If you live in America, chances are good that you have a Wal-Mart and a Target within spitting distance of each other. And if you have a special lady in your life, chances are good she prefers to shop at Target. The reason for this, so I’ve been told, is that the quality of wares like throw pillows, linens, and cappucino makers is far better than those at the Wally World. Do you know how Target makes room for all the Martha Stewart collections? They shrink man-zones, like the fishing section shown at left, to a pitiful end cap of shame. Take a look at the Wal-Mart fishing section below.

I’ll admit that Wal-Mart can be a mess, and sometimes if you spend a few hours there in shorts, a T-shirt, and flip-flops, you kinda feel like you need a shower when you get home. I think what I really enjoy about Wal-Mart is that it’s often in such disarray, it’s more like a flea market. You never know exactly what you’ll find if you flip over a few loose items.



I patronize local mom-and-pop shops as often as possible, but when mom and pop are asleep, God bless a store where I can buy barrel swivels at 11 p.m. And believe me, I have on those nights when I need to rig 40 trolling lures for a 3 a.m. departure. I’m curious to know if you stay away from Wal-Mart entirely, use them as a main source of tackle buying or, like me, use them primarily as a bail-out in emergency situations. Or if you prefer Target, tell us why.