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Mik-Lurch shop for sale

The gathering place for real fishermen is for sale.

The building housing Mik-Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet in Hammond was put up for sale, it was announced Wednesday. Until the building is sold, Mik-Lurch will continue to function as a full-service independent tackle/bait shop.

“We are not doing a fire sale, it will be business like usual until the building is sold,’’ said Ed McCain, one of the owners.

That will be true, even if it takes a year or more to sell their building.

McCain and Mike Starcevich incorporated in 1999 at a time when independent tackle/bait shops were dropping.

The shop on 7025 Indianapolis Boulevard became a gathering spot for serious fishermen and for the casual fishermen who wanted to learn from them.

“I told Ed, ‘What you provide is a fishing service,’ ‘’ said Brian Breidert, Lake Michigan fisheries biologist for Indiana. “It’s where a guy could put his minnow bucket on the counter and find out where the fish were biting and have a cup of coffee with the other three guys there.’’

Guides, young guys who became guides, captains, passed through or continue as staff. It was a place to learn from the most able staff of any bait shop or tackle store in the Chicago area.

The problem came with the arrival of Cabela’s down the street. Mik-Lurch’s business was cut in half, even though Mik-Lurch honed its piece of the market as an online tackle business and as a fishing business focused on the region.

Staff knew where fish were biting and would happily tell customers to go to Heidecke Lake instead of Lake Michigan, if that was a better spot that day. They would give coordinates for perch spots or salmon on Lake Michigan.

McCain and Starcevich gave countless seminars to clubs and at shows. McCain said they still plan to do the Hammond and Tinley Park outdoors shows this winter.



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