The arrival of Compleat Angler & Camping World continues to add to the variety of businesses in the Kelso area. The store opened on Sydney Road almost 12 months ago, while the franchise itself celebrated it’s 50th birthday last year. Kelso store owner, Garth Collins, who also owns the outlet in Cowra, completed the store opening and move to Bathurst in November last year and said that he is extremely happy with the way things are going.
“There is a great community vibe in general to Bathurst and the Central West but especially in the fishing community. My family and I are third generation campers and fishers, so we love seeing how passionate and involved people are in the area,” he said.
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Involvement in the community is something that Garth focuses on in his business and currently supports local events such as the Gone Fishing Day and the upcoming Oberon Redfin Roundup, along with some of Oberon’s local fisherman including Richard Gear and Jarrod Williams. “It’s great to see so many people involved in fishing, and some of the guys definitely know their craft. Jarrod is currently sitting third in our Inland Fishing Competition, while Richard is fifth,” he said.
A keen fisherman himself, Garth said he has a simple job to provide high quality and affordable products at a great price while also providing solid knowledge. “I’ve learnt so much through my experiences and love passing on good information while picking up any local tips”.