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Dick Smith dreamed of owning his own Bait & Tackle Store. That dream came true when he opened up Dick Smith’s Live Bait & Taxidermy in November of 1982. Prior to opening up his business, Dick was a Machinist for Milwaukee Chaplet in New Berlin.

He worked both jobs while pursuing his dream. After 2 years, Dick was able to “retire” from Milwaukee Chaplet. In the early years, Dick started out with a taxidermy business focusing on fish mounts. He also poured jigs, tied jigs, made ice jigs and leaders. He produced the infamous “Dick Smith Panfish Grub” which continues to be a HOT panfish jig to this day!

Dick’s passion for fishing began in his early years while vacationing with his parents on Fox Lake. Dick often traveled to Northern Wisconsin to fish, but he soon appreciated that you don’t have to go up north to fish, great fishing was basically right out his back door! As Dick’s interest in fishing grew, he became a member of Lunkers Unlimited and then joined the Okauchee Fishing Club. He was the President of the Okauchee Club in 1978-1979 and is now an Honorary Member. 

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