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Offline Mr.Seaguar

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Okoboji baitshops
« on: Oct 23, 2021, 05:29 AM »
There are no baitshops that clean fish at the lakes anymore. Kabeles became an ammo dealer, Stan's decided not to and Shucks got run into the ground. I guess there is a lady who does it behind Casey's in Spirit lake. I'm glad I got to use that service while it lasted. The fishing went to heck and the baitshops followed. I shouldn't be surprised, I guess.

Anyone know why that Travis is never at Stan's anymore and someone else does the fishing report? My buddy asked me and I didn't know, I've been in there one time since March.
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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #1 on: Oct 24, 2021, 09:52 AM »
A Wahpeton resident told me he gets his fish cleaned at Oak Hill Outdoor.

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #2 on: Oct 24, 2021, 04:28 PM »
There are no baitshops that clean fish at the lakes anymore. Kabeles became an ammo dealer, Stan's decided not to and Shucks got run into the ground. I guess there is a lady who does it behind Casey's in Spirit lake. I'm glad I got to use that service while it lasted. The fishing went to heck and the baitshops followed. I shouldn't be surprised, I guess.

Anyone know why that Travis is never at Stan's anymore and someone else does the fishing report? My buddy asked me and I didn't know, I've been in there one time since March.
Travis got fired. He never owned the baitshop, his dad does. I enjoyed Travis but many did not. He got into it with his dad and he fired him. I do believe OakHill Outdoors cleans fish. That whole baitshop is filled with former Stans employees. They all left Travis a long time ago.

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #3 on: Oct 24, 2021, 04:29 PM »
Whole thing is just a big mess. I still prefer Stans though.

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #4 on: Oct 24, 2021, 05:00 PM »
Thanks for the info fellas. Sad what has transpired in 10 years but I guess that is frequently the case in life.
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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #5 on: Oct 24, 2021, 09:54 PM »
Thanks for the info fellas. Sad what has transpired in 10 years but I guess that is frequently the case in life.
The problem with Travis is he was wanting to get rich. His prices were high and his bait prices just kept going up. No one ever got a deal while he was there. He ran a tight shop and that is not how a local bait shop should be ran. A little goes a long ways and many customers started going elsewhere. No one should ever have to pay 1.79 for a 4Ē chub.

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #6 on: Oct 26, 2021, 09:59 AM »
So there is 1 bait shop in all the lakes area that cleans fish. Who woulda thunk. Are you very sure about Kabeles?

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #7 on: Oct 26, 2021, 11:07 AM »
Southern Minnesota boy here, Y'alls baitshops clean your fish? Dang wish we had some around here that did! ;D

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #8 on: Oct 26, 2021, 02:57 PM »
Kabeles ditched fish cleaning for ammo sales.
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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #9 on: Oct 29, 2021, 10:37 PM »
Kabeles ditched fish cleaning for ammo sales.

I mean can you blame any of the bait shops? It's not like it would be a money maker, or really even worth the time. I mean who is going to buy anything when your done fishing.

On the other hand, I can't agree anymore that all the bait shops have gone to crap. I do like Stan's, and Travis there or not......I could care less. Didn't have a problem with the guy, but he surely didn't add anything to the shop IMO. Fishing reports were ok....nothing great.

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #10 on: Oct 30, 2021, 08:06 AM »
One of my favorite things was dropping my fish at Stan's or shucks, heading to Spencer, getting some KFC, going back to get my fish then going home. I have been made fun of 900 times for that until the person rides along. I've had multiple people say I'm never cleaning fish again afterwards. It's just too awesome when you can avoid cleaning fish.
They don't have to clean fish. I don't have to stop in. Nobody has to do nothing.
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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #11 on: Oct 30, 2021, 09:09 AM »
It surely is nice not having to clean fish at the end of the day. I prefer to do it myself because I feel like I can do a better job. I guess I have high expectations on how I like my fish cleaned and anytime I had a baitshop do it, it seemed like I had to go through them again. The amount of people dropping fish off to be cleaned over the last 2-3 years is unreal. Many people have gotten into the sport and with the good bluegill fishing, itís not uncommon to clean well over 1000 fish a day. Then thereís the guys who drop off buckets full of yellow bass (no limit). Most shops had no choice but to scrap it. It used to be an evening job for a few hours for an employee to clean fish, and it turned into a full time job with overtime. They had to cut back to say no fish in after 5 pm. It was just getting to be too much.

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #12 on: Oct 30, 2021, 10:30 AM »
Stopped at Okoboji Gas Co. and asked them if they cleaned fish. The answer was no because they couldnít find anyone to clean fish. Bait shop owners nowadays pretty much donít clean fish. The moneymaking side of cleaning fish is having those repeat customers come back through your door to buy the products you sell. Even more money when the owner does the labor (clean fish). Customer service goes a long way. It does take a special person to clean a lot of fish.

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #13 on: Nov 02, 2021, 10:50 PM »
I have a lot of respect for anyone who owns or runs a bait shop. I donít think anybody starts one thinking they are going to get rich, itís someth8ng they enjoy. People knock kabeles all the time but they run a great business, their prices are pretty fair and the selection is good. I clean all my own fish but that is mainly because Iím cheap. Canít blame them for finding another source of revenue that happens to be less labor intensive.

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #14 on: Nov 03, 2021, 07:50 PM »
Why can't I blame them?
Every plastics manufacturer claims plastics outfish livebait. So now I use livebait just for the increased challenge.

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #15 on: Nov 25, 2021, 11:14 PM »
I have a lot of respect for anyone who owns or runs a bait shop. I donít think anybody starts one thinking they are going to get rich, itís someth8ng they enjoy. People knock kabeles all the time but they run a great business, their prices are pretty fair and the selection is good. I clean all my own fish but that is mainly because Iím cheap. Canít blame them for finding another source of revenue that happens to be less labor intensive.

I don't disagree about them running a good business. Business wise. What I don't like about them is the false fishing reports they consistently put out for ice fishing. Misleading a lot of people. I mean it's one thing to do a fishing report.....or even a broad general one.....it's another thing to flat out make up a report. Now maybe they are just talking to fisherman that are feeding them absolute false information and repeating it......but come on....I will mis Travis reports from Stan's.......he was actually pretty accurate and truthful on his reports.

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #16 on: Nov 25, 2021, 11:15 PM »
Did Shuck's ever get redone?

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #17 on: Nov 26, 2021, 10:07 AM »
Shucks did get redone but it's something different now. I rolled through the parking lot to look but I didn't go inside.
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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #18 on: Nov 26, 2021, 01:11 PM »
Okoboji Gas Company

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #19 on: Nov 26, 2021, 05:17 PM »
So is there a bait shop or anything fishing related to do with it?

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #20 on: Nov 26, 2021, 05:22 PM »
So is there a bait shop or anything fishing related to do with it?
No. Kraftys meat market is attached to it though. Awesome jerky. And all sorts of stuff. Itís definitely worth checking out.

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Re: Okoboji baitshops
« Reply #21 on: Nov 26, 2021, 07:11 PM »
Brother-in-Law bought some bait there. I priced an ice shack.

 



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