These days we're all looking for ways to save money while still doing the things we love. The great news is - you do not have to sacrifice performance to save money! I worked with our pro staff to put together some of their top hacks to save money while bass fishing so they can keep on the water!
1) Use backer line on your reels
Premium fishing lines give outstanding performance and who wants to scrimp on performance? Make a spool of line go longer by using backing line. Fill the reel spool about half way with an inexpensive monofilament line. Join the backer line to your premium line with a solid knot and fill the rest of the spool with enough premium for your average casting distance x2. I like to use a different colored backing line so I can tell if my primary line is getting a little short and I should refill.
2) Flip your braid
Full spool of braided line that's starting to get worn? Flip it! Spool reel #2 with the braid from reel #1. This puts the well used portion of the braid on the bottom of the spool and you will use the portion that was sitting unused at the base of the spool.
3) Retie Baits
How many times have you lost a bass fishing bait because the line broke 6" above the bait? It only takes a second to retie every so often. This one may have a bigger impact than just on your tackle costs... it may save you losing a check cashing fish!
4) Replace Trebles or sharpen hooks
Buying a pack of treble hooks is a lot less than a new crankbait. Check your split rings also and replace them if needed.
5) Reuse and repurpose plastic baits
Fish a lot of stick baits Texas rigged? When the nose tears out, swap those over to wacky rigged stick baits or cut them down and use them for NED Rigs, Torn up creature baits can be used as a jig trailer. A little Mend-it or superglue can also put lots of other baits back in business.
6) Focus on Bait Colors and Bulk
Buy the baits that work regardless of where you fish. Green Pumpkin, Watermelon red, etc. Buying in bulk 25 packs like at FIVE Bass Tackle offers additional savings too!
7) Save gas
Take only the tackle you need for that fishing trip. Lots of us just leave everything in the boat, adding lots of extra pounds. Not only will help you fuel efficiency on the water, but your tow vehicle won't have to pull as much weight either.
8) Repair rods
Have a few rods with damaged guides or tips? Buy replacement tips and repair the rod yourself. Guides are a little more involved, but they can be replaced as well. Try taking your rod to a local shop who can do the repair. We have replacement guides here for OEM replacement parts.
Have your own hack? Send it to us and we may feature it on a future post!
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