For the past 35 years, Pokey’s Tackle Shop has been known as the place that “Always Has Everything” for the fishing enthusiast. For original owner Greg Prokopetz and his brother Gord, who joined him a short time later, this is their ultimate goal.
“We like to stay on top of the trends, so if it’s the latest, greatest, we carry it,” says Greg. They spend a lot of time keeping abreast of new equipment, attending trade shows, scouring the internet and watching current fishing shows to see what they’re using and promoting.
“If it’s a good product, we either have it in stock or it’s coming as soon as it’s available to us.” Greg adds that they research new products to make sure they are workable and won’t fall apart. “We don’t sugar-coat things. We want our customers to know the truth. We sell stuff we know about and want our customer to enjoy themselves.” They also want people to have trouble-free experiences.
When Greg started the business, he operated part-time out of a room the size of his current office with the help of his wife. He saw a need and filled it, and it took off. He soon expanded beyond the original focus on fly-fishing gear and a year later moved to a bigger space. His brother came on board, and after nine years, they expanded again to their current location.
Pokey’s Tackle Shop has recently expanded once again, launching a fully functional online fishing store. Doing so now allows fishermen across Canada to browse the stores inventory online and purchase all their fishing gear and have it shipped directly to their door. The new website, www.pokeystackle.ca is constantly evolving and features new products weekly.
Greg says he and Gord grew up hunting and fishing. Between them, they have a great deal of knowledge and are still avid fishermen. Today they have one of the most complete fresh-water fishing shops in Canada. Their bulk supplies of walleye tackle are second to none, according to their repeat customers, who come from all over Canada to check out their lures, spinners, blades, and other related items.
“We’ve seen things come and go. There are always new products and will be much more,” says Gord, referring to the current trends and cutting edge-technology in rods, reels, tackle, and other equipment. “We haven’t seen everything yet.”
Whether customers are shopping online, looking for a local shop, or coming from out of town, Pokey’s Tackle Shop is the one-stop shop they gravitate to because of the spectacular inventory and warm family atmosphere.
With the ice fishing season coming to an end and Spring/Summer fishing right around the corner, Pokey’s Tackle Shop is ready for everyone’s year-round fishing gear needs.