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Grandpas Box - Rare find?

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Recently I was unloading some tools and of course fishing stuff from my grandpa's garage and shop, gandma is still around and will likely outlive my whole family.  My grandpa passed away in '97 so he's been gone fro 20 years now just to put a date on his most recent stuff before his passing which is shown below.  While there isn't a box full of gems and everything I've identified for the most part, there is this one frog lure that I'm really curious about.  All I could find using Google is that it might be a rare Lure Jensen Surface Frog.  I can't seem to find much more on it so do any of you old timers have info on this?  

I think i'm going to do a shadowbox or some other memorial with  the lures and my grandpa's picture in it and hang it in my shop.  The fishing industry sure has come a long way in 20+ years.  I can only imagine in another 20.  I bet there is some young blood in here that have never seen half of this stuff and it isn't very old.  I didn't know they made hula poppers in popcorn shrimp size, lol.  I will be putting all my swimbait and lure collection in my will and haunt my sons or grandkids if they sell it off.

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those Spoon plugs are super cool. you got a real nice find there.you had a really cool Grampa.

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Mark, you have some really neat stuff from your grandaddies box. I think the shadow box Is an outstanding Idea. It would always be a reminder of your gandaddy.  

The frog; I don't know but If I can copy that picture (with your permission) I can show It to a couple of guys that will know.

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12 minutes ago, crypt said:

those Spoon plugs are super cool. you got a real nice find there.you had a really cool Grampa.

Those are Buck Perry Spoonplugs and are still being sold today. 

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@MarkH024  I took the liberty of copying the pictures and I found out It Is in fact a Jenson frog and was named "froglegs plugger". I'm gathering more Information and will edit this post when more Information comes in. :)

 

This bait came out of Austin Texas. I'm trying to find out the year(s) now. It's from the Jenson bait company out of Austin, sorry for the mis-Identification Mark. 

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I found some more images with boxes to confirm it is a Jensen Froglegs weedless Plunker.  mine appears to be in far better shape than most I've seen online.

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One day , some lucky guy is going to get my tackle .

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3 hours ago, scaleface said:

One day , some lucky guy is going to get my tackle .

Yes...

I've bought, and been given, quite a bit of old tackle over the years. Some from retired fisherman who were pleased to see it going to someone who appreciated it. Once years ago, when I was in my early teens, I found a bunch of fly-tying stuff at a garage sale. When I showed so much interest in it the woman went in to get her husband, who was not interested in seeing it all go. But he came out and was truly happy, even excited to see it go to an excited youngster. I bought what I could afford and then, he just gave me the rest of it. I know exactly how he felt.

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Shadowbox is, indeed, a great idea.  I've been on the lookout for one for past five years or so....since my Grandfather started giving me old lures.  Currently, I've got plugs hanging in a wall spoon rack -- works pretty well, but hard to clean.  And for reels and other stuff, I found a glass top/glass sided curio/display table -- about end table size that works quite well.

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Chop - You can get a shadowbox at your local Michaels or Hobby Lobby. They have lots of that stuff. 

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Cool.  Thanks.  I know where Michaels is...it's that place where I drop my wife at the door and wait in the car for her to come out

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Does That Frog have the line tie that when you cast it causes the legs to kick? I saw a few of those years ago in a tackle shop & they were old but looked cool.

Those Kwik Fish are really good lures, especially for Salmon/Trout...Trolling...I remember using them upstate NY & we would catch all sorts of Fish trolling them....Some of the old stuff still works really good. I have looked at Tournament results form years ago on Bass Archives in the past & some of the fish being caught with old techniques & lures are just as impressive as today in some cases.

Change out the hooks on some and fish em, then maybe save some to collect. Seems like he also liked to fish for Walleye?

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3 hours ago, Choporoz said:

Cool.  Thanks.  I know where Michaels is...it's that place where I drop my wife at the door and wait in the car for her to come out

Lol! i hear ya. just tell her, she'll find it

2 hours ago, primetime said:

Does That Frog have the line tie that when you cast it causes the legs to kick? 

Change out the hooks on some and fish em, then maybe save some to collect. Seems like he also liked to fish for Walleye?

No the legs dont kick on this one but i know of the lure you're describing.

He fished more for eyes and pike than anything, mostly up in MN at his brothers place.  that was before my time for the most part. He was a classic midwest multifish outdoorsman always looking for some fish to fry. he used to encourage me to clean fish with him which was mainly me pulling the guts out. probably gutted some nice bass in my days. I'm pretty much CPR on everything but will take some eater eyes on a rare occasion . 

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Great find.

Please consider framing a bunch together and on the back cardboard cover please write a history of these baits, etc. so you children and grandchildren and great grandkids will know about them and the dates.

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11 hours ago, MarkH024 said:

Chop - You can get a shadowbox at your local Michaels or Hobby Lobby. They have lots of that stuff. 

If you ever go to Michaels you can print a 50% off coupon on their site. It's good for one item only.

I was lucky to find one at a yard sale for $1 :) It's almost finished.

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