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Best Fishing and Supply Store on Long Island

by Best Of Long Island on January 5, 2010

If you’re a fisherman, Long Island is the place to be. It’s also where you’ll find some of the best fishing and supply stores to support your habit.

Long Island Voted Combs Bait & Tackle the Best Fishing and Supply Store on Long Island!

Combs Bait & Tackle
74 Merrick Rd.

Bait. Tackle. Two essential pieces for a successful fishing expedition, and there’s no better place to equip yourself for an adventure on the seas than at Combs Bait & Tackle. Taking top honors in the fishing supply category for the second year, Combs has been in business since 1989, family-owned and -operated. The shop holds the annual Duke of Fluke Tournament, the largest fluke tourney in the country.

2nd Place – Captree Bait & Tackle, 1 Captree Island, Babylon. 631-321-1716.

Minutes from the boats, Captree Bait and Tackle is a one stop shop for all your fishing needs. Affordable live bait, line and quick last minute pick -ups on your way to the fishing boat is what Captree Bait and Tackle is for. You can also fuel up on your way in or out at their marina dock. Coming in at number two this year, Captree is the spot for bait on your way out.

3rd Place - Causeway Bait & Tackle, 3031 Merrick Rd., Wantagh. 516-785-3223.

Causeway Bait and Tackle has been on Long Island for over 70 years. They are family owned and operated and are known as “the biggest little tackle shop.” They carry over 10,000 fishing related products for all your boating and fishing needs. Causeway Bait and Tackle is available fully online and they have flexible store hours that vary with the season. Check their website frequently for promotions and deals. This year Causeway is number three on the Best of Long Island list.

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Steve B January 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm

The Best of the Best way to go Combs


Steve B January 14, 2010 at 6:07 pm

We Congratulate You!


Steve Freise January 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Bill & Denise are the most helpful, friendly & knowledgable folks in the business.
Congratulations, you deserve it!


John and Juliann Kendzierski January 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm

We would like to say Congrats to the best of the best ! Any time we ve been there you are so helpful and polite and i always feel like family! your very nowlegable and helpful in all my needs CONGATS again to both Bill and Denise you deserve it!


keith degraff January 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm

whoever the hater is needs to get his facts and head on straight because there are no late fish weighed in at the duke of fluke and there has got to be at least 1 fish caught on a spearing or a bunker chunk this year so the statement that every fish is caught on a terminator is simply false ;-) Congratulations Bill and Denise you deserve it and i’m just glad i could be a part of it.


Eric Kohler January 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I completely disagree with the poster “Ed Walsh”. This whole contest is voted ‘by the readers’ of LI Press. If they’re so terrible, why did they win News Channel 12′s best bait shop last year?

You say Bill is a salesman? That guy has been fishing these waters for fifty years and behind the counter for more than twenty- I don’t know anyone with more knowledge about the bay. Bill is passionate about fishing and dedicated to his doing right by his customers. Talk to him for five minutes and see if his enthusiasm about the sport isn’t contagious. Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned pro, he whips out his little map, shows you where they’re biting and where the hotspots are and sends you off on your way with helpful little bits of info. There’s nothing ‘sales-y’ about that!

They treat their staff like garbage? Then why do the kids stay working there for 15 years at a time?Rob worked there from the time he was a teenager right up until he got married! And the current kids, Ben and Keith, have been there for a decade and 5 or 6 years respectively. That whole staff is like a big family, those kids are like sons to Bill.

And for their tournament, that event draws hundreds of people every year and Bill is VERY strict about sticking to regulations. This year a guy threw a FIT when he was 3 minutes past five and got turned away. (They weigh in well past 5:00 but the line is always cut off by 5:00. Clearly you’re confused.) The judges are officials sent over from the Fisherman to make sure everything is on the up and up. And when there was a question about the legitamacy of one of the weighed fish- Bill had a biology teacher cut open the fish in front of everyone to ‘check its authenticity’. I’ve done the tourney almost every year since the beginning- they get donations from the community, give out generous prizes, feed everyone and its like a big party. I think after 15 years of successful tourneys and the wildly increasing number of participants, you should give it a little bit more credit.

Shame on you for taking cheap shots at these hardworking people. I am a longtime customer and I consider Bill a friend. At a time when mom and pop shops are hurting, or people are running off to the big box retailers like Wal-Mart, these guys have really stepped up their game and outlasted the so-called ‘competition’.

And as for your criticism that “all the big fish are caught on the same thing, a terminator”, that sounds like proof positive that it works. Stop by the shop- I’m sure Bill would be happy to educate you about why its not just “a fancy lure”. The results speak for themselves.

Sounds like you are a disgruntled owner of one of the bait shops that didn’t make the cut. Sorry, better luck next year =)


J & C Policastro January 20, 2010 at 11:48 am

Congrat’s to the BEST!!! In Bill’s past life I swear he was a viking! Nobody knows fishing and the waters like this guy! You will find him to be well-spoken, engergetic, confident, and personable, the type of person whom customers can rely on! Both Bill and Denise have a strong work ethic and a dedication to success, and they are motivated to help you with whatever your needs are!



Causeway Bait and Tackle July 22, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Congratulations to Bill and Denise at Combs Bait & Tackle. Combs is a well respected and well known shop in this industry. Being voted the Best is a great honor and is well deserved.

We’d also like to thank all who voted for Causeway.


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