Fishing is an excellent way to relax and reconnect with nature. Whether you fish alone or with family, spending time in nature can help reduce stress and anxiety. Throughout the years this activity has become increasingly popular and has grown into a billion-dollar industry. According to a 2016 survey conducted by the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, anglers spent over 46 billion dollars on fishing-related expenses. Although fishing equipment can become expensive, especially for a brand-new angler, there are many ways to cut down costs.
Here are a few hacks to save money and make your fishing trip easier:
- Plastic Pill Organizer– Instead of purchasing an expensive tackle organizer, opt for a pill organizer instead! In addition to organizing your daily vitamins, this organizer is great for keeping your tackle neat and organized. The individual sections make it easy to find different hooks, lures, and sinkers.
- Safety Pins– Although fishing hooks aren’t very expensive, this is an expense you must continue to purchase. To save money on hooks, use safety pins instead. It may take a bit of finessing, but this works just as well as a standard fishing hook and will save you a lot of money over time.
- Bottle Top Lures– Fishing lures are great to use when you run out of living bait. If you don’t want to spend money buying expensive lures, you can make your own using supplies you probably already have at home. Because fish respond to the bright colors used for lures, you can use a bright colored bottle cap. This works just as well as a traditional lure, with practically no additional cost.
- Bait– When most people think of fishing bait the first thing that comes to mind is worms. Despite being one of the most popular fishing baits, there are many different options for bait that will have the fish biting! Some inexpensive alternatives include chewing gum, gummy candy, and mini marshmallows. Remember to use the hard bubble gum and chew it for a bit to soften the outer shell. Fish are attracted to bright colors and sweets, so you can get creative with your bait options!
With the use of these hacks, you can cut down some of the expenses that pile-up from purchasing fishing supplies. Use the money you save on fishing accessories to plan a vacation to the beautiful Ogoki-Albany river at Mattice Lake Outfitters. Mattice Lake Outfitters offers a wonderful fishing experience with a river filled with walleye, northern pike, and trout. Contact us to plan your summer fishing trip today!