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10 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in Connecticut

By Kimberly Ripley

10 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in Connecticut

Whether you fish out on the rough ocean waters or prefer a quiet lake or pond, you need the right bait and equipment in order to bring fish home at the end of your day. From rods and reels to lures and live bait, these 10 awesome bait and tackle shops in Connecticut have exactly what you need. 

1. Fishin’ Factory 3, Middletown, CT

Whether you’re headed to the Connecticut River or Long Island Sound, Fishin’ Factory 3 will ready you for your adventure. Check out reels and more by Quantum, lures by Rapala and kayaks by Pelican. The Fishin’ Factory 3 has everything you’ll need for live bait, too.

2. Hillyer’s Tackle Shop, Waterford, CT

You’ll find several brands of the fishing equipment you know best at Hillyer’s Tackle Shop. Plus, they’re an official factory authorized warranty shop for Penn. Buy St. Croix rods, Abu Garcia combos and Shimano rods, reels, accessories and clothing.

3. Frank’s Live Bait and Tackle, Marlborough, CT

In addition to tons (literally!) of live bait, Frank’s Live Bait and Tackle sells a variety of options that will enhance your day on the ocean, lake, pond or stream. Check out lures and artificial bait by Yo-Zuri, jigs by Diamond and hooks by Addya.

4. AW Marina & Bait, New London, CT

In addition to boating in and out of their marina, AW Marina & Bait stocks lots of fishing merchandise. Pick up some lures and tackle by Tidal Tails and bait that teases whatever kind of fish you’re hoping to catch.

5. Fisherman’s World, Norwalk, CT

A visit to Fisherman’s World puts you where the fish are jumping—all season long. Peruse their large selection of rods by Shimano and Okuma, Penn, and St. Croix. They have a nice assortment of reels—including those from Quantum as well.

6. JT’s Fly Shop, Union, CT

JT’s Fly Shop prides itself in offering customers some amazing hand-tied flies. In addition, they sell equipment—including that made by Umpqua to help you create your own.

7. Tidewater Bait and Tackle, Westbrook, CT

If you’re seeking more than bait at Tidewater Bait and Tackle, rest assured they have everything you might need. They stock a nice array of reels by Seigler and Penn as well as knives and tools by Bubba Blade

8. The Valley Angler, Danbury, CT

Located near Connecticut’s Candlewood Lake, the Valley Angler keeps fisherman in good shape with all the accoutrements they supply. Check out their Quantum reels, as well as their huge selection of bait. In addition, they provide full and half day fishing trips and they buy, sell and trade used fishing equipment.

Stop by this weekend and check out the new store

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9. Black Hall Outfitters, Old Lyme, CT

Black Hall Outfitters won’t sell you bait, rods or reels, but if you’re a fisherman (or woman!) in the market for a fishing kayak, they have exactly what you need. Check out fishing kayaks by Old Town Canoe and Kayak and Ocean Kayak. They also have used kayaks on hand for rentals if you’re not sure which works best for you.

10. UpCountry Sportfishing, New Hartford, CT

In addition to selling you some great fishing gear for fishing, UpCountry Sportfishing offers its customers lots of advice, too, like where to stay nearby and what’s running where for fresh fish. Check out their line of fly rods by Sage and Thomas and Thomas

Great first fly tying class! This is my happy place.

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