On January 1, 2001, Jim Hill bagan his tenure as owner of Portable Fishing Ponds as part of his business Western North Carolina Mountain Trout Fishing, Inc. that is located in Candler, North Carolina.
The company operates with one truck with a trailer containing adjustable sized portable trout fishing ponds, which are stocked with trout or catfish. Two promotional events can be run at the same time. The company also books its fishing ponds at sport, boat, travel and outdoor shows, shopping centers, municipal festivals, corporate picnics, and military bases. Western North Carolina Mountain Trout Fishing, Inc. serves the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeastern United States.
"Jim Hill of Asheville, N.C., was setting up the 2010 edition of the trout pond Tuesday afternoon at State Fair Park in Wisconsin.
Hill is a professional trout pond wrangler - that's somewhere between an amusement ride supervisor and a fishing guide. As owner of WNC Mountain Trout Fishing Inc., he offers the fishing experience at about 20 events a year: company picnics, sporting goods store events, church picnics and sports shows from "Texas to Maine and everywhere in between."
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Portable Fishing Ponds is usually a main attraction at any event. The set up is very family friendly. "We have seen many a child catch their first fish in one of our ponds", says Jim Hill. "These ponds are a magnet for people's attention."
As a vendor, Portable Fishing Ponds will show up on time, will set up with very little need for assistance and will be ready for action on time. There are two types of fish that can be used; trout and catfish. Our fish are kept just a little bit hungry so the odds of people catching fish right off the bat are very high.
"We place our ponds all over the United States. We place most of them east of the Mississippi, but we have a very strong audience in Texas, Wisconsin and even Colorado, Minnesota and the Dakotas. We typically work as many as 20 shows a year and we can do more."
Portable Fishing Ponds has different sizes of ponds. Our fishing ponds measure 25ft x 14ft; 40ft x 14ft; and 72ft x 14ft. We set up more trout ponds than catfish ponds, but that is a close call.
"We want people to come enjoy themselves at our pond set-ups. Portable Fishing Ponds will be running a very fun and exciting aspect of any show or event that people invite us to. We love malls, sports shows, fishing shows, boat shows, etc. Once invited, you'll want us back."