It is a daunting proposition to take the plunge and start a business that involves things your passionate about instead of the grind of 9 to 5. Not everyone goes for it, but Bryan Byrd of Gaffer Sportfishing is doing just that.
After a career as a manager in the bike manufacturing industry, Bryan decided to follow his dream of controlling his own destiny. What better way to start a business than to get involved with your passion and hobby; for Bryan that was fishing.
After doing much research on how to approach his venture, Bryan decided to focus on budget friendly prices for quality fishing items that normally would come with a premium price tag. Using his experience and connections from the manufacturing world, he has created a growing list of fishing accessories and tools that let the normal fishermen use the same tools as the big boys.
“We want to embrace people on a budget and deliver maximum value to our customers. Anything that enables more people to afford the already expensive sport of offshore fishing helps everyone involved.”
“Our goal is to encourage participation in saltwater fishing for the good of the consumer, industry, and sport”, said Bryan. “We have a great dealer program, which helps independent tackle shops carry our products and pass the savings forward to the customer, while maintaining sustainable margins. It works well for everyone. Our full line is also available on our site – GafferSportfishing.com.”
The list of products that carry the Gaffer name is growing rapidly and includes essential terminal tackle like swivels and leader, while helping anglers round out their arsenal with fighting belt systems and gaffs. You can also get an affordable pair of fishing pliers and other essential tools.
Gaffer offers an offshore kit, which maximizes the savings and can be a huge jump-start for fishermen as they rig a new boat or upgrade their current tackle.
One particular product that caught my eye as I was getting familiar with Gaffer is their new HD Video Polarized Sunglasses.
Now you don’t have to be James Bond to sport a pair, and the ability to film everything your looking at is awesome.
No longer do you have to wear an awkward and sometimes silly looking camera on your head to capture the action. Not only do they record up to 2.5 hours of 720P video to micro-SD cards, they also have optional ear bud plugs and can Bluetooth your favorite tunes from your capable devices. The lenses are UV400 polycarbonate and finished with a blue mirror that is perfect for offshore fishing. I really think these would be the ticket to capture those offshore frenzies when everyone is too busy to turn on the camera.
Gaffer also sports its logo on some quality hats and shirts so you can let people know that fishing is your passion – just like it is for Bryan.