Courtesy Tiger Carman
Tiger Carman, far right, stands with friends and his invention, Tiger Jugz, and a truckload of fish

Native American Fisherman, Businessman Invents Tiger Jugz

Simon Moya-Smith

It was two years ago that Tiger Carman first conceptualized his new invention. Now, the fisherman has taken it to market and, so far, he says business is “going at lot better than expected.”

Carman said his product, Tiger Jugz, improves on the form of fishing known as jug fishing – where one baits a hook on a line and leaves the jug bobbing on the water’s surface like a buoy. The fish takes the bait, the jug becomes animate and indicates a catch.

“These fish have a tough time taking off with these jugs,” he said, adding that a weight connected to the jug renders it nearly immovable. “For the most part, I haven’t had anything run off with one yet further than 50 to 100 yards, and that’s leaving them out all night. Yeah, they’re pretty tough.”

Carman of Grand Lake, Oklahoma, is of the Euchee people and said it was his grandfather who first took him jug fishing as a young boy around the age of 8- or 9-years-old.

Since then, he has noticed what lacks in jug fishing, and his Tiger Jugz, he said, makes the practice more convenient for the fisherman.

“I tried to make a better quality jug than what’s out there,” he said. “(Tiger Jugz are) for the basic fisherman who likes to go out on the lake. You don’t need to have a lot of experience to use them.”

Tiger Jugz can be used from the shoreline or from a boat, he added. But if one’s to fish from the shore using Tiger Jugz, it’ll take some creativity.

Carman said he has a friend who sends his jugs off into the creek from land and then he retrieves them with a pole that has a coat hanger on the end. “Preferably you’d want a boat, but it could be any size boat. It could just be an inflatable boat that floats.”


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