Tackle Crafters has been family owned and operated for 3 generations. The family patriarch, Captain Mario Pagano, was a successful charter boat captain in New England. He fished the waters off Point Judith, Rhode Island in a boat that was aptly named the “Fishtrap”. Captain Mario had a reputation among his fellow charter boat captains for being “on the fish.” While he caught a variety of species such as bluefish, codfish, yellow fin tuna and white marlin, he specialized in catching giant Bluefin Tuna. Mario was blessed with two sons, David and Mark, both of which shared their father’s passion for fishing and joined him at very young ages in the charter boat business, both becoming successful captains in their own right.
Upon retiring from the charter boat business in New England, Captain Pagano moved to Florida and acquired Tackle Crafters. Tackle Crafters has been manufacturing high quality fishing tackle since 1947. Mario, together with his wife Judy, dedicated the rest of his life to producing and supplying both professional and recreational fishermen with the best terminal tackle in the industry. Today, Tackle Crafters is in its 3rd generation of leadership with Captain Pagano’s grandson, Corey, at the helm. Tackle Crafters continues to innovate and develop new tackle for today’s fishermen.