Andrew urges all anglers to use their local tackle shop as often as possible.
I grew up in a small village with a few fishing ponds which catered well for kids. The thing was, there were no fishing tackle shops within easy reach of the village, so as a teenager it was always a case of “Get what you can, when you can”, when the chance of a lift to a tackle shop arose! I’d been fishing for 20 years before I finally had a tackle shop in the village I lived, but after a couple of years it had already closed down.
The tackle market is a different place to when I was kid, mainly because of the internet. Whilst there are thousands of bargains available out there from the major players, the advantages of having a small, local tackle and bait supplier cannot be overstated. You can’t order a last-minute pint of maggots from the internet, or replace that packet of hooks you realise you’re without, just as you’re leaving the house! Yes, it can be invaluable to go into a large shop and pick up 10 different rods to compare before you commit to that big spend, but for everyday items from line to floats to bait, I urge you to use your local tackle shop. For larger items too, they can usually order them in for you and will often price-match the retail giants. The more money you spend closer to home – with these small local businesses – the greater the chance you’ll still have a tackle shop close to home, when you need them, for years to come.
In the past few years I have witnessed several long-established local tackle shops vanish: Peg 1 at Pinxton, Tibshelf Angling Centre, Alfreton Angling Centre, Subfish at Tibshelf, Derwent Angling…
Large industry has spotted an opportunity with fishing tackle retail, and some absolute giants are beginning to dominate the retail tackle trade; Sports Direct, Go Outdoors/Fishing Republic/JD Sports, and Angling Direct. This is one tackle chain who has emerged as a successful large tackle retailer, and seems to be pretty good at it. However, there’s no doubt they’ve capitalised on the demise of the smaller independent stores, whilst at the same time buying out larger specialist tackle shops (such as Climax Tackle & Tackle Fanatics) and other chains (Chapmans Angling, Fosters of Birmingham, etc.)
There are some other advantages of using your local tackle shop on a regular basis, which you won’t get from buying tackle online or from the large corporate stores. These benefits come through being recognised by the staff. Regular customers are more likely to be trusted with information on hot venues, pegs, tactics, etc. in the local area. If other anglers have recommended a new product, or something which is working well for them, you’re more likely to be privy to that too. No-one speaks to more anglers on a day-to-day basis than someone working in a tackle shop, so they hear more anglers opinions too! Visit regularly enough and spend enough money, and you may even get the odd discount or other perk too. So, next time you’re on the lookout for some new tackle or bait, telephone or pop into your local tackle shop and see if it’s something they can supply.
Before I get off my soap-box, here’s an idea I had a little while ago to promote MY local tackle shops (which, as mentioned above, have rapidly vanished since I started this page). I put their contact details on here, people search on Google for tackle shops in their area, up pops my website with their contact details which may otherwise be more difficult to find (That’s the idea anyway!). The first listing is the shop I use most often. It’s close to work, I’ve used them since they first opened, and they’re both friendly and extremely helpful to me. So please take this as a personal recommendation & endorsement from me – tackle shops don’t come much better than Phil’s Bait and Tackle at Sutton-in-Ashfield.
The contact details below are, to the best of my knowledge, up-to-date (but let me know, if you know better). The rest of the tackle shops listed here are ones I’ve visited in the past at some point, whose main business is done from people visiting their store, rather than by mail order or via the internet. I hope you find the information here useful. If you are the owner of a small tackle shop in the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire/South Yorkshire area and you don’t see your details listed below, please contact me and I shall update this page for you. Andrew.
Unit 2, Market Place, Sutton-In-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
Tel: 01623 554654
Phil’s Bait & Tackle is a really well stocked shop with a good range of every day items of tackle & bait, and plenty of rods, poles & reels on display too. Since it opened Phil’s has always been very well priced. Tackle-wise, they have the full complement of Korum, Preston Innovations, Drennan, ESP, Korda, Nash, Matrix, Guru, Middy, Kamasan and Maver terminal tackle covering general coarse fishing, carp, pike, match and specialist fishing, along a selection of other brands, including Chub luggage and nets. Baits stocked include Dynamite Baits, Bait-Tech, Sticky Baits, Sensas, Sonubaits, Marukyu, Ringers and Van Den Eynde, with Baitbox deadbaits and maggots, casters and worms also stocked. Besides the aforementioned brands, they stock rods & reels by Shimano and Daiwa too.
Following expansion in early 2019, Phils’ Bait & Tackle now have a large, dedicated carp fishing tackle section with everything carpers should need – from bivvies & bedchairs to stoves, luggage, scales, metalware & bait (including a range of shelf-life boilies & freezer bait from top brands such as Mainline and Dynamite). #carpy!
Phil’s is just a 2 minute walk from the new Angling Direct store at Sutton-in-Ashfield and I would encourage anyone to make the short walk to Phil’s instead of AD or, even better, make use of the FREE Car Parking right outside Phil’s Bait and Tackle!
138 High Street, Clay Cross, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Tel: 01246 251 777
50 Mansfield Road, Clipstone Village, Mansfield
Tel: 01623 627422