Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Support the Home State- WI


I am one of the most fortunate ice fishermen I know,  it’s true. I am so lucky to be able to work with so many great companies in the outdoor industry, more specifically the fishing industry. Many of the companies I have the pleasure of representing are from our wonderful home state of Wisconsin. We not only have the most dominant football team, we have the most dominant industry leaders as well.

Jiffy Ice Drills, Sheboygan Falls, WI has been manufacturing ice drills for over 60 years. Last year, they revolutionized the industry with creating the first alternative fuel powered drill. The new Pro4,  4-stroke propane auger! It is the coolest auger I have ever seen, and I love using mine. Jiffy’s drills are easily recognized by anglers being that they are bright yellow. They are a great family owned company with deep roots in Wisconsin and look to continue for many years to come.

J and S Custom Jigs and Plastics, La Valle, Wisconsin. A relative newcomer to the fishing world, J and S is making a big splash with the ice fishermen. Ice fishing plastics have come a long way in just 5 or 6 years and J and S is quickly growing into a powerhouse being featured in the annual In-Fishermen Ice Guide for 2012. J and S offers some for the most unique designs and I would be willing to say the brightest glowing plastics available.  They can be found online only at this time. If you don’t have any in your box yet, after watching the pictures roll in on my blog this season, you will!

The Automatic Fisherman, Kewaunee, WI. Kerry Paulson and I met in 2007 in Green Bay, he handed a single unit to me at that time, I used it the following week and was immediately a huge fan.  I fish for Brown Trout and Rainbows quite often in the harbors of Lake Michigan, the common occurrence for these trout is to drag and drop the baits from a standard tip-up. The Automatic Fisherman is fully adjustable to allow only inches of line out before IT SETS THE HOOK FOR YOU! I am not kidding when I say it works. Many of the fishing guides up and down the Lake Michigan shoreline swear by this devise and I do too.  It works great on inland lakes for Northern as well. I have even set it up with ultra-light rods and caught gills and crappies on small fatheads.

HT Enterprises, Cambellsport, WI. It’s amazing how large HT Enterprises is in the ice fishing world, yet few realize it. HT remained relatively low key for many years, providing the essentials for ice fishermen all over the world. This year HT is busting out and introducing some fantastic new state of the art products. From competition ice rods to tungsten jigs and fully redesigned ice fishing clothing, HT Enterprises looks to take over as number one! HT is another company with a long standing tradition in Wisconsin and the Grahl family and the great Tom Gruenwald leading the way. Look for many HT products to be featured on the ice and my website this season.

Thee Fishermen’s Soap, Eagle, WI. It’s a part of the fishing most don’t think about I guess. The clean up, the smell, it’s not exactly the things we dream about, it is reality though. Fishermen’s Soap is a fantastic product with a ton of uses around the home beyond cleaning up after your fishing trip. I was first introduced to Fishermen’s Soap last year before the North American Ice Fishing Circuit Championship. I had spilled gas from filling the auger on my hands and used this soap with the help from a snow bank to wash the smell off. I went on to win the “Big Fish” award that day. Was it the soap? Pick some up and see for yourself!

Rod-Bobb’s Inc.- Eau Clair, WI. This is the first year the Rod-N-Bobb’s and I are working together. I know most have used a Rod-N-Bobb’s product in the summer, but you must try theMr. Ice floats for winter fishing. Whether it’s a dead stick or jigging the Mr. Ice is a no-brainer to attach to the rod. Rod-N-Bobb’s is another great family owned company with multiple products available everywhere. One of my open water favorites is the Lucky Jack Lighted bobbers for catfish, try it, you will love it.

Americanfishingcontests.com,  Waukesha, WI.  I know, I know, not a physical product company, but Americanfishingcontests.com was founded here in Wisconsin but Don Kaldunski. Don had an idea that he wanted to find out about ice fishing contests around him without having to watch the wall in the bathroom in the local pub. He created a web based company that now stretches all 50 states listing thousands of fishing contests, freshwater, saltwater, ice, carp, you name it, he has it. It is a great place to promote your own event to. If you have a fisheree, tournament or jamboree coming up this winter contact Americanfishingcontests.com today. Don may even attend your event and help to promote further.

So many great companies in this state. I love Wisconsin, the weather, the people and certainly the companies with roots right here. Shop local, buy local and enjoy!

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