On the Hook Bait Company, located in the parking lot of the bluff by the restrooms, opened about five weeks ago and word about the conveniently located shop is starting to get around. Owner Diane Sadenwater said the idea for the shop came out of necessity.
"My husband and I both fish, he has been a fisherman his whole life and he was tired of trying to get bait the night before," said Sadenwater. "He had come down here and no one was here to buy bait from."
They toyed with the idea of opening something up and decided to approach the town about it. They applied for a permit and when they got the green light, they decided to go for it.
"We were a little nervous because of the amount of time we would have to be here, but the whole family helps out," said Sadenwater. Her son Timothy, a sixth grader at Accompsett Elementary in Smithtown was lending his mom a hand on Wednesday. Her daughter and husband, who makes many of the lures they sell, also help out.
The shop is housed in a trailer where they sell live bait, lures and bait knives as well as some drinks and snacks. They are open four hours before high tide and four hours after low tide as well as from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They do not open before 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday.
Sadenwater said she would be interested in setting up in other locations if things go well here.
"I am interested in Nissequogue River State Park and Long Beach, where we would just sell bait," she said.
On the Hook Bait Company will be open until mid November and then plans to reopen again sometime in April.