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    Jobs in the fishing tackle industry.
from spook (  
4/11/2006 9:38:00 PM


 What is the best way to get a start in the tackle industry ? I am 48 years old and took early retirement after 28 great years from a large company. I have sales and service experience on small and large accounts. I am a life long outdoorsman and live in Gainesville,Georgia.
Thanks for any suggestions on getting a foot in the door.

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   tackle job from Cuz  4/11/2006 10:07:00 PM
 Yo spook, you & I are the same age, I have 29 years with my employer (US govt.) but unfortunately I still have 6 years to work. Still, 55 is still pretty young to retire. I'm thinking I'll just hang around the local BPS store until I'm noticed as an obviously highly knowledgeable individual and offered a lucrative contract working in the fishing department, lol! Now you know why I'm a govt. employee, I'm a smartazz! Seriously, good luck, and I'm envious of your early retirement!


   getting started in the tackle business from Tim Johnson  4/11/2006 11:28:00 PM

I would recommend contacting one of the marketing companies, and see if that would give you a start. One of the largest marketing companies that represents fishing products is the Don Coffee Company. Another is the Alliance Sports Marketing Group. I think if you do a google search you can find them.

Example: Don Coffee represents Shimano and some hunting products, as well as other large, well known tackle companies.

Alliance markets P Line, Mustad Hooks and Bandit Crankbaits. They also market Froggs Toggs.

So by contacting the marketing groups, you are approaching more than one fishing "product" at a time. Might help you get your foot in the door.

Hope that helps.

   Dealer Fishing Tackle Show in Las Vegas from McPhee (  4/12/2006 12:33:00 AM
 Wednesday, July 19 - Friday, July 21, 2006 American Sportfishing Association, ICAST Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV This is a dealer show and not open to the general public.

The showcase is the flagship feature of the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, or ICAST, the sportfishing industry’s premier trade event produced by the American Sportfishing Association.

You might see if you can get a pass. I am sure you would make some valuable contacts and maybe a job.

I have a fishing buddy that will be there representing his company.


   Good luck!! from Jason Penn (  4/12/2006 12:37:00 AM
 Congrats on the retirement, hope everything works out for you like you want it to!!

   Spook... from Triton Mike  4/12/2006 5:43:00 AM
 I've asked about the Rep Job Tim Johnson is talking about. There are actually a few reps on this board that I am sure will reply to this post. Those guys work very hard, long hours and at times 7 days a week. If you enjoy your retirement I'm not so sure I'd go the rep route. I've been to Icast and tons of other shows and talked to bunches of reps and they all tell me this as I have also wanted to find a job in the fishing industry myself. However they are an excellent resource for having contacts within the fishing industry.

T Mike

   Tackle Reps from Sms (  4/12/2006 9:05:00 AM
 I hope you like to spend long hours on hard concrete floors all weekend promoting and supporting your product line. I've worked for several manufacturer's sales representatives over the past 25 years and can tell you that it will become just another job. I'd go to one of the BPS sales events to contact the rep groups. They'll be wearing badges telling you their company's name. Some are just Pro Staff guys, but usually there are several of the reps too. Just ask. They will be able to supply you with contact information for their company. It's a smaller group of people than you might think and they all circulate in the same circles.

   Good Advice from Diane J.  4/12/2006 11:16:00 AM
 in all the posts above. The ICAST show will definetly get you around, whether you get 'in' is another thing depending on your talent and experience. Contact ASA (American Sportfishing Assn.) for a pass into the show ($30.00) and take your Also ASA has a Reps. Seeking Mfgs ad board.

Google your way through smaller Fishing/Tackle Companies seekings reps too. You may want to start 'smaller' and feel your way around, then get with the big names with an established resume and proven track record in sales for the fishing industry.


   rep jobs from buzbait (  4/12/2006 11:23:00 AM with any industry, the good jobs are all taken and you have to wait for someone to retire or die to get a shot...there seem to be plenty of companies out there looking for reps but they either have a huge territory or very high minimums or not very good products....your have to be careful or you will be traveling the 10 state southeast selling minnow actually seems to be a very limited industry with the "good" jobs very difficult to come by...of course this is only IMHO...Good Luck..!!

   Really depends on what you want to do from David (  4/12/2006 3:28:00 PM
 I can't speak for all companies, only the fishing tackle company I work for. During my career I have worked in several industries for both small companies and fortune 500 companies - the fishing tackle company I now work for is absolutely no different than any of my previous employees (we are the largest in the world). We have manufacturing jobs, marketing positions, sales positions, HR, finance, customer service, warehouse, etc positions that function as they would anywhere else. While you would always know you work for a fishing tackle manufacturer here based on all the " fishing stuff" around, you would never know it if you sat in several of our meetings as discussions about logistics, marketing, sales numbers are the same here as anywhere else.

With that said I would suggest identifying what position(s) you are suited for based on prior job skills and knowledge, developing a resume that is tailored to bring out and highlight those skill sets and start sending my resume out to your targeted companies - call to find out who is the hiring manager, check web sites for job postings, etc.

I would target the companies based on their size (dollar volume or employee numbers) and whether they are a marketing firm or a manufacturing firm - ultimately, it would be dependant on whether I see a need for my particular skill set within the targeted companies. I would also try to attend, as others have suggested, trade shows, sporting goods events, etc to start to network myself with employees within the companies. Carry a resume, ask for business cards, keep contact with people you meet, act professionally, etc....

   you need to learn from asu72 (  4/12/2006 6:52:00 PM
 Spanish or Chinese.

   Who stocks the stores and does the PR. from spook (  4/12/2006 9:56:00 PM
 I am looking more at delivering the product and setting up displays. Remember I am retired! I do not need to make a fortune, just looking for something interesting to do and promote a good product.



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