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October 06, 2008

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Merwin: Start Stock-Piling Your Tackle

The industry-wide buzz on fishing tackle right now is manufacturing cost. Tackle items from fishing line to soft-plastic baits are based on petrochemicals, so there’s one escalating cost factor. Transportation and related fuel costs are another. The cost of shipping a container load of goods from Asia to the U.S. has nearly tripled in the last 10 years, for example, and that includes imported reels and rods.

Labor is another reason. The developing Chinese middle-class is now demanding shorter work weeks, higher wages, and benefits (who can blame them?) so labor costs at a Chinese rod or reel factory aren’t the bargain they once were.

One way or another you’re probably going to be paying more in 2009 for everything from plastic worms to imported fishing reels. The actual price might be higher, the product might have been cheapened to keep the price the same, or what used to be a 7-pack of soft-plastic grubs will have turned into a 5-pack at the same price.

One answer is to buy right now whatever you might need for next season. Look for fall close-outs on fishing tackle at major mail-order outlets, for example, where you can still get deals on 2008 pricing. Come January, whatever it is will be more expensive.

And don’t say I didn’t warn you.


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Dr. Ralph

So what else is new? Everything is going up up up... friend of mine just invested $100,000 the day after the Dow dropped 777 points and told me to do the same. Bank stock is cheap he says. Did I listen? No... he made enough the next two days to buy a cheap house.


This is no joke. I'm a sporting goods buyer by trade (unfortunately not fishing), and pricing quotes for '09 are showing huge increases. Actually prices were driven up throughout 2008 - in some cases in excess of 40-50%, but many manufacturers held wholesale prices through the season. Now that there's a new season, they are definitely adjusting accordingly.


Thanks for the heads up! Actually, I noticed prices in my area increasing this past spring. Like they say, it appears it is only a matter of time.