2016 Holiday Edition – Ed McFall's Little Tackle Shop, Cape May, New Jersey – 1960
Ed McFall's Bait and Tackle Shop in Cape May, NJ circa 1960. Ed's tackle shop was on Route 9 opposite Cape May Marina, now known as South Jersey Fishing Center. The shop was so small that customers had to stand outside to be waited on across the glass-fronted show cases. But small as it was, Ed sold a complete line of fishing tackle and bait for trolling and bottom fishing, repaired fishing rods, made and sold custom fishing rods, sold custom-tied rigs, and was an agent for taxidermist A.J. Pfleuger. As Ed described it, the shop was so small you had to go outside to change your mind.
A personable but salty Irishman with a good sense of humor, Ed was no stranger to long hours and hard work. Along with a job as a machinist, Ed operated his shop on weekends and in the summers from 1949 until a stroke felled him in 1969 and he was forced to sell the business. Ed McFall was 86 when he passed away in 1989.