Timeline

Virg’s grandson, Darby Neil, Joins & Manages Business

Virg’s grandson, Darby Neil, grew up following his grandfather around and learned the business at an early age. Darby is an avid sportsman and loves anything to do with the ocean. He is a skilled mechanic, boatwright and businessman, and like his grandfather, Darby managed every aspect...

The Morro Bay “tackle shack” Replaced by a Store with Offices

The Morro Bay “tackle shack” was replaced by a store with offices in 1964 and to this day you can still see “Virg & Frieda ‘64” stamped in the concrete by the back door. In 1970, Virg opened a second location in San Simeon with his...

First Albacore Trip with Live Bait

At the time, competition was fierce among several fishing landings on the Embarcadero. Virg’s ran the first albacore trip using live bait in September 1954. The resulting catch: five anglers reeled in 22 albacore weighing up to 45 pounds. During albacore season, the Morro Bay waterfront...

Virg’s Fish’n Founded in Morro Bay

With his wife Freida, Virg left Newport Beach in 1954, to bring “live bait fishing” to the Central Coast. They had one boat, the Lady Jane and they founded Virg’s Fish’n in Morro Bay....