Shannon Brewer

Shannon Brewer has been in business one year with his Lake Shore Tackle Co. 

Shannon Brewer is celebrating his business' one-year anniversary today. 

Brewer owns Lake Shore Tackle Co. just north of the river bridge, across from the boat ramp. He moved to Guntersville from Kansas City, Missouri, last year and opened the shop.

"I'd always enjoyed fishing in Missouri," he said, "so it seemed like a good fit."

He's learned a lot in his year in the fishing business. 

In Missouri, he fished Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake and some smaller waterways.

"I've learned Guntersville Lake fishes completely different from the lakes in Missouri," he said. 

There's also an old saying that the way to make sure you never get to fish is to open your own tackle shop. 

"That's why I'm closed on Sundays and Tuesday afternoons," Brewer said. "I like to have time to do some fishing myself."

He was going out after crappie earlier this week. 

He's also learned that Guntersville is a seasonal fishery, meaning the top baits change as the seasons go. 

"It was crankbaits earlier this year," Brewer said. "The chatterbait has been good, but it's slowing down. It will be the deep diving stuff pretty soon."

Jason Majors, also from Missouri, works in the business with Brewer. Lakeshore Crafts has its woodworking products in one room of the shop. 

Scout, Brewer's dog, is a fixture at the tackle shop. Scout is an Australian shepherd/blue heeler mix and is skilled at catching a Frisbee in his mouth. He'll do it right there in the store if you ask Brewer. 

The shop has seasonal baits for bass as well as live bait for other species including crickets and worms. 

"We have some new types of live worms and they're starting to catch on," Brewer said. "One is chartreuse and the other is garlic scented."

The shop is open 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 until noon Tuesdays and 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The phone number is 256-960-5133.

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