History Of The Dogfish Tackle Company

 
This is the history behind the "Dogfish Tackle Company".  In 1984, I retired and moved to Florida from Wisconsin.   I enjoyed fishing and became a "regular" at the Redington Long Pier.  I don't recall how, but my friends nicknamed me "Dogfish Bob".  I have carried that nickname ever since.  My love for fishing opened some doors and I began selling fishing supplies at the Wagon Wheel Flea Market on the weekends.  
Wanting something more,  I decided to open a premium tackle outlet.  I needed a name so I decided  to share what was given to me by my friends, "Dogfish".  Thus,  "The Dogfish Tackle Company" was born in 1985.  This tackle center was located near the Welch Causeway in Madeira Beach.   It did not take long for the "Dogfish Tackle Company" to outgrow the walls of this location.  Thinking of my customers and wanting to offer them a larger variety of tackle I needed a better facility.  So in 1988,  I moved my dream to Redington Shores.  Oddly enough across from the pier where the name "Dogfish" originated.  Now the "Dogfish Tackle Company" facility has over 4,000 square feet of display area.  A rod and reel selection that is the finest on the west coast.  
With over 3,000 assorted rods and a 100 different reels on display, The "Dogfish Tackle Company" is truly a fisherman's paradise.      
We take great pride in our products and service.  We are here to serve you with your every need!
 
 
Dogfish Stiks
Each custom rod is painstakingly crafted, by hand, to meet your exact fishing needs.  Every blank is individually spined to insure proper deflection as well as guarantee you fight the fish and not the rod.  We test cast each rod to ensure the proper guide spacing, this process allows for maximum casting distance.  We also make sure that the line does not touch the blank when under stress.  We under and over wrap each guide protecting the blank from being damaged by the metal guide foot.  

Mass-produced rods are sometimes created with inadequate blanks and too few guides, leaving the customer with a rod of secondary standards.  It is only after a rod has passed all of our testing is the finest finish hand applied.  The rod is then rotated for hours to allow the epoxy to cure to a smooth glass finish.  To truly make your rod a one of a kind we allow you to choose the colors and design.

Head Coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
     
Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jon Gruden and his two sons (Jon II aka- "Deuce" and Michael) caught these Kingfish while using a DOGFISH STIK matched with a Shimano Calcutta 700.  

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