• Tournament-proven performance
• Giant action from a small jig
• Tip with microplastics or live bait
• Perfect for all panfish species
• Optimized hook gap for solid hooksets
• Ultra-sharp hook
NAFC pros Kevin Fassbind and Nick Smyers have a proven tournament track record with Custom Jigs & Spins baits.
With countless top finishes under their belts, NAIFC pros Kevin Fassbind and Nick Smyers have proven year after year that they are two of the best ice sticks on the planet. They can do it all: long rod, palm rod, straight line, tight line, and every technique between. Not only that, they’re great guys … so we’re proud that they continue to choose Custom Jigs & Spins products to get the job done. “Historically, my confidence bait is a 3- or 4 mm Custom Jigs & Spins Tungsten Chekai. A lot times, a 3 mm with a pink Ratso body cut in half and fished on 2-pound fluoro is just the thing, especially during cold weather or on pressured waters,” says Wisconsin-based Kevin Fassbind. But for most situations a size 12 4.5mm Pink Glow Chekai with pink Ratso body is Fassbind’s go-to crappie weapon. “I shouldn’t tell you this, but my other secret is tying hair onto the Chekai.”
But not just any kind of hair will do. “It’s gotta be Golden Retriever puppy hair,” he confides. “Seriously.” Partner Nick Smyers is a big fan of the 4.5mm firetiger Chekai, especially for extracting tournament perch. “The Chekai has the drop speed I need to fish fast and the hook quality is super good. My hookup percentage is definitely higher than other jigs. Add a Custom Jigs Finesse Plastic or sliver of Uncle Josh MEAT and I’m never touching the combo to re-bait. It’s all about keeping your line in the water and pulling fish,” says Smyers. The deadly duo has also discovered a consistent way to crack big bluegills, ’seeds and hybrids on the trail: size #10 and #12 Majmün tungsten jigs, typically in purple, and tipped with either a CJS Finesse Plastic, Wedgee, or Uncle Josh MEAT. “On our custom long rods nothing beats the Majmüm for fishing fast, getting bit and making solid hooksets. The hookgap is exactly what it should be. And ’gills just love it,” says Smyers.