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Finding treasure in a tackle box
NewsOK ^ | 3-16-14 | Ed Godfrey

Posted on 03/16/2014 4:16:12 PM PDT by smokingfrog

Fishing lures are designed to attract fishermen and not fish.

I didn’t make up that line, but I wish I had. It’s nearly as true as “all fishermen are liars.”

My future father-in-law always instructed me that when I showed photos of the big bass that I had caught in his farm pond, tell people I caught them in a bar ditch.

I did as told, because I wanted to keep fishing in that pond and keep dating his daughter. The fact that she had access to a pond with big bass certainly didn’t hurt the relationship.

Old fishing lures can be quite valuable. Last week in Florida, someone paid $125,000 for a set of 89 vintage Heddon lures.

Heddon advertises itself as the world’s oldest lure maker, having started in 1894. The company was started by James Heddon in his family kitchen in Dowagiac, Mich.

Heddon is credited with inventing the first artificial fishing lure made of wood, and eventually a factory was built in Dowagiac. In 1983, Heddon was sold to Pradco of Fort Smith, Ark., and legendary lures like the Heddon Spook, Lucky 13 and Torpedo are still being manufactured today.

Recently, a friend of mine had an elderly aunt pass away. Her uncle had died many years earlier and had an old metal tackle box with a few fishing plugs in it.

Having no interest in fishing, she gave them to me. Most of them were unmarked, but a couple had identification.

One was an old-looking Heddon. Well, you know the first thought that popped into my head: Could this be some hidden treasure?

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Sports
KEYWORDS: collectible; fishing

1 posted on 03/16/2014 4:16:12 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Heddon Museum

http://www.heddonmuseum.org/


2 posted on 03/16/2014 4:19:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: smokingfrog

I am presently looking through my tackle box. I have a few lures given to me by some old codgers through the years.

Who knows, maybe I even have a paid fishing trip or two to places I have always wanted to fish at in it.


3 posted on 03/16/2014 4:22:00 PM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: cripplecreek

I didn’t know they had a connection to the aviation industry.


4 posted on 03/16/2014 4:23:14 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
Heddon even had a delivery truck.

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5 posted on 03/16/2014 4:24:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: OneVike

That would be nice.


6 posted on 03/16/2014 4:24:45 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Sounds like they were quite the entrepreneurial family. They even made radio antennas for WWII.


7 posted on 03/16/2014 4:25:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: smokingfrog

I once saw a list in Outdoor Life, of the world’s most popular lures.

The only one I remember was the Mepps Spinner, made in France was number 1.


8 posted on 03/16/2014 4:32:10 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: smokingfrog
Heddon Aviation's famous flying fish with a wingwalker.

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9 posted on 03/16/2014 4:33:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: smokingfrog
Lucky 13 and Torpedo are still being manufactured today.

I caught more big bass on the frog pattern Lucky 13 than any other lure. Lost the last one fishing for striped bass on Lake Travis.

10 posted on 03/16/2014 4:35:59 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: y'all

9 best fishing lures of all time

1) The spoon
2) Floating minnow bait
3) Ball-head jig
4) The popper
5) The spinner
6) Suspending bait
7) Diving crankbait
8) Spinnerbait
9) Plastic worm

http://www.in-fisherman.com/2013/08/21/9-best-fishing-lures-in-history/


11 posted on 03/16/2014 4:46:35 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: OneVike
We used to collect them [wonder what happened to them?]....the real serious collectors want them with the original box

In some cases, hey are like little pieces of folk art. I love them!


12 posted on 03/16/2014 4:51:54 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Daffynition
An Englishman, Samuel Allcock, came to Toronto and founded a tackle company with Laight and Westwood. The Chub was one of their promotions from the early 1900’s until now. Allcock’s in England was bought up by Shakespeare around 1967 and Shakespeare eliminated a company that had been making fishing tackle since the 1870’s. One can still pick up some excellent split cane rods from Allcock’s or A,L, W on eBay at times. Allcock’s also employed J. Young to make reels that are still being made by Shakespeare today.
13 posted on 03/16/2014 5:00:56 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: OneVike

my fil, the old arrogant goat that he is, had a garage sale...without checking with us, or even asking about value he sold a whole tackle box full of old lures for a pittance....I knew it was a mistake when a guy came in a bought the “whole” box for one flat price....imagine he made a nice haul on that one....


14 posted on 03/16/2014 5:01:48 PM PDT by cherry
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To: smokingfrog
I've got a tackle box filled with old lures that were owned by my dad and grandfather........

I'll have to pull them out and see if they're worth anything.......

15 posted on 03/16/2014 5:06:04 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: smokingfrog

16 posted on 03/16/2014 5:14:03 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: smokingfrog

Who made the Jitterbug? My uncle caught lots of lunker bass with that one.


17 posted on 03/16/2014 7:41:23 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: elcid1970

Arbogast

http://www.arbogastlures.com/LureUsage.htm#Jitterbug


18 posted on 03/16/2014 8:06:34 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Thanks! Remember that `plopity plop’ sound well. Followed by how to fillet a bass & then dredge the filets & plop them into the skillet. Don’t forget the lemon juice.


19 posted on 03/16/2014 9:26:52 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: elcid1970

Maybe you know. . . I’ve been wondering if among the types of bass (freshwater), are some better for eating and some less good for that?


20 posted on 03/17/2014 1:39:56 AM PDT by deks
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To: smokingfrog

I don’t know about any lures, but I do have a number of my Dad’s old Mitchell 302 salt water spinning reels.


21 posted on 03/17/2014 4:56:03 AM PDT by fredhead (Join the Navy and see the world.....77% of which is covered in water.)
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To: smokingfrog

Wow, the 1894 version of Duck Dynasty.


22 posted on 03/17/2014 5:00:12 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: deks

Always heard that medium size smallmouth bass were the best eating, better than lunker largemouths.

But nothin’ beats a mess of crappies. That’s why they’re called `panfish’. Your best fish camps serve those.


23 posted on 03/17/2014 7:39:32 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: cherry

Ouch! That has gotta hurt after reading this article.


24 posted on 03/17/2014 8:55:24 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: smokingfrog

Yes, I could use a nice fishing trip far far away from here.


25 posted on 03/17/2014 8:58:03 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: Daffynition

I used to keep the boxes, but got out of the habit as my box began filling up. Now I wish I had kept them.

Someone will always be interested in paying big bucks for things that were once considered just a tool, toy, or nicknack.


26 posted on 03/17/2014 9:00:46 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: elcid1970

Thanks! It’s been since I was a kid, but I’ve gotten back into a little bit of fishing recently...caught some brook and rainbow trout, but that takes some travel to get to where they are found :-)


27 posted on 03/17/2014 10:23:34 AM PDT by deks
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To: OneVike

You can only keep so much *stuff.*


28 posted on 03/17/2014 11:46:50 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: vetvetdoug

It warms my heart to know there are still remnants of the *what was* in America.

I still love my eclectic collection of old tools and especially where working hands on them have made a layer of patina.


29 posted on 03/17/2014 11:49:57 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: OneVike

I used to keep the boxes,

*********

Som boxes bring a few dollars today....

http://www.antiquelures.com/Heddonboxesneeded.htm


30 posted on 03/17/2014 11:58:55 AM PDT by deport
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To: deport

At least I did not see anything even close to the time that I would have tossed a box from.


31 posted on 03/17/2014 2:53:32 PM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: Arrowhead1952; vetvetdoug; elcid1970; OneVike; deks; deport; fredhead; Mike Darancette; ...
I've been finding some bargains at *estate sales* lately. End of this week, there's an estate sale in Brookfield, CT with lures, reels and fishing gear. Looks interesting. See ya there!
32 posted on 03/23/2014 5:31:11 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I recently sold all my dad’s tackle. This year sales are not as good as last.

named lures sell best. Boxed named lures sell better. $5 is good price. $10 wou ld be very good

On ebay,good pictures. Make a bent wire frame to elevate ad let the hooks dangle for good pictures.


33 posted on 03/23/2014 5:40:35 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Daffynition

34 posted on 03/23/2014 5:47:45 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

*Someone* is going to beat me to it.


35 posted on 03/23/2014 6:02:22 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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