The Clendon Stewart meets the Gooey Bob. Yesterday, tackle makers Gibbs/Nortac and Delta Tackle, both based in Delta, B.C., announced they have joined forces to form a new company, Gibbs-Delta Fishing Tackle. The merger allows both firms to pool their resources and cut costs, as well as explore new product lines.

Established in 1908, Gibbs is renowned among Canuck anglers for its dodgers, flashers, jigging lures, lake trolls, spinners, wobblers and trolling lures (of which the Clendon Stewart is one of the biggest sellers). Canada’s oldest tackle company, it also makes sinkers, landing nets and other accessories.

Twenty-five-year-old Delta Tackle, meanwhile, is popular with West Coast anglers for its halibut and salmon jigs and soft plastics (such as the Gooey Bob faux roe sac). The company is best known for its plastic injection and moulding, as well as for developing what it calls the “Ultra Violet” process (the glowing Ultra Violet Hali Hawg curly tail grub soaks up UV as deep as 400 feet down).

So, who will be in command? Under the terms of the agreement, Rob Alcock of Delta Tackle becomes Chief Operating Officer and Syd Pallister of Gibbs will serve as Chief Financial Officer of the new entity. The operation will be headquartered at the current Gibbs location in Delta.

“Our partnership promises an enormous range of benefits to our customers,” says Pallister. “Our focus is on providing great service and products, and maintaining our strong customer relationships.

Adds Alcock: “Delta and Gibbs share a long history of producing the best possible fishing tackle. We will continue to create new and innovative products and look forward to presenting them to the fishing fraternity.”

What’s more, according to a press release announcing the merger yesterday, anglers “can expect some new and exciting products to be unveiled soon.”