Jolly Roger Tackle

Jolly Roger Tackle was started by Shawn Flemming, a seasoned fisherman with an absolute passion for Walleyes. Unhappy with the quality of mass produced walleye spinners and live bait rigs, Shawn set out to design and assemble his own baits.

Perfected by countless 10-12 hour days on the water combined with participation in competitive Walleye tournaments, Shawn knew he was really on to something that worked. Reasoning that other die-hard Walleye zealots harbored similar feelings about the quality of mass produced Walleye rigs, Shawn decided to offer his own line of hand tied spinners and kits to his peers and other Walleye enthusiasts. Jolly Roger Tackle was born.

Mission: Our mission is to offer a large selection of hand-tied Walleye rigs using the best quality parts and material available. We offer components and spinner kits for those wanting to build their own. Aimed to take the hassle out of changing spinners and rigs out on the water, our harnesses and snells are packaged on snell holders to easily store and change them on the water. We are committed to providing a quality product that will help you catch Walleyes whether you are a professional guide, tournament pro or weekend warrior. We hope you will check us out and make Jolly Roger Tackle a must-have component in your Walleye fishing arsenal

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We will be closing the Jolly Roger Tackle On-Line Store on December 24th as I take a sabbatical from running the day to day operations of the company. This will be your last chance to stock up on our Tournament Grade Walleye Tackle. As product runs out, inventories will not be replenished.

We want to thank all of our Customers who have supported us these past seasons. We do appreciate your business!

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Now thru Friday, November 11th save 15% on all existing inventory. No backorders. We will be closing the store and shuting down the website at the end of December while I take a break. So take this opportunity to stock up on existing inventory and save some money to boot.


It was a great weekend for Team Jolly Roger as Dan and Rodney Pfiefer won the AIM Minnesota Division Championship on Lake of the Woods. Shawn Flemming and Nate Gilkey also finished 4th amongst the 53 team field. Both teams qualified for the 2017 AIM National Championship where the location will be announced this winter. The team's next and final stop for 2016 will be the Minnesota Tournament Trail Championship, also on Lake of the Woods in 2 weeks.


Gilkey, Flemming, crush Big Stone trolling custom cranks, taking AIM Minnesota Warrior Boats Open tourney No. 2

Presented by Yamaha Motor Corp USA and Warrior Boats LLC.

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Waconia, Minnesota angler Nate Gilkey nailed it when he said that the mid-lake trolling bite on Big Stone Lake might be the ticket to the first-place podium. He and partner Shawn Flemming from Monticello zeroed in on the spot to win $5,500 Sunday in the second AIM Warrior Boats Open Qualifier.

Both first and second place teams using tricked-out Berkley Flicker Shads and Rapala Shad Raps were there when the middle of Big Stone Lake turned on to net their fish and best the field.

‘We normally like to fish the northern half of the lake, and the last 12 or 13 miles is pretty much choked out with weeds,” Gilkey said. “So we opted to stay south to work it where we were in prior tournaments and had found spots producing during pre-fishing.”

He and Flemming split up during practice, each using their own boats to check on both bobber fishing the rocks, and mid-lake trolling. Gilkey headed to the mid-lake. “By 12:30 Saturday I had 9 or 10 fish, so I got out and left it alone.” Since Flemming had only one fish on Saturday, their plan of attack had set itself for them.
“We then went out Sunday in the first group. A lot of boats went right by us. So we focused on our key depth about 10 feet in the mud-bottom basin,” he continued.

Trolling No. 7 custom-painted Flicker Shads along with glass No. 5 Shad Raps, they began picking up fish. “We ran three of the same color baits, and the custom painted electric perch from Shawn’s company, Jolly Roger, and that perch color took the majority. We had two of the bigger ones on Flicker Shads but the majority were on Shad Raps,” he said. And by the majority, Gilkey meant they had at least 10 fish by 10:30 a.m.

“The first three were all doubles, including a 20-¾ and a 24-¾-incher on at the same time. The next pass we filled out with a 12-3/4-incher and then began upgrading,” he said.

An hour later, they figured they were sitting on about 20 pounds. Then other boats began moving in. “It grew to about 20 in the afternoon so we split from our trolling run north and a little east and fishing picked up there, with a 26-1/2 and then a 27-incher, which is what ended our day. That one came on a Flicker custom-painted a purple-chrome by Larson’s Quality Jigs. They went to the podium to claim first with 29.02 pounds.

They ran the lures about 150 feet back with Offshore Tackle planer boards on the outside, and between 90 and 100 back on the inside lines.

“We wanted our baits as far from the boat as possible. The lake is shallow and it’s also really clear and when it lays down you want those boards and baits as far from the boat as you can to keep from spooking the fish,” Gilkey said.

“We only changed bait colors twice the whole day. We just let everything ride because it was working, and at the end of the day we changed to that purple chrome and that’s what lit up the big fish,” Gilkey said.

Combined with a 12th place finish in Redwing in the first Minnesota division qualifier, the team is in great position for the series. They’re also qualified for the upcoming 2016 championship in Superior, Wisconsin, on June 3-4, based on their standing last year.

In second with 22.02 pounds and $2,000 were Brian Jerpbak of Owatonna, Minnesota, and Scott Whipps of Ham Lake, Minnesota.
“We were by the winning boat most of the day, at the south end of the main basin, trolling anywhere from 9 to 11 feet.

They (Gilkey and Flemming) talked about keeping their boards away from the boat, but ours were tight to the boat with lures 90 to 120 feet back, and we caught 90 percent close to the boat,” Jerpbak said. He attributed the difference to using their quieter kicker motor, while the winners piloted a tiller. Once again, custom Shad Raps ruled.

“We got ours in flurries. We had a double, a 26-1/4 and a 20 in one pass and two hours later we had a 24, a 20 and a 17, and we’d go a couple more passes and wouldn’t get a thing. Every time I brought out a spinner to switch, we’d have a fish on guaranteed, and we’d put the spinners away again.”

This was the team’s third AIM tournament, and the first this year. “Now we’re going to fish the rest of them,” Jerpbak said.

Third place went to John Gildersleeve of Frazee, MN, and Brad Dirkman of Underwood, MN, with 21.71 pounds, good for $1,500. In fourth were Stacy Forsberg, Isle, MN, and Dan Webeck, Onamia, MN, 21.15 pounds and $1,300. Fifth place winners were Brian Sularz, Maple Grove, MN, and Brad Engebretson, with 20.17 pounds, good for $1,100. Learn more at and at the AIM page.

Anglers Insight Marketing LLC (AIM™) is a unique tournament organization created and owned by many of the most accomplished and recognizable professional walleye anglers, along with others who share the mission of advancing competitive walleye fishing and making it sustainable into the future. AIM is committed to marketing excellence on behalf of its tournament competitors, the tournament host communities, and the brands that partner with it. AIM is also committed to maintaining healthy fisheries across the nation by the development of the exclusive AIM Catch-Record-Release™ format, which is integral to its dynamic events and unparalleled consumer engagement. For more information about AIM™, AIM Pro Walleye Series™, AIM Weekend Walleye Series, AIM sponsors and AIM anglers, visit

AIM Presenting Sponsors: Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. and Warrior Boats.

AIM Supporting Sponsors: Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Navionics, Powrtran, Power-Pole, Worldwide Marine Insurance, Off Shore Tackle, Team Lodge, Vibrations Tackle, Pro Chattrr, National Fleet Graphics, Gemini Sport Marketing, 4 Bears Casino North Dakota.

The Jolly Roger Team of Shawn Flemming and Nate Gilkey had a great weekend winning the AIM Big Stone Tournament. Many of their fish came trolling Jolly Roger Electric Perch Shad Raps in 10' if water. The team had a 5 fish limit of 29.02 lbs to take the win.

The Jolly Roger Tackle Pro Team members Shawn Flemming, Nate Gilkey, Dan Pfeifer, and Rod Pfeifer had a good day on the Mississippi today at the first MTT Event of 2016. Shawn and Nate took 2nd place with 24.94 lbs including big fish for the event at 12.79 lbs. Dan and Rod claimed 4th place with a solid limit at 15.32 lbs. Stay tuned to see how both teams fair tomorrow!

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Good luck to Jolly Roger Pro Shane Hastings as he and his brother Stacy head out in the morning to defend their 2014 Vanity Cup Title on Tobin Lake in Nipawin, SK. Go get em guys!

Congratulations to Doug Stewart for winning the Wyoming Walleye Circuit Championship last week. Doug reported Jolly Roger spinners played a key part in their victory. Doug has a great selection over at SS Bait and tackle so stop on in and they will get you setup. Congrats again and those have got to be the coolest trophies in all of tournament walleye fishing!

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The 2016 Tournament season is in the books for Jolly Roger Tackle Pro Team Members Shawn Flemming, Nate Gilkey, and Dan Pfeifer. Shawn, Nate, and Dan fished a combined 26 tournaments this season across the Minnesota Tournament Trail, AIM Weekend Walleye Series, and Masters Walleye Circuit in addition to a handful of local lake events. A total of 8 bodies of water were fished including Pool 4 of the Mississippi River at Red Wing, Big Stone Lake, Lac Qui Parle Lake, Minnewaska Lake, Mille Lacs Lake, Leech Lake, Lake Winnibigoshish, and Lake of the Woods.

When all was said and done, the two teams took nine total top 10 finishes highlighted by Flemming and Gilkey’s win on Big Stone in early May and Pfeifer’s 2nd place finish including big fish of the event, a 9.39lb walleye, in April on Pool 4. The two teams claimed over $8,200 in combined prize money!

Team Pfeifer’s 12th place “In the Money” finish at the MTT Championship capped their year off and propelled them into the top 5 points standings finishing 5th in the Team of the Year race, missing Father/Son Team of the Year by one place. They weighed a tournament limit of 12 fish for 24.50lbs.

Flemming and Gilkey held onto 6th place in the AIM Weekend Walleye Series Team of the Year race, earning them a birth into the 2016 AIM Shootout. This is a no entry fee event where the duo will fish against 29 other qualified teams from the AIM Circuits for a top prize $50,000 Warrior Boat. Shawn and Nate finished 29th in the points standings for the MTT.

Both teams credit Jolly Roger Tackle for helping to put numerous fish in the boat throughout the season. “The quality of the components and snells allow you to fish one rig pretty much all day without the thought or worry of breaking off” claims Nate. Dan, Nate, and Shawn put together some custom bead patterns throughout the season that really shine on the various lakes mentioned above. “These bead patterns, along with Jolly Roger Tackle’s custom blade configurations really gave us an edge over the competition when the spinner bite was going” remarked Dan. “In some of the events, Jolly Roger Tackle spinners would out fish the competition 2 or 3 to 1. Being able to get these extra bites day in and day out is huge in tournament fishing.”

Both teams are looking forward to the 2016 season with plans again to fish both MTT and AIM Circuits.

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Congratulations to the Jolly Roger Tackle Team of Shawn Flemming and Nate Gilkey for making the AIM Warrior Boats Shootout in 2016. This is a no entry fee event which pits the top 10 teams from AIM’s Minnesota Division, Wisconsin Division, and Great Lakes Division in a two day cumulative weight CRR event to be fished in 2016 on a lake to be announced in early 2016. The grand prize is a new 2016 Warrior Boat 1898 DC and 150 Yamaha motor valued at $50,000.

Shawn and Nate began the year out fishing the second AIM Qualifier Event held on Lac Qui Parle Lake in western Minnesota June 21st. Nate grew up in the area and has fished the lake quite a bit in the past, fishing the local lake association event held the week before AIM’s event. After putting together a good pattern on Jolly Roger Tackle Spinners and Rapala Crankbaits the weekend before, the bite got tough as the water was dropping and getting dirty. Prefish yielded some fish but the spinner bite all but shut off. The two trolled crankbaits in the Minnesota River north of the Twin Bridges using #5 size shad raps in crawdad colors to put a limit in the boat. A last minute push to get a kicker fish fell short and the team came in with a 12th place finish.

They then headed north to sprawling Leech Lake for the third AIM Qualifier Event in mid-July. Neither Shawn nor Nate had spent much time on Leech, so the team split up and prefished separately to cover twice at much water. They found the main lake to be holding good numbers of fish up to 24” but were not able to unlock the secrets of Walker Bay. They spent tournament day on main lake structures pulling Jolly Roger Tackle Spinners in Sunrise Craw and Baby Walleye. The team netted their limit but could only get two fish over 20 inches and ended up finishing mid-field at 43rd.

The final stop of the regular season event was on Mille Lacs the end of July. They knew if they were going to make a run at the top 5 points race, this was their last chance before the Championship. Nate and Shawn decided to again prefish separately to cover more water as the team only had the Saturday before the event to prefish. This proved to be a big part of their success in the event. Shawn deployed Jolly Roger Tackle spinners in Electric Perch on the mud flats, while Nate trolled leadcore and cranks on or near the mud flat edges. In covering water pulling leadcore, Nate was seeing good fish on his Lowrance units that would just not hit a crankbait. Sending this Intel over to Shawn, Shawn would troll spinners thru the same pods of fish and ended up sacking about 25 pounds of fish in prefish. The dawn of tournament day, the duo stuck to that game plan and ended up netting a limit of fish for 19 pounds and a top 5 finish. Nate had the following thoughts after the event: “It was amazing to watch Shawn out fish me 4 to 1 to start out this event. Some people claim a spinner is a spinner and beads and blade color don’t matter but when a hot color combination such as Jolly Roger Tackle’s Electric Perch with chartreuse beads is found, duplication of that color is key. Shawn carded 5 keeper fish before I even had a weigh fish in the boat that day. After experimenting with other JRT colors to start, a switch to what was working left me reeling in fish.” This finish moved them to 5th place for Team of the Year Points heading into Lake Winnie for the Championship.

The AIM WWS Championship was slated for the end of August on Lake Winnibigoshish. Shawn and Nate have had limited success on this lake catching fish in the slot but catching the right AIM fish has never been a problem given AIM’s Catch, Record, Release format. The team dedicated 6 prefish days between the two of them to the event in addition to fishing a tournament there a few weeks prior. The bite was good during the tournament two weeks prior, but a massive cold front hit the area the weekend before the tournament and seemed to move the fish from their mid-August locations. After working separately dividing up the lake, they started to find a pattern that could be replicated yielding the coveted 19” to 23” fish in this system. The duo never did find their big kicker fish, but knew a solid limit of these “slot” fish was what it was going to take to contend. Day one came and went and Jolly Roger Tackle spinners put yet another AIM limit in the boat at about 13lbs for 14th place after day one. The team needed a solid day two and was in striking distance of the top 10. The weather remained stable but the south winds were stronger than expected making their boat control on the tiny north end humps a bit of a challenge. The team left to spot 2 and ground out a small limit. They then went back on the hunt for bigger upgrades. With about 2 hours to go, the seas parted and two 20.5” fish came boat side. Shawn recalls: “This was a big shot in the arm for us. We gained a little momentum with these two fish and continued to fish the spot hard hoping a few more upgrades would show up.” The bite was over as fast as it started and after an hour of grinding, the team needed to make a call to move or stick with it for the last 45 minutes of the event. Knowing this spot had given them fish no smaller than 19” every afternoon for the last few days, they stuck it out but went down swinging as no more fish were boated. The two slipped to 21st place weighing a smaller limit day two at 10.79 for a total of 23.75lbs. The two felt their chances for a shootout bid slip away. After waiting for the final results to be tallied, which seemed like an eternity, the guys fell one spot to 6th place for the TOY race. A little bit of luck was on their side as two teams finished in the top 5 in both the points race and championship which opened up two additional shootout spots for the 6th and 7th place points teams.

Team Jolly Roger Tackle is excited for this opportunity and is looking forward to the 2016 season and shootout. Both Shawn and Nate agree that the CRR format that AIM employs is the way to go. AIM’s level of professionalism in both the way the events are run and in the guy’s fishing against them, is second to none. Thanks to all the sponsors and people behind the scenes at AIM who make this circuit work!

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