Normally wouldn't spam like this.
But every year the weekend before Thanksgiving Capt. Steves Bait and Tackle on Chincoteague holds a surf fishing tournament. It is free and the prize is a nice rod and reel set from the shop. But last year there was no tournament because of Hurricane Sandy. So they lost all of their late Oct., Nov. and Dec fisherman since AI wasn't open. Then this year the government shutdown closed AI during some of the best fair weather fisherman time of the year and again they lose 3 weeks of income. Most people think that these shops on the shore make their money in the summer. But the truth is the summer pays the bills and the fall season is their profit.
Tom runs the shop with his two sons and some locals. But he is even laying off at least one of his sons this winter. These are great people who know fishing and love the surf and fishing. I will be there on Nov 21 to fish the tournament and will buy a rod I probably don't need and the regular bait and tackle. If you have the time and want to experience some of the late year fishing that is Chincoteague, please consider attending.