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Celebrating 115 Years

115 Years of Angling Excellence and Legacy

Welcome to Gibbs Fishing, a company with a storied legacy that spans over 115 years. Founded in 1908 by Rufus Gibbs, an avid angler with a passion for crafting top-quality fishing tackle, we have grown from humble beginnings to become a renowned name in the angling industry. Today, as we celebrate our remarkable journey, we take pride in the rich history, exceptional products, and the dedication of our team that has made Gibbs Fishing a trusted companion for anglers worldwide.

Our Founder and Early Years:
Rufus Gibbs, a visionary angler, established Gibbs Fishing in 1908. Driven by his love for fishing and his desire to create innovative tackle, Rufus laid the foundation for our company's enduring success. With meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to quality craftsmanship, he quickly gained recognition for our exceptional lures, which found their way into the tackle boxes of passionate anglers around the world.

Transition to Gibbs/Nortac and Syd Pallister's Acquisition:
In 1969, Gibbs Fishing took a significant step forward when George Whatley acquired the company, and it transformed into Gibbs/Nortac. This transition opened new avenues for growth and expanded our product offerings, allowing us to better serve the angling community. Then, in 1989, a pivotal moment occurred when Syd Pallister, a dedicated angler and entrepreneur, acquired Gibbs/Nortac. Syd's passion for fishing and his commitment to excellence further propelled Gibbs Fishing into the spotlight.

Merger with Delta Tackle and the Addition of Rob Alcock:
Our journey took an exciting turn in 2009 when Gibbs/Nortac merged with Delta Tackle, a well-established fishing tackle manufacturer renowned for its high-performance bottom fishing products. This strategic partnership marked a significant milestone in our history, as we became Gibbs Delta. At the helm of this merger was Rob Alcock, who assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). With his deep industry knowledge and commitment to innovation, Rob played a pivotal role in strengthening our position as a leader in the fishing tackle industry.

Syd Pallister's Retirement and the Arrival of Rob Campbell:
After leading Gibbs Fishing through a period of tremendous growth and success, Syd Pallister retired in 2015, leaving an indelible mark on our company's legacy. Following his retirement, we welcomed Rob Campbell to the Gibbs Fishing team. Rob brought with him a wealth of experience and a deep passion for angling, making him a valuable addition to our organization. His expertise and dedication continue to drive us forward as we embrace new challenges and opportunities.

Celebrating 115 Years of Angling Excellence:
Today, as we celebrate our 115th anniversary, we proudly stand as Gibbs Fishing, a name synonymous with quality, innovation, and unparalleled customer satisfaction. Throughout the years, we have remained true to our founding principles while embracing advancements in technology and design. Our commitment to excellence and our unwavering dedication to the angling community have allowed us to create a diverse range of top-notch fishing tackle that meets the evolving needs of anglers worldwide.

Looking ahead, we remain focused on upholding our rich heritage while fostering a culture of innovation. Our team of passionate anglers and industry experts continues to push boundaries, ensuring that every Gibbs Fishing product delivers an exceptional fishing experience. We are humbled by the support and trust bestowed upon us by our loyal customers and remain committed to exceeding their expectations.

As we reflect on our 115-year journey, we recognize the immense contributions of our founder, Rufus Gibbs, and the dedicated individuals who have shaped Gibbs Fishing into what it is today. From our transition to Gibbs/Nortac, the acquisition by Syd Pallister, and the merger with Delta Tackle, to the addition of Rob Alcock and Rob Campbell to our team, each chapter in our history has been instrumental in our growth and success.

At Gibbs Fishing, our passion for angling fuels our drive to create superior fishing tackle and accessories. We are proud of our heritage and excited about the future, as we continue to evolve, innovate, and serve anglers around the globe. As we embark on the next chapter of our journey, we invite you to join us and experience the excellence that defines Gibbs Fishing.

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Here's to another 115 years.