In 1965 Capt B. J. Putnam and his Family moved to Panama City from Decatur AL so that “Put” could start his life long dream, of owning a charter fishing business. Having been an avid fishermen and hunter all his life, he made frequent trips to Panama City with friends to go fishing. He purchased the M/V Terry, worked for one year as a deckhand to gain experience and to qualify for his Captains license. In 1966 while heading offshore with friends to explore the then new marlin fishery, the Terry caught fire and burned. Capt Put then purchased the M/V Melody II, which he fished for one season before purchasing the Lady M. In 1972, Capt Put decided to start a retail fishing store and Half Hitch Tackle was established.