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Company History

The Avid Angler began in September 1995 by Tommy Vaughan and his family. It began as a small store in a strip mall just North of the St. Augustine city limit on Ponce de Leon Blvd. or U.S. 1. Gradually the inventory grew and the store became known for having items that others did not have. A few years later the store was moved to its present location at 2101 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. This was a larger space, which was able to accommodate more clothing, tackle, bait, and hunting gear. Guns also became a part of Tommy's inventory. The store carried the largest selection of rods, reels, tackle, accessories and hunting gear of any of the local tackle shops.


In March 2004 the store experienced a devastating fire that destroyed more than 600 rods and hundreds of thousands of dollars of merchandise.

However, due to our very loyal customers and friends the Avid Angler was able to keep the doors open by moving anything salvageable into two pods and then temporally moving into the office space next door. Our customers helped us shovel out debris, clean tackle, move fixtures, paint, and anything else that needed to be done.

After rebuilding, Avid Angler is still known as one of St. Augustine's finest tackle, bait, and sporting goods retailers Northeast Florida.