Welcome to Frankie’s Bait Shop
Frankie’s Live Bait and Marine all began out of the hardware store in 1968. Frankie Dusenka’s father took the hardware over in 1968 and Frankie and his brother Brad, starting selling minnows and bait to local anglers. Frankie and Brad ran the bait shop daily and earned enough money to buy a couple boats, to try and sell to the local anglers.
Today, Frankie’s Live Bait and Marine is the world’s largest Ranger Boat Dealer and a Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee. Frankie and Brad’s father, Frank SR, would always say, “if we don’t get out of bed and go to work, that’s fine, when that bait store is gone, I’m going to put hardware in there”.
The brothers grew up in the fear that if they didn’t run the business right, it wasn’t going to be there. And really thinking about it now in 2018, after 50 years, that’s the way business is. If you can’t do it right, you won’t be doing it at all. We look forward to the next 50 years on this corner.
Call us at 651-257-6334 to check our live bait inventory.