From '97 to 2001 I worked in Lakewood, about 20 minutes from the Bait and Tackleshop and came to know Ernie. He was one of a kind. You could just pick up the phone and he would tell you if you should stay home or go fishing. If you were coming down and he was closing, he would leave bait for you outside and you could pay him whenever. When I knew him, he was still surf casting every morning and every evening and he had to be in his 70's. He always had these stories that seemed unbelievable about places he'd fished, degrees he'd earned, jobs he worked, real estate in Florida, charter boats he owned - one of a kind.
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