More about TJ…if you dare

TJ with two crappie smlOne of the world’s leading experts on fishing-tackle design, T.J. Stallings acquired a deep interest in sportfishing while working as a youngster in Tim’s Tackle Box, a popular hangout for Florida anglers his father established in 1971 to sell jigs he designed and made himself. Before he was a teenager, T.J. was tying jigs, building custom rods and studying fish behavior. His in-depth knowledge of fishing led to positions with big-name tackle companies such as Shimano, Bass-Assassin and Hildebrandt. He currently works as Director of Marketing for TTI Blakemore Fishing Group, which utilized his concepts for Daiichi Bleeding Bait,  hooks. Stallings is also the co-founder of Crappie NOW Magazine. T.J. still studies photography, biology and the mystery of the band Metallica.

“I’m truly blessed to be born in the USA, taught how to fish at an early age and raised by a loving family,” he says proudly.

– Keith “Catfish” Sutton

42 Responses to More about TJ…if you dare

  1. Your company sent me some tru turn hook packages for the kids for my ice fishing program Thank you Steve Rodimak Fish On….

  2. sam heaton says:

    TJ give me a call when you can i need some hooks

    Sam 772 349 7777 or e-mail.

    D95Z size 10 and 12

  3. Jon says:

    Hi TJ,
    Its been a while since we spoke but I was still hoping you were willing to write an article about Pixidermy-Digital Taxidermy. I look forward to hearing from you.


  4. John Kruse says:

    TJ –

    I sure miss seeing you at Ed Iman’s Fish Camp! Ed gave me some of the product you provided this year. I’ll be giving it away during our Christmas Gift Giveaway show that will air on 14 radio station in Washington, Idaho and Oregon next week, and will make it a point to promote the fine lures and hooks from TTI Blakemore when I do.

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!


    John Kruse
    Host – Northwestern Outdoors Radio

    • TJ Stallings says:

      I sure miss seeing you all there. Hopefully next year’s date we’ll work for either Ron or I. We have some new Road Runners that are awesome for your fisheries. I’ll send you some as soon as we fill the backorders. 🙂 (A good problem to have, but I still hate it.) Blessings, -TJ

  5. bill behnke says:


    spent my youth growing up in your dads shop on michigan, no one has matched what he provided me in my love for fishing.

    Dont know if you remember me but you and i also fished a bass tourny or two together as well. retired now from ocso found your site so i thought i would say hey.


    • TJ Stallings says:

      Hey Bill, what are you doing with yourself now that you’ve retired? Fishing a lot I hope! Brother Ron joined me here at TTI-Blakemore about six years ago. I ran into Bernie Greer last year while visiting mom in Clermont. It sure is great to visit old TTB friends! Keep in touch man. -TJ

      • bill behnke says:

        fishing alot for reds and snook and such. just started trying to figure out the specks on the st johns and lk monroe. been a while for me on fresh water stuff. hope you and your family have a nice Christmas and holiday season.


      • TJ Stallings says:

        Bill, I really miss my Reds and St. Johns Crappie days!

        Blessings, TJ Stallings Marketing and Crazy Ideas TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group Celebrating the 50th Anniversary Tru-Turn Hooks Home of Daiichi Bleeding Bait, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie, StandOUT and XPoint Hook brands. Also home of the Road Runner Lure and Blakemore’s Real Magic. Proud member of POMA, FOWA, TOWA, MOC, NOWA and SEOPA. Outdoor writer line: 1/800-421-5768. Phone: 334/567-2011. Fax: 334/567-9788 TTI-Blakemore / TJ Stallings P.O. Box 1177 Wetumpka, AL 36092 BLOG:

  6. Rick Hughes says:

    Hey TJ,
    Remember me your next door neighbor on Henderson Dr.?
    I’m happy to find you here on the web and to see you successful. I came looking for you to share some sad news. Kevin McCann passed last Tuesday. See the obituary link and services information below. God Bless You friend.

    • TJ Stallings says:

      Hey Rick,
      I’ve thought of you often over the years and wondered how you were doing. I’m so sorry to hear about Kevin. He truly loved the outdoors. I’ll give you a call as soon as I can get a chance.
      Blessings, -TJ

  7. Joe F says:

    Hello TJ,

    While looking up crappie tips, I noticed your name.
    Good to see you are still in the fishing business!
    I miss Tim’s Tackle Box. The shop was well stocked and
    I’ve had reels fixed there on several occasions.
    Your shop was my “favorite toy store” !



    • TJ Stallings says:

      Thanks Joe. It is always a pleasure to hear from my old Tim’s Tackle Box friends. Brother Ron works with me here at Road Runner too. I sure miss those Lake Harney crappie.
      BTW- Be sure to check out magazine. It is the only monthly crappie publication and also features weekly news or videos on Facebook.

  8. jackie says:

    Thanks Mr Stallings. I had complained to Mr. Stallings on another site a couple weeks ago about the lack of Roadrunners being stocked in our local Wal-mart. Went to the local Wal-mart in our small town to get some items and gas went by the tackle dept. I walked down the aisles looking at the new tackle and noticed a very large display of Blakemore lures of which I had never seen before. Not bad prices either in 1/32,1/16 and 1/8 oz even the pro Roadrunners sizes. In the past if you did’nt get your Roadrunners the 1st of March, you missed out. Now we have a great selection. No wonder you have such a great company(blakemore). Thanks again for the great selection in our store. Thanks again Mr Stallings. (blakemore)

    • TJ Stallings says:

      Thank you for your kind words. But we can take little credit for the better selection. Kudos should go to Wal-Mart for expanding their tackle department. We were blessed to be part of that expansion. Don’t be surprised to see Wal-Mart improving the fishing department even more. Thank you for your support Jackie. Good fishing, -TJ

  9. Janson L. Hall says:

    TJ, I was at my local Academy store to resupply my rod floaters because my old ones finally wore out after 4 years on my spincast rods and they no longer have them! What in the world? Not only am I a faithful user of them but all my buddies are too but the man at the store said they were clearanced out. He thought it might be because they plan to put in a replacement product but I really don’t want to buy them from anyone else but tti blakemore because you have my favorite lures and accessories. I guess I’ll just have to whip out the old credit card and get them from one of the big catalogs. Even fishing clubs were getting them at Academy so I’m at a loss to know why they stopped selling them.
    Thanks, Janson

    • TJ Stallings says:

      I’m sorry to hear your favorite store stopped selling them. I found them on both Cabela’s and the Bass Pro Shops on-line stores though. We appreciate your support.

  10. Janson L. Hall says:

    TJ, I stopped by your posts here to see if you made a comment back to me and thank you for it. I found rod floaters also inside the big bass pro store we have less than a half hour drive away. Some of my buddies went to pipe insulation for a while but it looks sloppy on rods and theyre back to using the floaters now. I have used them for so long I would feel naked without them and they have more than payed off by saving 2 of my spincasts and 1 pricey baitcast over 8 years time. Thank you guys.

  11. Ray Appenzeller says:

    Hello Tim,
    I have been running around in circles trying to establish contact with you or your family! My name is Ray Appenzeller, a USAF buddy of Ron’s. I hope I contacted the right party! Sorry to use this site to contact you, it was all that I could find on line. Thank you!

  12. Ray Appenzeller says:

    Thank you for your help and it was pleasure to serve, 21 years retired. Ray A.

  13. Trey says:

    TJ good to see the picture of your dad in the magazine. It,s been along time give my best to Abindigo!

  14. TJ, great job on the radio Wednesday night. As usual you’re interviews are light, bright, and up tempo. For all who visit this blog, you can hear the interview online by visiting and click on the LISTEN NOW nav button on the left. You’ll see a list of shows, just pick the one from last Wednesday. Thanks again TJ. C U in Branson.

    • TJ Stallings says:

      Thank you Don. The pleasure was all mine. Your show is always fun to visit. Thank you for sharing the sport!

  15. Good information here!

    • Zach Stallings says:

      Hello TJ,

      I believe your Father Tim was my Grandfather’s cousin. John A. Stallings of Teachey, NC. I do remember going to the tackle shop when I was a kid. Do you currently run the tackle shop? Thanks! Zach Stallings

      • TJ Stallings says:

        Great to hear from you! We sold the store after dad passed in ’97. In fact, I lived in Beulaville from 90 to 98. Yes, it was ironic that I left Orlando to live near his old stomping grounds. How are things there?

  16. Zach Stallings says:

    I actually live on Petal, MS, my father left teachey in his early 20’s for Atlanta, that’s where I am originally from but still have half the family in the Duplin county area.

  17. TJ,

    I work with The Rural Messenger a weekly print and web publication based in Central Kansas.

    Wanted to see if it would be acceptable for us to use some of your blogs if we give appropriate credit.

    Thank you,


  18. T.J. , I was browsing the net today and came across your site and I’m glad I did . I look forward to your info and insight on tackle and tips. It’s a added bonus that you are the go to guy at Blakemore. I have been using Road Runners for quite a while up here on Kerr Lake fishing for Striped Bass as well as Team Catfish Hook’s for the Big Blue’s. This past weekend I discovered a jig that I have been carrying around in my tackle box for a year. Crappie Thunder caught me endless amounts of Crappie and Large Mouths . Keep up the good work !

    • TJ Stallings says:

      Thank you so much B.K. I’m glad that Road Runners and Team Catfish hooks are adding to your fishing experience. You are lucky to have Kerr Lake nearby. That is a great fishery. Blessings, tj

  19. James Brown says:

    Hello TJ.. I would like to talk to you.. could you send me your email addy…

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  22. grilogrilo says:

    Nice blog! Please visit my fav web store to purchase the latest Crappie Fishing gear.

  23. Joe says:

    Nice Crappie Fishing blog!

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