If you are an avid fisherman, the right gear can often be expensive to purchase. You can still have quality fishing equipment to catch the big one with and not have to spend a fortune. The best way to do this is by purchasing used fishing gear. Many times, people will have poles, reels and tackle boxes laying in their garage or a closet that are hardly ever used. These items are just as good as new ones but can be bought at a fraction of the price.
One of the best places to look for used fishing tackle is at garage sales. People clean out their house in the spring and will usually have a big sale. When you purchase something, make sure that you look the items over carefully for any major wear or cracks and that you test it out. Reels should turn smoothly and not be discolored or have a cracked case. The rod, depending on the type you are buying, should be bendable and in good shape. Tackle boxes are often one of the best finds you will have. A case that may cost thirty dollars at the store may only cost you five at a garage sale. Be sure to open it up, check the condition of the dividers and that there is no breakage on the exterior or interior.
Many times you can locate a tackle box that already has the tackle inside of it. This gives you an even better deal, as hooks, weights and jigs can add up to an expense all their own. This is another good reason to make sure that you open up the case to inspect it before you buy it.
Antique malls are another place to find a good buy on fishing gear. Many dealers will often specialize in certain kinds of equipment, and you can often find a good deal depending on what you are looking for. Fly rods can often be one of the most expensive types of fishing poles that you can buy. At an antique mall, you can often find a nice fly rod for half or less of its retail price. You want to make sure that the rod is in good shape and that it can be put together and broken down if the rod is collapsible.
Another good place to find used fishing tackle is on the Internet. Many people are now using online selling sites to get rid of old equipment and will often sell it at a very reasonable price. It is important in this case to check the person’s rating, carefully read the item description and to look at any photos that are available. This will help you to make a more informed decision about purchase. You can also do research online to find reviews on the kind of equipment you are looking for before you start shopping.
Thrift stores are another great source of used fishing tackle. People donate items to the store and they are resold at a very cheap price. If you are looking for something in particular, it is good to stop by one of these stores at least once a week to check out their stock. New donations come in all the time so there is a large turnover in what type of items to store will carry.
If you are willing to look at sales, bargains stores and other locations you can often find a great deal on used fishing tackle and save yourself a lot of money. You will also get just as good an experience fishing is equipment as the new models, but for a fraction of the price.