Details, details, details, this special jig wrap secures the
Butterfly jig to the Trevala rod so it doesn't swing freely during
I go fishing as often as
humanly possible. My schedule is far from normal so my days on the
water vary a lot. Sometimes I will get quite a few days in and during
other stretches my gills dry out on land.
I do go these days, you can count on me putting in a lot of hours.
is a tough call on my favorite type of fishing. Anytime I have to put
my boat or my lure in exactly the right position at the right time to get a
bite, I really get into it. That can be bass fishing, tuna fishing,
marlin fishing – it really doesn’t matter so much. I just like the
challenge of figuring out patterns and bringing multiple factors together to
for “best in the field” that is an easy question if you give me enough space
to answer. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to fish with or
talk with some of the greatest anglers in the world. Some are well known and
some are not. I couldn’t begin to list them all out but I will say that I
have learned something from all of them and I’m still learning.
Thank you again for your valuable time and candor in this interview. We wish
you continued success in your new role, and in closing is there anything at
all that you would like to say directly to TackleTour readers?
only thing that Dave enjoys more than a day in the office, is a day
on the water field testing tackle and catching the big ones
certainly to thank them for all of their support of Shimano over the years. TackleTour reaches a lot of very serious and demanding anglers. They are
the ones that make us better as a company and I hope they will keep pushing
us to make better and better products.
It was really a pleasure talking to you
about both where Shimano has been, and where the company is heading.
thank you to TackleTour for giving Shimano so much of your time.
Conclusion: It is always exciting to meet the people that make all the
tackle that we are so fixated upon, and to meet the new captain at the helm
of Shimano really helped shed further light about the ins and outs of the
tackle giant. One of the things that really struck me from my time spent
with Dave was that he was ripe with "passion." A passion for not only his
important personal role at Shimano, but also for the sport of fishing
itself. Shimano is about more than just reels, rods, and accessories... Team
Shimano drives to be pioneers in an ever-changing industry and sport. When I
asked Dave what he was personally most proud of I was expecting the obvious
answer.....a top selling reel. Instead Dave remarked.... the Butterfly
Jigging "system." The company forever changed the sport as we know it with
the mass introduction of not only an exciting method to catch fish, but
every element of the tackle necessary to enjoy the stirring new technique.
Though it was a decade and a half ago it seems like just yesterday we were
admiring that first Calcutta reel, and we are looking forward to the next 15
years of exciting Shimano product and solution introductions.