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Captain Bert Cummings was a special breed.  He loved fishing and life. He always had a story or joke that brightened up your day.  Yet he was a serious fisherman, licensed Charter Boat Captain and traveled the country to fish and held national records for fish caught. His presence could light up a room. He weighed in at around 350 lbs and his heart was bigger than his body. If you were in trouble he was there to help. Customer service and satisfaction were a given as far as Bert was concerned.  Bert passed away unexpectedly in February, 2006.
Bert Cummings, the ultimate fisherman, was born in Wyandotte, Michigan.  He graduated from Lincoln Park High Schooland then spent many years in college, finally receiving a degree in the “School of Hard Knocks”.  At the age of 28 Bert started his own adventure and became the owner of a hard chrome and machine shop.  After twenty years in the business Bert decided to call it quits.

With time on his hands, Bert channeled his energies into fishing and became an avid fisherman. He fished all of theUnited States and Canada from coast to coast, and won numerous prizes and fishing tournaments.  Bert could and would fish in any body of water. He holds two light line records in Florida for ocean fishing, where he used an 8-pound test line to catch a 65 lb. Wahoo and a 58 lb. Dorado.  He was just as skilled in freshwater fishing.  He caught numerous 14 lb. Walleye, a 15-¾ inch. Perch, a 10 lb. Bass and a 55 in. Muskie, many of which are displayed on the walls of the famed Cabala’s sporting good’s stores.

In 1989 Bert’s Custom Tackle was founded.  With all the fishing that Bert did he realized that the equipment available to him was not meeting his needs.  With the unique design of a track system--that Bert believed was first invented by Jim Fleshower.  Bert did some research and decided that it could be made with aluminum extrusions.  He then added grooves to lock down the accessories, keeping them from rotating.

Bert and his friends--many of whom were charter boat captains and tournament fishermen--tested the products.  Eventually, Bert’s Custom Tackle began selling to local dealers and sporting goods stores.  Due to its high quality and heavy-duty construction, the new equipment was an immediate hit.   Bert say’s, “When you're a big guy and fish in many different conditions you don’t make light gauge products that won’t hold up.”

After 10 years in a business that had outgrown his workshop, Bert decided to move on. In 2001 Bert’s Custom Tackle became a division of Tecla Co. Inc., a company that has been in existence since 1897.  Tecla Co. celebrates 110 years in business in 2007. It is a supplier of marine hardware to the major power boat builders all over the world.  Their products must meet the rigorous marine industry salt water requirements.  

Tecla Company, Inc. redesigned some of Bert's products to enhance performance, added features and maintained or lowered manufacturing costs.  All under the watchful eye of Bert, of course!  If he didn't like the change, we didn't change it.  If he liked the changes, then we built prototypes and tested them.  All of Bert's products must take the abuse of the marine environment as well as being productive to fisherman. If Bert and our engineers liked the product, then and only then did we build it.

Tecla Company - Established in 1897.  

We are an American company located just outside of Detroit, Michigan, USA.  Our founder, Thomas E. Clark, worked with Henry Ford and Thomas Edison and developed the Marine Wireless Telegraph.  We are proud of our heritage of innovation, quality and superior customer service.  Our company is comprised of five divisions:

  • Tecla Marine – Since 1897 -  Serving Boat, Yacht and Ship Manufacturers around the world.  Our Company President- Captain Dick Clark is a Member of the American Boating and Yachting Council. 
  • Bert’s Custom Tackle – Since 1982 - Serving Anglers and Boaters with Premium Aftermarket and O.E.M. products around the world. 
  • Walker Downriggers – Since 1962 – Serving the Worldwide Fishing Community
  • Resco Pet Products – Since 1937 - Serving Veterinarians, Groomers, Show Dog handlers and Retailers Around the world 
  • Tecla Industrial – Since 1897 -  Serving the Worldwide Robotics, Automotive, Medical and Custom Engineering and Fabrication Markets. 
We firmly believe in standing behind our products.  Our superior quality, engineering and function will enhance your time on the water.  It is our sincere hope that your purchase leads to a lifetime of use and enjoyment of our products.