With new fishing equipment suppliers springing up on the internet on a regular basis, how do we separate the good from the bad? Let's face it, good quality fishing gear doesnt come cheap, so were always looking for the best deal. But choosing fishing equipment on the basis of price alone is seldom a good idea. At some stage in our fishing careers weve all bought that 'bargain' reel at an unbelievable cheap price that fell apart after a few casts.
Saltwater fishing gear in particular comes in for some pretty harsh treatment so, good quality, reliable fishing gear at the best possible price is what we really need.
And if we can find it at fishing tackle suppliers who have a proven record of good customer service when things don't quite meet with our expectations, then our money will be well spent.
Needless to say, I believe that the on-line tackle suppliers listed further down this page meet these quality, cost and service criteria.
Although you'll probably get a better tackle deal from on-line fishing equipment suppliers, they'll not have the local knowledge that you'll get from your local fishing gear store.
If you're fortunate to have one such fishing gear store nearby, you should use it. They'll be eager to tell you the best fishing marks, what fish are 'in', what bait is currently catching them and the most effective fishing rigs to use. This kind of information clearly has a value.
Furthermore, they'll be able to supply you with fresh live bait - which is not something you're going to get from an online fishing tackle supplier.
But if you're trying to find the perfect fishing gifts for your dad or son, then nothing beats an internet search.
~ On-Line Fishing Equipment Suppliers Located in the USA
BassPro are one of the most respected of all online fishing equipment suppliers in the USA. Don't make the mistake of thinking that they only cater for the bass fisherman - they carry a huge range of stock for every aspect of saltwater fishing, as you'll see if you click on this link to BassPro's website.
Another hard-to-beat on-line fishing equipment supplier is Cabela's, and their prices are often highly competitive. Not only do they stock saltwater fishing equipment from all the well-known manufacturers, they also have their own brand - and very good it is too.
Both Basspro and Cabela's carry a comprehensive range of saltwater fishing tackle and fishing boat equipment at competitive prices, and have enviable reputations to uphold. So when searching for a particular item it's worth checking one out against the other. What may well be the clincher is the seasonal discounts and sale offers that they run from time to time.
~ On-Line Fishing Equipment Suppliers Located in the UK
Fishtec are said to hold more stock than any other UK fishing gear store, for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. So if you can't find what you looking for here, you may have a problem finding it anywhere.
Incidentally, Fishtec have a VIP club which gets you 10% discount and Free P&P for 12 months. Interested? Then click here to join Fishtec's VIP Club.
Sea Fishing Supplies have one major trading advantage; they're based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Which means they are 'offshore' as far as they UK taxman is concerned, so their prices are all VAT free to UK customers! With VAT currently running at 20%, this is equivalent to a hefty discount.
Because of the current dollar/pound exchange rate, it's unlikely that UK anglers will find a better deal in the US, but US anglers should certainly checkout the prices of these UK fishing tackle suppliers. But don't forget shipping charges, as these may well swing it one way or the other. Remember it's the bottom line that counts.
And as with the US fishing equipment suppliers, don't forget the check-out their seasonal discounts and sale offers that come up from time to time.
When I'm looking to splash out on some new saltwater fishing gear, these are the fishing equipment suppliers that I use - and they haven't let me down yet - but I must disclose to you that I do receive a small commission on any custom you may put their way. C'mon, you don't resent the few beer tokens that may come my way after all the time I spend building this website do you?