Thursday, December 07, 2006

Humboldt Bait & Tackle Shops

I was checking out this story in the Sacramento Bee (if asked for login,as always, humboldtlib is the username and blogspot is the password) on some of the problems old time bait and tackle shops have run in to around the Sacramento area. It got me thinking about the issue in regards to Humboldt.

Do we have any old mom & pop style bait and tackle shops in Humboldt. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is that B&T shop up in Trinidad, the name of which escapes me. Is that one still there? Sure, there's all kinds of places to buy bait and tackle, but most that come to mind are pretty much full fledged sporting goods stores.

Back when I fished a lot I bought bait and gear at any number of places- my favorite probably being the old Payless Drugs at the 101 Mall, in Eureka. That, of course, being before Rite Aid bought out Payless and Payless had a great sporting goods section.

Seems to me there might have been some B&T place in King Salmon at one time, but my memory could be faulty.

Anyone know of any other old time B&Ts still around or that have gone by the wayside?
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I was surprised to find, a few years ago, that there was a place down at the Marina that sold live anchovies. I never knew they had something like that here. The only reason I stumbled into it was when Marc Matteoli gangpressed me into kayaking with him one day and we happened by the place while paddling around the docks.

Right on the docks, with an underwater net holding all the anchovies that the attendant would scoop out for you with her net. Looked like a fun job. The perfect one for me, although it's probably seasonal.
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Speaking of old bait and tackle shops. When I stayed in Redding about forty years ago, there was this guy that sold fishing tackle at a small booth. Seems to me it was somewhere near Shasta High School.

It wasn't fishing tackle, in the conventional sense, as he only sold lures and they were all used. He was a scuba diver and would dive in the nearby lakes and recover lures that got stuck on logs and rocks. He'd clean them up and sell them.

Neat idea, but I don't know that that would work here. The salt water would probably make short work of tackle that got stuck. Any divers out there that can tell us if there's any useful tackle on the floor of the bay or channel?

5 Comments:

At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't Redwood Marine sell bait etc?

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Is that the one in King Salmon? I believe they do. I was more interested in the little mom and pop type operations. A lot of sporting goods stores sell bait.

 
At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Redwood Marine is on 6th St. in Eureka. It has been owned by the same red haired guy for years...Reggie.

 
At 5:31 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Gee...I should have known that.

 
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