Bass fishing in Canada

How to buy cheap fishing gear

 

 

Since I’ve started fishing in Canada I’ve discovered that gear can be expensive. While I don’t mind spending my money on quality products, I don’t want to overpay. Sometimes I felt like I was doing just that when I was buying my gear so I decide to do a little research to see if I could save some money. What I found was that you could buy cheap fishing gear without sacrificing quality. If you love fishing but hate spending a lot of money on your gear, you will want to keep reading this post. Here’s how to buy cheap fishing gear that will still last for seasons.

 

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Compare prices

Before you start spending your money compare prices at the different sporting goods stores around town. While stores are often pretty close in price, there are times when there can be a significant difference. Some store managers will even meet or beat their competitor’s lower price if you aren’t afraid to ask. This is especially true on items that are priced above $50.

 

 

Red tags

Every savvy shopper knows what a red tag means. When you see that bright red color you know that it is one sale. Sporting goods stores and tackle shops often use these tags to denote their clearance items, and trust me it is always worth it to stop and take a look. Even if it is just lures, leaders and hooks on sale it is always advisable to pick up a few extras. Not only will you use them eventually, who knows if they’ll still be on sale when you finally need them.

 

 

Shop online

While you can’t try the gear out when you buy it online, you can find some really great deals. I’ve saved a ton of money just buying what I need from the online retailers. In most cases they also cover shipping and handling fees so I don’t have to worry about that raising the price. I do want to mention that you should be careful when you buy your fishing gear online. You will want to make sure that you are buying from a reputable dealer or the actual manufacturer so you don’t end up with a cheap knockoff. There really will be a difference in quality that you’ll be able to feel on the first cast.

 

 

Be patient

Sometimes all you have to do is wait a little bit until the gear goes on sale to get a great deal. I have learned that during the spring the prices on almost everything are significantly lower. I’ve even found the latest rod and reel models on sale in the spring. It really will be worth it if you can wait until then to start purchasing your gear. If you can’t wait, it is still the best time to stock up on your gear.

 

Online Stores we recommend: tackledirect.com & basspro.com

Bass fishing in Canada

My recommendations for bass fishing gear

 

Bass fishing tackle generally comprises just a few items and they include a fishing rod and reel, a variety of lures, and some fishing line. That being said, the variety of options differs across brands and manufacturers. Your choice of bass fishing tackle determines your success in landing trophy catches.

 

Rod and reel

 

You can opt for spincasting, spinning or baitcasting rods and reels. Bass fishing rods can be made of either graphite or fiberglass, with the material woven into cloth-like sheets. Finer woven material means a faster action rod, with the modulus indicative of the weave. Graphite rods come with 33- to 60-million modulus while fiberglass rods come with 6 to 13 million modulus. A stiff, fast and light rod, which also boasts greater sensitivity, comes with a high modulus, which unfortunately also means a more brittle pole.

 

Rod blanks also differ, with premium quality ones having a specific action and a lightweight design. For rods to provide the right action, manufacturers invest many hours on their products. The rod handle can be constructed using foam, cork or wood. You will want the handle to offer a comfortable, ergonomic fit in your hand while being firm enough to ensure the right level of sensitivity.

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Make sure the reel seat is made of sturdy composite material and fits all popular brands of reels securely. Check out modern design reel seats with cutouts that offer better sensitivity because you can actually feel the rod blank in your hand. In addition, make sure the ceramic line guides are of top quality, with a low profile and lightweight design.

 

A good spinning reel should be able to withstand regular exposure to the harsh environment of brackish or saltwater. The line capacity you want is determined by the targeted species, with muskie and large and aggressive offshore species including sailfish and tarpon being subdued through sufficient line capacity that supports long runs as well as an efficient drag system to handle the heat. Poor quality reels give a lousy performance with vibration and noise. Look for models with quality bearings even though those components are only few. A smoother retrieve is guaranteed by good quality bearings and when comparing products on these terms, even 10 poor quality bearings are no match for only 4 or 6 high quality ones that offer superior salt corrosion resistance. You want a lightweight reel to support long days of casting. All-metal reels are popular because of their durability. However, there are also graphite or copolymer reels and hybrids of copolymer and graphite. Quality machining is vital to ensure tighter tolerances. This in turn ensures secure, wobble-free attachment and smooth cranking.

 

Tackle box

 

To ensure a fantastic outing, you will want to have an assortment of bass lures on hand. Spinnerbaits and buzzbaits are best used with sensitive, lightweight 6.5 to 7-foot rods having a medium/soft tip and medium action. For continuous casting of topwater lures, crankbaits and spinnerbaits, a sensitive and lightweight 6- to 7-foot medium-action or light action fiberglass rod is ideal. For casting jigs and worms, check out lightweight and highly sensitive graphite rods 6.5 to 7.5 feet long and with medium light tip and medium action. For pitching and flipping, you want a 7.5-foot lightweight rod with a medium fast tip and stiff backbone.