Must-Have Ice Baits for 2018


Coralville, IA – Iowa’s Custom Jigs & Spins has released its 2018 catalog featuring many brand-new lure designs and added colors for popular lures such as the Chekai Tungsten Ice Jig.

The company hopes the new baits will catch on with anglers across the Ice Belt and beyond. 

“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,” says Custom Jigs & Spins owner and operator, Bob Gillispie. “It’s not about trends or flavors of the month, it’s about giving anglers what they want, which are problem-solution baits,” 

“Our customers are very passionate about our baits,” says Walt Matan, Marketing Director, Custom Jigs & Spins and frequent MWO contributor.

“It’s funny, everybody has their favorite baits, but everybody’s also looking for a specific color or small tweaks here and there,” Matan continues. “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.


“Bob and I feel very confident that anglers and dealers will be pleased with the additions to our line for this season,” Mattans says. “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). This minnow-profile balance jig has added sonic abilities.

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The Rattlin’ Rotating Power Minnow, aka RPM.

“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.”


Furthermore, 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.   

JaJe Tungsten Bug Glow Jigs with UV have a heavy, brightly-colored head designed to keep the super sharp Japanese hook riding at a 30-degree angle for instant hook sets on big panfish!


Custom Jigs & Spins has added 10 new glow and non-glow colors to its popular Chekai Tungsten Ice Jig series in all four sizes (5mm, 4.5mm, 4mm, 3mm). New colors include Wonder Glow, Gold Glow Tip, Orange Puffer, Circus Clown, Pink Clown, Pink Eye, Rainbow Tiger, Lemonade, Fireball, and Junebug. Chekai color options now number 22.


New Checkai Magnum Tungsten Ice Jig.


Also new for the 2018 ice season, Custom Jigs & Spins brings a little bling to hardwater! The Glazba (pron. glahz-bah) has a ton of attitude in a tiny tungsten body! Its tiny diamond nose picks up light refractions and brightens the day for bluegills, crappies and other panfish. The diamond-shaped body is front-loaded and designed to keep the hook riding at a 30-degree angle for optimum hooking from its ultra-sharp Japanese hook! Available in size 12, 10 and 8, and eight glow and non-glow finishes, including Clown Tiger, Chartreuse Tiger Glow, Purple Tiger, Firetiger, Perch Tiger, Blue Tiger Glow, Orange Tiger, and Pink Tiger Glow.

To learn more about new 2018 Custom Jigs & Spins baits, visit or download the new 2018 catalog here.