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Napa Outdoor Digest - March 2nd, 2023

On today's blog:

  • Live Bait Update

  • Phenix Story

  • Learn How to Fish

  • We are Hiring

Live Bait Update

Starting this Friday, March 3rd, we will be stocking live ghost shrimp and pile worm weekly, barring any supply interruptions. We are expecting our 1st delivery around 11 am tomorrow.

Please check this blog/newsletter for updates on availability, or just call the shop.

As a reminder, we are now open at 7 am on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

Are Phenix rods worth the money?

With all the recent rain we have been getting, fishing during the spring and summer months will be red hot! Wherever your next fishing adventure takes you, you should consider pairing up with a Phenix Rod built for the purpose.

Phenix began making rods in 1977 and built a loyal following over the years. The company's focus is innovation, emphasizing decreasing rod weight and increasing sensitivity.

As an example take the XG4T 7'11" Trolling Rod we just received. $189 price point may seem a bit stiff for a striper trolling rig, but once you feel how light and unbelievably sensitive the rod is, you'll want one.

Or take the Abyss PSX-809, in either spinning or casting variants. This is an ideal rod for Sturgeon that will allow you to feel those subtle bites that will result in greater hook-up ratios. At $209 it is a quality rod for the price.

But even outside of the product quality and value, Phenix is an amazing company when it comes to customer service. Let me give you an example. Recently a customer came into the shop with 4 guides completely sheered off the top part of his Phenix 807 Rod. The customer admitted it was his fault and not a manufacturer's defect. The rod was accidentally left in the boat rod holder for the trip home. Yikes. Two hundred dollars down the drain, right?

The customer purchased this rod at Sweeney's and we found the proof of purchase in our system. We contacted Phenix on behalf of the customer and were immediately offered a free replacement despite the fact that the rod was not broken due to the manufacturer's defect. As Phenix shipped us a replacement rod, we handed a brand new 807 to the customer and he was off chasing sturgeon the next day.

Phenix rods carry a lifetime warranty and typically the rod would need to be shipped to Phenix for repair or replacement, but as our example shows, the company goes above and beyond for customers.

We love working with Phenix and love their products and we know you will too. Preparing for this amazing fishing season all of us are about to enjoy we placed and received a big Phenix rods order here in the shop. Check them out the next time you are here. Take one fishing with you and you too will become a Phenix fan in no time.

As a reminder, the new store hours are:

Monday 9am-6pm

Tuesday 9am-6pm

Wednesday 9am-6pm

Thursday 9am-6pm

Friday 9am-6pm

Saturday 7am-6pm


Learn to fish.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be putting together dozens of new fishing and firearms education classes. What would you like to learn? Let us know by replying to this email, commenting on the blog, or stopping by the shop.

We are Hiring

Do you love fishing? Do you like sharing your expertise and advice to help other people be successful on the water?

If the answer is yes to both, please consider joining the legendary Sweeney's Sports team. We are looking to hire a part-time fishing expert to work weekdays, 9-6, Mon-Thur with some flexibility.

Make extra money, get great discounts on products you love, and have fun at work. Please click here to apply.

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