Buy in Bulk
Some of the more frequently replaced pieces of bass fishing gear are hooks and fishing line. Instead of buying small spools of monofilament line at higher costs, consider buying a full spool of 3,000 yards and threading your reels from the larger source. The end costs tend to be less per foot versus buying in the smaller spool sizes. Hooks and lures are often found in bulk bins at traditional brick and mortar fishing stores and through online fishing retailers. Buying a bulk quantity of the hook sizes you use most often saves a few dollars in the long run.
Dig Your Own
Bass fishing is done with lures, tackle or good old-fashioned bait. To save money on tackle costs, buy a cheap garden trowel, go to the lake where you plan to fish and dig around the moist soil of the lake's edge to get your own supply of worms. Not only do you save costs on buying bait and worms, you may feel a bit closer to your catch, as you put in the extra labor to bring up the worms for the bass. Bass strike on worms regularly, and you get solid bait for next to no cost.
Partners and Clubs
Find a reliable fishing buddy to reduce fuel costs going to and from the lakes or rivers. Split the gas, bait and tackle costs for a twofold benefit: You save money and enjoy some fishing conversation and camaraderie.
Joining a local fishing club lets you carpool with others or go on organized group outings where there are many fishing partners to share the fun and expense. Check whether the local fishing club's outings provide transportation or organize car pools. If you live where there is limited access to public lakes, joining a fishing club with a private lake saves money in commuting time and gas.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.