Fishing Industry Jobs and Careers in Fishing, Marine and Boating Retail Stores and Dealers
Fishing or angling in fresh or saltwater is a well known sport and industry worldwide. Small to mass retailers (both online and storefront) supply and sell fishing gear and equipment to the consumer, while wholesalers play a large role as middlemen. There are many types of sportfishing and fly fishing as well as an infinite number of locations to fish so the variety of stores and the products they sell is varied. Gear and equipment are specifically made for each type and/or location, with rods, reels, line and lures all adapted to the various species of fish. They include bass fishing, beach fishing, carp fishing, course angling, estuary fishing, game fishing, general fishing, rock fishing and sport fishing.
Some stores serve the community by sponsoring the local fishing competitions or schedule of events. They often specialize or serve a particular niche of customers dependent on the interests of the owner(s) or the community they serve.
Providing services to companies that manufacture fishing tackle and gear are outside independent sales reps, independent contractors and consultants. Small to mass retailers (both online and storefront) supply and sell fishing gear and equipment to the consumer, while wholesalers play a large role as middlemen. Resorts, marinas and boat dealers and manufacturers are a significant portion of the industry and sell with everything from electronics to outboard motors in addition to terminal tackle.
Knowledgeable and passionate sales people and store management talent are always always sought after by fishing retail store companies. Working in a retail will provide a great foundation for someone who wants to make a career in the industry. It can also serve as a stepping stone to other jobs available in the fishing industry. Fishing retail stores are always looking for good employees of any age and skill set. There are many fishing jobs out there, if you want to follow your passion!
- American Sportfishing Association
- American Fisheries Society
- American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA)
- Federation of Fly Fishers
- International Game Fish Association
- Marine Dealers Conference and Expo
- National Marine Distributors Association
- National Marine Manufacturers Association
- National Marine Electronics Association
- Trout Unlimited
- Wild Oceans