Growing up in Northern Wisconsin played a huge part in developing my main passions in life. Those would be fishing, hunting, and Green Bay Packers football. While living in Minnesota makes one of these a bit tougher at times it affords me the great opportunity of being located on the shores of Lake Superior and near some excellent inland lakes, not to mention the Saint Louis River. Chasing lake trout and walleyes drives me through the open water season while panfish eat up the long winter months. One of my favorite things about fishing is the constant innovation and ever changing tactics. I was introduced to Fin-Wing Spoons by Tim Pizzi a few years ago and they’ve been a game changer for putting walleyes and Lake Trout in the boat. I look forward to continuing to grow as a fisherman and outdoorsman with PZ-Tackle and can’t wait to see you on the water!
I am very excited to have Nick on my Pro Staff. He is very creative and certainly will help with tips on using the FIN-WING spoons to help everyone put more Fish of several species in to the Nets!
Thanks for your support NIck
Ryan Pizzi Bio
My fishing story starts with the new owner of Fin Wing, Tim Pizzi, my dad. He ignited my love of fishing at an early age. Truth be told, when I was young, I loved fishing bass and at times dad would indulge me, and we’d go chase some large mouth. But there were other times we’d go for walleyes whether I wanted to or not. Life is funny because as it turns out, fishing walleyes became my main passion later in life. I still enjoy fishing multiple species including bass, muskies, pan fish, whitefish, and trout and salmon (both lake and stream). My dad and I started fishing walleye tournaments together but in 2016 I decided to start fishing them out of my own boat. Like dad I haven’t won a tourney yet but have taken 3rd a couple of times along with a couple other top tens and numerous top twenty finishes. In 2020 I have started my own guide business, ON EYES GUIDE SERVICE, with my primary focus area being in Vilas and Oneida counties in northern Wisconsin. I have also fished for multiple species in New Mexico where I was stationed in the Air Force for 6 years, made a couple of trips fly fishing for trout in Montana, Canada, Minnesota, and Michigan.
The Fin Wing is an extremely versatile lure that I have primarily trolled as a crawler harness, but we have caught many fish with it casting and jigging. I especially enjoy casting the 1 oz Fin Wing tipped with a plastic trailer. It allows you to cover a lot of ground and you can vary your retrieval
speeds while still maintaining the unique wobble of the lure. The biggest strength that the lure possesses is that I firmly believe that there is something about it, whether it be the spoon itself or it’s action, that is a big fish trigger. There have been too many times where we have used other baits and the Fin Wing ends up producing the biggest fish of the day. Give them a try and you won’t be disappointed.
Notes on Ryan
A fierce competitor on Walleye Circuits
My son has been inspiring, dedicated and successful at finding and catching Walleyes and other Species. Checkout his guide service and follow his Facebook page. Ask him about Fin-Wing®and our experiences fishing Walleye Tournaments and SO many more fishing adventures we have shared. I am sure he will provide great adventures guiding.
Follow Ryan at On Facebook
Pretty much a fishing nut, the only time I am not fishing is late fall when I am waiting for good ice and hunting season is open, last 7-8 years I have limited myself to fishing the weekend series as I don’t need to spend so much time away from home but still get to compete against some real good walleye anglers
A great competitor and wonderful friend of the family.
And John has actually won a Walleye Tournament! (unlike me:)
Welcome Fred Heldt to the FIN-WING® Pro Staff
Fishing is life, Plain and Simple. A s a US Army veteran of 12 years, I could always find someone to go fishing with no matter where I was which includes Trout in Europe, bass in Georgia, North Carolina and Stripers in Baltimore. I met Tim a few years back in Central Wisconsin. I moved north, bought a resort and became a fishing guide. 10 years later, it is funny how our paths crossed again in Menomonie. I pass on tournaments because I enjoy spending time all over fishing. This includes the upper Midwest, Canada, Devils Lake, Lake Vermillion, Mississippi River, Eagle River Chain, Phillips Chain, Chippewa Flowage, Lake Gogebic and English River to name a few. I have always been open to new ideas and products. That is where Finn Wings comes in. I am looking forward to expanding the possibility of a lure that works already, to catch certain species of fish. If you see a tandem rig consisting of a Ford Truck, 5th wheel camper and boat rolling down the road every weekend, honk it might be me and my wife on our way to the next fishing adventure.
Fred and I met in Central Wi prior to him moving on into the resort business. He is a straight up guy, with a lot of fishing history and knowledge. He is definitely a positive addition to the FIN-WING® Pro Staff. Say Hello to him and congratulations as he and FIN-WING® will be a great fit. I can assure you he will find creative ways to catch fish!
Growing up in Wisconsin, I was surrounded by great walleye fisheries. From Lake Winnebago, to the Bay of Green Bay, to lake Gogebic, to Lake Erie, all of which have different opportunities and challenges that present themselves. Thanks to my Dad who started walleye fishing with me at the age of 6, I have had many years of experience, to which has grown my knowledge exponentially. Being a tournament angler also helps to add extra incentive to go outside the box and to fine tune your skills. I am very excited to be pro-staff member of Fin Wing, the Lure that Swims!
Welcome James to the PZ Tackle Pro Staff
Hi. My name is James Mareth, and I live in North Bend, WA with my wife and two children. Spending my fishing hours on the Columbia River and its tributaries has made me a well rounded fisherman, which has helped me during 14 years of tournament fishing. My love of walleye fishing started in my childhood fishing the waters of northern Wisconsin, and it h