Serious anglers can recognize at first glance
that Jewel Bait Company products aren’t your typical jigs.
That’s because the company’s innovation, attention to
detail and precision design and manufacturing set us apart
from the pack. The combination didn’t happen by accident.
Founder Gayle Julian was originally in the medical manufacturing
business, but also stayed busy making homemade fishing jigs
with the same level of preciseness given the surgical tools.
In 1989, when the demands from his fellow workers and bass
club members for his creations had become too much to handle
by himself, he decided to turn his hobby into a business
and Jewel Bait Company was born.
Today, Jewel jigs are manufactured in the company-owned
KG Enterprise manufacturing facility in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
KG Enterprise designs lures on a computer and then uses
its proprietary $100,000 milling center to build its own
molds out of high grade aircraft aluminum to the kind of
precision for which Jewel baits have become known. Most
other companies rely on rubber molds which tend to churn
out jigs that frequently vary in size and shape. “So we
have a higher level of precision than anybody else in the
industry,” says Julian.
Jewel products are also made using only the highest grade
of lead available. It comes directly from Doe Run Smelters,
and Julian says it is “99.94 percent pure lead.” “We
re-melt it and add in another substance to get it to the
desired weight and hardness to meet our specifications.
So we have a mold that is precise, a molding process that
uses pure lead, and a mixing procedure that delivers repeatable
weights and hardness. Jewel products are consistent day
in and day out as a result.”
Anglers across the nation have relied on the consistency
and quality of Jewel jigs to win tournaments ranging from
local derbies to national circuit events. BASS Elite Series
anglers Stephen Browning, Kevin Short, Scott Rook and Jeff
Kriet are always top contenders in their events, while FLW
pro Larry Nixon always has to be reckoned with in every
tournament he enters. During an anonymous survey of Elite
Series anglers, Jewel jigs were ranked fourth among the
top 10 lures the pros said they had to have while practicing
or competing in a tournament.
Without a doubt, Jewel jigs have played a role in wins at
every level of bass fishing competition, and continues to
do so during every season. Guess you can say we’re often
the “Jewel in the crown” of champion anglers everywhere.