Riptide Outdoors has plenty of gear
Supplying fishing gear and outdoor equipment is a side hustle for Riptide Outdoors owner Tyler Newton, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at his fully-stocked storefront off of Highway 51 in Gluckstadt.
Newton and his father, Ronnie, run Riptide Outdoors located in Suite I, 1716 Highway 51.
Newton said he and his father run an industrial tool sales operation out of the back the store but since they started selling fishing and outdoor equipment last year around Thanksgiving he has been happy to see Riptide Outdoors grow.
Though they specialize in fishing gear, Newton said they try to accommodate customers who are looking to participate in outdoor activity from “the boat to the ball field.”
Newton said he has enjoyed getting to know regular customers and help out new people who walk into the store every day.
“I like to help the customer find something they like to normally use,” Newton said. “I do what I can to help them out whether they are out on the water or their neighborhood pond.”
The 2006 Canton Academy grad grew up fishing in Madison County. He said one of his first moves was to be a sponsor for Bass Tactix, a Christian-based, non-profit youth and adult fishing tournament trail taken on the road across Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee started in 2015.
The youth trail features teams from high schools and independent affiliations from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Newton said he has met some of his most loyal customers through involvement with the tournament trail, noting he has local students from Germantown High School who come in almost weekly.
“It was a good way to give back to the kids,” Newton said. “Fishing is a great platform for them. It is good to have other options other than baseball or basketball for them to be involved in.”
Ronnie Newton said after they got involved with Bass Tactix the store “took a life of its own.”