History of the Dogfish Tackle Company

In 1984,  I moved from Wisconsin to Florida. I enjoyed fishing and quickly became a regular at the Redington Long Pier. I don’t recall why, but my friends on the Pier soon started calling me “Dogfish Bob.”

My love for fishing opened some doors, and I began selling fishing supplies at the Wagon Wheel Flea Market on the weekends. I was quickly hooked and realized that I wanted to do more. So, I decided to open a tackle outlet. I needed a name and wanted to use what was given to me by my friends, “Dogfish.” Thus, the “Dogfish Tackle Company” was born in 1985. My new tackle center was located near the Welch Causeway in Madeira Beach. However, it did not take long for the store to outgrow the walls of this location. In order to offer my customers a larger variety of tackle, I needed a bigger and better facility. So, in 1988, I moved my dream to Redington Shores right across from the Long Pier where my nickname “Dogfish” originated.


Our old store in Redington Shores, across from the Redington Long Pier.

Over the next 17 years in our facility on the beach, the “Dogfish Tackle Company” grew and grew. With a larger display area, we came to offer the finest rod and reel selection on the west coast of Florida. We also created our original fishing rod masterpiece, the Dogfish Stik. Yet, once again, we outgrew our location. So, in November 2005, we moved to Seminole, FL to open our “Dogfish Tackle Super Center.” With over 3,000 assorted rods and 300 different reels on display, our 5000 square foot facility is truly an angler’s paradise. Our product selection is second to none! We take great pride in our products and service and strive to satisfy your every fishing need. Come visit us anytime and see for yourself!


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