Welcome to Wahoo Fishing Products, Inc. Ric Welle - President
The company was founded by Ric Welle who started his ﬁshing
tackle career in Baudette, Minnesota in the basement of his home
while teaching High School math in 1967. His ﬁrst lures were
hand tied jigs made of natural hair and feathers. In 1968 he
moved his family to International Falls, Minnesota to teach in
the High School there while continuing his ﬁshing tackle
business under the name R.J. Tackle. The business ﬂourished with
the acquisition of the Barracuda Jig Company, St. Petersburg,
Florida in 1968, with a line of Hand Tied Saltwater Jigs.
In 1973 Ric and a friend created “Mister Twister", the
innovative line of soft plastic worms and grubs with a curl tail
giving them a swimming action. They took the ﬁshing tackle
industry by storm and in 1983 “Mister Twister" was acquired by
the Mepps Company and continues to thrive today.
R.J. Tackle continued manufacturing on an OEM basis. In 1985 the name brands of WAZP for Freshwater
Fishing products and Key Largo for Saltwater Fishing tackle were
In 2002 Ric founded Wahoo Fishing Products “Lures of Intelligent
Design and Quality Craftsmanship.” The lures under this banner
include Spinner Baits, Buzz Baits, Jigheads, Balsa Floats, Jigs
and Hand Tied Jigs and Flies.
The features of our lures include holographic ﬁnishes, durable
two tone paint ﬁnishes, premium components and natural hair and
feathers. Wahoo sells its ﬁshing products throughout the United
States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand solely to
distributors and dealers.
Whether ﬁshing in freshwater or saltwater, Wahoo Fishing
Products has the selection to make anybody’s next ﬁshing trip a