Sodus Point Bait Shop – late 1970s

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Sodus Point Bait Shop (late 1970s) during 1st ESLO Derby. Photo courtesy Bob Chase Jr.


In the 1970s and lasting many years, Bob Chase Sr. and his wife Doris ran a bait shop in Sodus Point. It was where you went for fishing needs and bait and was a local hub during the ESLO Derby as pictured above. Bob Chase was very active in the community and was a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff. For several years, they leased the front of the store which served as a coffee shop (see picture below) .


Photo courtesy of Dick Ransley


Bob Chase Jr. tells a humorous story about the Cofee Shop. The coffee shop stayed open to the early morning hours. One morning around 2 AM, the jukebox kept playing over and over again the song: “Itsy bitsy, teeney weeney, yellow polka dot bikini”. That was the end of the coffee shop…..




Jill North remembers:  I always loved going to the Bait Shop before going out fishing when I was growing up during those summers!!!


Floyd McGovern remembers:  It was fun in those days. I just mentioned to Bob Chase Jr. about us having breakfasts there with Dick Monje, before a day of fishing.


Frank C Wackerle remembers: Bob  Chase’s bait shop then he put in a restaurant serviced breakfast lunch etc. Then put fireplace became a local meeting place.


Dave Pitts remembers: Fresh made doughnuts on Sunday morning. Ahhh!