Board Game or Bored Game?

In 1977 two-time Classic winner Rick Clunn leamed up with King's Kids Inc to produce the board game Lunker. Unfortunately it turned out to be a flop.

In 1977 two-time Classic winner Rick Clunn leamed up with King’s Kids Inc to produce the board game Lunker. Unfortunately it turned out to be a flop.

Fishing is typically thought of as an activity to be pursued outdoors, enjoying nature and trying to figure out its ways. That hasn’t stopped many entrepreneurs from trying to take the outside into the indoors. Not surprisingly, most of them have failed to capture what makes our sport so great. [Read more…]

Big Box or Ma’-n-Pa’?

Aberdeen Bait and TackleAs many of you have probably figured out by now, I spent my formative years (some would argue deformative) working in a tackle shop in southern California. Our shop had all the latest and greatest any bass fisherman or saltwater angler could want. We specialized in mainly western gear – although it wasn’t called that back then – and we built custom rods, repaired reels and always had a pot of coffee on. If you were lucky enough to stop by at lunchtime, Bob (the owner) would buy anyone in the store lunch, which usually consisted of Church’s Chicken. [Read more…]

The Boats of Japan

Popeye’s Japan 2006. Photo Terry Battisti

Although this may not qualify as an “historic” piece, last week we posted a story about international bass boats and a question was posed by a reader whether I or anyone else had seen the small versions that Ranger produces. Well, in fact I have.

On one of my first trips to Japan (2006) I was lucky enough to spend some time touring the local tackle shops and boat dealerships around Tokyo. My guide and close friend, Dodge Katayama, took me to what is the biggest tackle and boat dealer in all of Japan – Popeye’s. The shop was on what I’d estimate at least 5 acres of land, which is huge when it comes to a shop in Japan. The tackle store alone was between the size of an Academy and a Bass Pro or Cabelas. The boat shop was about the same size as any you’d see in the U.S. [Read more…]