Bait and tackle shortage hits the US

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FISHING has reportedly seen an uptick in popularity in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arkansas tackle store co-owner Steve Spencer told Fox News that it was likely due to fishing being one of the few activities people can do while still social distancing. Some bait shops are struggling to keep up with the demand.

COVID-19 has caused multiple, temporary shortages for various items - as factories and processing centres closed due to COVID-19 infections.

Steve Spencer, co-owner of Lisa’s Bait Shop in Benton, Ark., said that he’s been able to keep a lot of items in stock due to strong relationships with suppliers.

“Really the hardest thing has been the live bait, the crickets, we ran out of crickets a couple of weeks ago, the first time we’ve ever been out in 35 years,” Spencer told Fox News.

“I’ve seen a lot of people go fishing that have never been fishing before,” he said, “and people taking their kids, you know, that haven’t been before, and people are still able to get out and do things and still maintain that social distance.”

Spencer told Fox News that he feels things are starting to level off and that supply lines are returning to normal.


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