The Value of your Gear

Published On September 26, 2011 »» By Dan Rice » Fishing
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Taking the PlungeA recent trip to Clear Lake, California for FLW’s College Fishing Tournament sparked some interesting conversation beyond other things. What does it take for you to recover your gear? Price, past success or sentimental value?

When I’m faced with potentially losing a lure or recovering a piece of equipment, price usually dictates whether or not I jump out of the boat for a swimming expedition. I have lost lures up to $12 apiece, so it obviously takes a decent amount of money in order to brave the conditions for a retrieval mission in my case.

Many people lose entire rod and reel combinations, yet move down the water without a hitch. Other anglers will take the plunge for a $7 lure. Many hunters will work tirelessly to retrieve optical equipment, ammo and other valuable gear.

So here’s your chance – What forces you to retrieve your gear and how much is it worth to you?

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Dan Rice is an outdoor writer from Spokane, Washington. He writes for his website, FHC Outdoors, and is a contributing writer to Western Bass Magazine. Be sure to visit his YouTube channel for action on film!

10 Responses to The Value of your Gear

  1. Tyler Brinks says:

    Good question Daniel. It just depends on the situation and how easy it would be to get it back. I’ve swam in Florida where gators are present to retrieve a lure that is no longer made, but also left some expensive lures in trees because I didn’t have time during a tournament to get them. My simple answer is it just depends.

  2. Zak says:

    Daniel, first off, thanks for what you do! I love following your latest articles and videos. Im originally from Walla Walla, WA, so that area is very near and dear to my heart. To answer your question, I usually just let the lake (or tree) keep my lure. Ill make several attempts to retrieve a snagged lure, but typically I try not to waste to much time and effort.

  3. Daniel, this question has many different answers….all predicated on the value placed on the lure. For a “1 up” prototype… HAVE to get it…period. I don’t care if it’s on the edge of Niagara Falls hanging on a branch…don’t leave without it! For personal favorites….or very old (out of production) lures….same thing…go get it. I guess I would leave it if it was one of many I had in my box…and was unable to see or reach it without bad things happening. Or if it costs less than $5.00!

    • Daniel says:

      John, makes perfect sense to me. Prototype baits would certainly need to be retrieved, and I too help make my decision based on whether I have multiple lures in the box. Thanks for the feedback.

  4. Daniel…..let me pose this question…not to take us off topic….but what was the most expensive thing you have lost (thrown, dropped, had a fish pull overboard….during a fishing trip? I’ll bet it’s not a lure!

    • Daniel says:

      Hate to admit it, but I have lost a brand new HD video camera into the water. (My wife is still making me pay for that).

      I learned the hard way that insurance really does pay off 🙂

  5. I believe that most guys will admit that they have lost “lures”…but when it comes to expensive rods and reels…cameras….phones….fish finders…GPS’s…they don’t want to remind themselves of that loss. It takes a big man to admit being human…at the expense of others laughter. We have all done it….but most are happy others were not there to witness it!

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