Seamaster and Tycoon Tackle, Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership

Seamaster and Tycoon Tackle, Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – Seamaster, the manufacturer of legendary fishing reels and Tycoon Tackle, Inc. the maker of legendary fishing rods announced today a strategic marketing partnership. According to the agreement, Tycoon Tackle, Inc. will serve as a sales outlet for the Seamaster reels and Seamaster accessories.The Seamaster fly reel was designed and handcrafted, one-­by-­one, by master machinist Bob McChristian, Jr. beginning in 1955 in Miami, Florida. Known as “Captain Mac,” he was a pioneer of fly-­fishing technology, specifically for saltwater. His innovative designs and patented technology helped popularize fly fishing for the saltwater species of gamefish. At one point Seamaster reels were responsible for more than 90% of all world record fish weighing in excess of 50 pounds caught on fly. Concerning Seamaster Frank Blake, owner and President of the company, said, “Our reels have stood the test of time and are now enjoyed by avid anglers and passionate collectors alike. Our fly reels have earned their excellent reputation based on flawless performance and the ability to withstand the continuous punishment doled out by huge tarpon, sailfish, marlin, dolphin, amberjack, bonito, and other ocean game fish. The Seamaster fly reel is not only the best made reel on the market; it is also the most beautifully designed. Each reel is custom made by hand in the United States.”Tycoon Tackle, Inc. was founded by Frank M. O’Brien, Jr. in 1935 in Miami, Florida. Over the years fishing rods manufactured by Tycoon Tackle, Inc. were used by many of the angling greats such as Tommy Gifford, Chisie and Kip Farrington, Eugenie and Lou Marron, Bill Carpenter, Ernest Hemingway, Helen and Mike Lerner, Julio Sanchez, Lee Wulff, “Chilo” Bird, and many others. The company’s fishing rods once held more than 90% of all big-­game angling records and the largest gamefish, caught according to International Game Fish Association (IGFA) rules, Alfred Glassell’s 1,560 pound Black Marlin caught in 1953 still stands today. Concerning Tycoon Tackle, Inc., Tim O’Brien, owner and President the company, said, “The company began with little money but ‘a fortune in ideas’ and in time grew to become a leader in the angling world, by not only making the best and most sought fishing rods but by being a leader in promoting catch and release of gamefish.”Beginning September 11, 2013, Seamaster apparel will be available for order on the Tycoon Tackle, Inc. website, www.tycoonoutfitters.com, additional products will be added periodically. The new Seamaster Mark I fly reel will also be available for pre-­order beginning September 25, 2013.Concerning this new strategic partnership, Frank Blake, nephew of company founder Bob McChristian, said, “We at Seamaster are really excited about our relationship with Tycoon Tackle because it is a good fit from both the historical and company culture perspective. These two companies were born and did business literally blocks apart in Miami and now we have the opportunity to renew that friendship.”Concerning this new strategic partnership, Tim O’Brien, son of company founder Frank O’Brien, said, “It is not often any company has the opportunity to collaborate with another that has the reputation and stature of a Seamaster. Both companies share similar histories and the unwavering commitment to quality.”Both companies originated in Miami, Florida and were on the scene in the formative years when South Florida became the “Capital of Big Game Angling.” The companies are still family owned and are committed to manufacturing their products in the United States. Hope in the “American Dream” is a core value that both Frank Blake and Tim O’Brien share.Contact:Frank Blake President,Seamasterfrank@seamaster.comorTim O’Brien President,Tycoon Tackle, Inc.tobrien@tycoontackle.com
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