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The Custom Jigs & Spins Story

Coralville, IA (11/30/14) - From humble basement beginnings nearly 40 years ago, Custom Jigs & Spins has stayed true to one goal - handcrafting high-quality jigs that catch fish. 

"In 1988, my dad Poppee and I heard a guy in Pekin, Illinois, had an ice tackle business for sale. Since we were both engineers and fishermen, we thought we'd take a look," says former owner and current Custom Jigs & Spins lure designer Walt Matan.


Aqua-Vu Designs First "Wearable" Underwater Camera System

Crosslake, MN (November 5, 2014) - What if, rather than carrying that smartphone or tablet in your hands, technology allowed you to actually "wear" these indispensible devices? Imagine having the device always at the ready in front of your eyes, convenient, low profile and completely hands-free.


Dave Chong Lands 8.02 Pound Smallmouth Bass

On Friday Oct. 24, 2014 Dave Chong of Aurora Ontario went fishing with good friend, Steve Neveu of Cobourg. Just as they were about to take off, Dave realized he forgot his net in the back of the truck. Steve offered to grab it and quickly ran back. "There are two nets - the smaller one should be fine," Dave yelled out.  Once there Steve saw a rather big EGO net and another that was even larger.  Steve brought back the “Really Big" EGO net so Dave looked at him with a grin and asked if he thought one of them might be catching a "Really Big" fish and without hesitating, his response was "Absolutely!"


2014 Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open Results

Paul Castellano and Taro Murata Win Big at 2014 Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open!

For Immediate Release: Oct 22, 2014
Orillia, Ontario Canada: 63 boats and 126 anglers fishing as two person teams blasted off on the relatively calm waters of Lake Couchiching October 18th to compete in Canada’s premier one day bass tournament. All teams would strive to find, catch and ultimately bring back in their livewells the heaviest five bass that they possibly could - but only the winners would take home the guaranteed $10,000 cash payout. Everyone was aware that winds would be the deciding factor and as the strong breeze shifted from the Southwest to Northwest those northerly gusts would force some teams to turn around and call it a day before it ever really started.


St. Croix's New Avid Carp Rods

While the American-bred largemouth bass holds court over millions of U.S. anglers, another magnanimous sportfish oversees a much mightier kingdom. Ordained the world's most popular freshwater sportfish, only the carp brings together anglers from numerous nations, each intent on capturing a global crown of a different sort.


Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open News

Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open Welcomes Back Jack Links and Boater As Major Sponsors!

Orillia, Ontario Canada: Organizers of the Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open bass tournament, hosted by the Aurora Bassmasters, are thrilled to announce they have once again secured Jack Links Beef Jerky and as major corporate partners for the 2014 event out of Orillia Oct 18th.  


Olive the Lake ... A Fishing Vacation To Remember!

Pssssss! We could hear the loud hissing noise just as we were about to pull off the highway and onto the roadway leading to the fishing resort. Our ominous arrival at Olive the Lake Resort may have begun with a blown tire but there’s no doubt it let folks at the resort know that the Wegman brothers have made arrived! Knowing time was of the essence, I scurried over to the resort's boat launch and parked my truck and Nitro bass boat ready to launch just as the tire went completely flat. Right away, Bruce MacDonald ... the owner and resort guests Scot Primo and his wife Cindy came out to welcome us and ...even better- help to change the flat. It was a strangely memorable and wonderful start to an even more wonderful fishing vacation at the end of September with my brother Marcel (aka Red).

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