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Bait Supply!

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Here is the latest on the bait situation. Everything is looking real good. We have lots of big leeches by the dozen or bulk. Considering the water conditions we are in great shape. The shiner supply is low in Minnesota, but we have some awesome shiner trappers and the nice thing is we've been around long enough to get first dibs on the best bait. So no need to worry we will have plenty bait and no shortages. Plus we will have everyone's favorite free cookies for the weekend, while supplies last. I'll keep you posted if there are any shortages of cookies.

Jason Erlandson

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What kind of hours will you be keeping there? Might be getting in late. frown.gif

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Redtails ????

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Jason, if I get up there Friday by 4pm will you still have some leeches for me? I might also need some shiners and some redtails. I am going to need a lot of bait, not because I am going to catch that many fish, but because my father has been known to cast a few leeches into the next county. Oh the joys of fishing with your father.

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Jason, if I get up there Friday by 4pm will you still have some leeches for me? I might also need some shiners and some redtails. I am going to need a lot of bait, not because I am going to catch that many fish, but because my father has been known to cast a few leeches into the next county. Oh the joys of fishing with your father.


Competition is good for the consumer don't over look S&W for quality leech's.

mr

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If lots of bait is what you need then thats what you will get. We will have no problems this weekend keeping everyone supplied with all that walleye catching bait. We usually get a few redtails we just never know how many. I would just call ahead to check. We will have plenty of shiners and leeches and everything else. We will be open real late on Friday and open again before daylight on Saturday. See you guys this weekend and good luck.

Jason Erlandson

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I have a cabin on the east side of Pelican, so I need to be coaxed over to the Nisswa area. Cookies are a good start. Low Prices are better. And the GPS coordinates for the hot spot insure my business.

Also I don't know where all those bait shops are located. I guess I will just have to stop at which one I see first. Unless directed otherwise.

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I would stop by Gander. Right on 371 and by far the cheapest bait in the area, and like I said before I know some of the guys who work there and they know as well as the next guy where the fish are biting. Reeds is another easy off easy on spot but they are a bit more spendy (kinda like the little bait shops). Good Luck!

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I know about the Gander, I used to worked in the Marketing department at Gander and was in charge of the grand openings. I actually opened that store. Now I am going back to the local spots. I still buy certain things at the big box stores, but I have tried to spread the money around a little bit.

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We appreciate the support guys. Our little stores need all the help we can get. Every time the customer makes their purchase at the big stores it makes it harder for the little specialty stores to stay in business. Thats why we see the little bait and tackle shops going under every year. Eventually we will see the day when gas stations may be the only option for live bait. As for pricing, I think its largely a misconception that the big stores are always lower. I know for a fact that most of the items in our store are lower than that of the three big stores in Baxter. When it comes to live bait our prices may be a little higher but the quality is much better. The tanks they have in Baxter are of very poor quality. You need to run a lot of fresh well water on bait to keep them fresh. Recirculation tanks are bad news. When it comes to walleye fishing I think getting the best live bait available is one of the keys to success. That is why we work so hard at providing the freshest liveliest bait in the area. So far its payed off.

We are located at Hwy 371 and Cty Rd 13, on the east side of the stoplights right next to Schaefer's Grocery store.

Jason Erlandson

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Sportland and S&W are by far better bait shops. Go where you want but as an avid fisherman I know where the best bait is(because a good fisherman knows what good bait looks like). Gander is a great place to buy gear but thats it. I wish the small shops could offer gear and tackle at the box store prices. I would buy it there for sure. But, buying in bulk is not an option for them and neither is stocking a large selection. Although, I do make an occasionally larger item purchase (crankbaits, rod and reel, bulk leeches,etc.) Good luck on opener everyone! Go shallow!

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Jason , what are your hours tonight, ill be leavin from the cities late..

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Jason, I am leaving in 45 minutes. I can barely focus at work and everyone knows it. Oh well, if all goes as planned I will be walking through your front door in about 3 1/2 hours. Hopefully you will still be their and I will introduce myself.

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Jason, it was great meeting you and your dad this morning. You have a 1st class store/operation. Since I am now retired and living here year round you will see me often.. We are so fortunite to live in this wonderful area. You might see me in about 10 days of so on the north end of the wallee factory. Otherwise I will be on Gull most days. Dark blue and white Ranger 620..

Joel

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Thanks everyone for stopping in. What a crazy weekend, crazy busy that is. We always do our best to help everyone out and we sure appreciate your business. Hope you all had a great weekend.

Jason Erlandson

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Thanks everyone for stopping in. What a crazy weekend, crazy busy that is. We always do our best to help everyone out and we sure appreciate your business. Hope you all had a great weekend.

Jason Erlandson


Not sure if it was you I talked to on Saturday mid morning or not, but very courteous and helpful. Apparently you were running a little low on some bait, but no worries as, I am assuming it was your dad? called and ordered up some more.

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Hi Captain. I was starting to get a little worried saturday morning since we ended up getting down to about a gallon or two of shiners left. But about 30 minutes later the bait dealers brought us another truckload. Know worries after that. It was a busy weekend thats for sure. But we survived. Thanks for stopping in.

Jason Erlandson

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