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Matt Kurtz & Shannon Irey
Gary & Nancy Harsel

We are happy to announce that on January 15th Kurtz Live Bait Vending / Kurtz Fish Farm LLC has acquired LiveBaitVending.com. Please click on The Fishingwire.com article below to see the press release. We wish Matt Kurtz and Shannon Irey continued success in 2023. We will be staying on to ensure a smooth transition. We thank all of our customers and partners who helped us make our 25 years in business a success. Matt & Shannon will carry on with the same code of ethics and dedication that we had for 25 years. We wish them the best of luck and continued success.

Arial view of Kurtz Fish Farm LLC & LiveBaitVending.com

Kurtz Live Bait Vending / Kurtz Fish Hatchery LLC to Acquire LiveBaitVending.com

HISTORY:  PA Live Bait Vending was started as a family run business by Gary & Nancy Harsel in 1997 with a small Bait & Tackle Shop behind our home in Elverson, PA. Shortly after they purchased their first Bait Vending Machine, they quickly realized the tremendous earning potential and added more machines growing their business. In 2000, they opened a second larger Bait & Tackle Shop 15 miles from their home, and successfully operated it until 2004. At that time, they decided to concentrate on the Live Bait & Tackle Vending Business. They operated a route of 22 bait & tackle vending machines from 1998 until 2007. In 2005 they developed their 24 Hour Bait Shops with the Liberty, which was a huge improvement over the machines of the past. In Jan. of 2007 their vending route of 22 machines was purchased by the largest bait wholesaler in South Eastern Pennsylvania Kurtz Fish Farm LLC. Kurtz Live Bait Vending a division of Kurtz Fish Farm now operates over 85 bait vending machines and are growing. They are currently the largest bait vending operator in the United States. Now Kurtz operates the Fish Farm, Kurtz Live Bait Vending and LiveBaitVending.com. They also operate a Pay to Fish on the Farm at their 28 acre lake, from May 1st to Oct 31st.

LiveBaitVending.com is the “Exclusive distributor for bait vending machines for the Wittern Group’s Vending.com and VCI”.  This will allow us to offer new factory direct pricing as well as some other new great incentives. We are also a factory authorized distributor for AMS / Automated Merchandising Systems located in West Virginia.

We are currently in our 25th year and being in this business that long no one knows bait vending and bait vending machines better than us. As always we will continue to offer our much appreciated “free” 24/7 tech support. Our support and service is second to none.

Our mission statement: (As technology advances, we promise to keep in step with those advances so we may offer the best possible products available).

Please give us a call and we will more then happy to tell you more about our great line of bait and tackle vending machines.  We are dedicated to providing our clients the best possible equipment with the best service.  We offer 24/7 tech support for the life of our vendors, this includes weekend and holidays. We look forward to hearing from you.

Our office is now located  at The Kurtz Fish Farm located at 153 Isabella Road Elverson, PA 19520. We have moved the entire operation over to the Kurtz Farm. We just finished pouring the concreate for our new refurb shop. Working on getting the shop set up and functional.

Pay to Fish Lake
Shannon Iry / Manager
Matt Kurtz / Owner
Gary Harsel / Founder & Sales
Jewel /our office dog
Lady / Our office pup

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