Decades old fishing tackle store for sale – The Royal Gazette
Created: Jan 30, 2017 8:00 AM
Bobby Rego, longtime owner of a fishing tackle store, is retiring and has put his 40-year-old business up for sale.
Mr Rego, an award-winning fisherman, said that at the age of 72 it was time to cut the bait and sell his Flybridge Tackle.
He added: “After 40 years and hard work, I need a rest.”
But Mr Rego said he would have some regret leaving the company he started in 1977.
He added, “It’s been a part of my life for 40 years, but when you’re low on energy it’s time to say goodbye.
“The most important thing is to slow down, to smell the roses, so to speak. “
Mr. Rego will continue to operate the Church Street, Hamilton business advertised for sale in last Thursday’s edition of The Royal Gazette, as a new owner is sought.
He said, “It’s a profitable business, it’s doing well. It is in a good location and I hope to find someone to take it over.
“We also receive a lot of tourists in the summer. They tend to buy the small lures, and the T-shirts of Guy Harvey, a marine biologist turned marine artist, are also very popular.
And Mr Rego added that he looked forward to spending more time traveling, walking and, of course, fishing.
He said: “I am a fisherman and angler and have participated in many world tournaments.
He plans to travel to Costa Rica in April to compete in the offshore world championships, a competition he won in 2003.
Mr Rego said the fishing tackle business has changed a lot over the years, with high-tech materials like carbon fiber used to make rods, while the fashion for custom rods has declined as the market has grown. ‘they got more expensive and standard designs got better. .
He added: “There have been changes in colors and designs over the years, but they all do the same thing – catch fish.”
Mr Rego said business was more vibrant from April to October, but shore-based fishermen and people stocking up on gear kept the store busy year round.
He explained, “The business can be seasonal when it comes to the weather, but we’ve built a good customer base.
“A lot of people fish from the shore or the docks and the fishermen get gifts and replenish their kit.
“The weather can make a difference – if the summer isn’t that good or if a hurricane comes and people pull their boats out of the water and decide to leave them there.
“But since 2011, business has been fairly level. The big drop took place in 2010, so it’s been pretty constant ever since.
Mr. Rego is also the organizer of the Royal Gazette Wahoo Tournament, past president of the Bermuda Anglers Club, member of the Sea Horse Anglers Club and one of the two local representatives of the International Game Fishing Association.
And – like most fishermen – he has stories about who escaped.
Mr Rego said: “It was probably this year at the annual Light Tackle tournament. I was fishing with 12 lb tests. I fought a fish for over three hours, a yellowfin tuna that I guess probably weighed 60 or 70 pounds. He pulled the hook, but that’s part of the sport. If you caught them all, it wouldn’t be fishing, it would just be catching.
But he added, “The fish of my life was a blue marlin – 653 pounds on an 80-pound test. It took 25 minutes.
Hot rod: Bobby Rego, owner of Flybridge Tackle and champion angler, who has decided to retire and sell his Hamilton business (Photograph by Raymond Hainey)
Front: Bobby Rego, owner of Flybridge Tackle, outside Church Street, Hamilton, company headquarters