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OK - that was quick....

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1 OK - that was quick.... on Wed 13 Jun - 21:58


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Monday I replaced the rod that was ripped by some fish on Sunday.  

Yesterday my box o' Hookup baits arrived (they've upgraded their shipping materials.  Very nice!)  

Today the reel arrived, as well as the braid.  

Time to spool up, tie on, be more careful and rock and roll.

But here's the thing:  I had to get ALL of this online.  And that kinda sucks.

I've gone to 5 of the local shops.  Not one had the rod I wanted.  Nor the braid I wanted.  Nor the left-handed Curado I use.  And surely none of the locals have HUB's in the sizes and colors I want.

Of the 5 I actually spoke with on Sunday and Monday - three of them blamed their distributor.  Saying their largest distributor is moving warehouses right now... DURING THE BUSY SEASON (they all had the same story) - and orders they've been expecting since Memorial Day still aren't in.  No rods.  No reels.... And I believe them.

Go to Fishermans Hardware in HB, or Performance on Katella... their shelves are empty. No reels. Almost no Phenix rods.  Their HUB selection is sad. Big Fish in Seal Beach has only a couple Phenix rods. They don't even carry HUBs.... Berth 55 in LB is almost 100% out of HUBs, and they sell them for $3 to $5 over retail. And of course Pacific Edge has nothing. Their HUBs are almost gone. None of these guys have 20# one shot 150 yard PowerPro braid... just an empty hook. There are more, but you get the idea.

Seriously. WTF???

This right here - THIS is why retail is losing.  Its often not the retailer.  Its the supply chain that is letting you down.  

I want to buy local.  The stuff I use is pretty specialized, and generally the savings are a couple of bucks (if at all)... I'll gladly throw that at a local tackle shop.  

If I could.

Sad state of affairs - when one distributor is rogering ALL of the local guys. Or most of these guys, and the rest can't get their planning together.

But - the good news is my lost rig has been replaced in 3 days and I'm ready to fish.  

Dan - lets crush the place on Sunday!!

- K

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2 Re: OK - that was quick.... on Thu 14 Jun - 6:00

SP Dan

I'm in for some Sunday crushing indeed!

SP Dan <"))><

Four out of the five voices that I hear in my head tell me to .... "go for it"!!!  cheers

"Obsessive Compulsive Fishing Disorder"!

3 Re: OK - that was quick.... on Thu 14 Jun - 8:16


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Just a quick note. Phenix rods in Bellflower now sell there braided line out of their warehouse to the public and all their accessories. It is cheaper than the store. I have been yelling all year about this stocking issues to my wife. We live in a county of 11.4 million people and you cannot locate good fishing gear unless you travel to Bass Pro in another county. And when you go out there their stock on certain things are very limited. Thank God for Amazon in a pinch.

4 Re: OK - that was quick.... on Thu 14 Jun - 8:47


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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I'm in for some Sunday crushing indeed!

SP Dan     <"))><

I'm very, very in. Smile

5 Re: OK - that was quick.... on Thu 14 Jun - 12:19


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I would like to throw in my tackle sweet spot, Fisherman's Access, Brea CA.      They do not handle HUBs.     That being said I think they do a damm good job of providing knowledge and experience and product for an inland store.    Lots of salt gear, with a smattering of freshwater.

 Give them a try, you could be surprised..............GT

BTW, see u Sunday

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