Vintage Hardbait Collection

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Vintage Hardbait Collection

Post by Firstoutfisher » Mon Nov 29, 2021 6:45 pm

Not a new acquisition persay but was rummaging through the shop looking for old lures my dad made back when he was in the manufacturing business. Unfortunately, he liquidated most of his stock and other than a handful of spinnerbaits I was unable to find anything. However I did come across this hardbait collection of his that I thought was pretty neat. Wanted to share it with you all. I'm not super familiar with any of it so if you see anything cool or have a cool story about anything you see here please share.

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Cant figure out how to get the image to show up here so if anyone knows help me out. Haha

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Re: Vintage Hardbait Collection

Post by Bronzeye » Wed Dec 01, 2021 12:49 pm

Looks like an Arbogast AC Plug in the bottom row (4th from right). That was the first big swimbait I read about being used for big bass. I bought a couple, though they were obscenely expensive at the time ($16?). I only fished them a total of about an hour and a half; there were few bass over 6 lbs. where I was fishing, and I couldn't stay optimistic enough to keep trying. Anyone else have good luck with them?

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Re: Vintage Hardbait Collection

Post by Firstoutfisher » Wed Dec 01, 2021 3:07 pm

Bronzeye wrote:
Wed Dec 01, 2021 12:49 pm
Looks like an Arbogast AC Plug in the bottom row (4th from right). That was the first big swimbait I read about being used for big bass. I bought a couple, though they were obscenely expensive at the time ($16?). I only fished them a total of about an hour and a half; there were few bass over 6 lbs. where I was fishing, and I couldn't stay optimistic enough to keep trying. Anyone else have good luck with them?
It is a pretty crazy design, with the cupped mouth of a popper plus a jointed body and a soft plastic boot tail. Never have fished any of these lures but I felt tempted to try that one. I just did some reading on the history of the lure and its actually pretty interesting.

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Re: Vintage Hardbait Collection

Post by hoohoorjoo » Wed Dec 01, 2021 3:25 pm

I see 2 or 3 old Poe's cedar deep cranks in there. Wish they still made them. They just plain catch fish!
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Re: Vintage Hardbait Collection

Post by Gone Phishin » Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:20 pm

Possible Wart there too.

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Re: Vintage Hardbait Collection

Post by hoohoorjoo » Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:30 pm

Gone Phishin wrote:
Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:20 pm
Possible Wart there too.
Yep, a couple of pre-rapala warts in there, along with some bomber model a's.
Try not to let your mind wander. It is much too small to be outside unsupervised.

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Re: Vintage Hardbait Collection

Post by LowRange » Wed Dec 01, 2021 6:10 pm

The Poes, Bagleys and pre Rapala warts are all worth money in addition to being excellent baits.

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Re: Vintage Hardbait Collection

Post by LowRange » Wed Dec 01, 2021 6:11 pm

The deep wee r you have two of have a following as well. I'm more of a shallow wee r guy myself.

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Re: Vintage Hardbait Collection

Post by Gone Phishin » Thu Dec 02, 2021 6:53 am

hoohoorjoo wrote:
Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:30 pm
Gone Phishin wrote:
Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:20 pm
Possible Wart there too.
Yep, a couple of pre-rapala warts in there, along with some bomber model a's.
I'm trying to figure out if those are rattling thin fins above, to the left. Used to be a hot walleye bait around these parts.

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Re: Vintage Hardbait Collection

Post by hoohoorjoo » Thu Dec 02, 2021 9:34 am

Gone Phishin wrote:
Thu Dec 02, 2021 6:53 am
hoohoorjoo wrote:
Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:30 pm
Gone Phishin wrote:
Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:20 pm
Possible Wart there too.
Yep, a couple of pre-rapala warts in there, along with some bomber model a's.
I'm trying to figure out if those are rattling thin fins above, to the left. Used to be a hot walleye bait around these parts.
I was thinking that, as well, just couldn't remember the name. Storm made some great baits back in the day.
Try not to let your mind wander. It is much too small to be outside unsupervised.

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Re: Vintage Hardbait Collection

Post by LowRange » Thu Dec 02, 2021 11:18 am

Definitely thin fins.

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Re: Vintage Hardbait Collection

Post by Firstoutfisher » Thu Dec 02, 2021 4:59 pm

Some interesting stuff, wish I had the cahones to fish them but I would be too upset if I lost any of them. I may take them out sometime and at least get them wet and check out the action. May try to get better photos next time I'm out there.

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