Get-Em-All Bait Tackle Archery was busy on Friday and Saturday, filling customers orders as they readied for local streams in anticipation of trout season officially opening in Pennsylvania.
Store manager George Mallinson of Factoryville explained that Get-Em-All, located on Route 6 between Tunkhannock and Factoryville - in the former Fisher Stoves location - opened on April 8.
“It was so-so business the first week,” Mallinson explained. “The river was too high. I wouldn’t want to take my kid out to fish at that time.”
Business died down on Easter Sunday, Mallinson said, and right now he is waiting and hoping it will pick up again.
Get-Em-All is owned by Mallinson’s step-daughter Kim Moore.
“I talked her into it,” Mallinson explained. “I used to own a bait shop in Port Jervis, N.Y.”
Mallinson said he convinced his step-daughter that the bait shop would be a fun family operation for her, her daughter Dakota Moore, and her grandson Kipsyn Moore.
The shop offers a variety of live bait, including night crawlers, red worms, meal worms, wax worms, fat heads, and saw bellies.
“The only bait we carry that isn’t live is salted minnows,” he said.
Get-Em-All also offers a variety of fishing gear, including vests, rods, and spinning lures that Mallinson makes himself. Most of the items are for ‘wet’ fishing, although Mallinson said they do carry a few dry rods. People can also purchase electric motors for boats.
“We also have basic archery equipment that’s more for beginners,” Mallinson said. “But we’re going to soon be getting into more advanced stuff such as crossbows.”
The one thing Get-Em-All does not carry is guns.
“I’ve carried a gun all my life,” Mallinson explained. “But you’re much more likely to get robbed if you have guns in a store. What guy is going to break in here and steal a $50 fishing pole?”
Get-Em-All also carries hip boots, nets, tackles boxes, and everything else a sports person can use that’s fishing related.
“We’re expanding every week,” Mallinson said. “Every week I get more stuff.
Mallinson said they hope to eventually be able to sell fishing licenses to customers.
“The requirements are different than when I sold them in Port Jervis,” he explained.
He said they anticipate expanding the store’s stock considerably during the summer months, and in September or October, he hopes to able to offer trapping equipment.
“I think it’s good to go,” Mallinson explained.
One thing he would like to see is making the store’s back room into an archery and trapping department.
“I got ideas,” he explained. “But I don’t know how far they will go. My (step) daughter, (step) granddaughter, and the wife can overrule me,” he said with a smile.