To contact Warrior principals, see below
Fishermen and Businessmen Resurrect Warrior Boat Brand
The Warrior boat brand is back in the marketplace. Four businessmen/anglers purchased all rights to the name, trademark, molds, jigs, tools and other assets and are making plans for the future, according to Chuck Barth, one of the owners, and a cattle rancher and owner of Tamarack Kennels in Melrose, Minnesota.
Popular pro walleye angler and 2005 PWT Championship winner Dave Andersen, Amery, Wisconsin, is also an owner. He is a long-time custom home builder and construction company owner. He brings walleye credentials to Warrior, after running eight Warriors over his pro career. He has placed in the money in 23 of 45 PWT tournaments, won the Wave Wacker, won about $400,000 on tour, and been in the top 10 numerous times. “This was a dream of mine ever since the plant closed,” Andersen said.
Both Barth and Andersen are National Professional Anglers Association members and tournament anglers. Barth is now in his sixth Warrior, and added, “This is too good a boat not to build for the walleye world.” The other owners are Joe Hellermann, former owner of Melrose Marine and Sports and former Warrior dealer, and Al Leinen, co-owner of St. Rosa Lumber Company.
Hellermann began his marine career in 1985 as a marine technician. He joined Melrose TV & Marine in 1989, and purchased and expanded it into Melrose Marine & Sports in 1999. It was sold in 2007. His service background includes factory OEM training on Yamaha, Mercury, Evinrude, Johnson and Suzuki outboards.
Barth said, “The goal will be to build the six top-selling models, and have others available on special order.” Andersen said, “I can’t believe how many people keep asking me about the boats, and what can be done. Well, we did something, and will start showing new boats at shows in December.” They intend to sell via marine dealers.
Warrior boats have been known as performance fishing boats with walleye anglers specifically in mind, for their big-water handling comfort and their roominess, according to the new owners. “Plans are already afoot to update the interior fit and finish, and to deliver the quality customers expect,” Andersen said.
At the peak of Warrior’s production, they were building about 300 boats per year, and to start, the new company will employ about 10 people, including some of the key personnel from the former factory. The new company will select from among four communities bidding to locate there.
Key Warrior Contacts:
Chuck Barth: 320-256-4647; firstname.lastname@example.org
David A. Andersen: 715-268-2168; email@example.com
Joe Hellerman: 320-333-2764; firstname.lastname@example.org
For roughly 5 years Steve Vick brought customer service back to Everts Resort on Pool 4 of the Mississippi River. Everts is located on the WI side about 6 river miles above Red Wing, MN
It was at Steve's going away party that I met the new manager. An ex car salesman by the name of Dean Marshall. Kind of a tall, thin guy with a great smile. He sure seemed friendly enough. Really, to keep Everts Fishing Resort going at the same pace, that's all that was needed. Just a friendly smile to greet anglers when they pull into the Resorts parking lot.
When I first started guiding, I launched out of the Prescott City Boat Ramps. About 20 minutes from my home. As time went on, I started to know Dean a little more. I found out in quickly that he was a genuine and sincere fella. In a very short time, I found myself with a camper at the resort which made my wife very happy. She didn't like me driving home at 3 in the morning from my guided trips. I now had a place to spend the night and we had a place to go on the river for the holidays.
Along with asking questions about catfishing we ended up going fishing a few times. Sometimes for cats other times for walleyes and once in a while for both. On one occasion I watched him cast jigs with plastics, jigs with a minnow, jigs with a worm, blade baits and hair jigs looking for that one walleye we both knew was there. All the while I was leaning back watching my rod for the bounce of a catfish bite and getting tired just watching him doing all that casting. I sure did sleep good that night!
Dean took Everts Resort to the next level in customer service. He stocked more product that river fisherman wanted but more importantly gave them the knowledge on how to use it and be successful. When I first started stopping by there were brown cards of blade baits hanging on the wall behind the counter. I don't think there were more than a couple dozen sold in a year and those people just used them more often than not to snag fish laying close to the bottom. Sonars many people called them and vertical jigging (or ripping) was the most common way to fish them. Along comes Dean and shows a few people how to "pitch" them to shore lines and current seams and the next thing I know, there's pictures of trophy 8 to 11 pound walleyes on the counter of the bait shop and on-line in fishing forums. Today they sell 100's of blade baits a year.
There's a $7 launch fee at the resort, but a couple river miles away there's a free DNR launch. Most people not knowing the secrets of the river would head to the free ramp. The people in the know paid the cash because they knew they were getting far more than a place to drop in their boat. Dean always has the pulse on where the fish were biting and what was the best bait and time of day to use them. While anglers using the DNR ramp would "be on their own", the anglers out of Everts left the docks knowing where to go, what to use and sometimes like a few weeks ago, he would tell them that "the fishing was down right ugly" with the cold front that just came through. To Dean, it wasn't about collecting a boat ramp fee or selling you a couple scoops of minnows, it was about helping you enjoy your time spent on the river. He always felt if you were successful fishing, he would be successful.
Today is the end of an era at Everts. Dean has left the resort and along with him takes that familiar smile and the twinkle in his eye when a customer brought in some baked goods in the hopes of getting that "extra special" fishing information. When I asked Dean what his plans are, he said "Not sure yet. I'm going to take alittle time off and maybe get some fishing in".
Good fishing to you Dean. Your friends from many hundreds of miles around are going to miss you at the resort.
Believe it or not, right here on Forest Lake MN, people will be coming for many hundreds of miles to fish what is now called the Forest Lake VFW Fishapalooza!
Just a few years ago Dan Luger and his buddy Jim Woods were ice fishing together and talking about the Forest Lake Contest that would be no more. They came up with the idea, litterally over a couple holes in the ice. With a little research and a lot to talking the rebirth of a bigger and better ice fishing contest was born.
Not only is First Place Prize $20,000.00, in the fishing contest, but First Place in the On The Ice Raffle is $10,000.00!
Here's some more details of the event:
WDGY radio will be doing a live broadcast. We can tune to 740am to hear leader board updates.
The Tokyo Broadcasting Station is sending 2 reporters to fish and a crew to film the contest for airing in Japan.
The Sportsman Channel will be filming an episode of Hunt, Fish, Feed and an episode of In-Fisherman TV.
February 27th, 2010
Withl over $180,000 in cash and prizes! The largest prize package in ice fishing!
Prizes include cool stuff like...
Have fun and Win great prizes all while helping the important charities of the Forest Lake VFW post 4210.
Tickets are $35 until Jan 29th. Then $45. So buy early and save $10!
See you on the ice!