The Pro Release II® Story:
The Wil-Jer release was invented and patented in 1977 by inventors Willard Basco and Jerry Dusich. After many successful years of manufacturing and distributing the Wil-Jer release to thousands of satisfied customers in the Great Lakes area, Jerry and Willie sold the business. The Wil-Jer became the Pro Release on the West Coast. It was manufactured in China and distributed by a company in Washington State. At some point, that company went out of business and the release was no longer being manufactured or distributed. I searched out and spoke to one of the inventors, 94 year old Jerry Dusich. Jerry told me he had been consulting with a fellow named Gene in Indiana who also wanted to bring the release back to the market, and had been selling it as the Sure-Set release to charters and avid downrigger fishermen all over the Great Lakes. Jerry was very excited to see that his invention was being brought back to the market, so that everyone could experience how well this design really works! Gene had re-invented the molds using injection technology and he was willing to work something out with me so that I could take over the manufacturing and distribution of the product. I've added a few improvements to make the release fully adjustable from zero to nearly full lock. This improves the release for smaller fish like Trout, Kokanee, and others, while maintaining the ability to go deep for big fish, with big gear, especially with today's braided lines. I've made the product fully rigged, so you can connect directly to your weight or stack it. I've added a large Duo-Lock snap and a very durable adhesive shrink-tube sleeve to the stacking snap to help keep it from slipping up the cable. My goal is to make the Pro Release II a staple in all downrigger fisherman's tackle arsenal. I am adding a full one year satisfaction guarantee so you can feel confident in the quality and performance of the product.
Best Regards, and I hope you get to pass on the gift of fishing to as many of our next generation as possible !
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