Redding’s newest Bait & Tackle Shop to hold Grand Opening
By Frank Galusha
High Five Bait and Tackle located at the junction of Hwy. 299E and Deschutes Road will hold a Grand Opening on July 3rd from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event will feature appearances and exhibits by three of California’s most respected bass pros as well as representatives from several leading tackle manufacturers, a professional dog trainer, a major houseboat resort company, an online outdoor news source and the NorCal Wild Turkey Federation.
“Introducing the store to the public and making anglers aware of our broad range of tackle, bait and other accessories is not the only reason we are holding this event,” said veteran angler and store owner Tim Rayl, Sr.
“We want to give the public a chance to meet and have face-to-face conversations with outstanding anglers, major tackle makers and other organizations that are making outdoor news in northern California.”
Captain Dave Erwin
The event includes an opportunity to “Talk Fishing” with Capt. Dave Erwin, a bass pro sponsored by the U.S Air Force. Erwin will be present with his F-16 wrapped bass boat. Last month Erwin was among the Top 5 anglers in the West Coast Bass Delta Pro-Am.
Serious bass anglers will also have a chance to “Talk Froggin” with Billy Hines, a well-known pro bass angler sponsored by Gone Fishing Marine. Hines is a Snag Proof pro staffer.
Anglers will also get to meet and trade tips about wake baits with Lunker Plunker Wake Bait bass fishing expert, Preston Henson. Henson is a member of the pro staff at Black Dog Baits.
Gary Miralles and/or the pro staff of Shasta Tackle Co. with boat, northern California’s leading trout and Kokanee lure maker, will be present to explain how to use Humdingers, Cripplures, Kok-a-Nuts, Sling Blade Dodgers, Kazai Minnows, Flea Bittys and other unique creations that are making this Bella Vista Company and tackle brand famous all across the west.
The event will also offer something for anglers who like to hunt. Jim Rice, a professional dog trainer will be there with his dogs. The NorCal Wild Turkey Federation will also have an exhibit in the parking lot along with others, including www.myoutdoorbuddy.com, northern California’s fastest-growing online source for free fishing, hunting and outdoor news.
Helping to revitalize the local economy is another of Rayl’s objectives. To that end Rayl has been in touch with Mike Han, one of the owners of Jones Valley Resorts. Han, it turns out, has similar aspirations. He hopes to encourage more organizations to bring their fishing tournaments to Jones Valley. Resort personnel will be at the Grand Opening to meet anglers and their families. The houseboat resort recently consolidated facilities in the Jones Arm.
“Dreyers Ice Cream will be served by Frozen Gourmet of Redding and we are trying to line up other refreshments, possibly hot dogs, drinks and bottled water,” Rayl said.
Rayl, who is also the maker of High Five Custom Poured Plastic Worms, was clear about the purpose and objectives of having a bait and tackle store at this location.
“The store is High Five Bait and Tackle and the reason I chose this location is that it is in very close proximity to Shasta Lake, specifically the Jones Valley area. There’s nothing comparable on this end of the lake. There’s nothing in this geographic area that allows people to conveniently get all kinds of fishing equipment not just for local bass or trout fishing but also other species, including what they’ll need if they are planning to fish the many waters east of here, and in other areas such as Lake Almanor, Clear Lake and the Delta. I felt it was important to offer that convenience. I know because I’ve traveled this direction to Shasta Lake for the last 27 years. I’ve seen the need for what we are doing and I hope to fill it.” Rayl said.
High Five carries many other popular brands including Gary Yamamoto, Roboworm, Yum, MGM, Kocky Baits and Canyon Plastics makers of Gitzit and LuckyCraft, Heddon, Rapala, Smack Bait, Rebel, Koppers Live Target, BooYah, Worden Rooster Tail and Persuader lures.
High Five also offers a good selection of Power Pro, P-Line, Maxima, Trilene and Seaguar line and Shimano, LamiGlas, Carrot Stick and Roddy rods. Pro-Cure and Kick’n Bass fish attractants are in stock along with Pautzke Balls of Fire salmon eggs, and a variety of hooks, including a wide selection of Gamakatsu, Eagle Claw, Owner hooks, other terminal tackle and accessories. High Five also has flyfishing gear and live bait including minnows. Taxidermy services are available as well.
High Five Bait and Tackle is located at 12045 Deschutes Road in Bella Vista just east of the My-T-Fine Market and west of the Dry Creek Cattle Company restaurant. The phone number is 530-549-3596.
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