Custer Bait and Tackle ready to help you go fishing
Published: Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
Whether you’re a veteran fisherman of 40 years or a first time angler looking to put a line in the water for the first time, Custer Bait and Tackle is your one stop shop for fishing gear.
The shop, located on Mt. Rushmore Road in Custer, was opened Memorial Day weekend by Josh Zerr, 33, a Pierre native who moved to Custer a year and half ago. At the time it opened, the shop had only nightcrawlers and minnows. Now, the shop has poles, tackle and live bait that will work in any lake in the Hills.
“If you want to go fishing, you can come in here and Iâ��will set you up with anything you need,”â��Zerr said.
Zerr has virtually any kind of live bait imaginable, including fathead minnows, creek chubs, sucker chubs, crawdads, leeches, red wigglers, nightcrawlers and even neon green nightcrawlers.
Zerr is a carpenter by trade, having spent 13 years building homes in Pierre. However, after a work accident left him nearly dead and with part of his skull crushed and blown out discs in his back, Zerr was limited as to what he could do physically.
One thing he could still do—and has always done, for that matter—is fish. Zerr grew up fishing in Pierre, and even fished in the Ranger, Crestliner, Lund and Evinrude walleye circuit for a while. He had been coming to Custer for a couple of years on vacation and decided to make it his home.
“It’s beautiful. Iâ��love it here,”â��he said.
However, one day after moving to town, he decided he wanted to go fishing. He said he drove around for 15 minutes trying to find a bait shop. He was somewhat awestruck that there was no shop in town. That’s when he decided to open one.
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