Custom Bunker Spoons and E-Z Outrodders
New fishing products come ....
Except when they come and stay.
Then you know you’ve got a winner.
Tony Maja’s Custom Bunker Spoons
Anglers can find them at practically
They were the “buzz” when introduced, and are more so now.
We recently talked with Tony, whose real name is Tony Arcabascio,
“It’s going great,” he said. “The response has been great.”
The products from Maja--an acronym for his wife Marie, son Anthony, daughter Jeanine and himself, Anthony Sr., and also the name of his boat, the Maja--are currently sold at shops from Cape Cod to the
They’re also sold in Florida, the Bahamas, California, Washington, and Hawaii and are being
introduced to new areas.
Why did they become so popular?
“It sounds silly, but they work,” Tony said.
The spoons imitate wounded baitfish,
The spoons are also less temperamental, easier to troll than traditional designs,
Although Tony originally made the spoons from aluminum, they’re now made from
The out-rodders, rod holders used for trolling, are unique because they’re hinged, allowing the holder to be lifted to the upright position to remove the rod after hook-up.
That’s convenient and safer, keeping
Tony, who retired to Bayville near Barnegat Bay after living on Staten Island, has been making his own bunker spoons for 40 years.
One day he watched a striped bass pounce on a wounded bunker among a load of the batifish schooling in the ocean.
A light bulb went off, he said, and he began making his spoons to imitate a wounded baitfish.
After his tackle was perfected, he introduced it to major tackle shops in the heart of striped-bass-trolling areas. The shops included Sea Isle Custom Rod Builders on Long Island, Michael’s Bait & Tackle on Staten Island, The Tackle Box in Hazlet and The Reel Seat in Brielle.
“Not bad for a retired guy, huh?” he asked.