About Us

Coop’s Bait and Tackle is a full service fishing shop located in Edgartown, Massachusetts on the small island of Martha’s Vineyard. Established in 1985, “Coops” has been center stage to the fishing scene surrounding the island. Since opening it’s doors, the shop has grown from being a family run bait shop to a well known and respected local fishing franchise that offers some of the best fishing products and charter services in New England.

Cooper Gilkes, the founder of Coop’s Bait and Tackle, is a well known fisherman and respected community member of Martha’s Vineyard. Additionally, Coop’s wife Lela Gilkes, his son Daniel Gilkes and his daughter Tina Polleys have all demonstrated long term commitment in the success of the fishing shop. Coop is a major contributor to local fishing derbies including the annual Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. He has be featured in the Martha’s Vineyard Times and other local publications on numerous occasions.

Coops Bait and Tackle is committed to offering expert fishing advice and keeping up with all the latest information regarding weather reports, tides, fishing hot-spots, fishing regulations and island news.

Coop’s Bait and Tackle is the only licensed Orvis dealer on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.