Fishing Tips

5 Places to Buy Fishing and Boating Gear Online: Supporting Small Business

When it come to fishing gear, big box stores like BassPro and Walmart are hard to beat. They are convenient, yes. I myself try my best to support small business as much as possible. When out, I stop and visit local mom and pop shops like Wormies (the local pay lake/bait shop here but doesn’t sell online).

An upside of buying from smaller places, especially fishing stores, is that they usually have their own small batch brands. You can find some good hand-made lures!

This country is built on small business and though their prices may not be as good as big box stores, your helping the little guy. So today, I’m going to go over a few small online fishing shop you should check out before visiting the larger guys. Support small business!

JustForFishing.com

First up is probably my favorite online fishing store. The site is well made and easy on the eyes. It is easy to search for your favorite gear and set up in a way that is easy to browse looking for something to catch your eye.

JustForFishing.com carries a wide range of brand names. If it is made you will probably find it here. They have  everything broke down into easy to choose sections.

  • Saltwater Fishig
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Cast Nets (yes a whole sections on cast netting!)
  • Appeal
  • And even a “Bargain Cave”

Based out of Tampa Florida, you can be sure shipping is fast. They are good group to deal with and are very nice people.

They also have their own products listed below:

If you are looking for new gear or your favorite lure, I suggest checking them out before heading out to Walmart. It might surprise you how a small business can hang.

MarineWaze

Another of my favorite online stores to shop online is Marinewaze. More geared towards boating equipment, Marinewaze also carries many other things. Making it a good place to check out for any outdoor needs.

Her is what you will find at Marinewaze

  • Marine/Boat parts and electronics
  • Hunting Gear
  • Fishing equipment
  • Camping gear
  • Outdoor stuff like backpacks, coolers, etc
  • Water sport equipment like paddle boards, towables, trampolines, water skis, knee boards, water boards and inflatable kayaks.

Being that this Marinewaze is growing small business, that can hang better than the big box stores in price. I always check them out if I can’t find what I’m looking for before hitting a big corporate store.

Marine Supplies Store

1 800-201-1221
45 Bay 28TH street
Brooklyn, New York 11214

Fishing Frugal Lures

Nick from Fishng Frugal Lures offers custom made lures and jigs. Sure they may be a little more pricey than big box stores, but you can be sure they are hand made and can be customized the way you want.

He offers:

  • Crank Baits
  • Buzz Baits
  • Soft Plastics
  • Jigs

If your looking for custom made baits, check Nick out.

Speedy Worm

One thing the bog box stores can’t do nearly as good as smaller shops, is to sell good live bait. Have you ever bought live bait from Walmart? Dried up and junk!

Ever think of buying live bait online? Small companies like Speedy Worm does just that, and they do a good job at that. Sure, the website may be small, but they will give any other bait shop a run for their money.

When it comes to prices and shipping, they are hard to beat.

They offer in Bulk:

  • Wax Worms
  • Canadian Nightcrawler
  • Leeches
  • Meal Worms
  • European Nightcrawlers
  • Spikes
  • Butter Worms
  • Composting Worms
  • Crickets

If you are looking to buy live bait in bulk, check them out before buying from a bog box store.

PTL Craft Lures

If you are looking for Trout specific lures, PTL Craft is a good place to start looking. All of their lures are handmade and PTL is all about Trout. They love to fish them, and that’s all they do.

All lures are made from beginning to end by Guilaume and Christelle in their home. Based out of South of France so shipping times may be a little longer but it is worth the wait.

Just note that they are redoing their website and it will be up again soon.

Slater’s Jigs

If you’re a jig person, you know there are tons of options out there. Most are junk! Slater’s Jigs offers some handmade jigs that will make you want to bite at them!

From plastics to hair, these jigs will put the bite on. You will not find anything like them at a bog box store.

The Bottom Line

The point of this article is to open your eyes to choices other than big box stores. There are tons of small businesses out there that you could be supporting. You will find some real gems!

Why buy from a corporation when you have hard working people that are making/selling what they love? Buying from local mom and pop fishing stores and supporting the little guy on the net is a way to contribute to our hobby of choice.

Review: Ohero Enviro Livewell Fishing Air Pump

Using live shad is my go to bait to catfishing. Over the past year and a half, we have been throwing a net almost weekly down at camp. Towards the end of last year, I made a homemade livewell (I really gotta get those instructions up soon).

This Issue

The one thing about portable livewells is that you will go through multiple batteries over a weekend. On the air pump I got from Walmart, I’m getting about 8-10 hours before needing to change the 2-D batteries. I’m spending $6-$8 or so per weekend keeping the livewell going.

I ran across a small pump that claimed to get up to 50 hours per set of batteries. Even better, I found it on sale for less than $15. It’s called the Ohero Enviro Fish Pump. Today, we are going to review this pump, test it in my livewell and compare it to the one I have been using. The test will include air output and battery longevity.

The Ohero Enviro Livewell Air Pump

I purchased the Ohero Enviro air pump from justforfishing.com (can find it here).

The claim

Running off of 2-AA batteries, the manufacture claims that you can get up to 50 hours per set of batteries. They also claim quiet and efficient. They do not mention on output flow so you know how large of a livewell this will work on.

The pump itself

As you can see in the photo above, the pump opens up and doubles as a carry case. Once open, it has a place to wrap the hose and keep the air stone. In the middle to the right is where the batteries go. Above that, you have the motor itself. You notice that is a small motor .

How it works

The Enviro Fish Pump is a water resistant self contained pump. Here is how it works:

When you unpack your pump, unpack and remove it from the outer plastic sleeve. Open the pump (photoed above) and remove the hose and air -stone. Insert your batteries and close the pump up. Next, place the pump back into the plastic sleeve and close up. This will make it more water resistant. Once that is done, connect the air-stone to the hose and the hose to the pump. Your all set, you can then clip the air pump to your bucket or livewell and turn on.

Once you are done with the pump, simply do everything in reverse. Remove the air stone and hose, remove the plastic cover, open the pump and place the parts in their respected sections and close up. You may also want to remove the batteries if you will be storing it. You now have it neatly packed up and ready for storage until your next fishing trip.

Size

The size of the pump is small. In the photo above, you see the size compared to the one I got from Walmart. It is much smaller since it is ran off of 2-AA batteries compared to 2-C batteries on the larger one.

The size makes it good for keeping in your tackle box to be used in a 5 gallon bucket while out.

Testing/Comparison Two Pumps

Noise Comparison/Air Output Video

Noise

As you see in the video, the noise compared to the other is much quieter. About half the loudness as the other. This makes since because your dealing with a smaller motor and less battery power.

Airflow

The Enviro air pump put out less airflow than the other but, I think it is what I need. The more powerful pump is made for larger livewell. It pumps at the same rate or more than a 20 gallon fish tank would take. The Enviro pump should fit my homemade livewell and a 5 gallon bucket just fine.

One issue I was running into with the larger livewell pump was it would turn creek water I had in my livewell very fast. I would need to swap out the water every hour or so. With the Enviro fish pump, it is lasting much longer. It’s not overkill like the larger.

How long it last on a set of batteries

I did a test on to see how long 2-AA batteries lasted in the Enviro. I got about 40 hours out the new batteries. This is over twice as long as the larger using C batteries. It is not the 50 hours as claimed but I will update this review after I run a few sets through it. Time will depend on many things like battery age.

The Bottom line

So here is the bottom line, it depends on what you need. The Enviro fish pump for a livewell is a solid choice for someone that uses a small livewell or bucket to keep live bait. It is not a good choice if you have a large (on-board) boat livewell.

It uses 2-AA batteries, it lasts longer than my other larger pump, the airflow fits what I need and not overkill and it is quiet. You can’t ask for much more if you have a small set-up.