Sloan passed in 2008 after a long battle with cancer. He worked every day in the lure plant until his death.
Late in 2009, anglers Buyrl Shirley and Ronnie Rogers purchased the Zorro Bait Company. It was my pleasure to meet Shirley during a trip to Center Hill Lake. The day began in a comfortable cabin at Edgar Evins State park. The spacious cabin is really a split-level condominium. (I cannot wait to go back.)
I met Shirley at the dock and we ran to a nearby point. It was not long before he bagged a massive smallmouth on one of his lures. We quickly moved to another point and began to pick up some spotted bass. Writer, Nathaniel Samsel joined us mid-morning to catch a few spots of his own.
At lunch, I could not help but think about selling those Zorro spinnerbaits in our family tackle shop, nearly forty-years ago. Samsel asked why I was staring at my sandwich. I tried to explain the irony and could not find the words.