Elken Bragging Board

Free Jig!

I like to hear from my customers that are doing well using my products, so starting July 15, 2009, Elken Customers sending in a picture(s) of big fish caught with an Elken lure or jig for use on the Bragging Board will receive a free Elken jig!

For each picture sent in, please include the following information:

    Your name
    Species of fish
    Size or weight
    What Elken lure or jig you caught it on
    Where you caught it
    Date the fish was caught
    Any other information you want to include

The limit on this offer is one free jig per customer per month.
You can send the pictures and info to the e-mail address at the
bottom of the menu on the left.

Thanks to everyone for using Elken lures!


Hover your mouse over the underlined text in the stories below to view photos in a temporary pop-up window.
  • Mike Albanese and his partner MikeAlbanese SM Bass Picture caught these big smallmouths on Elken Football jigheadsFootball Jighead Picture on Lake Simcoe in Ontario, Canada Fall 2012. If that isn't enough big smallmouths for you, here are a couple more pictures:
    7.2 lbs. SmallmouthAlbanese SM Bass Picture
    6.14 lbs. SmallmouthAlbanese SM Bass Picture
    Thanks for the photos Mike & Mike!
  • Mike Howard caught this great smallmouthMike Howard smallmouth in Idaho's Snake River on August 17; it weighed 5.26 lbs. He caught it on an Elken Slow Elk Pro jig Slow Elk Pro Jig in Brown / Purple Flash. Mike is in my bass club; Mike, his partner and his daughter are a great team and catch a lot of nice bass!
  • The bass club that I am a member of hosts an open night fishing tournament each year in July or August. This year we were on C.J. Strike Reservoir on August 4/5. I caught a 5.00 lbs. smallmouth Day SM Bass Picture early in the morning. If I looked zoned out it is because I had been up for 24 hours at this point, plus the zoo involving getting my headlamp on and the fish in the net. I missed Big Fish by 0.12 lbs, but we did end up in 3rd place.
  • John AmatoAmato SM Bass Picture from Illinois caught this extremely nice 21" smallmouth bass on an Elken 3/8oz Football jigheadFootball Jighead Picture spring 2012. Thanks for the photo John!
  • Don and Joe DiMarzioDiMarzio LM Bass Picture caught two nice largemouth bass on Elken 3/8oz Poison Tail jigsPoisontail Jig Picture; both were over 5 pounds. They were caught on Lake Wawasee in Indiana on 3/24/2012.
  • Chris Rhoden and his partnerRhoden Picture took 2nd at the FLW College Series event at Lake Shasta on Saturday (1/28/12). They put together a 9lb bag of spotted bass using an Elken 1/4oz darterheadDarter Jighead Picture and a 6" Roboworm straight tail.
    "Using the darter, we were able to qualify our school UC Santa Cruz for the FLW College Regionals! Thanks again for the great service and excellent quality product!"
  • August 27/28, 2011: I spent the weekend in Hells Canyon fishing Hells CanyonHells Canyon Picture and Oxbow Oxbow Picture Reservoirs. The fishing was decent, but the fish were inactive and biting very light; I lost a lot of fish and many of the ones I landed were barely hooked. There was a fair topwater biteTopwater Bite Picture in the morning before the sun hit the water; I caught one bigger topwater fish, but the camera wasn't out where I could get to it. Here is another early morning fish Early Morning Fish with Oxbow Reservoir in the background. I caught a fair number of bass on super flukesSuper Fluke Fish Picture rigged on Elken Fluke HooksFluke Hooks Picture. When the sun hit the water the bite turned tough and I ended up catching most of my fish on dropshot rigsDropshot Fish Picture with Elken Sickle Dropshot HooksDropshot Hooks Picture and Dropshot SinkersDropshot Sinkers Picture. I had an osprey with a fish fly very close to me, but before I could grab the camera, I hooked a decent fish and by the time I got the bass in the osprey had left for a more peaceful location. I did get a wildlife pictureWildlife Picture with a family of ducks and a great blue heron in it.
  • July 10, 2011; I finally got caught up on jig orders and got to go fishing in my kayak. A couple buddies and I hit a lake before sunrise and I caught a couple decent fishKayak Bass Picture right off on a modified Bluegill2 pattern Rampage JigRampage Jig Picture. I caught quite a few fish on super flukesFluke Hook Picture, senkosStickbait Hook Picture and horny toadsToad Hook Picture rigged on Elken hooks. Here are a couple more fish pictures: Kayak Bass #2Kayak Bass Picture, Bass #3Kayak Bass Picture
  • Eric Ocampo caught this nice largemouthOcampo LLArgemouth Picture in Lake Mead in June 2011 using some Elken jigheads. It was the winning kicker fish in a club tournament. He and his partnerOcampo Picture also won the Anglers Choice tournament on Mead with jigs made on Elken jigheads.
  • Every year I help with a program that gives disabled or terminally ill kids a day out fishing on Black Canyon Reservoir in Idaho. I helped my kid catch a nice smallmouthC.A.S.T. Bass Picture this year. The bass was caught on a super fluke rigged on an Elken Fluke HookFluke Hook Picture on August 14, 2010.
  • Andy Coursey caught a 23" largemouthCoursey Picture on a private lake in Illinois. He caught it on an Elken 3/8 oz. Flat Eye Arkie jigFE Arkie Jig Picture on July 24, 2010.
  • Elken customer David ParnickyParnicky Picture with a nice limit of smallmouths caught in the Lake Whatcom Spring Open tournament on April 24, 2010. Four of the five bass were caught on a 1/2 oz. Columbia River Craw Football jigColumbia River Craw Jig Picture with a Smallie Beaver trailer.
  • Elken customer Duane SnyderSnyder Picture with two nice largemouths caught from Patoka Lake in Indiana on April 17, 2010 in a BFL Hoosier Division tournament. The fish weighed 5.9 lbs. and 5.3 lbs. and helped Duane to a 2nd place finish in the tournament. The fish were caught on an Elken Columbia River Craw Football jigColumbia River Craw Jig Picture in 11 to 15 feet of water.
  • Elken customer Ian HighwayIan Highway Picture with another nice largemouth caught from Lake St Francis in Quebec Canada on September 12, 2009. Not the biggest bass but very decent for up here. No scale but guessing in the 4-4.5 range. It was caught on a Elken 5/0 wide gap Swim Bait hook 1/8oz.Swimbait Hook Picture with a 152nd Street Swim Bait on it.
  • Elken customer Ian HighwayIan Highway Picture with a good largemouth caught from Lake Henry in Quebec Canada on August 26, 2009. The bass weighed 4.11 lbs. and was caught on a Elken 5/0 Frog/toad hookToad Hook Picture with a 152nd Street Big T Toad on it.
  • Elken customer Ian HighwayIan Highway Picture with a nice largemouth caught from Lake Henry in Quebec Canada on August 24, 2009. The bass weighed 4.8 lbs. and was caught on a Elken 5/0 wide gap Swim Bait hookSwimbait Hook Picture with a 152nd Street Swim Bait (white/red flake) on it.
  • Steve DaySnow Bowl SM Picture with a good smallmouth caught from C.J. Strike Reservoir on November 6, 2009; it weighed 4.30 lbs. and was Big Fish for an informal state club championship tournament; the Snow Bowl. Ten clubs from Southern Idaho brought five boats each, so 50 boats participated. It was caught on a #4 Elken Dropshot hookDropshot Hook Picture with a power leech on it.
  • Steve Day with a good smallmouthCascade SM Picture caught from Cascade Reservoir on May 16, 2009; it weighed 4.02 lbs. and was 2nd Big Fish for a club tournament; big fish for the event was 4.04 lbs. It was caught on a 3/0 Elken Stickbait hookStickbait Hook Picture with a Senko on it.
  • Bill KrinerKriner SM Picture with very nice Smallmouth from C.J. Strike Reservoir on March 14, 2009. It weighed around 4.5 lbs, was just over 20" long and very fat!. It was caught on an Elken football jig in the new Columbia River Craw patternColumbia River Craw Jig Picture and a custom Elken rod!
  • Brian PurtellBrian Purtell SM Picture with a very nice Smallmouth from the Snake River. He's a future pro for sure!
  • Brian Purtell with a nice perchBrian Purtell Perch Picture from a pond near Marsing. Good job Brian!
  • Kevin and Von SittsSitts LM Picture with the Big Fish from the Snake River Bassmasters' Hot August Night night tournament from Owyhee Reservoir on August 23, 2008. It weighed 7.57 lbs. and was caught on an Elken Football jigheadFootball Jighead Picture with a hula grub attached.
  • Bill KrinerKriner SM Picture with very nice Smallmouth from the Snake River Bassmasters' Brownlee Reservoir tournament on August 9, 2008. It weighed 4.84 lbs and was Big Fish for the tournament. It was caught on an Elken football jig in Kitchen Sink Craw patternFootball Jig Picture and a custom Elken rod!
  • Kevin Sitts and Josh ObendorfCascade SM Picture with some good Smallmouths from a Cascade Reservoir tournament on June 28, 2008. They were caught on Elken dropshot tackle.
  • Bill Kriner with two good SmallmouthsKriner Cascade SM Picture from a Cascade Reservoir tournament on June 28, 2008; the bigger fish weighed 2.81 lbs. They were caught on an Elken Fluke HookFluke Hook Picture and a Super Fluke.
  • Roger Hill caught a good river smallmouthRoger Hill SM Picture from the John Day River in 2007; it measured 19.5" long. It was caught on an 1/8 oz. Elken Jig Worm jigheadJig Worm Jighead Picture with a Tiki Bamboo Stick on it. It is the third time Roger has caught, photographed and released this fish in the last two years.
  • Denny BurrowClear Lake Bass Picture of Canyon Marine in Nampa, Idaho with a good largemouth caught from Clear Lake in California in October 2006; it weighed almost 7 lbs. It was caught on a Elken Minnow Spin jigheadMinnow Spin Picture with a ringworm on it.
  • David LyndsClear Lake Bass Picture of Nampa, Idaho with a good largemouth caught from Clear Lake in California in October 2006. It was caught on a Elken Minnow Spin jigheadMinnow Spin Picture with a ringworm on it.
  • Steve Day with a good smallmouthBrownlee SM Picture caught from Brownlee Reservoir on October 21, 2006; it weighed somewhere over 4+ lbs.(scale battery dead). It was caught on a dropshot rig with an Elken Finesse Drop Shot sinker and a Sickle Dropshot hookDropshot Hook Picture used in the Elken Drop Shot Kit.
  • Steve DayHells Canyon SM Picture with a good smallmouth caught from Hells Canyon Reservoir on September 23, 2006; it weighed 3.32 lbs. and was the Big Fish for a club tournament on a tough day for fishing. It was caught on a 5/8 oz. Elken Minnow SpinMinnow Spin Picture with a fluke body on it.
  • Steve Day with a very nice smallmouthStrike SM Picture caught from C.J. Strike Reservoir on November 12, 2005; it weighed somewhere around 5.5 lbs. It was caught on a dropshot rig with an Elken Finesse Drop Shot sinker and a Sickle Dropshot hookDropshot Hook Picture .
  • Steve Day (left) with a 4.69 lbs. smallmouthBrownlee SM Picture from Brownlee Reservoir. The fish was caught in a Superior Bass tournament April 6, 2002 on a finesse split shot rig with an 1/8th oz. Elken SlimLine Finesse sinker.Slimline Finesse Sinker Picture
  • More Photos or Stories needed from Elken Customers!!!
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