Angling for easier approach

first_imgThe Nu-Skin’s development process is much like how the 46-year-old began the company 10 years ago. He was on a week-long trip to the Clarion Islands aboard the Polaris Supreme. After a day of catching numerous tuna, the crew spent the entire night re-spooling more than 40 reels so the anglers would have fresh lines the next day. “They spent the entire night doing something that could be done in one hour,” he recalled. “I figured there had to be a better way.” That led the warehouse operator to invent Swifty Line Removers, a plastic reel that can remove line with a drill motor. It has become so popular it now is used industry-wide around the world. Campbell, a past president of the Pasadena-based Turner’s Outdoorsman Rod and Reel Club, said he thinks of fishing gear that might be useful. He then designs it and works with companies, all based in Southern California, to manufacture the equipment. He puts the finishing touches on the gear in an Azusa warehouse and markets it to fishing retailers and the public. This week, he will be at the Fred Hall Fishing and Tackle Show in San Francisco and at the Hickory Sports and Power Boat Show in North Carolina. “I like to find stuff to help people out,” he said. “I’m a tinkerer. “It’s what I like to do.” After devising the line remover, Campbell designed a release tool to help release the hook from fresh and saltwater fish, where the angler does not have to touch the fish. Then it was the PowerWasher System, which helps anglers clean braided monofilament line without chemicals that take away from the line’s strength. He also has developed Diamondite, a different and faster way to wrap rods; rod adhesives, a faster and easier way to replace worn-out rod grips and a way to splice different types of line and hooks faster and better. “I was able to turn a hobby into a business,” he said. “Fishing is my love. Helping and serving others to learn about fishing has been my life’s passion.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I went to my CPA in Arcadia and I asked him what makes him mad about fishing,” Campbell recalled. “He told me that he gets tired of scratching and banging his reels. Reels are no longer inexpensive. “They can cost $300, $400, or more. I thought I could find a way to help protect the reels.” That led to Nu-Skin, an adhesive, clear plastic-like surface that helps protect against scratches. But the product almost didn’t make it to the industry-only ICAST show. Exiting the freeway in Las Vegas, Campbell was in an accident. The product had to be at the Las Vegas Convention Center at a specific time. His wife, Diana, flagged down a passing motorist to hitch a ride to the show while Campbell took care of the family van. “This is for fishermen,” he said of his 10-year-old San Gabriel Valley-based company. “I want to assist them in catching more fish. I just want to take the opportunity to help people.” Campbell’s firm came away with a prestigious ICAST industry show award last year and Campbell said he has four products in the works to help anglers improve their abilities this year. Swifty introduced the Nu-Skin Rod Armor last year and at the American Sportfishing Association’s ICAST trade show in Las Vegas, the reel protector was named best new accessory. More than 188 companies entered more than 500 products for awards in 15 categories. center_img AZUSA – Tim Campbell loves to fish. But more than anything, he seems to love to tinker. And it’s a good thing, too. The Glendora resident has turned his inquisitive nature into a successful and growing fishing business, Swifty Manufacturing. last_img read more