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Named after Chicago's Wacker Drive, the street that leads to America's finest urban fishery - The Chicago River, and a nod to "whacker' - a British term for an especially fine carp.

Paul Pezalla, the founder and head of Wacker Bait & Tackle, has been a dedicated carp angler since the late 1960's. He attended college at the University of Minnesota, fortuitously situated on the banks of the Mississippi River. Between sessions on the river, he managed to earn a PhD specializing in animal physiology. The knowledge gained there and in his subsequent career as a research scientist and university professor gave him a sound background for the rational development of baits.

 

175 Consecutive Months of Catching Chicagoland Carp as of August 2014. That's 14 years, 7 months. 

 

Carp Anglers Group, Member since 1996

2005 President, Carp Anglers Group

1998-2005 Vice President, Carp Anglers Group

2005- Carp Anglers Group Ambassador

2009-2011 Director, Bankfishing USA

2011- Member, Friends of the Chicago River

 

2001 CAG Turkey Carp Challenge 3rd Place

2003 Mississippi River Carp Festival (Coon Rapids, MN) 1st Place

2003 Carp Anglers Group Invitational Total Weight National Champion

2003 Carp Anglers Group Invitational North Central Region Total Weight 1st Place

2004 CAG President's Day Challenge 1st Place

Carp Anglers Group Invitational North Central Region Big Fish 1st Place

Carp Anglers Group Invitational North Central Region 4 Biggest Fish 1st Place

2004 American Carp Society Team National Championship 1st Place

2004 Austin Team Championship Top Ten Finish

2005 CAG Champion of the Queen Award for Exceptional Achievement in Promoting CAG and Carp Angling

2006 Austin Team Championship  4th Place

2006 7th CAG Crossroads Challenge Big Fish 1st Place

2007 Austin Team Championship 3rd Place

2007 Carp Anglers Group Invitational North Central Region  Big Fish 1st Place

2007 CAG President's Day Challenge 1st Place

2007 CAG President's Day Challenge Big Fish 1st Place

2008 Chicagoland's All-Time Biggest Fish 38-2

2008 Dale Bowman Chicago Sun TImes Fish of the Week Winner and Fish of the Year Runner Up

2009 Wisconsin Carp Championship Section Winner

2009 Wisconsin Carp Championship Big Fish 1st Place

 2010 Dale Bowman Chicago Sun TImes Fish of the Week Winner

2014 Carp Anglers Group FFF Hall of Fame 

2014 Carp Anglers Group FFF Second Place - First Fish of the Year

2014 Carp Anglers Group FFF Second Place - Big Mirror Carp