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9 vending machines with eclectic inventory

By: Matt Hickman on Jan. 30, 2012, 8:40 a.m.
bait and tackle vending machine

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Bait and tackle (U.S.)

If you’re a fisherman, sometimes you just need trout nuggets, night crawlers and crayfish at 3 a.m. As a result, vending machines that sell fishing bait — both live and frozen — and supplies are an increasingly common sight outside of rural gas stations and convenience stores. Bait and tackle vending machine industry leader, Elverson, Pa.-based Live Bait Vending, offers three types of machines: the standard-model Liberty, the energy-efficient Sportsman and the Coastal, a high-tech frozen machine with a robotic arm specifically geared toward the saltwater market.