In case you have been living under a rock over the last few days you will know that our Government took the decision to restrict all non essential movement, close all stores other than food outlets and chemists. This included our tackle shops, and although we consider our sport to be “self isolating” on a selfish level we have to be honest and agree that ALL unessential contact and travel have to be restricted.
So what to do while ‘working from home’?
A though clean of all my tackle, poles to be washed down with car shampoo, rinsed, dried and then sprayed with a silicone lubricant. Tackle luggage emptied, all the bits of ‘stuff’ that accumulates binned and then a good wipe down with soapy water and towel dried. Seat box, jet washed and then towel dried, and a good clean of all the accessories like rollers and roosts etc.
I am also making up my summer light and medium silvers rigs, this really occupies the mind and concentration, how many do I make; well that depends on how quick I run out of floats, weights, line etc.
One of our club members and coach for the ladies and juniors made a valid point; The local tackle shops have over the years supported his efforts and the junior program he and his peers run, they have stepped up with tackle, bait and even trophies for the ladies and junior series. We should be poised to flood back into these tackle shops once they get to open again, we need to support them as they have supported us and our club activities. There is nothing you NEED right now that you have to do a major on-line shop at the box stores and big retailers that can’t wait until we get the green light to get back on the bank, most of it will be available in the local tackle shops and at a comparable price. If we don’t support the local business’ then we will lose them, these are difficult times and economy for these tackle shops.
NEWTON TACKLE & BAIT
St HELENS Tackle & BAIT
WIDNES ANGLING CENTRE
HARRY’S TACKLE (ASHTON)
LEIGH TACKLE & BAIT
Golborne Tackle &Bait
These local tackle shops have all supported the ladies & junior section of Newton-le-Willows AAsc, please think when you’re buying online that these independent local outlets have been forced to close until restrictions are lifted. When that happens they are going to need your patronage more than ever in already difficult times, save your money and shop local. Other shops in the area fishing or otherwise need your support. 🎣🎣”
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