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bswivbswiv Posts: 8,730 Admiral
Been in the tacklebox for ever.........not the box of things I use but the box that is too old and out of date to use. It's wood and appears to weigh about 1/2 to 3/4 oz. 

I always thought it was something my grandfather or father made back in the 50's......but a friend who was here the other night says it's a "production" lure, though, how he knows I'm not sure.

So..........ideas? And is not for sale. Going up on the wall with a bunch of other old ones once I can get a handle on what it is.


  • Crkr23Crkr23 Posts: 868 Officer
    There's something similar to it on the cover of "Fishing Lure Collectibles".
    You might contact [email protected] Gary's Tackle Box in Gainesville, FL. He is very knowledgeable on vintage fishing tackle and a great person to talk to.
  • Wayward_SonWayward_Son Posts: 96 Deckhand
    Looks like what we used to call a “popper plug”. There’s probably been a million variations and interpretations of the design concept; that appears to be one of them.
  • MangroveMarkMangroveMark Posts: 584 Officer
    Yep, an old time popper
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,906 Captain
    We also called them "chugger plugs".. Inshore you tried to work them modestly - offshore you raised hell with them... They'll draw bites from every fish known that attacks bait fish.. The ones we favored locally were made by Bob White, a lifetime member of the Tropical Anglers Club, who's long passed away and had through wired construction so a toothy critter couldn't leave you with half a plug... Among the many many fish I've caught with them was one fish that an angling partner on my skiff took one day, just off the beach near the Palm Beach inlet in the late seventies... A 26lb African Pompano.. 

    To this day I keep a few of them on my skiff so that my anglers can toss them at blitzing blacktip sharks along the coast of the Everglades... (with a wire leader of course.....).
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • bswivbswiv Posts: 8,730 Admiral I was not quite clear with the first post. What I should have said was does anyone know the manufacturer/brand. 

    I always figured either my father or grandfather had produced it in the garage as I have some others of other kinds that they did make.......but now I thinking it's not homemade.....
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,906 Captain
    Typically these types of plugs were turned down on a woodworking lathe out of seasoned cedar… then any additional work was done with a drill press before priming and painting - then the hardware to mount hooks was added to finish the process… All of this is well within what a garage operation could accomplish… 
    I have a line of lures myself (bucktail jigs and leadheads… sometimes by the hundreds…).  Anyone interested can see photos on my Instagram home page…
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • WadeKWadeK Posts: 4 Greenhorn
    I've seen these before I think in a Herter's catalogue possibly from the late 40's to early 60's. I think it had Jet in the name. Like Jet-pop or Pop-jet or...
  • NickhoogNickhoog Posts: 1,635 Captain
    edited May 5 #9
    My grandpappy's favorite lure...

    He's in the avatar...
  • bswivbswiv Posts: 8,730 Admiral
    Nickhoog said:
    My grandpappy's favorite lure...

    He's in the avatar...
    But what is it called and who made it and when?
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