Just an FYI.
I sent a quick note to the DGIF, now Virginia DWR re the effect of the covid crisis, their reply:
"The Department sold 43,690 freshwater fishing licenses through the end of July 2019. So far in July 2020, we've sold 46,228 which we expect is a result of people spending more time in the outdoors during COVID 19. Boat sales are also up compared to this time last year."
" ...when it comes to fishing tackle, hunting gear, and even boats and kayaks sales. Green Top and Bass Pro have been picked clean. I have learned if you see it, need it, you better buy it quick. I have talked to the managers of both stores and the problem is with a major delay from distributors who say the manufactures have fallen way behind"
Just guessing that the Maryland DNR saw a similar growth in fishing and boating activity and sales.
Every tackle shop or place that sells tackle has empty shelves. Walmart's fishing dept. looks like it's going out of business. I'm was lucky enough to get stocked up on my storm shads early at Walmart and get my mepp's spinners from a local shop. I'm not going to mention them so they still have some when I go this weekend to stock up on whatever they have. Mepp's lures are made in Antigo, Wisconsin which is having a high covid rate, maybe that's why there's a shortage. Maybe they are not currently working or making any. Like you said, if you see it you better buy it. This could last a while.
From what I'm seeing, they're all fishing for Snakeheads. Once they're caught up , the party is over . The shelves will also get restocked when many people start going back to work next week. I've quit fishing for Snakeheads during the spawn, and Stripers during the heat . I 've given them a break.
Last edited by Capt.Nick; 07-29-2020 at 01:34 PM.
Fishing can be anything you want it to be
Many tackle shops have low inventory as well as Bass Pro.Online orders are taking over a month to get, especially if it is coming from China......... Gary
I canít believe there are folks out there that need anything. Iíll die before I use all of the shit Iíve got. I still have unopened jars of pork rind.
When French engineer Andre Meulnart invented the Mepps spinner in 1938, it wasn't long before he realized it was an extremely effective fishing lure. He didn't realize, however, he had invented a lure that would revolutionize the fishing tackle industry. LOL! I was borne in 1938 and had some Mepps Spinners ten years later.