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    Product Manufacturer: Carolina Outdoor Sportsman
    http://www.carolinaoutdoorsportsman.com/

    (919) 676-6799
    2411 E Millbrook Rd, Suite 101
    Raleigh, NC 27604

    On Millbrook between Atlantic and Capital.

    (from their web site)
    Carolina Outdoor Sportsman was an Idea conceived by myself, my wife Tracie, our Store Manager David and his wife Paige.

    We wanted to provide the North Carolina Triangle area with the best selection of product needed to be an outdoor enthusiast whether it be fishing in fresh or salt water with spin, convential or fly tackle or hunting waterfowl to big game. We also wanted to provide the best knowledge and customer service.

    In house we have over 6000 items and growing every day. We stock hunting, fishing, and camping supplies. We have on site rod, reel and bow repair and we can laser bore sight your firearms.
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    Recommended: yes
    Pros: Selection especially saltwater, service options
    North Raleigh Location.
    Good and growing selection.

    Not sure I've bought anything from them yet, but they've got lots of knowledge and specialty equipment, especially for saltwater - boat rods, big reels, etc... and lots of baits.

    Best saltwater Gulp selection I've found in the Raleigh area.

    Plenty of freshwater as well, along with hunting. Seem to be an archery specialist - I think they've got an indoor test range. Don't recall seeing guns in there, but wasn't looking for them.

    Burried deep in a strip center. You'll need to go in and hunt for them.

    - - - - - - Update Fall 2008 - - - - - - - -
    Several more visits, still haven't bought a thing there. Prices are high (not unexpected for a small specialty shop in a relatively expensive location). Saltwater Gulp selection has improved at Dick's Sporting Goods and other places in the area. Not so special after all. Dropping my rating to a '5'.

    - - - - - - Update Summer 2010 - - - - - - -
    Store recently moved to E. Millbrook Rd.

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    Price Paid: 51
    Recommended: yes
    Cons: Rod repair is marginal. (new guides)
    Pros: Very nice store, especially for looking. Large line of Saltwater products for an inland shop.
    I like visiting Carolina Outdoor Sportsman as they have a good selection of saltwater tackle for an inland tackle shop.
    I was disappointed when I had them wrap a new set of roller guides on an old Garcia 30-80 lb. class tuna rod that I am very fond of. One of the guides was badly misaligned and they charged me $15 dollars more than they originally quoted without tax. I did not argue with them and considered it a lesson learned.
    I still like to visit there but will not have them repair any more rods.

    Mark

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    Recommended: yes
    Cons: They could have a little more tackle but it is not Bass Pro.
    Pros: They have a vast variety of YO-Zuri and Lucky lures. Very helpful and very friendly. They are negotiable on some their rods and reels, but still competitive to other outfits.
    I am a big fan of Yo-zuri so i am a big fan.

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    Recommended: yes
    Great folks and great place. They became a sponsor of the BassPack last spring and have been very supportive. What's great is they will listen to your recommendation's for products you can't find or would like to get and see what they can do to get it in.

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    Recommended: no
    Cons: limited stock- not helpful
    Pros: convenient location
    Disappointing

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    Recommended: yes
    Cons: Expensive except for sale items
    Pros: Some saltwater lures and tackle that are hard to find in Raliegh area
    I'd seen writeups on this place several times over the past 3 years and finally broke down and checked it out. Friendly if maybe overly solicitous help, but they did have a pretty good selection of items I would have had to order online to get in Raleigh. Picked up a decent rod for jigging for $20.00 since it was on sale at half off, also some jigging spoons and trolling baits. Could have spent more but knocked it off at a hair over $40.00. Will likely go there again if I need something that I can't find elsewhere.

    Not as many items as Dicks, but more focused on saltwater and striper than on bass and crappie, so I was happy. Some more lures and rigs than West Marine, which is my other saltwater store locally.

    If you are into archery, they have an indoor range and looked like a decent selection of stuff. Not up to Rosco's at their prime, but with them out of business there is not much out there.

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    Recommended: yes
    Cons: Not cheaper than Dicks or walmart; no kayaking, pontoon gear
    Pros: Great service; hard to find brands/patterns; quality gear; great service
    Great shop for those hard to find brands like Luckycraft or Diawa (crankbaits). They have a wide selection of those specailty brands and plastics. The indoor archery range is great and if you are a hunter they have techs on hand for bow service and/or muzzleloaders. Great place for new hunters to get some shooting instruction and advice (again higher end equiptment). Not for the casual weekend fisherman. I think they have live bait. The selection is definitely for the serious angler, bowhunter and muzzleloader. Not cheap. I would not go there for hooks, line, sinkers and terminal tackle (go to Walmart). Strictly rods, reels, unique colors, patterns and specialty brands. If you were intending to order some high end gear or hard to find lures or reels from an online store, I'd give them a look. If you factor in shipping you'd proabably be +/- a few cents without having to wait or explain the multiple UPS deliveries to the wife..... want a rebel wee claw... go to Dicks. Want a firetiger Lucky Craft jerk bait.. take a visit. On the down side I didn't see any specialty gear for the kayaker or kickboater (tubes, pontoons).

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    Recommended: no
    Cons: Poor customer service
    Pros: Had a decent amount of saltwater tackle
    I stopped by this store one day when I was in Raleigh. I was interested in purchasing a jigging rod and some jigs but there wasn't anyone there interested in assisting me. Perhaps I stopped in at a bad time but I did not have a good impression.

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