Fishing/Expert Profile

Mark Rimmer


I have been actively fishing for forty-five years! For nearly 15 of those years I was able to fish nearly 200 days per year. Those wonderful days have left me with a plethora of knowledge to share. I have fished from the Marianas of the Pacific to the quiet tidewaters of Virginia and North Carolina, Antigua the gulf coast of Texas and many places in between. My home waters are those of the west. I am passionate about bass fishing, tournament as well as recreational. In addition, I am well versed in fishing for most other species...(Okay, although interesting, I'm not an expert on British or European style competitive carp fishing...chumming with a slingshot anyone?). I am intimately acquainted with the San Diego County Lakes, Diamond Valley reservoir in Riverside County California and numerous other exciting fishing waters from Texas (Travis County) to the Pacific Coast and south to Cabo San Lucas. I have many years of experience in blue-water as well as inshore angling of all types in Southern California with both artificial and live baits; high country fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of my beloved Golden State with nothing but a backpack and a fly-rod. There are still a lifetime of adventures to undertake, together with my lovely wife, Christine. I am an expert rod smith and have vast experience with both the construction and repair all types of rods including split bamboo (new or vintage) and hickory as well as graphite, boron composites and all types of fiberglass. I spent 20 years in the retail business of which 6 were spent owning and operating a successful tackle shop, specializing in custom rod making, rod and reel repairs and a full scale tackle selection. Uncommon topics I love to discuss: Fisheries Management; Tackle Shop/ retail management; Ethics and responsibilities of anglers; Repair and maintenance of rods/reels; "How to"...any topic in fishing.

Experience in the area

I took a few years off,(5 to be exact) from answering questions for but I'm back now! My experience? Forty-Five years of bio-observation, fishing numerous types of waters with virtually every type of tackle: Casting, Fly, Spinning, Offshore/blue-water, Coastal, Surf, Tournaments: ( Bass, Local Saltwater), Alpine lakes/streams, ditches, canals, sloughs, marshes, creeks and swamps; if there is water, I usually throw a cast or two. Tackle Shop ownership and management, Expert Custom Rod Construction and repair (Big-game, Long-range stand-up, Live bait, jig sticks, Casting, Spinning and fly- including split-cane). I have personally constructed over 700 custom rods of all types...nearly half of the rods the shop turned out. I also have performed hundreds of reel repairs of all types- antique to modern. I do not typically offer valuation of tackle. This is very difficult without inspecting the tackle first hand and leaving valuation far to subjective. I will be happy to offer other experts for placing a value on your tackle.


NRA forever...(Gun rights...Guns and fishing rods belong together right?), belonged to BASS for most of my life but keep forgetting to renew. I like Trout Unlimited but again, keep forgetting to renew...gotta more tank of gas and some fresh line...or memberships? Hmmm.


None yet...why aren't they chasing me?


"Roads" Scholar. Life-long independent study of fisheries biology, ichthyology, aquatic/marine biology, ecosystems, angling techniques and observations of animals, fish and humans: both smart guys and knuckleheads.

Awards and Honors

Self-Proclaimed tackleshop of the year! The California Tackle Box- Oceanside, Ca.

Past/Present Clients

Thousands served!

What do you like about this subject?

EVERYTHING FISHING including biomass/fisheries management, geopolitical considerations, anti-fishing movements, catch-n-release, Sushi-n-Sashimi as well as Hook'em-n-Cook'em!

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

International exploration and techniques of fishing in other countries around our world. Aggressive study of Mari-culture, Aquaculture and Biomass conversion to manage our only planet.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Some fish start life as male and end up female...ever been to Hollywood? Hmmm...perhaps we did come from the sea...

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Catch-n-cook vs. catch-n-release

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Jim04/01/15101010Thank you for the detailed response. It .....
Eric01/12/151010Thanks Mark. I really appreciate your response .....
Steve01/12/15101010Outstanding knowledge!!!!!
Robert Gregor12/31/14101010Thanks Mark your info was very useful .....
Bernard12/24/14101010Thank you very much for your help .....

Recent Answers from Mark Rimmer

2015-10-08 fishing rod:

Hello Michael,    Thanks for the question and forgive my not getting to you more quickly. I am a Firefighter in California and this has been a horrendous fire season.    I am VERY interested in helping

2015-07-28 Shakespeare 1362 Split Bamboo Rod:

Hello Michael,    Somehow your question slipped through the cracks in All-Experts system and don't believe I ever received a notification about your question waiting! Usually I would get a notice daily

2015-06-11 Fishing line:

Hello Chris, thanks for the question.    The truth be told, you CAN put any size line on any size reel. The question, as you asked is what are the consequences?    With every fishing reel, no matter what

2015-05-02 rice pack bait:

Hey ya David,    Thanks for the question.    As you may well know, perhaps even more so than I, carp fishing techniques are virtually unlimited and pack bait recipes are as well.     When you ask "how"

2015-04-02 Bamboo Fly Rod No Marking:

Hello Jon,    Thanks for asking.    Without markings, removed through wear or refurbishing, one can only guess. Very few, if any split cane rod makers had "signature" designs or markings that were not


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