New Bethel bait and tackle shop has that, and more
When they opened Bethel Bait Tackle and More last month, Jeremy Fredette and Sarah Lane hoped to fill what they saw as a gap in local services.
Judging by the response they describe, they’ve succeeded.
The new business, located on Mechanic Street, offers just what the name describes – fishing bait and tackle, guns and ammunition and a variety of other sporting goods and camping items, as well as fresh seafood. It will also serve as a game tagging station.
Fredette has background and experience in all of those areas.
“I always hunted and fished,” he said. He also spent time in his youth at his family’s second home in Pemaquid, where his friends – now fishermen and lobstermen – still live and provide him with a steady stream of seafood through a local co-op.
Fredette, who also owns Western Maine Roofing and Siding, realized people in the Bethel area had to travel a half hour or so for some of those items or services.
He and Lane decided to try to offer as many as they could in one shop.
Hunting and fishing are part of the western Maine culture, said Lane. And, she said, “There are tons of tourists who come here to hunt and fish.”
Since they opened, she said, area guides have brought people in to buy supplies. “And we get information from people on what they want us to carry,” she said.
As for the seafood business, Fredette describes it as “fantastic.”
He drives down to the coast each weekend and buys lobsters, clams, oysters and fish from the co-op. BBTM also has a wholesale seafood license and sells to local restaurants, Lane said.
On July 4th the shop had sold out of lobster by lunchtime.
BBTM also carries a variety of items from local vendors, including arts and crafts items and sauces and maple syrup.
The store is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.
It will also be open on Tuesdays beginning in August.