Misquamicut, RI is known for many things – the beach of course, but also the restaurants, the events, the sun & fun and fishing. Coming down Weekapaug road is an adventure for the senses; the sights, the sounds, the smells. Turning right onto Atlantic Ave and heading over the Weekapaug bridge, brings you to Weekapaug Bait & Tackle.
Fishermen travel from all parts of New England to fish at the Weekapaug breachway and various beaches throughout the year. New to the local fishing scene, but not to business, is local businessman Peter Silva. Pete, as his friends call him, is the new owner of Weekapaug Bait & Tackle.
Pete is a local guy who grew up learning about clamming and fishing from his Grandfather, father and uncles. His love for the local salt ponds, whose unique ecosystems are only found here in Rhode Island, was instilled at a young age during those excursions for the local seafood bounty.
He maintains the local, family run business atmosphere by having his Uncle Mike help out with the merchandising at both locations, as-well-as being a general manager of operations for both stores. Customer service is Pete’s top priority and his knowledge about the area will have you enjoying your time in Misquamicut like a local!
Pete is now the 4th owner, and each of them have their own story. Mike Cardinal, a previous owner, has become a mentor to Pete, and also runs his custom rod & repair business at the Weekapaug location. After purchasing the business from the last owner, Tony Pocchia, who had changed the name to Misquamicut Bait & Tackle, Pete wanted to rename the store to it’s original name of Weekapaug Bait & Tackle. After meeting with Charlie Maggs, the founder of the store, Pete received his blessing to use the original name, so the next chapter can be written.
Weekapaug Bait & Tackle and her sister store, Quonnie Bait & Tackle – shout out to Gary & Abby who work at the Quonnie location – are full service bait & tackle shops. They both stock live bait, frozen bait, fishing rods, reels, all tackle needed whether fishing from a boat or land – in fresh water or salt water. Looking to check out the local rivers? They have fly-fishing rods and gear too. Misquamicut is known for her shellfish, and they carry a full line of high-quality clamming gear. To ensure you are legal, they are an approved state vendor for all required state licenses.
Weekapaug Bait & Tackle is located directly across from Dunes Park Beach and they are approved for beach parking. They sell and rent all of the sundries you will need to enjoy your time in Misquamicut – renting boogie boards, chairs, umbrellas; and selling all beach supplies and apparel.