Smith’s Sporting Group Celebrates Growing Portfolio at Pitman Creek’s Fall Dealer Show

Smith’s Sporting Group Celebrates Growing Portfolio at Pitman Creek’s Fall Dealer Show

As Halloween creeps closer, Smith’s Sporting Group is gearing up for the Annual Pittman Creek Fall Dealer Show, scheduled for October 14-16, 2023. Pitman Creek, the nation’s leading distributor of fishing tackle, represents 300 different brands and serves over 8,000 retail locations. They have recently expanded their partnership with Smith’s Sporting Group.

“Pitman Creek is always looking for the right brands when expanding our assortment of products,” said John Johnson, Vice President of Sales & CRO at Pitman Creek. “It is part of our business strategy and one the key drivers in making our services unique.”

This Kentucky-based wholesaler has deep roots in the bass segment and made headlines with its modern 205,000-square-foot distribution facility in Stanford. They have also amassed a wide range of saltwater and inshore products for their retail partners.

“The focus of Smith’s Sporting Group to passionately support the outdoor enthusiast is evident with their strong commitment of being a leader in fishing gear. Their ever-expanding product mix makes Smith’s Sporting Group a trusted name in both salt and freshwater fishing. Pitman Creek has had the pleasure of partnering with Smith’s for many years, and we’re excited to see that partnership grow year over year,” said Johnson.

Smith’s rich heritage in crafting exceptional sharpeners has paved the way for an extensive range of specialized knives and tools meticulously designed for hunting, fishing, kitchen, and tactical purposes.

“Our launch of Smith’s Sporting Group—the new home of Smith’s Consumer Products—sets the stage for new directions and future acquisitions as we strive to support the needs of everyone who works and plays outside,” said Ricky Dukes, Vice President of Marketing at Smith’s Sporting Group. “We’re very excited to build on the quality and reputation of Smith’s Consumer Products as we reach into new markets and connect with new groups of enthusiastic consumers. The Pitman Creek show is a highlight every year and there is simply no substitute for meeting face-to-face with our industry partners. It is a great time to catch up with everyone and it generates value for all attendees alike,” said Dukes.

Pitman Creek’s Fall Dealer Show introduces the newest tackle and fishing assortments, kicking off on Saturday, October 14, with the Creek Cup bass tournament pairing pro anglers with representatives of tackle retailers and manufacturers. Additionally, there will be a Golf Scramble on Saturday sponsored by Smith’s Sporting Group.

The show floor at the Sevierville Convention Center in Sevierville, Tennessee, will be open October 15-16. Smith’s Consumer Products will be on display at booth 505, and dealers in attendance will cast their votes for the winners in the prestigious Overall Best of Show product categories.

For more information about Smith’s Sporting Group and their participation in the Pitman Creek Fall Show, please contact Dena Vick, at


Dena Vick


Ricky Dukes



Smith’s Sporting Group is a multifaceted, diversified company that supports a lifetime of outdoor pursuits and includes Smith’s Consumer Products and Tanners Team Sports. Tracing its roots to 1886, Smith’s Sporting Group designs, manufactures, and distributes key products and accessories for anglers, hunters, campers, and hikers, as well as those that love baseball, softball, and pickleball.