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

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission.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.

Most Read This Week

August 24, 2015 10399

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 5770

Alleged Burglar Calls 911 to Report Fire

by SurfKY News
August 22, 2015 4874

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 4825

UPDATE: Four Dead, Two Survive Boating Accident

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 3790

MPD Coducting Sobriety Checkpoints

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 14296

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 10399

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

August 27, 2015 3395

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 26, 2015 2124

Man Charged with Theft, Meth, Marijuana Growing

by SurfKY News
August 26, 2015 1349

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - August 26, 2015

by SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 1326

Kentucky Career Center Blood Drive Aug. 31

by SurfKY News
August 26, 2015 1224

KSP Seeking Information to Assist 'Slasher'…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 26, 2015 1186

Hanson Agrees to Take Compensating Rate on Tax…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 26, 2015 1049

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
August 26, 2015 980

Legislators Preview Election 2015

by KET
August 26, 2015 733

UPDATE - Missing Juvenile Found

by SurfKY News
August 26, 2015 709

Two Chicago Men Indicted for Multi-State Cargo…

by SurfKY News