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New owner Chris Rippon at The Chandlery Bait and Tackle

New owner Chris Rippon at The Chandlery Bait and Tackle

New owners of The Chandlery Bait and Tackle at the Tin Can Bay Marina, Chris and Emma Rippon, say they have found their Nirvana.

After spending the past three years in Gove, ‘boys paradise’ as Chris calls it, running a tackle and outdoors shop, their desire to return closer to family grew.

Chris’s wife, Emma, knew if she was going to have any chance of raising the children in South East Queensland, she was going to have to find Chris a treasure – and she did – she found the Chandlery for sale, showed Chris and the move was planned.

Having worked in the tackle and outdoors industry for ten years, not only does Chris know the products, he can offer advice on fishing and boating and loves helping others get better at fishing to help them enjoy the pastime more.

Chris said: “We want to be the one-stop shop for all your boating and fishing needs. We have cleaned the shop, freshened it up, ordered a lot more gear, especially fishing and tackle, organised it and it is now more up to date and visitor friendly. We want to service the fishermen as well as the boaties.”

They now enjoy being closer to family and having the opportunity for their two children to get to know all their grandparents.

Chris loves the water, he loves being on it, in it, over it and he and Emma want their children to appreciate the beauty and fun of a life spent fishing, boating, sailing, SUP’ing, and walking in and around the water of the Cooloola Coast.

“We were so surprised with how friendly and genuine everyone was at a meeting I was asked to speak. Everyone was happy to chat and even helped us carry the pram.”  Chris said.

Go and say hello to Chris and the team at The Chandlery Bait and Tackle in Emperor Street, Tin Can Bay or phone 07 5486 4744.