Now to get to the $300 in savings in our last example, you’d have to use 2,000 soft plastics a year—I get that’s a bit of a stretch. But that’s at a savings of $0.15 per bait. When in reality, if you have to buy that same 6-pack of D Bombs at a local tackle store, you may pay 7 or 8 bucks instead of $4.69. I’m not knocking every local tackle shop; I really enjoy going to them and am glad they’re there when I need something in a hurry. But it’s no secret that some of the local shops drastically inflate prices because they have a monopoly on the local fishery. In those cases, you may be paying nearly twice as much for baits you could have bought in bulk from an online retailer.
Likewise with your favorite hard baits, it’s best to go ahead and stock up on what you like to use the most or the baits you believe will work best on the fishery you’re going to. If you wait until you get to the lake, the same market principle of supply and demand will likely lead to you paying a lot more per bait than you would have had to with a little planning.
This same principal can be applied as well to skirted baits like spinnerbaits, vibrating jigs, buzzbaits and other jigs. I, like I’m sure many of you, have a handful of baits in which I have a lot of confidence. Keeping a good stock of these 6 or 7 baits helps ensure that I won’t be paying 4 or 5 more bucks per bait because I’m in a jam.