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Going Back To Antique Fishing Lures

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More and more anglers are moving away from all the high tech fishing equipment and supplies available on the market today and going back to the roots of the sport, finding and learning about antique fishing lures. The beauty of finding these antique fishing lures is that they truly do have a history, as well as being tried and true tackle.

There are also a growing number of anglers and fishing enthusiasts that enjoy collecting antique fishing lures and displaying them in sporting and fishing fairs and trade shows, as well as selling them online or through various websites set up for collects.

Collectors, whether for display and historical interest or for actual fishing equipment tend to focus on one or more companies or manufacturers. The most commonly collected of the antique fishing lures include Pflueger, Heddon, South Bend, Shakespeare, Jamison, Creek Chubb and Moonlight. There are other smaller manufacturers that are also highly collectable with enthusiasts meeting at conferences and shows all across North America and even internationally.

The antique fishing lures are considered even more valuable if they are still in the actual boxes that they were sold in. Unlike current plastic packaging, these boxes are often beautifully designed and printed, with the history of the lure, date of production and even fishing tips and strategies printing on the individual cardboard or metal boxes. The lures themselves are still very valuable, even if they are not kept in their original containers.

When collecting antique fishing lures there are a few key points to consider:

• Estate sales and garage sales are often a great place to find a rare lure or old tackle box that has been tucked away for years. Many people are willing to sell the whole tackle box rather than just wanting to part with lures one at a time.

• If you are planning on getting into the hobby be sure to read books, study actual antique fishing lures and learn about how they are valued and appraised within the collectors group.

• Join the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club or other organization and get good background information on how to trade and value the antique lures that you manage to find and collect.

• If you are planning on using antique lures, be sure you know what they are worth before you decide to use them on your next fishing outing.

Finally, remember that any kind of restoring, tampering, repainting or repairing of the antique fishing lure is likely to decrease it's value, so the best advice is to leave them as they are, rather than try to fix them up before they are sold or traded.






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