Although online stores and mega marts may provide fishing tackle at cheaper prices, they don't provide the camaraderie that evolves at places that sell hooks, bobbers and sinkers individually, below rows of pegboard shelves and the sound of chirping crickets.
Back in the day, these types of businesses were hallowed ground to upcoming outdoor enthusiasts. Like much of today's society, it has become sterile shopping behind a computer screen without that underlying odor of anise, cigar smoke and a hint of mildew. Even between the constant chatter of bragging from those who come and go, the place never goes completely silent as you could always hear the faint gurgling of a minnow tank bubbling behind the counter.
If you are like me, you appreciate the traditional old-time tackle shop where you can expect to find everything from mousies to mealworms and someone still willing to put new line on your reel for you.
So the next time you need a few minnows, do yourself and others a favor. Before the screen door slams you in the butt on your way out, spend a few extra dollars on some tackle to go along with the bucket of fatheads and those Hostess cupcakes. It will be worth it down the road when you need more than just a little bait to get you by.
• For the 11th year, Adams Auto Group hosted an open team bass tournament held on the Kokomo Reservoir. The annual event raises funds for children who will take part in the two-week long Jim “Moose Carden Kids Fishing Clinic taking place in July.
“I am not sure what kind of turnout we'll have,” said tournament director Bart Alexander the day before the event. Several inches of rain and unseasonably cold weather had turned our local impoundment into what looked like a flowing mass of chocolate milk.