AFTCO® stands for the American Fishing Tackle Company and was established in 1958 in Newport Beach, California by J.C. Axelson, a pioneer in big game tackle development. In 1973, Milt Shedd - a legendary innovator, himself - and wife Peggie purchased AFTCO, and a new company evolved with a concern for both the fishing customer and marine resources.
For more than 50 years, the AFTCO name has stood for quality and dependability, backed by a family-owned company that ranks among the world's most highly regarded saltwater fishing tackle manufacturers. AFTCO Roller Guides and Roller Tops, Unibutts®, Taper Tip Gaffs, Roller Troller® Outrigger Clips, Fighting Belts and Harnesses, Fishing Gloves and more, can be found on top sport fishing boats worldwide.
AFTCO and the Shedd family have been great supporters of the ocean and its creatures. Some of their ocean involvement includes: the co-founding of SeaWorld, the founding of the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, several million in cash contributions, more than 10,000 hours of donated time to conservation issues by AFTCO's president, and playing a major role in the elimination of gillnets and longlines.