Grizzly Jig – Learn to Catch Crappie from The Pros
By Phillip Gentry
B’n’M Poles is proud to once again be one of the presenting sponsors at the largest crappie fishing tackle show in the country. Each year in January, crappie anglers from across the country make the trip to Caruthersville, Missouri to visit the Grizzly Jig Company and attend THE crappie fishing tackle show of the year.
This year, Grizzly Jig is presenting three full days of seminars, demonstrations, and hands-on teaching of everything crappie and catfish related by the best guides, pros, and tournament anglers in the business.
Wade Mansfield, co-owner of Grizzly Jig Company and B’n’M pro-staffer, invited anglers of all walks of crappie fishing to make the trip to the country’s heartland from January 24 – 26.
Come meet all your favorite B’n’M pros as they give updated information on the latest fishing tactics, tackle and techniques in crappie fishing.
“Each year, we bring in the best crappie fishing guides and tournament pros. The show attendees not only get to listen to great seminars, but these pros are here in the store, walking the aisles, talking one-on-one with you about how to catch more and bigger crappie,” said Mansfield.
Unlike most tackle shows, the Grizzly Jig show is not just about fishing in the local area, it’s about crappie fishing techniques used and lakes fished all over the country. Mansfield said instruction is tailored to all skill levels, from novice to tournament pro.
“It’s not all about tournament level fishing,” he said. “Our guides are on the water everyday with anglers with skill sets from beginner to week-end angler. They know how to talk everyday crappie fishing and they can explain the in’s and out’s of crappie fishing at any level.”
B’n’M pros will be one hand, walking the aisles and giving one on one expert advice to make you a better crappie angler
Mansfield also pointed out that the Grizzly Jig show is one of the few times that an angler will have the opportunity to talk face-to-face with icons from the crappie fishing world and have them show you how they fish, how they set up their boats, how they tie their rigs, and of course, which baits and tackle they use.
As far as the store itself, Grizzly Jig Co is the mecca for all types of crappie and panfishing as well as catfishing and other species-specific gear. From electronics to rod holders, poles, jigs, line, maps of all the lakes – if it’s in the famous Grizzly Jig catalog, you can lay your hands on it in the store.
“Our spring show is primarily about crappie fishing, but with catfishing gaining such a huge following across the country, we’ve also scheduled some of B’n’M’s best catfishing pro’s to be on hand to give seminars and talk with our customers about catfishing,” said Mansfield.
The 17th Annual Grizzly Jig Co Spring Tackle Show is right around the corner. Don’t miss the biggest crappie fishing show of the year
Last year, the show saw upwards of five thousand crappie anglers come through the doors as well as attend seminars in both the Grizzly Jig facility and the ballroom of the Century Casino, located right behind the store.
“We even have shuttles to take people over to the casino,” said Mansfield. “The Casino is where most of the Humminbird and other sonar seminars will be held. We do announcements in the store before the shows start at the Casino and when the shuttle is available to take people over there to attend the seminars.”
Mansfield said one of the coolest things he sees at the Grizzly Jig Show is a reunion, of sorts, of crappie anglers from across the country who may only know each other from websites like Crappie.com that get the chance to meet up once a year.
“You know the internet makes the world a smaller place and I really love to see a crappie fishing club or just a bunch of guys who fish together all load up and come out here,” he said. “If you’ve never been to the show, this year is going to be another great event and I invite everyone to come out.”
The 17th Annual Grizzly Jig Company Spring Tackle Show will be going on Friday, January 24 through Sunday January 26. Special store hours are 7 am – 6 pm Friday and Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. In addition, a special Fisherman’s Night Out preview, sponsored by B’n’M Poles, will be held on Thursday, January 23 from 4 pm to 7 pm.
Grizzly Jig Company is located at 303 Ward Ave in Caruthersville, Missouri. The toll-free store number is 800-305-9866. Get more info at grizzlyjig.com
Come out and meet your favorite B’n’M pros at this year’s Grizzly Jig Spring Tackle Show, including Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman, John Godwin, Kent Driscoll, Brad Whitehead, Russ Bailey and more. Be sure to ask for the B’n’M Poles special show prices. Visit our website at bnmpoles.com
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