WYLIE (1080 KRLD) – Wylie is definitely growing, but one shop hasn’t changed much over the years — LeRoy’s Tackle and Bait, which sits near Lake Lavon.READ MORE: Texas Secretary Of State Says Some Counties Still Had Old Application For Mail-In Ballots On Their Websites
And shop owner Brenda Grey wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I was born at home, right over by the lake. And you know the lake used to be a farm. In fact there is farm equipment still at the bottom of it,” said Grey, who admits there isn’t much she doesn’t know about either Wylie or Lake Levon.
Her father opened the shop in 1966 after growing up on a farm, where the current lake sits.
“My granddaddy was actually standing on an onion shed when it started filling up. He had to be rescued while on top of the onion shed,” said Grey.
Walking into LeRoy’s customers find every kind of bait, lure and tackle imaginable. Grey prides herself on finding anything her loyal customers need and said her bait works.READ MORE: Texas Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne Introduces Resolution Recognizing Heroes Of Synagogue Hostage Situation
“The biggest thing I’ve seen caught was a 89 pound catfish out of Lake Lavon,” she said.
Asking Grey about the lake brings her back to her childhood.
“We used to ride our horses right up to the lake and park our cars near the waters edge. Anything you wanted to do before it got blocked off,” she said.
But good bait and stories aren’t the only thing you get when you walk into LeRoy’s. It’s also the home of “Bill” the alligator.
“When they found him he was only 3 feet long and wasn’t moving or eating. He had been someone’s pet and they had turned him out. So we’ve had him for 8 years now,” said Grey.
Now Bill is 8-foot long and kicking, lounging inside a specially made pool and shed for all to see.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Has Taken Toll On Mental Health, Experts Say
So if you are in Wylie and want to go fishing on the lake, stop by LeRoy’s, and make sure to stick around for a story or two.