Fishing & Boating News

Rippin Lips acquired by storied fishing tackle company

Popular catfish tackle brand now under the direction of Custom Jigs & Spins

by: Cory Schmidt,

Photo by courtesy Tr
Photo by Courtesy Traditions Media
(Nov 13, 2015 - Coralville, IA)

It comes as no surprise to America’s 7-million catfish anglers, but the ‘Whisker Nation’ is growing in size and scope. Never mind the fact that catfish remain the most abundant, accessible and delicious sportfish in the country. Or that catfish tournament circuits have sprung up all across America. Or that thanks to progressive companies like Rippin Lips, high quality, affordable cat-gear continues to improve with each fishing season.
 For all these reasons and more, Iowa based Custom Jigs & Spins recently acquired the up-and-coming catfish company, with plans to enhance, expand and deliver a comprehensive catfish product line. Under the guidance of owner and fishing tackle industry veteran Bob Gillispie, expectations include an expanded retail presence of Rippin Lips branded catfish rods, bait, tackle and specialty products, such as scent and scent elimination.
“About a decade ago, we recognized many of the same things happening in ice fishing as we’re seeing in catfishing today,” noted Gillispie. “Back then, excitement for ice fishing was bursting at the seams, yet great tackle and gear for this segment of the sport was sorely lacking at retail. With companies like Custom Jigs & Spins leading the charge, anglers now have multiple aisles of ice tackle to meet their needs.
“It’s pretty exciting to see the same thing starting to happen in catfishing right now,” Gillispie adds. “Catfish anglers are passionate about their sport. They’re hungry for quality tackle at affordable prices. We recognized in Rippin Lips one of the top catfish-specific product lines in the industry—and an outstanding opportunity to help meet this energized, yet largely underserved customer.”
"Serious Catfish Gear" like Bootleg dip bait demonstrate Rippin Lips' dedication to premium products.
 At home in the heartland of eastern Iowa, Rippin Lips’ new headquarters lies close to countless catfish waters—and inside the borders of one of several states where catfish rank #1 in abundance and popularity. Gillispie notes that throughout this classic catfish region—from the Dakotas down to Kansas, to points south and east—sales of Rippin Lips branded products have grown noticeably during the past year.
Gillispie, who’s Custom Jigs & Spins brand maintains a major presence with tackle retailers, anticipates the catfish tackle-trend to spread nationwide, Rippin Lips assuming a leadership role in newly expanding markets.
“These are exciting times for catfish anglers,” Gillispie asserts. “We’ve got more fish available in more places, as well as more truly giant catfish now than I can ever remember. The tackle and gear is improving, advancing and expanding in availability. Rippin Lips looks forward to helping grow the sport and outfitting anglers with the gear they need to catch more catfish.”
Rippin Lips' Scent Trail adds extra potency to everything from cutbait to crawlers.

ABOUT Rippin Lips
Based in rural Eastern Iowa, Rippin Lips has been creating America’s catfish-catching’est bait since 2008. Their popular Leakin Liver™ Catfish Bait—whose top-secret recipe continues to be tweaked and fine-tuned each season—offers advantages and ingredients not found in other catfish baits. 100% natural, non-messy, biodegradable, and easy to use and keep on the hook, Leakin Liver gives off a continual profuse scent trail that calls cats from afar. Beyond Leakin Liver Catfish Bait, Rippin Lips also manufactures and distributes a potent line of tackle and gear, including Scent Trail™ Fish Attractant, No-Trace™ Scent Eliminator, and catfish hooks, rods and bait-keeping products. With design input and guidance from elite tournament anglers, Rippin Lips has become a leading name in catfish bait and tackle.

ABOUT Custom Jigs & Spins
Custom Jigs & Spins started almost 30 years ago producing high quality ice fishing lures. We continue today by improving our existing lures and developing new ones with input from our Pro-Staff and suggestions from serious ice anglers. We're extremely proud that some of our newest lures, as well as many of our tried and true favorites like the Ratso, Shrimpo, Nuclear Ant and Rat Finkee, have crossed over into the open water market.
We at Custom Jigs & Spins, Inc. use only the highest quality raw materials including Owner and Mustad hooks. Most all of our lures are hand painted with a super hard finish and paint free eyes.”
Our other quality brands include B FISH N Tackle, Flu Flu®, The Worm®, Rippin Lips and Vertigo Tackle®.