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.
Northeast Florida is known world wide for its year around access to a large variety of fish and game. Located on the Atlantic coast, Northeast Florida is the perfect area for fishing and hunting opportunities.