Father-son duo open solar powered bait shop in Pascagoula

Father-son duo open solar powered bait shop in Pascagoula

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - There's a new business in Pascagoula and it runs on wheels and solar panels.

Chris Jones and his 17-year-old son Conner opened CJ's Bait & Tackle over the Fourth of July weekend. You can catch them at Beach Park Wednesdays through Saturdays, beginning at 5 a.m.

Chris said it's kind of like power on the go. "We've kind of wheeled and dealed and picked up a few solar panels along the way. Set it up. It feeds on the truck," he said. "All the solar panels are set up on a rack on the truck. We have the battery storage on the truck."

On a day where the sun may be shy, Chris said he has the option to power up and serve his customers.

"On a lucky day we get a close enough spot where we can plug into shore power and we don't have to go off solar and that allows us to run a little air conditioner and cools things down a little bit so when people come in it's a nice little break from the heat," he said.

Since day one, they've seen steady business. "Having a bait shop down here with tackle and stuff makes it a lot easier for a lot of the fishermen," said fisherman Dan Hoffman.

Dan and his brother David are new CJ's customers.

"When he shows up if you haven't caught any bait from throwing net. Or just getting off work and haven't had time to go get your bait, just come here and pick up some shrimp or you know, whatever he's got. It's decent price. You can just pick up your bait , grab your gear and head on out and start your fishing," said David.

"Everybody's just peeking their head in and saying, this is neat! We needed something like this," added Chris.

Chris and his father-in-law came up with the idea for a solar powered bait and tackle trailer years ago. They weren't able to get it up and running, so now he's creating memories with his son.

"It's fun," he said. "It's a lot of fun and you get to meet a whole lot of new people."

CJ's Bait & Tackle sells snacks, cold drinks, bait, life jackets, tiny American flags, and so much more. Click here to visit their Facebook page.

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