Smity Bait Company is bring back the original Gries Top Kick!
Around 1980 Dick Gries came out with the Striker lure, soon after the topkick came out and it was a big hit at the time. Bruce Schwengle was a buyer for Dorn Hardware in Madison WI, they sold tons of Dick’s lures. Dick and Bruce fished together and Dick decided to end his guiding career along with the lures. So Bruce purchased the lure company, unfortunately Bruce became ill and passed away he made and sold very few lures. The company and many finished lures, components and parts sat for 17 years, Bruce’s brother Paul contacted Smity and sold the lure company to Smity and Jake in 2010. Smity started immediately selling the lures and building them. In 2011 the Striker was the Musky Hunter collective lure and 2012 the Topkick in Baby Duck was the Musky Hunter collective lure. Smity only has offered them in 4 colors but has now expanded to 10 new colors. All 10 colors are now available at Musky Shop, Team Rhino Outdoors, and Thorn Brothers.
Tournament Tuesday: 2023 Challunge on the Chain Tournament
28th Annual Challunge on the Chain – The Oldest & Largest Muskie Tournament of Illinois – All details and rules…
Tournament Tuesdays: Monday Night Muskie League – First Meeting Monday, May 15, 2023
Team & Rules Meeting for the Monday Night Muskie League is set for next Monday, May 15, 2023 – Details…
Fox River Valley Meeting – Wednesday 5/10/23
The Fox River Valley Muskies Inc Chapter will host their Monthly meeting with Austin Wiggerman as their guest speaker this…
GET THE NEWSLETTER
Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.
GET THE MAGAZINE
Subscribe & Save
Give a Gift | Subscribe Services
Leave a Comment
You must be logged in to post a comment.