Once upon a time, a long, long time ago there was a man named Joe Habel. It all started at a gas station a half mile down the road, where he began selling bait and bucktails to fisherman headed to the Bay. Being the visionary that he was, he purchased our location in the early 60’s and proceeded to build the initial structure by hand with all of his friends.
Rumor has it that he and his buddies placed an empty beer can in every cinder block they laid. At the time, it was the local hunting and fishing store, post office, convenience store (before 7-11’s) and local gathering spot.
Over the years, Joe took on partners to help him with the business, including Bob Dietz, John Ebersberger & son Charlie Ebersberger.
With knowledgeable people and a great location Anglers thrived while serving both hunters (both waterfowl and deer) and fisherman (specializing in Bay and Offshore). The shops early and late hours made it perfect for servicing local outdoorsmen. The neon sign, just off of Route 50, is now a landmark in the Annapolis area.
In 1980, the business expanded to its current size, adding a warehouse and extra retail space to better serve its customers. Anglers was then able to offer a wider selection of the latest and greatest supplies for its fishermen and hunter customer base.
Sadly, Joe and Bob have gone to the Happy Hunting Ground; but the spirit of what they began is still alive and well. Anglers now provides a great selection, knowledgeable staff, and flexible hours to accommodate the needs of all outdoorsmen.
Charlie is an owner, he’s not an office guy, he’s on the floor helping customers. His son Mike, is following in his footsteps. Both avid fishermen and hunters, they share our passion for the great outdoors.
A successful business, almost 60 years in the running, means we’re doing something right. Come by and see for yourself! Whether you are buying or just browsing, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience.