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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.


Pro Series Slender Spoon

Coralville, IA (October 2, 2014) - Minnows? Nope. Shad? Not'a. Aquatic insects? Not even close. Go ahead fishin' geeks, take the micrometer from out of your pocket-protector and start measuring. It won't take you long to realize no two specimens in nature are exactly the same size.

 Now mull over the all different movements made by each and every species. Heck, even a change in weather has underwater critters slithering and writhing with a different-dance, day-to-day, even hour-to-hour.

What's the point? Simply put, if you're not willing to experiment with lures of different sizes and actions to best match the forage swimming about, you're not going to catch as many fish.


Flashbacks From the Past

Custom Jigs and Spins' Slender Spoon gets hammered "old school" style

Coralville, IA (September 25, 2014) - Sparkle... Flicker... Shimmer... Flash... Those little glimmers of light really grab your attention. Instinctively, you turn your head to investigate their origin. Oftentimes, it's nothing more than sunlight popping through the tree limbs or a reflection in your side view mirror.

Hammered Slender Spoons

The original-finish Hammered Slender Spoons shine brightly with metallic gold-, silver- and copper-plated hues to cover every grade of water clarity and baitfish hatch-matching situation.


Finding Fish In Transition

How experts use Humminbird technologies to put the bead on fall and winter fish

Eufaula, AL (September 24, 2014) - Typically, as fall arrives, many of us head for the tree stand or blind, turning our attention to birds and bucks. Yet, what’s happening on the water this time of the year can be equally as awesome as what’s happening in the field.

Here’s how a handful of fishing’s top experts find and pattern bass, walleyes and panfish during the fall and winter – and how you can do the same.

 Kicker fish on the tree identified with 360 Imaging


New Frabill I-4: Fish 'The Snowpocalypse' In Style

Plano, IL - According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we’re looking at another bitterly cold and snow-heavy winter. Doom merchants are throwing around words like "Snowpocalypse" and “Snowmageddon." Survivalists are stocking up on water, food and fuel … never a bad idea.
But the end of the world? Probably not. Still, when it comes to ice fishing, you can never be too prepared.

Frabill Snowpocalypse

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