bait1 500

OWENSBORO, Ky. (4/13/13) – On Thursday, April 10, the Chamber of Commerce in Owensboro welcomed its newest member with a ribbon cutting at Bass-N-More Bait & Tackle. The business is located at 1308 Triplett Street.Owner Jim Sparks worked for Century Aluminum for almost 40 years before deciding to take an early retirement and open a “bait and tackle” shop in Owensboro.

“In the city of Owensboro, we just don’t have a place like this,” Sparks said. “You either have to order offline, or you have to wait until you get to the lake to buy what you need to fish with.”

Sparks said he has wanted to open his shop for years. In early 2011, Sparks began the process that would eventually become Bass-N-More Bait & Tackle. He began by planning and testing the community, in order to see in Owensboro could support such a specialty shop.

“It’s gonna be tough in this town, because we don’t have a big fishery. All the lakes where I fish are down at Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake, and they are some of the premier fisheries in the world,” he said.

“Fishing is my passion,” Sparks added. “I finally had to just take that next step.”

Owensboro, however, is home to a lot of bass and cat fisherman. There are a lot of city lakes that are stocked by the city and the state, as well as the Ohio River, which is home at least 3 types of bass.

Sparks first opened his shop on March, and he completely financed his inventory out of his own pocket. He estimates that his inventory is currently valued at as much as $30,000.00. He does, however, lease the building.

bait 400

“I’m trying to keep my overhead down,” said Sparks. “You could easily spend two million dollars on fishing equipment, and still not have everything. What I’m trying to do is get a feel for what people want, and usually the next day, I will order what people are asking for.”

This early in the year, business is pleasing to Sparks. He said he expects that as the season opens up, they will see business to begin to increase. He said he also intends to work with the city of Owensboro to bring several fishing tournaments to Owensboro within the coming months.

Alex Reid
SurfKY News
Photos provided by Alex Reid

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
1 DOW 18,080.14
+21.45 (0.12%)    
2 S&P 2,117.69
+4.76 (0.23%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,092.08
+36.02 (0.71%)    
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

April 17, 2015 11603

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 7115

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 5694

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 20, 2015 4802

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 22, 2015 3945

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 22,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 11603

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8771

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 23, 2015 7115

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 3659

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 1489

Carhartt Madisonville Honored with Governor's…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 1254

Family Business Start up Becomes Successful…

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 1198

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - April 23,…

by SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 998

Man Sentenced for Robbing Family While at Son's…

by Attorney General Conway
April 23, 2015 940

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 800

SurfKY Spotlight: Sunshine Garden Center

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
April 23, 2015 717

Regional Eighth Grade Math Contest Held

by Joyce Riggs
April 23, 2015 631

Accident Snarls I24 Traffic in Christian County

by Keith Todd