Is It Worth Buying Wholesale Fishing Tackle?

Geoff Stadnyk in Baits & Lures on

We all like to save money where we can. After all, fishing can be a very expensive hobby. The price of consumables alone such as hooks, line and even bait can be quite high (which is why many people make homemade bait or even grow their own nightcrawlers). And if you are a lure fisherman, with a habit of snagging and losing lures, it gets more expensive still! So buying wholesale fishing tackle might not seem a bad idea. However, it’s a good idea for sundry tackle items, but maybe not such a good idea for larger purchases such as rods and reels. So let’s take a look at some items of wholesale fishing tackle that might be worth buying.

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Berkley Trilene: An Awesome Everyday Monofilament Line

Berkley BGQS30C-81 Trilene Big GameMono

whole-sale-fishing-tackle_01This is one of the best-known brands of line which lasts for quite a while. It has been used for years by just about every type of fisherman. It’s nothing special, it’s fairly cheap to buy, but it performs well. This is actually the reason why Berkley Trilene has been so successful. It sits at that perfect sweet spot between price and quality.

Because Berkley Trilene is so popular, there is an awful lot of it manufactured each year, which in turn, means it ends up on the wholesale fishing tackle market quite frequently.

Berkley Trilene Big Game 1/4 lb Spool

whole-sale-fishing-tackle_05Or you can save even more money by buying it on bulk spools of several thousand yards. Either way, you are still getting a good line, at a great price. This has got to be our number one choice of the top wholesale fishing tackle products out there. A dependable, cost-effective mono, suitable for all types of fishing (and even for hanging pictures).

Buying Tip: When you order Berkley Trilene from a wholesale fishing tackle seller, check to see if the spool itself, or the label have been discolored by sitting in direct sunlight for too long. If so, then it is very likely the strength of the line has been compromised as well.

Your Tackle is Only Ever as Good as your Hook!

This is an old fisherman’s saying, it means that “even if you spend thousands on a rod, reel, line and everything else that makes up your tackle, it will always be let down by a bad hook.”

So when we are looking at buying fishing hooks from a wholesaler, we need to be careful. We basically have two options here. We can go for cheap bulk, unbranded products, or we can go for well-known brands, at a wholesale price.

Buying Bulk Hooks

Eagle Claw Offset Fishing Hook

whole-sale-fishing-tackle_0450 hooks for less than $10. How can these be any good you ask? Well. Interestingly enough, many branded hooks are made on exactly the same production lines as unbranded hooks. Setting aside the pure hook manufacturers, other companies such as Shakespeare or Daiwa, buy their hooks from hook factories and then rebrand them. So you can potentially pick up bulk hooks, of the same manufacturing quality very cheaply.

Buying Tip: Although bulk hooks might be made in the same factories as some branded hooks, you can be sure that the quality control is not as good. So when you buy bulk hooks, check each one carefully to make sure the eye is completely closed, the barb is not damaged, and the tip is sharp.

Known Brands at Low Prices

Mustad O’Shaughnessy Stainless Steel Hook (50-Pack)

whole-sale-fishing-tackle_03Quite often, we can find well-known branded hooks for sale at reduced wholesale prices. Obviously not as cheap as bulk unbranded hooks, they can still save you money. Every fisherman knows hook brands such as Mustad. A company that only makes hooks in its own factories. These are real Mustad hooks, at about twice the price of bulk unbranded hooks. You just can’t go wrong with 50 Mustad hooks at less than $20!

Buying Tip: Make sure they are actually real and not fakes. A good way to do this, is to buy a pack of the same hooks at your local tackle dealer, and then compare the labels and packaging. If they are the same, or close enough, then they are likely originals. If not, you might have some fakes on your hands.

Lost Lures = Lost Cash

3Lures are both expensive, and one of the most often lost pieces of tackle. Just think about it, lures are designed to drag multiple hooks through the water, every cast, over and over again. It’s only a matter of time before they snag on something, as all lure fishermen know! So why spend money on expensive lures when you can buy them at wholesale prices? It simply does not make financial sense to do so at all.

The good news is, that for general lure fishing, there is really no reason to go and spend a small fortune on branded lures such as Rapala. Every time Rapala designs a new lure, some company, somewhere is going to copy it and sell it cheaper. Buying fishing lures wholesale can save a lot of money in a short time.

Wholesale 8pcs/Lot Deep Dive Minnow Fishing Lures



Just take a look at these! They work out to be just over a dollar each. When you lose one of these lures, it’s not going to break the bank. You could spend $10 or more on buying exactly the same fishing lure from a Rapala dealer, and you would likely not notice any difference at all in performance.


Fiblink Butterfly Like Fishing Lure

whole-sale-fishing-tackle_06Fly fishing lures can be even more expensive. But you can still pick up some bargain wholesale, such as . 48 Fly lures for less than $15. A real bargain. Even if they are of a lower quality than more expensive flies, and you end up throwing them away after a single session, it’s still likely to save money.

Buying Tip: If you are buying lures from wholesale fishing tackle suppliers, then be sure to check each lure before you use it. Check the swivels and hooks, and replace them if they are damaged, or not up to par in some other way. Even if you have to replace every swivel and hook on every lure, you have probably still saved money.

Geoff Stadnyk

Geoff started fishing as a child in the gorgeous lakes of Mammoth, while on family vacations. His fishing experience includes the use of fly rod and reel. Guided trips along the Madison and Gallatin rivers in Montana, the Frying Pan and Animus in Colorado, and the Deschutes river in Oregon have all paid off and helped make Geoff the angler and writer that he is today.

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