Captain Dan’s love of fishing began at the age of 14, in 1936, when he would arise at 4 a.m. to make dough-balls for carp fishing on the Mahoning River in his hometown of Liberty Steel, Ohio.
After serving his country in the Army’s 17th Airborne Division during World War II, he returned to his hometown and became an arc welder for Mullin’s manufacturing. After work he would seine minnows and sell it to local sport shops.
Today, the Original Erie Dearie, Super, Mini, All Gold, All Silver, and the Top Dog are well known. New additions have been included, the Harness, Weapon, and the New Ambassadear (Bass lure) in the Erie Dearie line. Erie Dearie has become the largest selling walleye lure in America. Maybe because it is known to catch not just walleye, but a surprising share of Bass, Northern Pike, Crappie, Sauger, Stripers and a few prize Muskies as well.
Charter Boating? That came to Captain Dan some time after he had floated his lure business. While he was working on his early, “Old Reliable” lure. Dan decided to take a break from his tackle shop business, leaving Helen in charge, to do some research work on Lake Erie.