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40 minutes ago, Further North said:

Yeah...I started with a $35 fly rod, reel and line...about 5 years ago...you don't want to know the damage since then...

 

One comment: Don't base how much you like fly fishing on on well that rig works...it'd be like basing how much you like gear fishing on a $19.99 Snoopy rod and reel from Walmart...

Never even thought of that, I knew it was cheap but I’m pretty persistent though. I fished everyday for at least a month, with a crappy setup, before I shot anything. Thanks for the comment!

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Auctions, and garage sales.  I also bought a lure retriever that paid for itself within a month.

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#1 key to consistently catching bass is between your ears not between the folds of your wallet.

 

Bass don't care whose name is on the lure!

 

Quite thinking ya need name brand lures!

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1 hour ago, Catt said:

#1 key to consistently catching bass is between your ears not between the folds of your wallet.

 

Bass don't care whose name is on the lure!

 

Quite thinking ya need name brand lures!

But it takes money to buy any lure.

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I sent you a PM Tyler.

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1 hour ago, TylerT123 said:

But it takes money to buy any lure.

Yeah they do but they totally useless if ya don't know where to throw em!

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Here's a few:

 

1st off, do not ever, ever look at the latest sale thread. That thing is the bait monkey incarnated, and deadly for your wallet. Steer clear.

 

2nd, buy a pole style lure retriever. Best $30 purchase I have ever made, except for Spoonplugging.

 

3rd, pour your own shaky heads/ned rig heads etc. if you use a lot of them. I can pour a mushroom head for 70¢ with a premium owner hook, or 6¢ with a decent lil' nasty.

 

4th Don't try high end gear. If you don't know what you're missing, you won't want it.  And once you've bought your first higher end combo, there is no going back as suddenly your more budget friendly combos don't feel so nice anymore.  But what fun is that?

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1 hour ago, IndianaFinesse said:

Here's a few:

 

1st off, do not ever, ever look at the latest sale thread. That thing is the bait monkey incarnated, and deadly for your wallet. Steer clear.

 

2nd, buy a pole style lure retriever. Best $30 purchase I have ever made, except for Spoonplugging.

 

3rd, pour your own shaky heads/ned rig heads etc. if you use a lot of them. I can pour a mushroom head for 70¢ with a premium owner hook, or 6¢ with a decent lil' nasty.

 

4th Don't try high end gear. If you don't know what you're missing, you won't want it.  And once you've bought your first higher end combo, there is no going back as suddenly your more budget friendly combos don't feel so nice anymore.  But what fun is that?

How much was start up cost for pouring your own heads?

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tltr: my immediate thought is you are a bank angler.

if so buy a kayak. it will pay for itself in 2 season.  if that is not an option switch to braid as main line.  do not use a leader and you should be able to bend the majority of hooks out and get ur lures back. an adjustment is need when battling bass. when fighting 3+lb bass you can easily bend out the hooks and lose them.  adjust the drag and finesse them to shore.

 

forget treble baits.  focus on lures you can rig weedless:  texas rig, weightless senko, drop shot, C rig. spinner/chatterbaits with upward facing hooks. weedless swimbaits.  frogs and buzzbaits

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On 2/16/2018 at 8:34 PM, TylerT123 said:

How much was start up cost for pouring your own heads?

About $65 for 1 mold, a few packs of hooks, a pot for melting lead in, a ladle, and shipping. I melt lead on my stove, but most guys use an electric pot, which costs a good bit more.

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On 2/16/2018 at 9:09 PM, ClackerBuzz said:

tltr: my immediate thought is you are a bank angler.

if so buy a kayak. it will pay for itself in 2 season.  if that is not an option switch to braid as main line.  do not use a leader and you should be able to bend the majority of hooks out and get ur lures back. an adjustment is need when battling bass. when fighting 3+lb bass you can easily bend out the hooks and lose them.  adjust the drag and finesse them to shore.

 

forget treble baits.  focus on lures you can rig weedless:  texas rig, weightless senko, drop shot, C rig. spinner/chatterbaits with upward facing hooks. weedless swimbaits.  frogs and buzzbaits

I’m not an exclusive bank angler, if I’m looking for ways to save on tackle, I won’t be buying a kayak anytime soon.

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I would find out what 3-4 lures produce fairly consistently on what ever body of what you fish then work on mastering those baits. Doing this will keep you from buying stuff you wont really use. A lot of baits out there are meant to catch fisherman more than fish.

 

I did this and now I carry tubes, grubs, swim baits, jerk baits, and a couple top water baits with me. I also have it narrowed down to 3-4 colors of each.

 

You don't need one of everything from Bass Pro to catch a lot of bass you just need to find out what works in your area and what you enjoy fishing.

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If I could go back and do it all over again, I wouldn’t have bought half the stuff I did. I bought colors that I will never use and stuff that just looked cool (yes, the whole “catching the fishermen instead of the fish” got me a couple times). 

 

I am a student on a budget so I have a small amount I can spend each month. The best thing that ever happened to me was a sale the day after Christmas at academy. I ended up spending about $100-$150 all from the clearance rack that would usually be about $400! 

 

The best thing is to watch for sales. I get the sale paper for most stores either by mail or email so I can see what’s on sale and what I can get a good deal on. One goal I made was to keep it simple this year. I know what I can catch fish on and what works for me. I am also looking to buy lure lots off of eBay too because those seem to be good deals. Biggest thing is keeping your eyes open for good deals. 

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@TylerT123 I  made an excel sheet for the basics stick to Green Pumpkin, White, Black and Watermelon for soft plastics and Chartreuse/firetiger , Shad(forage like bass and bluegill if you prefer), and Red Craw for most hard plastics. You really only need two colors something white/clear and natural looking and something crazy like pink, chartreuse, firetiger etc for dark water or cloudy days. Hope the sheet helps. 

Fishing Inventory .xlsx

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7 hours ago, Will1248 said:

@TylerT123 I  made an excel sheet for the basics stick to Green Pumpkin, White, Black and Watermelon for soft plastics and Chartreuse/firetiger , Shad(forage like bass and bluegill if you prefer), and Red Craw for most hard plastics. You really only need two colors something white/clear and natural looking and something crazy like pink, chartreuse, firetiger etc for dark water or cloudy days. Hope the sheet helps. 

Fishing Inventory .xlsx

Wow! That’s really helpful, thank you!

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@TylerT123 The top few rows are pretty much all the basics. The gray increases by how often I use the lures with dark gray being the most common. The bottom rows are things that I need to either replace or acquire. Since you are starting off dont over invest, try to pick up things for $5 or under. When in doubt get Green Pumpkin or Black for worms. And a simple white Shad color with a single dot on each side for every hard plastic in all depths. Those dots are important I even carry Sharpies with me in case they chip or come off. Shad have evolved those since bass target the eyes of the fish... so they hit the belly instead of their head. I for one, was just attracted to certain things and wasted a lot of money on things that now as a seasoned angler, I dont even entertain, so I give it to little kids or friends I fish with if they want it. 

Only thing I would actually buy full price is a Zoom Salty Super Fluke in white pearl, and Baby Bass Storm Chug Bug.  Everything else get whatever brand you like but those specifically in those colors produce more for me. If you look at wally world then Norman is usually on sale and two colors you NEED to have Rootbeer and Mountain Dew, but only for the Deep Little N. Those two colors cover everything besides a crawdad color and they are an instant confidence bait, fish the first in clear water and/or sunny weather and the later in murky water and cloudy weather. 

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41 minutes ago, Will1248 said:

@TylerT123 The top few rows are pretty much all the basics. The gray increases by how often I use the lures with dark gray being the most common. The bottom rows are things that I need to either replace or acquire. Since you are starting off dont over invest, try to pick up things for $5 or under. When in doubt get Green Pumpkin or Black for worms. And a simple white Shad color with a single dot on each side for every hard plastic in all depths. Those dots are important I even carry Sharpies with me in case they chip or come off. Shad have evolved those since bass target the eyes of the fish... so they hit the belly instead of their head. I for one, was just attracted to certain things and wasted a lot of money on things that now as a seasoned angler, I dont even entertain, so I give it to little kids or friends I fish with if they want it. 

Only thing I would actually buy full price is a Zoom Salty Super Fluke in white pearl, and Baby Bass Storm Chug Bug.  Everything else get whatever brand you like but those specifically in those colors produce more for me. If you look at wally world then Norman is usually on sale and two colors you NEED to have Rootbeer and Mountain Dew, but only for the Deep Little N. Those two colors cover everything besides a crawdad color and they are an instant confidence bait, fish the first in clear water and/or sunny weather and the later in murky water and cloudy weather. 

Super flukes have been on my list to pick up.

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The monthly subscriptions are a nice way to discover new baits, not so much to save money. To save money buy only what you "need", not what you "want". In the  past i have been an impulse tackle buyer. Over the last few years I have curbed that back.

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Just now, RB 77 said:

The monthly subscriptions are a nice way to discover new baits, not so much to save money. To save money buy only what you "need", not what you "want". In the  past i have been an impulse tackle buyer. Over the last few years I have curbed that back.

 

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Think back on previous seasons and make note of what actually worked and what you spent the most time using. I own several gallons in soft plastics and either didn’t touch or used once 90% of them. Stick with what you know works and don’t get suckered by the latest and greatest.

 

I also found color is highly overrated and probably the greatest marketing scheme the lure companies have come up with. 

 

If you are looking at higher end gear from Daiwa/Shimano I highly recommend buying secondhand previous gen models. Lots of people feel the need to replace their gear each time companies come out with something new. Their loss your gain.

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I am always on the hunt for sales.  Every spring Dicks will have a great sale on a variety of lures and I mean really knocking down the prices.  Gander used to also, but they are gone.  Cabelas will also have great sales. Sign up for all the tackle companies emails and keep informed.  Yes, even BPS will offer sales and often offer free shipping with either no minimum purchase, or free shipping with  at least $50 in purchases.  I get email notices from six various companies. I do not like full prices purchases. Walmart may not have a big store selection, but their on line shopping site can offer some incredible items and prices.

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I'm with most of these guys. MTB is not the best way to go.Look for sales, or online discounts. And remember, a huge array of baits is not always needed. Some of the best fisherman use just a few "types" of baits but learn to use them well

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Don't get sucked in by the bait monkey!  A local pro kills it using nothing but Zoom Trick worms most of the time.  You don't need the expensive stuff from Japan, the relatively lower priced stuff here (Zoom, Yum) works fine.  Look for sales online, especially when they have sitewide sales on holidays where the discount sometimes will also apply to already on-sale/clearance items, and if shopping Cabela's or another large online retailer, take advantage of gift card sale sites for another 10-20% off.

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I have saved a ton checking the “latest sale thread” almost every day. 

 

And thats part part of the problem too.  The bait monkey uses the website to control me   causing me to spend more than I need. Erasing all savings.

 

and if you are reading this and think it’s crazy I check every day, you are in denial....I know you all check it daily too. 

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11 hours ago, OperationEagle said:

I have saved a ton checking the “latest sale thread” almost every day. 

 

Ex-wife graduated from same school of logic.  "Honey, I saved us $40 by getting this purse I don't need while it was on sale."

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