5 Places to Buy Fishing 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.

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.

Fishing at Work? Fishing Games!

I travel a lot for work and get bored very easily on a plane. There is never room to get my computer out to work without making the life of my neighbor miserable. I find myself on my phone playing games most of time in the air.

When I have a slow day at home, I find myself fishing while working lol. That is on on the computer of course! You can find many online fishing games by doing a quick search. Today, I ‘m going to share my favorite fishing games that eat up my time.

Let’s Fish

Let’s Fish offers 40 locations and over 400 species of fish to catch right from your phone. You can set up and customize all your gear and lures and keep them for future games. Though the app is free, it does have in app purchases which I do not use. It can be found in the app store and Google Play.

Gone Fishing

Gone fishing is another fishing game I play at times. It is a little more cartoon like but has some great features. This game has tasks you need to complete within the game which makes it more challenging overall. It also connects to Facebook so you can battle against some fishing buddies.

Fishing Paradise 3D

Fishing Paradise 3D has went through some updates recently and they have upped their game. You can get into the thickets pull yourself out some monsters. As of writing this article, there has been over 20 million installs of this game and for a good reason. It offers multiplayer so you are able to play against other real people including friends.

Small Online Games

If you are board and don’t want to download games to your phone or computer, there are plenty of games to play online. You visit the website and play right there. No need to download anything. They are usually not as realistic or graphic hungry as downloaded games, but they are fun. One other noteworthy piece of information is, you cannot save your progress or gear on online games. They are just time wasters if your board. So if your not wanting to download anything or just looking for a simple but fun fishing game to play online, here is a small list of my go to games.

Fishao

Fishao is a small easy to play fishing game played online. Fun to play when you have a little time to waste but don’t want to jump through all the hoops.It is a cartoon like game that doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out. Give it a try, you will enjoy it.

Sport Fishing

Sport Fishing is another online game from the above link that I play. It is more realistic than games like Fishao and to be truthful, about the best graphics one can expect from playing online through a website. I recommend if you have some time, check it out. It starts quick and fun to play.

Forest Lake Fishing

The Forest Lake Fishing online game is another fun one to play around with. More realistic than Fishao, but maybe not as much as Sport Fishing. It doesn’t take a lot of computer resources to play but gives you the thrills of catching some fish.

Fish Crunch

Have a bored kid at home? Fish Crunch is a fun game to let your kids enjoy. It’s easy and fun. I have found myself playing it more than once. It’s a little goofy but I giggle a lot!

No matter what game(s) you end up with, fishing games can give you something to pass the time when you have time to waste. Time to waste, yea right! Okay, let me rephrase that, they can give you something to do when you have a few minutes, sitting in your hunting blind or the fish aren’t biting on the lake. If not for you, it will give your kids something to do while out.

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