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New Bait and Tackle Shop Opens in Calcutta (OH)

June 11, 2013
By Larry Claypool - OVO Editor , Ohio Valley Outdoors

Doug Fodrey has had to make some tough decisions lately. For three decades he worked as a general contractor and spent his spare time building a reputation as an excellent tournament bass fisherman. Those two facets of his life changed drastically a few years ago when he was diagnosed with colon cancer.

A rough two years for Fodrey seriously cut his trips to the water, but now other area fisherman are benefiting as he recently opened a local bait and tackle shop - Calcutta Outdoors Premium Bait and Tackle.

"I know two things - how to swing a hammer and cast a fishing rod," said Fodrey from his new shop in Calcutta (East Liverpool, OH). "I was a general contractor for years, got sick, was physically handicapped from cancer. I thought, 'what am I going to do?' I was in and out of the hospital and made the decision to live. You've got to do something or die.

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Calcutta Outdoors Premium Bait and Tackle owner Doug Fodrey stand in front of his new store in Calcutta, OH.

"I took my retirement funds, extended my credit, and I'm going for it," said Fodrey of his decision to open up a tackle shop. "I had to give up my tournament angling and I can still be a part of (fishing) for people who love to fish. I'm from this area and locally you go to Walmart or Dunham's to get your emergency stuff but they don't carry what you need all the time. I know tournament guys order online to get what they need. So I have what you need."

A big plus for Calcutta Outdoors is their affiliation with Bass Pro Shops. Fodrey said he's an authorized Bass Pro Shops dealer and can carry or order any item they have available. "I can order any item here and you don't have to pay for shipping," added Fodrey.

The shop, which is located in the Avenue Plaza, 16572 St. Clair Avenue, Suite 650, Calcutta, OH, carries several Bass Pro Shop fishing and gear items. In the near future Fodrey said the shop will also begin selling hunting gear, apparel and ammunition and camping supplies.

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The shop, which is located in the Avenue Plaza, 16572 St. Clair Avenue, Suite 650, Calcutta, OH, carries several Bass Pro Shop fishing and gear items.

Several other popular fishing gear products are sold at Calcutta Outdoors, including items from; American Rod and Gun, Pradco Industries, Pitman Creek, Reaction Innovations and Whip'em Baits (of Washington, PA).

The shop also offers a complete line of live bait that includes; minnows and worms for catching bass, crappie and catfish. Minnows currently available are golden shiners (3 sizes) and flatheads. Worms include; nightcrawlers (Canadian), dillies, meal worms, wax worms and red worms. Maggots are also available.

With Fodrey's background as a bass fisherman, the shop has various plastic baits and accessories for that species. He said he's been pleasantly surprised by the number of fisherman searching for catfish supplies. "I'd say it's been 10 to one for people looking for catfishing tackle. I can't keep many of the items I sell for terminal tackle," said Fodrey.

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Calcutta Outdoors offers several services for the fisherman. The store sells Ohio hunting and fishing licenses and is an official DNR deer and turkey check-in station. Fishing reels can also be re-spooled with 6-80lb fluorocarbon and braided lines. They also sponsor a catfish tournament and accept customer's photos for display and put on Facebook.

Special items not in stock can also be ordered. Store hours are; Tuesday-Thursday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. They are closed on Monday. The phone number is: 330-932-0551. See them online at:



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