AFTON, Oklahoma – In the fishing section at Walmart Tiger Jugz will be available for purchase as a seasonal product.
Muscogee citizen Tiger Wayne Carman is the inventor of the product.
He claims his product was one of the few chosen out of 14,000 applicants for Walmart’s Annual Open Call for Products Made, Grown or Assembled in America.
Carman and his team mass produced 8,000 Tiger Jugz in just four months to hit 200 Walmart Stores over 13 states including Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and South Carolina.
The former MCN Petroleum Landman/Realty Specialist II worked on this product for nearly a decade before he hit his big moment with Walmart.
“I have been in deep waters since I started this,” Carman said.
He quit his day job last year to focus on his product and devotes his time now to his business.
Mvskoke Loan Fund assisted Carman in getting his LLC in 2014 for Tiger Jugz.
Since then, the development and promotion of his product has business been growing exponentially particularly in the last year.
As a fisherman, he has used several different techniques and ingenuities to try get that big catch.
“I started out making the jugs in my garage using cheap foam and PVC pipe,” Carman said.
It has been a process and development for the fisherman who once used cheap material in his garage during his free time.
Upon working out the kinks of his product, it has become one of kind using high quality production material that is long lasting and durable.
According to Carman, Tiger Jugz is stackable, strike indicating, depth adjustable, grab and reel fishing jugs.
The package comes with a jug, 60 plus feet of 80-pound monofilament fishing line, two offset circle hooks, two snap swivels, two strips of 60-pound braided nylon, and an eight ounce no roll lead bank sinker.
Carman claims his biggest catch weighed 35 pounds using his product.
“How do I know it works,” Carman said. “I haven’t had a single bad review yet.”
Carman has always loved the outdoors and fishing was a big part of his life growing up on Grand Lake of the Cherokees.
“Oh yeah,” Carman said. “The whole family fishes.”
He has memories of fishing from a young child into adulthood with each family member.
After his 8,000 pieces sell out at Walmart, he plans on growing his business to selling it online at www.tigerjugz.com and on walmart.com.
Carman has an Instagram where he can be followed and see more about him and his product @tiger_jugz or on Facebook at Tiger Jugz.