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Lifetime collection of bass tackle

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Well parting can be sweet sorrow, and I have been parting with my 60+ years of fishing tackle. Many of those old lures are collectors' items. Some antiques. Some rare and many no longer made. The sad aspect is that I can no longer use them as intended, and none of my family has the need or appreciation for what these are. But the sweet part is that I found several different people who understood and appreciated. So most everything has been sold (cheap) or given away. 

 

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Didn’t sell these two handmade rods as both got broken during the heavy use days - slipping around old sunken logs & stumps in my inner tube, sneaking a jig & pork eel or lizard alongside every good looking piece of cover. 

 

Fishing from a tube forces you to fish slowly & thoroughly and you start to feel and wonder how a big bass would swim around there, where it would hide, how it might react to a surprise morsel dropped right in front. That morsel being a black jig & pork rind trailer that she just could not resist. 

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Wonderful 60 year collection of lures.  Looking at these lures, I can only imagine the hundreds of  happy days you have spent using them.  Somehow it makes me sad that you are parting with them.

 

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Even though you can’t use those lures anymore, I bet you could tell youngsters like me who can’t catch a cold how in the world to catch a bass with them!

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Rusty, you catch more fish, more days, in more lakes and in all kinds of weather & water conditions. You are an outstanding angler and learn by doing. 

 

We both have stories to tell, special times to recall, some knowledge to impart, yet much still to learn. 

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Dloveday, do not be sad. There is a tinge of that, but fish, fishing and fishermen have been an important and wonderful part of my life. Every one of those old hard bodied lures gave me pleasure when I got it, when I sharpened or changed the hooks,  when I studied it’s action in clear water, of course when it caught fish, and pleasure sorting them out & sharing with a few folks.

 

My dentist got the picks of the litter. 

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5 hours ago, ProTek said:

Love those cranks!

 

Don't let that stuff go to waste my friend.

They have gone to worthy causes and are in good hands. 

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A few of these old rods & reels are staying home for sentimental reasons. 

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5 hours ago, 31Airborne said:

some real treasures in those pics.  lotsa bass fishing history.

Yes sir, much fun and many good memories made fishing. 

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Did you ever consider making one of those antique lure wall hangings?  The shadow box kinda thing?  Hate it for you that you had to part w/ so much tradition and history.  Maybe the folks who bought them will do that.  I have a couple in my fishing room and love them.

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I was going to say the same thing about making a shadow box or some sort of display. My ex-father in law made a lamp and the base was an old piece of driftwood with a few old lures "hung up" on them. Nothing fancy but definitely a 10 on the cool scale. All stuff he found on the riverbank.

 

As soon as I saw your collection I thought of my grandfather and great grandfather - both were salty old bass chasers and had some of the same stuff you do - and an old off-white/tan colored tackle box too. Spent many a hot summer day trying to find some bluegill for dinner with those guys. Good times - great memories. Trying to get my own grandkids hooked these days - let's hope they take the bait. :)

 

Those pictures you posted are pure gold!

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