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Bill Jackson’s:  Outdoor “Superstore” 
By Neil Taylor, www.strikethreekayakfishing.com

This store could also be called “Angler Utopia”, but if you fancy the outdoors: In the snow, on the water, “under water”, camping, fishing, fly-fishing, kayak-fishing, paddle, hunting, hiking, backpacking, searching for treasure with metal detectors, archery or biking- you need to walk in to Bill Jackson’s Shop For Adventure and take a look at this store. With over 40,000 square feet dedicated to the outdoor sportsmen and women, one could spend hours exploring this store. In addition to the merchandise that is available, a novice can gather the information they need to shorten their “learning curve” for their chosen activity.

It has been family owned and operated since 1946. Originally on Fourth Street, the store now exists on a beautiful piece of property on US 19 in Pinellas Park. Amid an otherwise developed area, the store is in a “forest”, thanks to Mrs. J who insisted that the trees remain! Lake access to the north is perfect for trying out recreational and/or fishing kayaks. The indoor pool means “scuba classes.” The indoor classroom translates to dozens of seminar opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to learn from the experts. The indoor pistol range is another draw to the store. Guns and ammunition are in stock and gun safety courses, and cleaning services are available.

Complete Fishing Department

The fishing department is a comprehensive collection of the very best equipment and tackle for almost every fishing trip local to Florida waters or distant. The guys in the department will also give you fishing tips and advice and will get you going in the right direction to get on some action.

The product line is comprised of the best name brands, tried-and-tested by the Jackson’s staff. Don’t be surprised to see the same people every time you visit the store. These folks are all “long time” employees of the Jackson family. Their experience and knowledge helps to guarantee that you get the right equipment for any adventure. Don’t be surprised if you meet Mr. J or Darry, “Mrs. J” or Doug Jackson as you enjoy your time in their facility.

Tack on the availability for fly-fishing, casting and fly-tying every week Jackson’s also offers a full service fly shop as well as having a large selection of conventional tackle.

Is kayak fishing your forte?  Select from all the best fishing kayaks available and have a rigging expert work with you to set up your fishing kayak for maximum efficiency and success.

Activities

Interact with others in your field-of-interest. Bill Jackson’s hosts club meetings such as the Bay Area Canoe, Kayak Club, The Adventurous Woman, “Kayak Fishing School”, Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers, Suncoast Search and Recovery (metal detecting) and multiple ski and fly fishing groups. Guest speakers for many of these clubs are fishing guides, outdoor experts.

An updated list of upcoming activities is available at http://www.billjacksons.com/calendar-of-events/

Getting there

The store is off US 19, strategically located just south of the 49th Street exits (on the east side of US 19)

Bill Jackson’s
Shop for Adventure
http://www.billjacksons.com/
9501 US Hwy 19 North
Pinellas Park, FL 33782
(727) 576-4169

Neil Taylor

Neil Taylor

Full time kayak fishing guide, Neil was an advocate for conservation since before the time he started guiding.Outdoor writer, speaker and radio show host, Neil connected closely with Captain Mel Berman and did many positives with Mel to promote ethical angling. After Mel passed away, Neil managed www.capmel.com and eventually became that web site’s owner.
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