With the vast amount of freshwater fishing locations across the United States, you’ll need a place to purchase live bait and other equipment when you visit a bait shop. You’ll also find that the Internet offers a great many resources when it comes to shopping for bait shops, tackle, and other fishing supplies. The web will give you a very quick look up at a few in your area, or you can check an online bait shop directory for a large national listing of such shops. Here are some ideas of what you can expect when you go to one of these shops:
– Personal attention from the staff
Bass fishing tackle shops usually have employees that will help you with your selection of lures and other materials you may need. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have and perhaps give you a little history about the shop, its location, or other details about the items you’re looking at. If possible, try to talk to a couple of employees to get a better sense of their personality. The more helpful they are, the more helpful you should feel.
– Quotes from locals
When you visit a few bait shops near you, ask for quotes from people you know who have been there before. These can come in the form of a quote from a local expert, an off-line quote from someone you can contact on the internet, or a full-fledged description of what they might do for you. Try to use words like “bait shop,” or “salesperson” when describing the person you’re talking to. Use similar words when describing others in your local area who may be able to help you (e.g., “a guy who probably sells fishing baits,” versus “a guy who probably gives quotes”). Try not to use very specific descriptions (e.g., “a guy in my neighborhood,” versus “a guy in my fishing hole”). This will save you time when you are actually seeking a quote.
– Books on Natural Baits
There are many books available about how to use natural bait (i.e., worms, insects, shrubs, plants, etc.) to attract fish. Try searching bait shops near you for books about worm and insect fishing, and about natural bait, as well as general books on how to fish. You’ll be amazed at some of the options that are available to you.
– A fishing bait shop near you that carries all kinds of oddities
Sometimes you just can’t find what you need. In this case, you can look at various internet bait stores, some of which will have a wide selection of products. The good thing about internet bait shops is that you can look up things about a certain product or type of product, and see if it’s actually available. You can also do this when you go to a live bait store, because many of them will have it available for you to try out. The only difference between an online bait shop and a live bait store is the amount of inventory they have – but even then, you should be able to find something.
– Books on Baiting Techniques
Some people just don’t know the basics of angling (or just don’t know enough to use basic words like “step” and ” jerk “). This is why it’s important to purchase a good book about baiting techniques that are easy to understand. You can go to a local bookstore (if you live near one) or to a book store (if you want the convenience of shopping while you’re at work). What you should be looking for are beginner’s books (which means, just about any book that doesn’t have to be a “good” book), and intermediate books (which means, a book with information that you already know). If you find a book about jig fishing that is considered by some to be the “Bible” of jig fishing, you should definitely read it (but don’t pass it to your junior high school student who hasn’t even caught a fish yet!
– A Good Fishing Rope
Having a good fishing rope isn’t enough, of course. It’s also very important to be able to tie the knots (and correctly so), and to have the right style of knotting. There are a lot of books on this topic (and there are a lot of different books, if you’re interested in this topic, about this topic). I used a book about this topic when I had to replace a fly rod that I ruined due to a bad knot (no pun intended). I’m not saying that all book about knots and fishing aren’t good, or shouldn’t be bought…I’m just saying that I didn’t buy that book for a few months, because it covered such a large subject area that I didn’t need to learn everything that was available.
– 8 Hours Ago Nightcrawlers
This is a great book to read, if only to provide you with a few good ideas for what types of bait to use if you are going to go hunting for nightcrawlers. It’s not a huge book, just a nice short little one, but it covers many important details. If you can get past the bad language (there’s a lot of bad language in this book), it’s a great little book. If you’ve been looking for a good book to give as a gift for the Christmas or birthday gift of a friend who loves to hunt, then I’d recommend this book. If you’re planning on going on a overnight trip, and want to be able to take some supplies along (so you don’t waste them), you’ll definitely want to buy this book.