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Old 03-28-2018, 03:41 PM
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Working furiously to get the boat ready in time for spring trophy opening. Would be a lot further along if the weather would warm up enough to throw on the bottom paint...

Anyway, all of my current gear is optimized for light tackle freshwater fishing, mostly walleye stuff (imagine that). Not much appropriate for trolling parachute rigs or reeling in cows.

I'd like to find a good local mom & pop tackle store to start putting together some rod/reel combos, jigs, bucktails, terminal tackle, etc. Pretty much soup to nuts. The big box places (Cabelas, Bass Pro, etc) aren't exactly bargain priced IMO, and I don't know enough to order off of the net. I'd rather pay a few bucks more and get better customer service and expert advice, as well as support a small business.

Live in HdG and the boat's in Edgewood. Can anyone recommend a tackle store in that general vicinity with reasonable prices, good selection, and great customer service?

Appreciate any help. Look forward to seeing some of you on the water this spring!
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Originally Posted by walleyeguy6 View Post
Working furiously to get the boat ready in time for spring trophy opening. Would be a lot further along if the weather would warm up enough to throw on the bottom paint...

Anyway, all of my current gear is optimized for light tackle freshwater fishing, mostly walleye stuff (imagine that). Not much appropriate for trolling parachute rigs or reeling in cows.

I'd like to find a good local mom & pop tackle store to start putting together some rod/reel combos, jigs, bucktails, terminal tackle, etc. Pretty much soup to nuts. The big box places (Cabelas, Bass Pro, etc) aren't exactly bargain priced IMO, and I don't know enough to order off of the net. I'd rather pay a few bucks more and get better customer service and expert advice, as well as support a small business.

Live in HdG and the boat's in Edgewood. Can anyone recommend a tackle store in that general vicinity with reasonable prices, good selection, and great customer service?

Appreciate any help. Look forward to seeing some of you on the water this spring!
This post is right up @reefreeler's alley. Where are you located? His sight is geared towards this kind of question and I'm sure he could give you a lead and would love to hear about your experience!
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Old 03-28-2018, 05:24 PM
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May try checking out Hartford Crabbing & Tackle in Darlington.
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Old 03-28-2018, 05:42 PM
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I know it's fr, but Fishbones, in Pasadena is a great resource. The owners Bud, been making his own baits and supplying the local boys for years. Caught a bot load of fish on his baits.
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Old 03-28-2018, 06:13 PM
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About 20-25 minutes from your boat is Bluefins Bait and Tackle on Wise Ave. in Dundalk. Dave and Jamie are good people to deal with.

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Check out Herb's Bait & Tackle in North East. Excellent customer service. May want to give a call to see what they have in stock though. Even places like Atlantic Tackle are waiting for certain stock to arrive.

If you want a one stop shop - I'd take a drive down to Atlantic Tackle, 2nd floor and talk with Dennis. He'll get you squared away and they have anything from Penn Warfare conventional combos ($120) that would work for chumming up to mix/match rods and reels at all price levels. It may take up a good portion of the day as he'll fill you with tons of knowledge, but always worth it. Like you, I also came from freshwater (PA streams and lakes) and I've come across helpful tackle shops and others that have given me the cold shoulder.

Also check out iFishMD.com - Greg is a great dude out of the Annapolis area and he may have some insights to shops in that region with decent stock. He knows the bay! (he's on THT as iFishMD). He's even offering some teaching classes on trolling for striper.

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Great stuff guys, thanks! Keep 'em coming.
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:19 AM
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I know it's not real close, but Tochterman's has been around longer than any tackle shop in the area and there's a reason why. I'm in Bel Air and drive down there when I need to stock up on serious gear
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DON'T LAUGH... There is a liquor store across the dam on Rt 1 by the Spready Oak restaurant, just west of Rising Sun. My buddy helped get him set up with tackle. He has about everything you need in one little aisle inside his door. Priced right too.
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Originally Posted by SquidsDusky View Post
DON'T LAUGH... There is a liquor store across the dam on Rt 1 by the Spready Oak restaurant, just west of Rising Sun. My buddy helped get him set up with tackle. He has about everything you need in one little aisle inside his door. Priced right too.
Triangle Liquors is the name... Not sure of the tackle but on the same road is Cliff's just West of the Dam. Best prices on booze and some tackle within many miles...
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Triangle Liquors is the name... Not sure of the tackle but on the same road is Cliff's just West of the Dam. Best prices on booze and some tackle within many miles...
Are you talking Cliff's just east & other side of the road from the weigh station??

I stop there somewhat regularly and have never noticed any tackle. Maybe I need to stop rushing to the bourbon aisle with blinders on
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May try checking out Hartford Crabbing & Tackle in Darlington.
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nice folks, small shop though.
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Originally Posted by duckfish View Post
Are you talking Cliff's just east & other side of the road from the weigh station??

I stop there somewhat regularly and have never noticed any tackle. Maybe I need to stop rushing to the bourbon aisle with blinders on
Cliff’s has a little bit of fishing tackle. Primarily stuff for fishing around the Susquehanna. Triangle is on the Cecil side of the dam, where Love Run Rd. Meets Rt. 1. Across from the Spready Oak Restaurant.
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May also want to check out Anglers Sport Center in Annapolis. I saw they are having a sale on Penn rods and reels this Saturday.
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I appreciate all of the input and local knowledge!

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May also want to check out Anglers Sport Center in Annapolis. I saw they are having a sale on Penn rods and reels this Saturday.
Good looking out - checked their website and it looks like some great deals on Penn reels, combos, and Ugly Sticks. Weather is going to suck this weekend so I'll probably take a trip down and look around.

Starting to get crunched for time to get the boat in the water in time for the trophy opener. If the weekend of 14-15 Apr isn't warm and dry enough to bottom paint it isn't going to happen. A couple of guys at the marina thought that the cold weather might affect the fish and put off the bite by a week anyway. They also mentioned that the first weekend is usually a complete zoo.
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I appreciate all of the input and local knowledge!



Good looking out - checked their website and it looks like some great deals on Penn reels, combos, and Ugly Sticks. Weather is going to suck this weekend so I'll probably take a trip down and look around.

Starting to get crunched for time to get the boat in the water in time for the trophy opener. If the weekend of 14-15 Apr isn't warm and dry enough to bottom paint it isn't going to happen. A couple of guys at the marina thought that the cold weather might affect the fish and put off the bite by a week anyway.
They also mentioned that the first weekend is usually a complete zoo.
Understatement of the year.
Take, "usually", out of your sentence.

With all your current equipment, Light Tackle Fishing, for the striped ones doesn't strike your fancy?
It is happening in your back yard this time of year. C+R though.

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Understatement of the year.
Take, "usually", out of your sentence.

With all your current equipment, Light Tackle Fishing, for the striped ones doesn't strike your fancy?
It is happening in your back yard this time of year. C+R though.

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LOL! I had the best of intentions this winter, but work, weather, and competing priorities conspired to keep the boat on the hard until trophy season. I want to give it a shot just to get out on the water with a bunch of dudes and have a good time. Also using it as an excuse to get into some new fishing gear...

At some point I'll dust off the 13 Whaler and do some light tackle stuff in the rivers and backwaters.
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Although it's a bit of a haul, Shore Tackle & Custom Rods in Grasonville, MD (just over the bridge from Annapolis) can get you outfitted without breaking the bank. Of you can melt down your credit card with some of their gorgeous custom rods. IMHO, their Tackle Cove line are great rods that are competitively priced with other mid and upper tier rods. I currently have four and will probably add another one or two this year. Additionally, they have a huge supply of terminal tackle, lures and lines. Plus they (Joe and Bill) aren't shy about helping a newbie out when it comes to finding the fish either. Good people there that I've been doing business with for over five years now.
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Although it's a bit of a haul, Shore Tackle & Custom Rods in Grasonville, MD (just over the bridge from Annapolis) can get you outfitted without breaking the bank. Of you can melt down your credit card with some of their gorgeous custom rods. IMHO, their Tackle Cove line are great rods that are competitively priced with other mid and upper tier rods. I currently have four and will probably add another one or two this year. Additionally, they have a huge supply of terminal tackle, lures and lines. Plus they (Joe and Bill) aren't shy about helping a newbie out when it comes to finding the fish either. Good people there that I've been doing business with for over five years now.
X2 on good people. New Shore Tackle Bay Trollers looks awesome. Competitive price point to the Tackle Cove rods with a little more custom twist them.
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May be out of the way but if you are ever in Elkton and haven't been to Sarges you should check them out, I was working in that area the other day and stopped in, they had a lot of the lures and bait I like
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