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There’s a lot of good tackle out there, and for sure, there are also some extremely high-end options. Yet, at some point in your life you probably need to figure out whether you’re truly a discerning fisherman and not just some social media billionaire.

I know, it can be hard to figure. It’s not like the old rules for buying an engagement ring: that your bass rod should cost no more than a two months salary, or that a restaurant tip should run at least 20 percent of a meal purchase.

However there are clues. For example, if your UPS driver knows you by your first name, and he doesn’t even fish. Another might be that the security branch calls you every week to verify unusual credit card activity–and you can’t figure out why. Then there’s that scary one: that your spouse is having regular email correspondence with

But on my way to the lake the other morning, I witnessed a vehicle wrap that says it all. Not only does it give new meaning to “bank fishing,” frankly, it tells me you’re spending too much.




2 Responses to “How you know your bass rod costs too much”

by Dave Schreck

When I buy a rod, I look for quality handles, guides and actions. As far as price Ive come down to earth and Im not spending over $200 anymore. There are a alot of companies offering rods around $130-$160 that rival some of the higher ticketed weapons. Powell Max Rods for example are my personal favorite at around $160. Dobyns, E21 or St Croix be excellent choices for saving some cash.

Years ago, I used to buy the high end rods, but anymore. Since I’m only fishing club, I never spend more than $170 for a rod. I recently purchased a Dobyns frog rod for $169. Before that, I bought a Rick Clunn Wright McGill deep cranking rod for $90. I’m also cutting back on the prices of my reels. Used to buy nothing but Daiwa, but I’ve moved to Lew’s because of the price. If I were fishing big money tournaments on a regular basis, I would buy high end tackle.