Swate Fishing Co. didn’t start over night. A group of extremely passionate anglers who all work for North 40 Outfitters based in the Northwest of the USA believe angling can be viewed differently. It should be fun and expressive, and it should ignite the wild in you. For many of us it is our outlet to creativity, adventure, and freedom. Angling can be done pretty much anywhere with minimal amounts of investment which makes it attainable for nearly anyone. The real reward is that this passion has led us to the most amazing places in the world. It’s taught us life lessons, we’ve met many of our best friends, and fishing has showed us a world we never otherwise would have seen.
We met Chad late one night at a Costa Sunglasses party at the I-Cast show in Orlando, Florida. He was there hanging out with Brett Hite and Brandon Palaniuk, and just like a nervous first date we awkwardly slid in to the conversation with the equivalent of a, “Hey, how you doin’.” As it turns out, we all love fishing and the rest is history, and we are stoked to have Chad be in the House of Swate.
Chad is a Michigan born and raised, drop shot, and finesse fishing machine. He plays hockey, wagers at the black jack table, and works and hustles as hard as anyone we have met. Good luck getting him off the water before dark on a practice day, to him that would be a total loss of bass finding opportunities.
Chad is a Bassmaster Elite Series Pro angler. There is only one way to get on to the Elite Series; be one of the best. Even though Pipkens has proven himself as an angler, we are equally excited to add his positive attitude and work ethic to the Swate team.
Literally a legend in Montana walleye fishing, and now dubbed the Walleye Sensei. If you are one to scoff at the game of finding walleyes, Dale Gilbert would be the one who can change your mind. We have been lucky enough to know Dale for many years, and pick his brain on countless adventures on the water.
Dale has fished walleye tournaments for over 35 years, including being a professional on the PWT (Professional Walleye Trail) until 2008, and has fished nearly everywhere in the USA that walleyes live. We can’t even list the amount of 1st place finishes and other accolades that Dale has won in his career.
Aside from being an amazing angler, Dale is a great human, spending as much time as necessary to teach fellow anglers what he knows on and off the water. Side note: He’s also a good cook.
Check out the Brigade Black Label 6’3″ Extra Fast designed with Dale as a jigging rod, as well as The Local Series 8’6″ Medium Action trolling rod also designed by Dale as the perfect walleye crank bait stick.