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Living the Dream
Boating and fishing isn't just a hobby or a sport, it's a way of life. Of course, if you own a fishboat you already know that. And, there's a good chance you wish you could ditch that "regular" job and spend all your time immersed in hulls, hooks, and harpoons. Well, don't give up hope. If you want to live the dream and make it reality, you can. And I have proof - in the form ofIsland Tackle Outfitters.
Now THAT is a room with a view!
This is a new tackle shop, which will be holding its grand-opening this coming weekend in Chester, Maryland. Walk through the doors and you'll meet Dave Tolbert, (a die-hard fish-head) and Josh Lowery (another die-hard, who happens to be my neighbor and has been fishing on my boat since he was a tyke). These young, energetic, fish-centric guys put in their time working at the counter and behind the scenes at other tackle shops, in order to learn the ropes. Now, they've ventured out on their own. They're making the dream happen. And here's how:
"We've made this a fully-stocked offshore and inshore store," Josh explained, "everything from titanium bars to hooks to rods and reels by Penn, Shimano, Star, and more. Then we took it to the next level by adding services you don't find at other tackle shops, like on-site custom rod-building, and a line spooler with a hydraulic tensioner."
Island Tackle Outfitters will also price-match bonna fide offers from other retailers, but the biggest way they plan to set their shop apart from the crowd is personal service. Both Dave and Josh are completely consumed with fishing - just chat with one of them for five minutes and you'll have no doubt - and between the two of them they have gobs of offshore fishing experience, have mated on charter boats on the Chesapeake Bay, and have competed in a slew of inshore and offshore tournaments. The're ALWAYS ready to talk fishing. Oh, yes, and did I mention that they do their casting from a red-hot 35' Everglades rigged with triple Yamaha F-350's? Yowza.
So if you find yourself anywhere around Chester, Maryland (the shop's at 1915 Main Street) between the hours of 9AM - 8PM during the week and 6AM - 8AM on the weekend, stop by, say hi to these guys, and check out the shop. I'm betting you'll discover a lot to like. Even more importantly, it proves one thing for sure: with motivation and hard work, it's still possible to live the fishing dream.
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