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If someone can give me directions to where in Baldwin is Baldwin Bait and Tackle at. I'm heading that way (hopefully) Monday afternoon or early Tuesday morning and want to stop in to get some helpful info. I'm planning on staying (camping) on the PM and need some advice on fishing there, This will be my first time there camping and fishing.
If anyone would have any suggestions on bait or tackle that also will be VERY helpful. I'm taking my small spinning rig and fly rod and plan on trying them both. This is going to be all a learning lesson for me.
I will be traveling M37 north to Interstate 10 (west), a turn to the left and then a turn to the right. If anyone is in that area and wouldn't mind fishing (or teaching) with a newbie, please feel free to PM me and we could set something up.
I can't wait,
Thanks in advance
Bob
 

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As you are traveling north there will be a flashing yellow light at Star Lake corner. Super market on the south west corner with a gas station right at the light on same side. BBT is just a short ways north of the light on the west side.

They are quite a ways south of Baldwin and south of the PM.
 

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I hope that you have better luck than I did when you get there. We were up last week and made a special trip into Baldwin with the same hopes as you in getting some helpful advice and tips. The guy behind the counter, (Brandon) , couldn't really be bothered to give us the time of day,it was like pulling teeth getting information out of him. It was like a bad first date when only one person is asking the questions and the other just answers with yes and no. He gave us an access map and some reading material and not much more. Overall a bad experience for us,I hope you do better.
 

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The directions above are accurate. As far as service, I have been going there for around a decade now and have always had good experiences there. Here is pretty much what you can expect-

1. Prices will be higher than at home. Its a destination shop, not some huge Walmart competitor.

2. There will be an updated info board on the wall behind the register, look at it for basic info.

3. Grab one of the free maps for ideas on access.

4. Wait until the guy/gal at the counter is not busy and go up with some things you are willing to purchase. Ask for some advice on good flies/bait, maybe tackle. Then, after you've kicked some cash out, you'll probably have better luck with "strategy" advice, like where to go to catch the Hex at night, etc.

This basic system is what I try to use whenever I'm in a tackle shop. It seems to work okay. What got me hooked on BBT is personal experience as a poor college kid getting ignored at other shops, but given good customer service there. One time I lost my wallet at Gleason's, people found the pathetically empty thing and took it to the shop, where I happened to be at the time asking for help. The way Steve and Bob handled it was pretty cool. Eventually, I took my dad on a trip with one of the guides, and we had a good time, learned a lot too! During the salmon and steelie seasons, they try to put out up to date, fish porn covered reports that I've found to be accurate and honest. So, I guess that makes me pretty much a loyal customer. I think you will not be disappointed if you stop in. Take care.

Chip

PS- the PM is an awesome system, and there are lots, and lots of nearby waters if you like trout.
 

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Good Day,

I don't get up that way often, but BBT is the only place I go now. Never had a bad experience. Always great service - BTW - I am not a corporate type either, hehe.

Steelie
 

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I've been dealing with BB&T for several years now and have never had a negative experience. I don't know what happened with the posters above who got a bad taste in their mouth, but from a personal standpoint BB&T is one of the best places to go for your stream fishing needs and that includes guided trips down the river.
 

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In the Baldwin area there is 3 good sport shops. I spend time at all 3. EDs in Baldwin, Kings just south of Baldwin and BBT. All three have there own nitch and it seems to work out just fine.
I will say one thing and it may be me only,but BBT does not seem as friendly since Bob has left. It is like pulling teeth to get some information about fishing.
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Maybe if I had walked up to the counter with a pile of merchandise to buy I may have received better answers to my questions. I don't agree with the fact that unless you buy something that they should ignore you. It is plain and simple that if you treat people right when they come in just for information that they will more than likely return when they need to buy something. I'm sure that not everyone in the store is like they guy that I dealt with,but from the responses here I would think that one more than one occasion customers have been rubbed the wrong way by the staff there. With the Michigan economy being as depressed as it is, I cannot understand why anyone,paying customer or not would be treated as I was, the staff at BBT needs to understand that they are not only there to sell tackle, but also(in my opinion) promoting the area and Michigan as a whole. I personally will be shopping somewhere else in the future.

"I'm as mad as hell,
and I'm not going to take this anymore!!"
 
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