I have been an avid fisherman all my life but once I was introduced to Popping and Jigging while fishing in Panama my love for the sport increased tenfold. Nothing I have experienced compares to a monster fish exploding on a topwater lure. The ultimate in thrill and excitement. Jigging is the perfect compliment to Popping. Two totally different styles of fishing but both can be very productive and it's a great way to break up the day. I think my favorite aspect of Jigging is the unknown. You just never know what you're going to pull up from the depths. Popping and Jigging are also both hands on types of fishing meaning that you actually have the rod in your hands at the strike. Some people like to kick back with a beer and troll the day away but as patient as I have become in my older years I still prefer to be working it. Being a tackle whore, whenever I'm traveling somewhere I always need to research and purchase new and exciting tackle(not to mention at least a couple of new rods and reels) for my adventure. It seems like I'm always the guy who supplies everyone on the trip with gear and tips on what they should bring. Although I've had some positive experiences purchasing tackle for the most part I'm usually disappointed in the quality of customer service and selection I come across. Let's see....I love fishing and especially Popping and Jigging. Buying fishing tackle is an obsession of mine and customer service is hard to come by. What should I do? That's right! Open a tackle shop. Now I get to talk about fishing all day long and I actually look forward to going to work. My life couldn't be any sweeter! In February I traveled over to Japan for the Osaka fishing show. When it comes to Popping and Jigging gear the Japanese really know what's going on and no one can deny that they love fishing as much as we do. I was able to purchase some awesome rods, lures and tackle for my new venture. I also hooked up with Maniac lures in Thailand. They produce some beautiful and really well made poppers and stickbaits that rival the nicest Japanese lures in finish and quality at almost half the price. For the trolling crowd I also purchased some killer skirted trolling lures from Australia from a company called The Frozen Tree Company. Don't let the name fool you as these have been slaying Marlin, Tuna and the usual suspects for years in the land down under. Not everything is imported and I will be stocking my shelves with some quality domestic tackle as well but I didn't want to carry the same things people could buy down the street. I've still got lot's of things on order and will be getting new products in on a weekly basis. Why would a guy in Washington state open up a Popping and Jigging shop? First of all I'm blessed to live on the water and lucky enough to be able to catch 20lb King salmon right from my bulkhead in July and August as there is a hatchery right up the bay from me. Lot's of fun but sorry it just doesn't compare to catching blue water predators on topwater lures or jigs. Salmon fishing is also very seasonal where as Popping and Jigging can be done every day of the year in a lot of locations (At some point I may start carrying Salmon gear but that's another story for another day). Secondly, having an online store as well as a retail shop, allows me to reach a larger audience of anglers in search of quality gear so location isn't as important as it used to be. If you happen to live up here in Washington drop by ProTackle before you head out on your bluewater trip. I am less than 10 minutes from the Kingston ferry dock in Poulsbo and as far as I know the only dedicated bluewater shop in Washington. A little out of the way but well worth the trip! Albacore season is fast approaching and I will be carrying what you need to catch some Tuna up here on the slide like the Megabait 4oz Live Jig(my friend Nick Nakao produces these famous lures and they will have a new name and should be arriving in early June) as well as the rods and reels to get the job done. I know Popping and Jigging is a lot more popular on the east coast but it's just a matter of time before it catches on over here. Try it once and I guarantee you will be hooked! Tight lines and thanks for the opportunity to supply you with some quality tackle. Peter Turgeon // Founder // ProTackle http://www.protackle.com // 360-881-0019 To start, here is a limited time discount for Bloodydecks members. 15% off on everything in the store for Bloodydecks members. Just add the coupon code "bloodydecks" at checkout.