Where do you buy most of your fishing tackle online? I've included a few of the major sellers in the attached poll. Please feel free to share why you buy there or to add another store that I didn't think of.
I recently placed an order from Fisherman's Factory Outlet on the WWW. This site is somehow related to Purefishing.com. Not really comfortable with using a credit card via WWW places I have never heard of, I contacted them and asked for a phone number for ordering. I was propmtly contacted by [email protected]. He told me to call him at 800-374-7158 ext 8080. Jon was helpful and very knowlegeable and confirmed my suspicion that I was about to purchase the wrong rods. I really appreciated him not just selling me. That is integrity my friends. I placed an order for some terminal tackle and received the shipment right away. He even threw in a freebie pack of Berkley Power Bait too. Many of the items on FFO are deeply discounted and shipping was reasonable.
I try to buy from local tackel shops as much as possible in order to support them. You can't get live mullet from Basspro, and bait shops can't make it selling only live bait. Although it costs more, I try to shop at local mom and pop bait shops to kee the local economy alive.
I totally agree Rye. The poll was about "online" tackle options. Maybe we can do a poll on the best local tackle shop in NC? Any suggestions for tackle shops to add to the poll. We could start with Neuse River Sports shop in Kinston...others?
I guess better stated, I don't buy tackle on line. As for other shops: EJW in Morehead has a great selection and good help available. Dave knows his stuff. I use "Lous" here in Havelock and a couple of different ones on the AB island.
I know many of you prefer to buy from locals and I do too. For those of us who do not reside near the coast, yet need saltwater tackle for trips to the big pond or local striper hole and don't want to waste valuable vacation hours shopping, online shopping can be advantageous. Alltackle.com is a very good online saltwater outlet. Check them out!
For tackle, I buy local either here in Fayetteville or at Wrightsville. We make alot of our own stuff, so we buy spools of leader, hooks, chin weights, wire, crimps... all that stuff locally.
For premade lures such as the Yozuri's or Mann's type lures, if we cant get it local (example- Yummee flyin fish by Carolina lure), we'll order them online thru Eangler.com or Tackledirect.com. Capt Harry's is another good place to order from online, they're located in Miami Fla. BassPro has a saltwater offshore section/catalog they put out as well and have been getting better on selection, I've made a few purchases thru them as well.
I like Capt Harry's and Tackle Direct when it comes to Lure's, I've gotten great deals on reels and rods thru eangler and tackledirect, Chaos, I buy from them direct online.
One I havent seen on here mentioned is Boatersworld.com. I used to order thru them, but had some problems with them and their order/shipping system. May have been a fluke, but I gave them 3 chances and decided to move on. I no longer use boatersworld unless they have a local shop, I dont use their Ritz website no more.
For Marine Electronics and boat system stuff I use Consumersmarine.com, AWSOME support!! Great Cust. Service, fast shippin and some of the best prices out there. They will ship you factory fresh gear... NO remanufact stuff, no rebuilt or returned stuff. NO questions asked return policy and super helpfull should you have questions. Even if they dont have the best deal, I'll still order thru them. I have for my last two boats and will again.
I maybe cutting my own throat on this one as I make a lot of lures for my store but have found that www.jannsnetcraft.com and www.barlowstackle.com to be really good sources for components in a pinch. both carry a good selection of fly tying items. Netcraft seems to ship faster though.
I have really made some great buys buying in bulk/wholesale lots on ebay. I picked up some great deals on weights,bobbers, flounder rigs, alot of other stuff too at great prices even when you add for shipping. Just bought 36 nice steel 18" flounder rigs with 1 oz egg sinkers beads and small blades for .48 cents each when you add shipping... Try that at a store! Brand was Hurricane and they even came on the little hanging clip . I've also bought GULP for 5.29 a pack delivered!
Nuts -- being the local guy, (by comparison) they kinda had a bit of extra draw. I've been looking for a place to buy stuff like swivels in packs of abt 30 or so -- seems like 4-to-a-pack is a pretty inefficient way to buy.
Lefty, I've found alot of that vkinda stuff in wholesale lots on Ebay. Go to category "sporting goods" then "fishing" then choose "saltwater" and put in search word "LOT" I come up with alot of stuff this way...
I guess I'll put my two cents in. I get most of my tackle from Bass pro. The Concord Mills location is about a 20 minute drive from my house. They have great selection and price generally good. You have to stay with what is good. There are some good local tackle shops, but they are a good drive for me. I hope to wet a line soon. Good fishing to all.
I guess I kinda like to mix things up a little. In the past few weeks, I have ordered from Bass Pro, West Marine, Boaters World, and NCAngler. I also visit Charlie's Bass Shack in Shelby way too often but then again, I have almost got my boat the way I want it now so hopefully the spending will slow down.
Oh, I almost forgot, Ebay too.