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Founded in 1988 and now in its 26th year, the Potomac River Smallmouth Club (PRSC) is the Washington D.C. area's leading river fishing and conservation organization. We promote catch and release angling for smallmouth bass, support conservation organizations and agencies, publish a monthly newsletter, present monthly programs with guest speakers, and organize river trips for our members. ...more
January speaker Mark Burks will discuss tackle trends
By Bill Amshey, PRSC Program Chair
At the January meeting, Mark Burks, who writes a fishing column for the Purcellville Gazette
and operates a custom tackle business
, will talk about custom rod building, what goes into the process with a customer, and speak about trends he sees in the industry as a whole with regard to rods, reels, tackle, and more.
Mark Burks is something of a rarity in the Washington area – he was born in Washington and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. After graduating from T.C. Williams High School, he worked for VA Power for 17 years. Since then, has worked mostly as a Federal contractor with part-time stints at Galyan’s Trading Post and, most recently, at Dick’s Sporting Goods. He is also the owner/founder of Catoctin Creek Custom Rods, LLC. In his spare time, Mark writes “The Lure of Fishing” column for The Purcellville Gazette, which is how I happened to find Mark as a potential speaker for our Club. The title of the article was “ICAST 2014: The Winners.” ICAST, which stands for International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, is the “Big Daddy of fishing shows. In the article Mark highlighted the “best of Show” categories from rods to reels to lures. I thought the article was very informative, so I tracked mark down and asked him to speak.
Since the early 1990’s, Mark has occasionally repaired and converted rods. It was in 2009 that he started his custom rod-building business, Catoctin Creek Custom Rods, LLC,
deciding to make money doing something he really loves. It was also an extension of his first passion, fishing. Mark’s Internet based business has grown substantially since its inception, with a customer base that includes anglers from 20 states. He has a pro staff of six tournament anglers, as well being a sponsor of the Liberty University Bass Fishing Team. His approach to custom rods is simple: “No matter how embellished the rod is, it should always be 100% functional!” In addition to rod building, Mark has worked part time in the Lodge at Dick’s Sporting Goods, focusing primarily in the fishing section. He gets a firsthand view of the trends in all aspects of fishing: rods, lures, line, etc.
We hope you can join us for what should be a very interesting evening.