

 

Roger

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You don't need a lot of lures at one time, better off buying a few quality lures and learn to use those.

2 each of the hard baits, 1 to fish with and a second for back up.

Swimbaits I assume you mean the smaller 3 1/2" to 4 1/2" paddle tails on jig heads. 1 bag of baby bass color on 3/16 & 1/4 oz fish head jig, 2 each of each size jig.

Soft plastics buy in single bags of 10 each, be careful as they tend to multiply quickly. I suggest you start with a T-rig 3/16 oz bullet weight and 6" and 7 1/2" worms on 3/0 worm hook. Start slow, avoid any bulk deals and enjoy learning each lure and presentation.

Tom

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I don't think you need to go binge buy or impulse buy. I'm not much for buying some lot of baits because I for the most part only see maybe 10% of it that I'm interested in.

 

You could take an approach where prior to going out that week, you pick up a few different baits of a certain technique you want to work on and fish them hard and try to make something happen. The following week do the same thing again possibly a different technique or expanding the pattern that is working.

 

By the end of the season you'll have a heck of a lot more than what you started with. I believe the baits you acquire will be a lot more productive and be cheaper in the long run. 

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Been there done that.  Value is much higher grabbing a single bag of plastics to try and then get one more when you run out.  Volume is just more to store and carry around.  This may be a good idea if you want to up your fitness and go broke.

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