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How did Tom's Tackle, Inc gets its name?


It was originally started in 1959 by a Baudette resident, Tom Nichol. After just two years, Tom and his wife moved to Alaska. They sold the business to Adolph Marhula and along with his two sons, operated the business until 1969. Adolph then sold the business to Henry Sindelir who kept it going until 1998 when Dean and Shirley Wiersma took it over. Along with their son, Dave, they continued to expand the business until November 2020, when Todd and Sharon May along with their 2 children continued the tradition of family ownership. The original name of Tom's Tackle continues. 

Tom’s Tackle, Inc is a family owned business that designs and produces their own unique brand of lures and fishing accessories. Over the years the dream of creating high quality, unique fishing tackle has grown from producing jigs in a garage to producing them in a 1200 square foot shop. Every new product begins with an idea.... bringing the team together to debate it, develop it and put his idea into action. The lead room is where it all begins, spinning everything from jigs to bottom bouncers to sinkers. Basically, anything with lead, can be made. The team at Tom's Tackle make their own molds so they can cover every step in the process from the initial idea to the finished product. It is exciting when they can get out on the lake and test one of their own ideas allowing them to tweak and modify a lure to certain specifications before it ever hits the marketplace. 

Todd and Sharon head up the sales and distribution of the tackle for the company. They are committed to continuing the legacy of Dave and Shirley by loading up a trailer and hitting the road. The people in Northern Minnesota are all too familiar with the Tom's Tackle truck and trailer as it pulls into bait and tackle stores, resorts, and local gas stations. The wholesale business has grown one customer at a time and Tom's always welcomes new customers as they continue to expand. 

The owners and staff at Tom’s Tackle, Inc feel that their personal relationships with their customers are invaluable to the business and family ownership is the key. This is the formula that has built the company and is the true foundation for their current and future success.

Tom's Tackle is blessed to have such outstanding support from Lake of the Woods, the surrounding area and across the United States, from the guides, local fishermen and women, our Pro Staff to businesses that distribute their product. This sets the stage for the unique ability to distribute a lure that is researched and developed and is definitely in a class of its own.