Do you remember buying your first “real” saltwater fishing rod ? I had saved up paper route money to buy my first really nice boat rod. My friend had gotten his driver’s license and we would travel down the Harbor Freeway to Pierpoint landing. I remember that there was no divider and traveling in the early morning hours we saw a bad accidents with multiple body bags strewn across the median. Anyway, we would fish on a boat called the “Estrella”. So, for that type of fishing, I needed a new fishing rod. My friend drove me to a tackle shop somewhere around the Paramount/Compton area. I remember that there was a rod rack in the middle of the shop. The rack had a sign on it and the brand new rods in this rack were marked 50% off. I picked one out and the sales guy walked over to me to tell me about the rod. He told me to hold the rod tight, as if I were catching a fish and pull as hard as I can. He said “don’t worry, you’re not going to break this rod”. So I held on tight and he pulled and jerked the rod like a big fish. Well, although this was not the Sila-Flex I was looking for, I was sold. The brand on this rod was marked “CalTaCo” and the 1/2 price and sales technique did the trick on me. At that time, I was the youngest member of the “Bellflower Sportsman’s Club”. So this rod caught many, many fish, and earned me quite a few club “buttons”....Up until the time my wife slammed it in the car door years later. Countless fishing rods later, I still remember that one.