More and more consumers are turning to the second-hand market for
everyday consumer products, and the fishing industry is no exception to this
trend. In order to save money, or simply to buy high-end equipment that is not
affordable at new prices, more and more fishers are buying second-hand fishing
equipment. Whether we are a beginner or an experienced angler, we no longer
hesitate to buy our lures, rods, reels, casting reels or casting stations
directly from other anglers.
Second-hand lures, an obvious choice!
A first category of articles where according to us the purchase of
second hand takes all its sense is indeed the lures! The first reason is that
it’s very easy to get a crank, a One Up pouch or a jerkbait and that new they
can cost, let’s say… very expensive.
Freshwater sport fishing as well as sea fishing requires the use of
a long list like the arm of equipment and accessories. But if you put yourself
in mind that almost everything can be bought second-hand, you’ll see that you
can save quite a bit of money!
The perfect example is the used float-tube! Many anglers buy
float-tubes that will end up seeing very little of the water, often due to lack
of time. This is a great opportunity for anglers who want to learn and find a
float at a lower cost. In the same way, you can also find all the necessary
second hand wading equipment. You can’t imagine the number of people who buy or
are offered waders or wading shoes of the wrong size. If they are not brought
back to the shop, the fisherman will often choose to put them in a cupboard or
sell them; be reactive because the prices are often unbeatable.
Second-hand rods and reels
What should I look out for when buying a second-hand rod or reel?
A shimano reel or a tenryu cane can be very expensive and buying
them second-hand allows you to buy the equipment of your dreams without going
broke. Of course, it is only because the prices of second-hand rods and reels
are attractive that you should go for it with your eyes closed.
As far as second-hand casting or spinning reels are concerned, a
first trick to choosing them well is the aesthetic aspect. One can think that a
reel with no visible trace of impact has been used with care by its owner. On
the other hand, if a reel has many scratches on the frame it often reflects a less
careful use and therefore one can wonder about the mechanical condition.
Fortunately, sellers usually communicate the actual condition of their item but
do not hesitate to ask questions about the age of the equipment or the use that
has been made of it.
At what price to buy second-hand fishing equipment?
It all depends on the overall condition of the item you wish to
buy. Indeed, a lure still in its box and which has never seen the water will
not sell at the same price as the same lure that has already been used. It will
be the same for a rod, a reel or a depth finder.
Concretely, equipment that has never been used is generally sold
30% cheaper than new, whereas for equipment still in good condition but which
has already been used, the price should be divided by two compared to the new
one, or even more if the equipment is damaged.