Tony and Lane Gergely, owners of Sure-Life Laboratories, are a husband/wife team of dedicated scientists. Their professional background is in microbiology and both grew up with an interest in science.
Tony played with chemistry sets and maintained aquariums as a young boy. Lane grew up with a love for the animal kingdom. As a young girl she maintained and raised several species of animals.
They were both exposed to fishing and the outdoors at a young age. Tony grew up fishing for bass on the St. Johns River in Florida. Lane grew up saltwater fishing on the Texas Gulf coast.
Tony’s area of expertise is in chemistry, while Lane’s is in biology. The combination makes for a dynamic team. Tony formulated and developed 31 products for use on delicate aquarium fish, baitfish and gamefish while he was Vice President of R&D at Jungle Laboratories. All of the original products are still on the market today. He has been formulating products for fish since 1982. While at Jungle Laboratories, he worked with some of the most delicate and difficult species of tropical fish, such as the Wattley Discus. Tony was also on the founding board of the Budweiser ShareLunker Program located at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, TX. He is very proud of the genetic work that is being accomplished by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department biologists in Athens. When Jungle sold the baitfish and gamefish division of Jungle Laboratories, Tony decided to go out on his own. His passion has always been with the largemouth bass.
In 1991 Tony started Sure-Life Laboratories with 6 products. Today Sure-Life Laboratories manufactures 40 different formulations. Tony and Lane Gergely were married in early 2000. Almost immediately another company was spawned, Legend Laboratories. Legend Laboratories developed and patented Worm-Glo along with other products for earthworms. Lane’s passion for biology and animals turned every spare inch of Sure-Life Laboratories into a research lab. First, she acquired heavily exploited and rare specimens of true chameleons from Madagascar. Her goal was to establish a healthy captive population of these chameleons in the US. Her research focused around their nutritional requirements and captive husbandry requirements, since little was known about maintenance and mortality was high in wild caught specimens. She spent four years developing a gutload that could be fed to the feeder insects, Tony assisted her formulating the end product. Crickets fed the gutload supply superior nutrition to not only reptiles, but to captive and wild fish that feed on the gutloaded crickets. Legend Laboratories will introduce this product in 2007.
During that same time Lane acquired rare seahorses. Her research focused on gas bubble disease caused by bacterial infections. It did not take long for Lane to discover that Tony had already formulated a VERY effective combination of antibiotics, FUNGUS AID, which worked well on the seahorses. When the research with the seahorses was completed, the Gergelys donated the baby seahorses to the TPWD Sea Center public aquarium. They still have a rare male seahorse in the kitchen who has been with them for several years.
The Gergelys are members of several outdoor writer organizations. These include: TOWA, FOWA, POMA and SEOPA. They actively support scholarships within these organizations. They also support several youth fishing derbies and outdoor awareness programs. The Gergelys are active members of the Coastal Conservation Association. They believe that conservation starts with the angler, and that it works!
Tony Gergely with the assistance of Doug Hannon and others, developed the FIRST live release formula for bass. The product was named, “Catch and Release.” This product was used by BASS in the 80’s and 90’s at all of the weigh-ins. Delayed mortality studies were conducted by various state game and fish agencies and the product was found to GREATLY reduce delayed mortality in bass. Sure-Life now manufactures, PLEASE RELEASE ME with the same results. Tony is a lifetime member of BASS, and Lane is a lifetime member of both the North American Fishing Club and the North American Hunting Club.