With all the options out there for fishing tackle these days, it can be tough to decide on what gear to load up on. However, there are a plethora of fishing products that are crafted right here on the shores of the Chesapeake by native anglers with countless years of experience. So, before you unload your next paycheck on tackle that is mass-produced overseas, check out some of these local brands at a tackle shop near you!
Bloody Point Baits
Utilizing this traditional parchute-style lure that has added strips of Mylar will give your trolling spread a flashy appearance sure to bring in those big trophy rockfish. These can be rigged up with 6, 9, or 12-inch sassy shads and come in five different head styles ranging from 4 to 32 ounces.
These Maryland-made soft plastics are injected by hand. They can be added to pretty much any jig head and used to fish for a variety of species. Their unique shape features a hinged body and forked tail and mimics a wounded baitfish. They offer 5 1/4-, 7-, and 10-inch sizes in more than 10 different colors.
Specialized Baits Li’l Bunker
The curvature of these single-hooked metal blades gives it a signature wiggle wobble that will help you catch more fish, casting or jigging. The lures come in a variety of five different colors with a weight range of a 3/4 -3 1/2 ounces.
These custom handmade jig heads use Mustad hooks and a unique bait keeper to hold onto your soft plastics. Their larger than normal 3D eyes and UV paint give them high visibility underwater to entice more fish strikes.
Hard Head Custom Baits
The weighted hook features a spring bait keeper on a wide gap hook that works well with a variety of soft plastics. The small spinner blade gives the lure some added flash, and make it a great choice for bass and pickerel. Offered in six different colors with a weight range of 1/16-1/4 ounces.
Okiaya Rods & Reels
Founded in 2010 in Ocean City, MD, Okiaya has since distributed their big game saltwater tackle worldwide. Using classic designs and high quality components, they create gear you can depend on when reeling in the trophy fish of your lifetime.
Shore Tackle and Custom Rods
Bill O’Brien and Joe Capozzoli are custom rod makers in Grasonville, MD, with over 25 years of combined experience. Each one of their rods are built with top quality components and are stress loaded and balanced for optimal performance. They can hook you up with everything from light tackle jigging rods to heavy trolling standups.
Backyard Custom Rods
These saltwater and freshwater fishing rods are hand wrapped and made to order in Walkersville, MD. When building your rod, Steve Fogle custom tailors the sensitivity and hook setting power to your specific fishing needs.