Frank's Live Bait and Tackle

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Frank's Live Bait was first opened in 1950, in Marlborough, CT. It was, and is, a family run operation. Frank Planeta began by supplying local area trout fishermen and over the years has branched out to include deep sea fishing. The store motto has always been "They are not customers, they are friends."

Today we see the young fisherman from yesteryear bringing in their grandchildren! We still believe in traditional service, and that applies to online services as well as in the store.

If you are in the neighborhood, stop in and share some stories, have a cup of coffee and browse around to see what's new! 




  • Live:

    • Eels

  • Frozen:

    • Bunker 

    • Mackerel

    • Herring

    • Local Squid (whole and Strips)

    • Clams

    • Finger Mullet

    • Smelt


  • Meal Worms

  • Night-crawlers

  • Dillies

  • Baby Crawlers

  • Shiners:

    • Pinheads

    • Small

    • Medium

    • Large



We offer a full line of freshwater and saltwater tackle, from line to hooks; weights, lures, rods and reels. We also custom make our own Fluke Rigs and Striper Tubes. 

Some of the brands we carry include Eagle Claw, Water Gremlin, Montauk, Rapala, Okuma, Shimano, Fenwick, Berkley, and many more.


  • Reel Spooling

  • Reel Cleaning/ Repairs

  • Rod Tip Replacement