Word is out with a big paycheck; the most innovative ice fishing company’s new line of tackle now validated. Clam Pro Tackle, the instrumental choice for the Midwest Open Tournament in Michigan, helped Joe Thornburg and Marc Melson cash the biggest one day ice fishing payout ever—a whopping $20,100.
“I used the Clam Pro Tackle white Drop Jig with a white Clam Maki and the Clam Pro Tackle gold Dingle Drop Jig with Clam Maki plastics,” said Thornburg of the new tackle products that haven’t made it into all the area stores yet. Clam Pro Tackle is that new. “Not everybody carries them around us, so I had to order what was left online and even that was slim pickings. I do admit they catch fish!”
The local stores will be sure to have their orders in for next ice season.
“Anytime someone wins an event with your products having an impact, it is a very good thing,” said Nick Chiodo, director of marketing at Clam. “The news is especially sweet with our new line of Clam Pro Tackle. We’re used to our shelters, cold weather gear and rods and reels having an impact. Now we have products that move below the ice to help anglers become more successful.” In this case, Clam’s products helped anglers win the biggest one-day payday on ice—ever.
“We had 150 teams and 120 of them weighed in fish,” said Tom Knutson, tournament director of the Midwest Open Tournament in Michigan. “Joe and Marc weighed the biggest crappie of the day at 1.56 pounds. And they beat some pretty good anglers in this tournament, too.”
Joe Thornburg and Marc Melson finished ahead of seasoned pros from Michigan like Mike Boedeker (Lansing) and Myron Gilbert (Brooklyn), two of the most successful ice fishing tournament anglers. Perhaps it was the unique tungsten difference. “The fish haven’t seen anything like this,” shared John Crane, Clam Pro Tackle Lure Designer. “The movement within movement is unique and something the big bulls and slabs can’t resist. The bead and chain on the Dingle Drop just gets them.”
“People are finding out how well these tungsten lures fish,” said Dave Genz, the Godfather of ice fishing. Genz historically emcee’d this Michigan tournament, but was not able to attend this year due to illness. “Tungsten is 30% heavier than lead. That helped this team get into the weeds and fish an area that otherwise had too heavy of cover. Combine them with a Maki plastic and discover a deadly combination¬—deadly for the fish.”
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