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Just Scored Some Classic Lures For Free!!

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My neighbor came over yesterday to drop off a thank you gift for helping them during the hurricane. Somehow we got to talking about fishing and she told me her father was a more than avid fisherman. I told her I fish local tourneys & showed her my collection of lures, rods, & reels. When she saw how obsessed I am she revealed a little secret. She said she has tons of tackle that her father left to her, but she refuses to sell it because she believes that it deserves to go to a good home where it will be appreciated & used. She then invited me over to the house & handed me a canvas shopping bag & said take what you like =) I ended up with some real gems. I got a handful of handmade spinnerbaits with triple crescent shaped hammered blades. Some cedar wood rapala, bagley, & handmade crankbaits & jerkbaits. Some jitterbugs that make the ones on the shelves in stores now look like garbage, and possibly my favorite out of all the hard baits was the Zara Spook made from balsa wood, with a glittered texture on the sides that looks like a baitfish losing scales. All of this on top of a ton of custom jigs, both rubber & hair, roostertails, and a lure called a frontrunner that I had never seen before. Add to this bags full of spoons for saltwater and salmon fishing, and hundreds of soft plastics, I could'nt take the smile off of my face as I thanked them again and again! Cant wait for tournament season to roll around again!!!

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Looks like Xmas came early! You might want to go online and check out some antique fishing lure webpages. You might have a rare gem.

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if you can post some pics, that would be awesome. I love looking at old lures.

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I'm definitely gonna post some photos, I'm going over tomorrow to pick upba few more topwater plugs & cranks. I didn't wanna be greedy so I limited myself the other day. I definitely want you guys to check out this zara spook & these jitterbugs I got. Apparently what I saw the other day was just the tip of the iceburg

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Wow - that's a nice surprise indeed. Look carefully, you may have a few collector's items in there......

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My neighbor came over yesterday to drop off a thank you gift for helping them during the hurricane. Somehow we got to talking about fishing and she told me her father was a more than avid fisherman. I told her I fish local tourneys & showed her my collection of lures, rods, & reels. When she saw how obsessed I am she revealed a little secret. She said she has tons of tackle that her father left to her, but she refuses to sell it because she believes that it deserves to go to a good home where it will be appreciated & used. She then invited me over to the house & handed me a canvas shopping bag & said take what you like =) I ended up with some real gems. I got a handful of handmade spinnerbaits with triple crescent shaped hammered blades. Some cedar wood rapala, bagley, & handmade crankbaits & jerkbaits. Some jitterbugs that make the ones on the shelves in stores now look like garbage, and possibly my favorite out of all the hard baits was the Zara Spook made from balsa wood, with a glittered texture on the sides that looks like a baitfish losing scales. All of this on top of a ton of custom jigs, both rubber & hair, roostertails, and a lure called a frontrunner that I had never seen before. Add to this bags full of spoons for saltwater and salmon fishing, and hundreds of soft plastics, I could'nt take the smile off of my face as I thanked them again and again! Cant wait for tournament season to roll around again!!!

I had an older man than came in when I was working one day, we got to talking about old lures and he said he would bring a few in next time he was in the area. He had not one but two in the box chippewa lures. It is an old musky lure and it is honestly the coolest lure I have ever seen. Turns out they are also pretty valuable. The other lures in his box were also valuable. It is honestly the first time I have had a couple hundred dollars worth of old fishing lures in my hands.

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I would be interested in some original Lazy Ikes if they happen to be in your deal

and you are willing to sell them.

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These are the hard lures that were given to me. I dont think they're worth anything, actually some of them are newer, but I appreciate them just the same. I was also given tons of soft plastics, jigs, skirts, blades, big trolling spoons, and a couple spinners & buzzbaits. I'm anxious to try the yellow cranks, they're hand carved from cedar. Also I really like the Baby Torpedo, it has a reflective layer that I think will be great at night. As the season gets underway ill be testing out the different lures and I'll post what I catch fish on.

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Also I started picking apart the soft plastics that were given to me & there are some really cool baits. I found a bunch of old unopened bags of powerbait lizards, worms, and craws, all with the old scent formula. I'm curious to see whether the old scent is more effective seeing as how it will be new to the fish. I also scored a bunch of hand poured worms and french fries in colors that work in this area.

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I'd love to see what type of saltwater stuff you have. (and possibly don't want  :pray: )

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These are the hard lures that were given to me. I dont think they're worth anything, actually some of them are newer, but I appreciate them just the same. I was also given tons of soft plastics, jigs, skirts, blades, big trolling spoons, and a couple spinners & buzzbaits. I'm anxious to try the yellow cranks, they're hand carved from cedar. Also I really like the Baby Torpedo, it has a reflective layer that I think will be great at night. As the season gets underway ill be testing out the different lures and I'll post what I catch fish on.

 

Nice! Is the second one from the top on the right a Jitter Bug also? I've never seen one with skinny tail section like that. 

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That torpedo looks to be a mid-80's version.  At that time, they came out with a "G" finish that was very reflective.  When you fished it in sunlight, you could actually get a "strobe" effect, a pretty bright flash.   During that time, I had several Cordell Red Fins that has the same finish.   The catch was that the finish wasn't very durable most of it would wear off in less than a season.    A cool lure though.    If it is in really good shape, it is probably more valuable as a collector item than as a usable lure.

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Nice! Is the second one from the top on the right a Jitter Bug also? I've never seen one with skinny tail section like that. 

Hey loop, yes that is a Jitterbug. I'm very curious to see the action it has on the water, its segmented more like a jerkbait or swimbait, its got a really natural dark sunfish pattern too. (perfect for the waters around here)

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That torpedo looks to be a mid-80's version.  At that time, they came out with a "G" finish that was very reflective.  When you fished it in sunlight, you could actually get a "strobe" effect, a pretty bright flash.   During that time, I had several Cordell Red Fins that has the same finish.   The catch was that the finish wasn't very durable most of it would wear off in less than a season.    A cool lure though.    If it is in really good shape, it is probably more valuable as a collector item than as a usable lure.

Fishes in trees- It's in perfect condition, I doubt its ever been used. There are no nicks or scratches on the props or wear on the G finish. If that's the case then that torpedo is going in the "Eyes Only" box! Thanks for the info!! I also have a Spittin Image walk the dog that I traded a guy for a spinnerbait years ago, I haven't used it because it looks like it could be worth some money, its got a "Red Devil" pattern with realistic scales. It also has a signature on it, I forget whose, but ill take a photo of it & post it. Now that I think about it I'm gonna start a thread about collectors lures.

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That black jitterbug is customized, I wonder how the action is?

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