Welcome to Combs Bait & Tackle

Combs Bait and Tackle has been here since the early 1940’s. Billy used to ride his bike here and would always dream of not only owning a bait and tackle shop but of owning this one.

In 1989, Bill and his wife Denise bought their dream.

Not only has Bill lived and fished locally all his life but is also a licensed captain who ran charter for 13 years running many charters including the 62′ Hatteras “El Cid” out of Freeport. He has fished offshore, inshore, fresh water and salt and is more than happy to share all of his knowledge with you.

Combs Bait and Tackle is a family run business. At any time you may find Bill or Denise running the store with help from their daughters Victoria or Chrissy, or their grandchildren.

Doing business the old fashioned way – where a handshake is the only receipt you need.

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Happy Fathers Day to all of our customers and fellow anglers! Being a father is truly the catch of a lifetime. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello fellow anglers,

We had to suffer through a week of less than ideal weather with either too much rain or too much wind, and sometimes both.

Wednesday was perhaps the best day for fishing in terms of conditions. The Hempstead Reef showed some signs of life with some fluke, a few ling and sea bass, and quite a few dogfish. The McAllister seemed to have better numbers with a few more flatties, good amounts of ling and some sea bass.

The inlets at Fire Island and Jones held some fluke but the keeper ratio was a dismal 1 in 20. The ratio showed improvement in the back bays- and at the east side of the Wantagh the ratio was 1 in 10.

The best shot for anglers as far as keepers was Massapequa Cove, the East/West Channel, and the State Boat Channel at Tobay. The flatties did not show a preference for any particular color so why not start with basic white. They did, however, show a preference for spearing or a spearing/squid combo. The best bite on keepers occurred on the last two hours of the incoming tide and the first hour of the outgoing.

On the bass scene, once again, clam bellies action was good along our local bridges. Customers have reported connecting with a dozen fish and taking a keeper home for dinner. Keepers averaged 28 to 31-inches. The outgoing tide gave anglers their best shot. The vast number of blues that were present in previous weeks have departed for parts unknown. If bottom fishing is on your menu, the party boats are reporting excellent catches of ling.

Why not drop by and get Dad a Combs Gift Certificate? We will be open until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening. Also, our popular Tangle Free Fluke and Sea Bass Rigs are Buy 4 and get 1 free until Sunday close.

Wishing a very happy Father’s Day to all of our customers who are lucky enough to be called dad or grandpa. See you in the shop!

May the fluke be with you,
Captain Bill
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