10 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in Massachusetts

By Kimberly Ripley

10 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in Massachusetts

One of the most important aspects of being an angler is finding a trustworthy local bait and tackle shop. Most fishermen and women have a local spot they love for all the gear, bait, and expert knowledge. Here are the best bait and tackle shops across Massachusetts. 

1. Arlington Bait & Tackle, Arlington, MA

Featuring lures by Strike King and reels by Shimano, Arlington Bait & Tackle outfits both the fresh and saltwater fisherman and woman with everything needed to ensure the catch of the day winds up on their dinner table. They’re also known for the advice they provide about local fishing areas.

2. Crossroads Bait & Tackle, Salisbury, MA

Selling a large assortment of fishing rods by Tica and Master, and reels by Quantum, Shakespeare and more, Crossroads Bait & Tackle knows saltwater fishing like the backs of their hands. That doesn’t mean they don’t service the fresh water folks, too. They have an ample supply of both, as well as fresh bait in all seasons.

3. Sports Port, Hyannis, MA

Featuring a vast array of equipment for fly fishermen, salt water enthusiasts and more, Sports Port will have you reeling them in in no time. Highlighting local businesses, consider lures by Daddy Mac Lures and flies by Fly Catcher Flies

4. Fisherman’s Outfitter, Gloucester, MA

Carrying a large assortment of supplies for both fresh and saltwater fishing, Fisherman’s Outfitter sells Shimano reels, as well as rod and reel combos by Penn. Some famous fishermen out of Gloucester shop here.

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5. CMS Fishing Tackle, New Bedford, MA

Pick up lures by Hughey Lures, Sebile, and Super Strike at CMS Fishing Tackle. Check out their selection by Carlson for offshore fishing. You’ll find experts in both offshore and inshore fishing on hand to answer all your questions.

6. Quincy Bait & Tackle, Quincy, MA

Savage gear sand eels and lures are in ample supply at Quincy Bait & Tackle. They also stock an impressive line of reels by Penn. 

7. Larry’s Tackle Shop, Edgartown, MA

Check out the nice selection of Shimano reels at Larry’s Tackle. They really know fishing on Martha’s Vineyard, so you can’t go wrong with advice from Larry’s either. Pick up a new fishing rod by Penn while you’re there.

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9. Forestdale Bait and Tackle, Forestdale, MA

Selling a nice assortment of fishing equipment by Rapala, Forestdale Bait and Tackle is located near some exceptional freshwater fishing spots, and they’re always happy to share their trade secrets with those who wander in. Be sure to check out their comprehensive line of Okuma fishing gear while you’re there, too.

10. Jerry’s Bait and Tackle, Milford, MA

Jerry’s Bait and Tackle serves fishermen and women all year round, including those brave souls who go ice fishing in the winter. Check out their ice-fishing equipment including line by Anglers and augers, shelters and more by Eskimo

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