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Must-Have Ice Baits for 2018

Iowa-based ice tackle pioneers release 2018 catalog featuring new MVP baits  

by: Jim Edlund, Traditions Media, LLC

Photo by courtesy of Custom Jigs & Spins
Photo by courtesy of Custom Jigs & Spins
(Sep 14, 2017 - Coralville, IA)  Always ahead of the curve, Iowa’s Custom Jigs & Spins is proud to release a 2018 catalog refreshed with many brand-new lure designs and added colors for proven performers like the Chekai Tungsten Ice Jig.
Just like Custom Jigs & Spins’ legendary Demon, Rat Finkee, Ratso, and Slender Spoon, these new baits are sure to earn MVP status with anglers across the Ice Belt and beyond. What’s more to be said about baits that simply catch fish? Anglers and dealers love ‘em; it’s a win-win.
“We spend a lot of time listening to customers, dealers, guides, and pros to design products that will help anglers catch more fish on the ice and open water. It’s not about trends or flavors of the month, it’s about giving anglers what they want, which are problem-solution baits,” says Custom Jigs & Spins owner and operator, Bob Gillispie.
“Our customers are very passionate about our baits,” says Walt Matan, Marketing Director, Custom Jigs & Spins. “It’s funny, everybody has their favorite baits, but everybody’s also looking for a specific color or small tweaks here and there. Lots of ‘Could you do this?’ Or, ‘I fish in this kind of situation, wish I had something that could punch through weeds better or a bait that’s more visible or calls in fish.’  And that’s what we try to do.”
He adds: “Bob and I feel very confident that anglers and dealers will be pleased with the additions to our line for this season. We spent a lot of time testing these new baits last winter and the results were really good.”
One bait that’s creating a lot commotion (literally) is the new the Rattlin’ Rotating Power Minnow (RRPM), a minnow-profile balance jig with added sonic abilities.
“To our knowledge, this bait is the first of its kind, with a rattle actually built into the tail,” says Matan. “It really ups success in stained waters, over expansive flats where fish have to find the bait… or any situation where you need to call in fish. Catches walleyes, big panfish, bass, you-name-it, on ice and open-water. It’s going to be a killer walleye and slab crappie bait this fall, too.”
He says they’ve also expanded the Chekai Tungsten Ice Jig family with 10 new colors in all sizes; now offer a plus-sized tungsten jig for walleyes, jumbo perch, and predators called the Chekai Magnum; a tungsten ice fly jig called JaJe (pron. yah-yee) for punching weeds and panfish in all depths ; and a new diamond-shaped tungsten with jeweled nose called Glazba.  
To learn more about new 2018 Custom Jigs & Spins baits, visit or download the new 2018 catalog here!
Custom Jigs & Spins started almost 30 years ago producing high quality ice fishing lures. We continue today by improving our existing lures and developing new ones with input from our Pro-Staff and suggestions from serious ice anglers. We're extremely proud that some of our newest lures, as well as many of our tried and true favorites like the Ratso, Shrimpo, Nuclear Ant and Rat Finkee, have crossed over into the open water market.
We at Custom Jigs & Spins, Inc. use only the highest quality raw materials including Owner and Mustad hooks. Most all of our lures are hand painted with a super hard finish and paint free eyes.”
Our other quality brands include B FISH N Tackle, Flu Flu®, The Worm®, Rippin Lips and Vertigo Tackle®.
Photo by courtesy of Custom Jigs & Spins
Photo by courtesy of Custom Jigs & Spins