About Us

Welcome to Arundel Tackle

I love fishing. I love the gear, being in nature, the anticipation of that first bite, and landing the big one. But most of all, I love how fishing brings people together from all walks of life. No matter your background, you always have something in common with a fellow angler. You can chat about the bite, life, or the latest gear. I had one such conversation with Naoya Hiramura while we fished Lake Biwa in Japan. He introduced me to WILD SIDE rods, by LEGIT DESIGN. I knew it instantly: WILD SIDE rods were the best fishing rods I had ever used, and that remains true today.  Light, sensitive, and adaptable, WILD SIDE rods deliver an unmatched angling experience. Yet they weren't available in the U.S. I was determined to change that. And so Arundel Tackle was born - the exclusive distributer of LEGIT DESIGN products in the US. Whether you’re a professional angler or weekend warrior, we think everyone who fishes should have great gear and that starts with a lineup of high quality rods. 

Tyler Maling - Founder and CEO  - Arundel Tackle 



Iitaka Hirofumi (Hiro) and Onikata Takeshi (Onikata-san) are professional rod designers and the founders of LEGIT DESIGN. At PURE Fishing, Fenwick, and Tiemco, they designed some of the most iconic rods in industry, many of which are still on the market. Along the way, Onikata-san won Japan’s top bass fishing prize twice, and still competes today.

When the pair started LEGIT DESIGN, they wanted to create professional quality rods that could be used by the amateur angler. By combining Hiro and Onikata-San’s extensive knowledge of rod-engineering with their experience as professional fishermen, each of LEGIT DESIGN’s rods uses innovative technology to better the fishing experience for every angler.

LEGIT DESIGN’s freshwater WILD SIDE rods have been on the Japanese market since 2015, but are now available to American anglers through an exclusive partnership with Arundel Tackle.