Champ’s Bait & Tackle 1946 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt

Champ’s Bait & Tackle 1946 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt



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After the war, Charles ‘Champ’ Carpenter opened Champ’s Bait & Tackle in Colchester, Vermont, right off of Lake Champlain. Champ got his nickname after winning countless fishing derby’s and competitions, something he always attributed to his homemade lures and bait blends. By the late ’60s, Champ decided to play up sharing a name with the mythical creature said to inhabit Lake Champlain and added a drawing of Champ (or Champy) to his signage and packaging and the rest, as they say, is history.
Wait, there’s a lake monster named Champ? Yes, yes there is. Since the late 1800s, there have been over 300 reported sightings of Champ, the mythical creature said to inhabit Lake Champlain. Champ’s folklore can be traced back to Iroquois legends of giant snakes, which the Mohawk named Onyare’kowa. There’s debate on the best place to look for Champ in the 125-mile-long lake, but most sightings point to the area around the deepest part of the lake, between Charlotte, Vermont and Essex, New York. From die hard locals to cryptozoologists, they believe Champ has lived in Lake Champlain for hundreds of years.


Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.

  • 100% combed and ring-spun cotton*
  • Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
  • 30 single
  • Tear-away label
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
  • Side-seamed
  • Retail fit
  • Runs true to size


Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.

Width 17.99 20.00 22.01 24.02 25.98 27.99 30.00
Length 27.99 29.02 30.00 31.02 32.01 32.99 33.98
Sleeve length 8.90 9.17 9.45 9.72 10.00 10.39 10.79

All sizes are provided in inches!

*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.

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