Kalin’s soft lure founder dies aged 71
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Al Kalin, the founder of Kalin’s soft plastic lures, has died from cancer, aged 71.
Kalin and his wife, Patti (Faulk), launched the company not long after getting married in 1976. The brand became well known in the bass fishing industry, enjoying 29% US market penetration at its peak.
The Weenie Worm, Lunker Grub and Mogambo Grub were among the most popular of Kalin’s lures.
Al Kennedy Kalin was born in 1948 in Brawley, in California’s Imperial Valley, where he developed a love of the outdoors, including shooting and fishing on his parents’ 3,000 acre farm.
Most of his childhood summers were spent at the family’s high desert ranch near Victorville, trout fishing in their reservoir.
Kalin earned a degree in farm management at California Poly. He then spent seven summers in the CA National Guard before returning to Brawley to build a house near the Salton Sea and manage Kalin Farms, which he had started with his brother,Carson.
Shortly after getting married, the couple started the fishing lure company. They later sold the brand, which is now part of the Acme Tackle Company.
Al Kalin is survived by his wife of 43 years, Patti, and their children Linda, Michael and Kristin.