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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:22AM

Is good tackle really worth the money?

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These two reels are both made by Penn. The Silverado on the left is fairly inexpensive and has a metal-colored plastic body, cheaper bearings and no grease. The Slammer on the right is a pricier model - its metal body, smoother bearings and well-lubed internals all add both cost and value.


This rod features Fuji brand guides, which are both more durable and costlier than non-branded guides.

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A great way to save money on your fishing tackle is to buy more expensive rods and reels. Doesn’t make sense, you say? Yes, it does — and here’s why.

Let’s say you buy a $30 rod-and-reel combo from one of the big-box stores. That’s a great price, right? Take it out and fish with it. You can cast, retrieve and catch fish. It’ll be a little heavier than a higher-grade combo, so casting may get to be a chore by the end of the day. The drag on your bargain reel will probably be notchy, making it harder to effectively fight a strong-running fish, and may overheat if a big red or other hard-charging fish puts it to the test.

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