Fishing Gear From 4 Less Obvious Sources

We all try to make our last dollars go further when it comes to buying fishing gear and some canny folk do it better than others. This could be why this saying is still relevant:

Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day.

Teach a man to fish and he’ll never have money for anything else.

Second hand fishing items - Gone Fishing

A second hand “Gone Fishing” sign

So, here are some less obvious places to help you stretch your dollar so you can get more fishing gear for less money.

1. eBay – a rich source of fishing gear

The online world has changed how we do so many things, especially shopping. eBay was at the forefront of that change, offering an eclectic mix of items for sale around the world.

It’s become very established now and is a great source of product. There is a little bit of a learning curve, but it doesn’t take long to become comfortable with the platform. So, it’s not surprising there is a mountain of fishing gear on the eBay platform, like new and used lures hooks. There are even vintage items such as old wooden tackle boxes complete with lures and other collectibles.

Tips for EBay shopping:

  • Narrow down your results by using keywords in search box.
  • You can also shop by fish species (bass or trout) or by fresh/saltwater.
  • eBay offers some items at a set price. Others accept ‘bids’ which means you’ll have to wait until all the bids close to find out if you are the recipient. Either way, the choice to bid or buy is up to you.

The Final Word on eBay:

For the collector, there are phenomenal vintage and collector’s items that are generally better suited for the man cave than actual use.

With eBay, you are shopping from private or business sellers (not from eBay) globally. This means, like any shopping, you need to do your due diligence before buying. Check out things like how many sales a seller has and what is their rating?

Make sure to check the sellers on eBay are selling their own stuff. Some sellers copy listings from Amazon, charge a high price and when you place an order, they buy that item from Amazon and send it to you. You may end up with fishing gear that is not guaranteed because you haven’t bought the product from the original owner. So be sure to compare and verify between eBay and Amazon.

2. Etsy for hand crafted fishing gear

Etsy is an online community where crafters, artists and makers sell their wares including various fishing items. Fair to say this platform has grown enormously too. It’s a great outlet for all those creative types out there.

There are fishing gifts and novelties, tackle, reels and rods, personalized fishing lures and much more. Anything that can be hand crafted usually ends up on Etsy.

Pick up a handy set of beer cap lures (makes a great groomsman gift). Or USA-made and hand-tied Copper John Nymph flies. Or flyfishing cases made from exotic wood and quality weather.

Tips for shopping on Etsy:

Use the search function on the page to find common items that you are looking for. Or you can type in ‘fishing gear’ to see the variety of hand crafted goods for all anglers.

The Final Word on Etsy:

looking on etsy to find hand crafted fishing equipment

Etsy for hand made fishing items

The online world has changed how we do so many things, especially shopping. eBay and Etsy were at the forefront of that change, offering an eclectic mix of items for sale around the world.

3. Facebook Groups and Message Boards

Ever bought that brand new gotta-have-it item, tried it out at your local fishing spot and found it didn’t work?

There are hundreds of disappointed anglers with buyer’s remorse. or with fishing gear that’s been catching nothing but dust. Just because an item wasn’t what one angler wanted, doesn’t mean it won’t be magic for you. After all it’s different strokes for different folks. It’s this sort of seller who looks to Facebook or message boards or forums to offload their wanted items.

Tips for buying fishing equipment on Facebook groups and message boards:

  • When buying second hand gear it’s always good to meet the seller face-to-face and get a good look at the sale item. You want to be sure that you are buying something worthwhile, that it is as described, and in good condition.
  • Don’t be afraid to negotiate (within reason).
  • Ask questions, including why they no longer want the item and trust your gut instinct. There’s no use spending money if you aren’t going to use it.

The Final Word on Facebook groups and message boards:

Shopping second hand is a waiting game and you may not find the exact equipment you want when you need it. Keep your eyes open for a good deal and nab it when it pops up for sale. For more info, check our post about our pick of Facebook fishing groups.

4. Second-hand shops

This includes consignment, pawn, and thrift stores. Think of it as a physcial version of a Facebook group or online message boards.

A thrift store, such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army, takes ownership as soon as an item is donated. Many items donated to thrift stores are old or broken. But you can also find brand new fishing gear especially after Christmas!

Their loss is your gain.

Tips for buying fishing gear second-hand shops:

Check the return policy before you hand over cash. The store should have a refund policy but you’ll probably only be given a few days (3-5) for returns. You’ll want to remember that if it’s going to be a while till your next fishing trip.

The Final Word on second-hand shops:

In true Forrest Gump style, you “just never know what you are gonna get” at a second-hand store. But stay optimistic and dig around because if there is a deal to be had, this is where you are going to find it.

Patience is the angler’s greatest trait, in the water and out. The same virtue holds true in finding truly remarkable fishing gear. Take your time, hope for a bit of luck, and you’ll catch the big one.

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