Our bait room looks and is old, but it works !
Live Shrimp / Pin-fish / Fiddler-crabs
along with many other creatures
have been kept alive, in these tanks,
waiting for you to take them FISHING.
thousands of gallons of
salt-water, two filters
and 400 gallons per minute being pumped through the system.
Sorting bins that separate live from dead.
As you can see we use every inch of wall and ceiling to store tackle, this gives us quite a selection of goodies for you.
The tanks on the left,
hold Fresh-water shiners and Minnows,
for you Bass, and Crappie, finactics.
In memory of Vince. Our friend.
For a little
over 20 years, If you came in to get bait early in the morning
you were greeted by a surly white haired grumpy
old codger, named Vince.
His bad attitude and surly demeanor were a bit questionable,
and at 6:am were a bit hard to swallow at times.
But, once you got to know him ,usually by telling him off, :-)
he was all good on the inside. Vinnie has been like family.
Vinnie was always the judge for the Catfish competition,
and has, I believe, held more catfish in his hands then any other person ever.
He would check to see that they were gutted properly, patiently going from one to the next.
Back in the 1980’s when I first met him, Vince was a Sea trout catching son of a gun.
4 days a week he would come in and get shrimp. He and his wife loved eating Trout.
A veteran of WW2, and owner of Vince’s Tavern in south Jersey,
married to the same woman for over 60 years, Delores, “Laura” to him,
Vince is quite a guy. Tough, hard talking, always ready to help out if you needed it.
Now he is in the Tidewell hospice center here in Port Charlotte.
Vince had a bad year and could not get into the store much, But Cancer
finally got the best of him. A true gentleman and friend. Vince Passed away on Aug 13th.
So many people have asked where he is and what's going on with him I just thought
I should share this sad news with you. We miss him.