Meet Jessica, She’s Fit to be Tied!
Apr30

Meet Jessica, She’s Fit to be Tied!

When you think of a bait and tackle shop, rarely do you expect to find someone like Jessica.  But, in Murrells Inlet, she is the first person you think of. Widely known for her prowess with  everything from tying rigs to knowing the hot fishing spots on any given day, Jessica lives and loves everything to do with fishing. You can’t miss the bait shop with its bright pop of aqua blue and red as you are driving down Highway Business 17 in Murrells Inlet, SC. The open air shop circa 1954, was rolled up with logs from its original site on the creek in 1971 by Winston Perry and Jessica attributes most everything she knows about tying rigs to him. With generations of Perry’s wisdom for tying rigs, Jessica was a fast learner and the speed at which she ties will amaze you.  Perry’s Bait and Tackle  is part quaint, and part chaos with its size challenged space. Jessica rotates her stock seasonally so you will find just about anything you need.  With her artistic flare, wall art is the backdrop for rods and reels, tee shirts, bandanas, decals, and lots of lures! But fresh bait is what keeps fisherman coming back and the fact that along with the bait, you get the fishing tips and  advice from Jessica makes it a must for any fisherman, novice or experienced.  It takes patience when fishing and with Jessica,  her patience is evident with her customers. She takes time with each and everyone to find out what they are fishing for, where they are going, and anything else she needs to know to help make sure their experience is a great one.  “They feel at home with me and there are no dumb questions” she states. What makes her bait shop special is the fact that salt pipes from the creek flow through the tanks which keeps her bait fresh and  90% of  the bait caught locally.  Fisherman can pull right up to the dock, tie up and get bait, ice, snacks,  or stop by the shop on Business 17- whichever they choose. You might say that Jessica has some salty language which she makes no apology for.  “What you see is what you get.  I’m around dudes all day and commercial fishermen don’t have the cleanest mouths.” she explains.  And, they love her!  Jessica majored in chemistry and biology at East Carolina University and she realized that her path to becoming a pharmacist was going nowhere.  She wanted to be outside and wanted to get her hands dirty….and that she does!  She has been featured on rigging segments with  Reelin...

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He said he was not a good turkey caller, and then…
Apr18

He said he was not a good turkey caller, and then…

My husband, Trippett is always saying that I am the one that knows how to call a turkey and that he is the novice.  Well, that is not exactly what happened this weekend at one of the the most gorgeous spots in the low country… Deerfield Plantation , in St, George, SC.  where we are members.   This place is simply beautiful.  The facilities will bring you back in time with its spectacular lodge and grounds. The staff is exceptional and over the past 3 years have passed along some of their trade secrets to successful turkey hunting. Being the rabid turkey hunter that I am, I am always reading, practicing, and learning the different calls.   On the other hand, my husband relies on me to help him with calls when he has time to think about it.  He obviously is a good student.  He had a textbook exchange with a love torn Tom who fell victim to his sultry calls he made with his slate call this weekend.  This was extra special as the slate call is a one of a kind call made by my brother, Jim.  My brothers,  Charles, Johnny, & Jim,  provide the slate for a large number of turkey call manufacturers in the United States.  But, you can’t always rely on one type of call… You need a lot of tools in your tool chest.  That is what makes it so exciting and challenging.  We both still need a lot of practice but at the end of the day, we are always grateful for the time spent in the majestic woods.  There are no words to truly describe how much we love our hunts.  It is truly a privilege and a blessing!  Oops!  gotta run!  Wild turkey soup needs some stirring!!! Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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