A local teenager is expanding his outdoors business and getting his products on the shelves of local stores. Andrew Raymo, who is just 16 years old and a resident of Fort Gratiot, is the owner of Big Drew’s Custom Outdoor Goods, where he makes and sells custom painted lures and hand tied flies for fishing.
Andrew’s fishing products are on the shelves at Anderson’s ProBait in Port Huron and just made their debut at Jay’s Marine Hardware in Downtown Port Huron. Andrew said he has stocked some new colors at Jay’s and it is the perfect location for anglers to stock up their tackle boxes on the way out onto the water. The young entrepreneur also sells on his website and at shows like the upcoming Home, Sport, and Garden Show in Port Huron.
Andrew says he started making his own lures around the age of 14 and was encouraged to make it into a business. He describes himself as a “local kid trying to get into the outdoors business” and was sure to thank his family and friends for their encouragement. Andrew is a Junior at Port Huron Northern High School and enrolled in the Blue Water Middle College where he is pursuing an Associates in Science with hopes of having a career in the Outdoors industry.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.