It might not be the prettiest lure on the market, but the “Trout-N-Pout” jigging spoon from Big-Nasty Tackle Co. in Pine River, Minn., definitely proved its mettle during a recent nighttime eelpout excursion on Cass Lake in northern Minnesota.
Catching eelpout requires heavy jigs for pounding the bottom to attract the coldwater fish, and if the jig glows, all the better.
The “Trout-N-Pout” meets both criteria.
The spoons, which come in ⅝-, 1⅛- and 1⅜-ounce sizes (subject to availability), are available in green glow and blue glow colors.
An avid angler, Adam Forsythe of Pine River started the tackle company in 2010 in the basement of his home and says the business is a family venture in every sense of the word.
His dad helps pour the lead for some of the spoons, and his daughter helps with the packaging, at times, Forsythe says.
“Otherwise, I pour, paint, quality-control, make the labels, do the packaging and do the sales,” Forsythe said. “At times like this winter, it’s hard to keep up.”
Forsythe said he started making the spoons for lake trout and walleyes but hadn’t given any thought to eelpout until he sent samples to Matt Breuer of Northcountry Guide Service in Bemidji.
Breuer, a pout-fishing aficionado, loved the spoons and told Forsythe he needed to start selling them.
The “Trout-N-Pout” name, he says, comes from the fact the jigging spoons catch everything from trout to pout. Forsythe says he also hears from customers who use the spoons on Lake Winnipeg, where “greenback” walleyes have a fondness of big, loud lures.
The spoons are available in both rattle and nonrattle models.
Big-Nasty also offers bucktail jigs—mostly for lake trout and smallmouth bass—in several colors, including two with glow heads, and also recently added tube-jig heads to the product line. Rounding out the lineup are salmon-trolling spoons available in 4¾- and 3¾-inch lengths.
For more information or to order online, checkout the website at bignastytackle.com.