Jeff "Gussy" Gustafson

Key Stats


Keewatin, Canada

Favorite Techniques:

Finesse Fishing Specialist - Ned Rigs, Small Swim Baits, Neko Rigs. Grass Fishing ChatterBait, Top Water.


1st Place, Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, July 2013

1st Place, Kenora Bass International, 2008

Career Accomplishments:

2023 Bassmaster Classic Champion

2-Time Forrest Wood Cup Qualifier

5 Top Ten FLW Tour Finishes

5 International Falls Bass Championships

Bassmaster Elite Series Angler

Off-Water Activities:

Hunting, hockey, traveling, outdoor writer, all-season guide

About Jeff

Hailing from Kenora, Ontario, Gussy is one of the first Canadian anglers to compete on the prestigious Bassmaster Elite Tour. Growing up on the shores of Lake of the Woods, Gussy fished his first bass tournament at the age of ten and began guiding—both fishing trips and hunting excursions—at a young age as well. In addition to bass fishing, he also enjoys targeting a variety of species including walleye, lake trout and panfish, both during the warmer months and through the ice in the winter.

 After making a name for himself via guiding, writing, and racking up a number of local and regional tournament wins, Gussy competed in the FLW Opens in 2012, cashing checks in all four events. He stepped up to the FLW Tour in 2013, and in six years notched five top ten finishes and appeared in two Forrest Wood Cup championships. In 2019, Gussy made two of the best decisions of his life – making the leap to Bassmaster Elite Series and officially joining the Z-Man pro staff after years of using ChatterBait® bladed jigs and ElaZtech® plastics in tournaments!  

Gussy's Top Baits

In 18 colors
Designed by finesse fishing guru Drew Reese and a favorite of Z-Man pro Jeff ‘Gussy’ Gustafson, this quad-tentacled 4” st...
In 19 colors
Produced in conjunction with esteemed Japanese luremaker EverGreen International—and arguably the most popular and winnin...
In 12 colors
The quintessential ChatterBait® trailer, the jointed body and forked tail of this 4.5” baitfish imitation provide the per...
In 11 colors
A staple for fresh- and saltwater anglers worldwide, these 5” floating soft jerkbaits feature a pintail that comes alive ...
In 17 colors
Perhaps the most versatile bass bait in the Z-Man lineup, this 4” craw features hard-thumping claws and a naturally buoya...

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