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Support Your Local Bait Shop

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On: Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 9:51AM | By: Sara Decker

Our Local Shop

Started last year, there is a movement afoot to "shop local" on Saturdays. For many, this is not a movement, but a way of life, and not just on Saturdays. In Florida, one local staple is the bait shop. A wealth of information can be found for those willing to ask and listen.  

Forget the big box stores and the publicly traded behemoths; forget the gas station bait dispensers. Even if you are the type who catches your own bait, it's still a worthwhile visit. For transplants from the Midwest, the bait shop is a necessity.

Of course, for the uninitiated, the bait shop is the place to get what you need, find out what's biting on what, where, and when to go, what's in season, and all other fishing-related 411.  

For those who don't have all the need-to-know information, your local bait shop is a wealth of hidden knowledge.

… Need a good marine mechanic? Ask at the bait shop.

… Looking for someone to do some fiberglass or canvas work? Bait shop.

… Wondering who has an odd-sized tired for your old boat trailer? Bait Shop.

… Curious which local restaurants really serve fresh fish? The bait shop staff knows.

… What are those weird bugs? Bait shop.

… Is your family coming to town and you're not sure what to do with them here locally? Bait shop.

Local bait shops sell you what you need, and tell you to "put back" things you do not. For this and all the other reasons, we "shop small" when we shop bait here in Florida. On a social level, it's the fisherman's equivalent of a coffee shop or pub. It's a fine place to talk with your neighbors, tell jokes, swap stories, or learn about local heros and legends.

Try to get THAT from a big box store!

Good on ya' and shout out to Coopers here in Hudson, and thank you to all the local family-run shops in the Sunshine State.


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