Hard to think the Bait business is dangerous, but we are reminded of that today when last night Paul, the bait truck driver, shrimp wrangler, passed away in a accident last night, If you have seen a truck with a large square tank on the back, with a guy who looked like a Hispanic, Oliver hardy, at the wheel or hauling in bags of Live bait shrimp, that was Paul, Funny, hard working, good father he often had his daughters riding with him on his route so he could spend more time with them. His life in the bait business was that of teewneer, he was between the boats who catch the bait, between the people who took the orders for the bait and between the bait shops and the boats, always trying to make every one happy. doing that and balancing a family social life, his day starts 1:am in the morning get up and head to the docks, start filling the truck with water and then load the bait, Some where between 2 and 5 he would leaves the docks and starts his route. On the truck there is around 50 thousand live shrimp or more, and dozens of bait shops to get to. The starting point was about an hour north of Tampa. Figure Fishin Franks is 1 1/2 hours south of Tampa. So Paul would get home depending on traffic noon if he was lucky. hundreds of not thousands of miles a week, all that and spend time with the family and them start over again. Even with that schedule Paul had a great sense of humor and even when mad he would laugh about it. For at least a decade Paul has been part of our life and the lives of dozens of bait shops. Shrimp boats, bait dealers, and friends.
I will miss him, We will miss him. a major loss for the industry. Paul touched a lot of lives. raised good children and loved to laugh.
Fishin Frank and The entire Pirate crew of Bait Bandits