Friday, April 17, 2015

The Friday Funhouse

The Video of the Week

This is a cool 1970s video of the great Charlie Brewer bass fishing in Mexico in the 1970s.

12 Things I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

Early Pflueger Wizards are cool baits.

This Chapman is ultra rare.

This is a pretty sweet Pflueger Worth in the box.

Well, for once this isn’t false advertising — this Vamp is A1 great.

These little Shakespeares are awesome.

This is a sweet Winchester underwater minnow.

Love this Tycoon rod!

This Jitterbug is sweet.

Old Pflueger Medalists are skyrocketing in price.

Water Wave (Everready) is one of the weirdest lure colors ever.

You won’t find a nicer JVH fly reel than this one!

As always, have a great weekend, be good to each other — and yourself!

— Dr. Todd

Monday, April 6, 2015

In the News ... Duane Peterson of Northland Tackle

Some new names are inducted into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame … including Duane Peterson. He is one of the more underrated figures in modern tackle history, having founded Northland Tackle Co. in 1975 in Minnesota. Northland is an interesting company that innovated a lot of cool tackle over the years, but I always think fondly about them because as a precocious little kid in 1979 I used to write him letters asking him questions about tackle. He always responded. Now, I wrote a hundred letters to every tackle company I could find an address for, usually asking for catalogs and sending along a few questions. It’s surprising how few took the time to write back. So the fact Duane took the time to write a snot-nosed little kid is cool in my book.

Anyway, congrats to Duane for this honor (he was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2012). And thanks for writing back to a little kid!

— Dr. Todd

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Friday Funhouse

The Video of the Week

This is a cool video of surf fishing in the 1960s

12 Things I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This Bogdan #50 Light Salmon Fly Reel iS AWESOME.

A Hardy St. George Multiplier is oh so rare.

A 1910 Heddon Black Sucker is nice.

An ABU Cardinal 33 in the box is a nifty reel.

A B.F. Meek #2 tournament is pretty rare.

How often do you see a Radium Minnow?

This Kent Frog is super rare!

Heddon wood Punkinseeds are always popular.

Even beat up these Arbogast Pikes are cool.

A nice Tadpolly in the box is a fun find.

This Heddon Pukninseed is in a cool color.

A Shakespeare Revolution is always a nice find.

As always, have a great weekend — and be good to each other, and yourself.

— Dr. Todd

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ben Wright's Spinning Reel Report for March 2015

MARCH 2015


A&F Monagram 200 six exc sold @ only 13.55
Bronson 4 way 200 e+wb sold @ only 1.25 wOW
Centaure Pacific 5 exc converted to mpu sold @ 167.50
same sold @ 197.00 whats up with these ??
Shakespeare 2900 japan exc w/pouch sold @ only 13.06

225 shiny black finish nib @ 755.91
505 cf service reel exc- @ 339.37

Apache exc @ 25.00
Standard some wear @ 51.00
Feurer Bro's Impala 424 cf exc- @ 100.00
cool Feurer Bro's Banner exc @ 82.99

Bache Brown Luxor USA moder A3 nib @ 255.67

Bronson Fliper 100 nib @ 34.00

cut-a-way salesmen sample model ? exc @ 67.67

110N nib @ 142.50
330 nib @ 45.99
550 nib @ 52.00

A Allen Spinet no1? exc- @114.85
Carswell Modified Illingworth chips in both ends of foot @ 191.46
Fosters Excellsis ewb @ 264.00
Palace superb exc- w/sticker decal @ 182.71

Crack contact 400 green scf ewb @ 141.34
Ru Mer 50 ewb @ 51.00

Preciosa DGMA exc @ 113.50
Sportex Ocean 55 exc @ 100.00

early spin pal second version ewb @ 56.99
230 ewb @ 58.00
240 ewb 71.00
260 nib @50.00

 Micron bent leg nib @ 176.99
2 C/S ewb @ 59.00
  Holliday 30 ewb @ 120.00
       "         40 ewb @ 162.50
       "          "     nib @ 255.99
   Delfino first version ewb @ 162.50

Blue Eagle R268 nib @ 45.44
FSD 22 ewb @ 21.50
OLympic 81 gray nib @ 43.69
     "          82 ewb @ 105.50
Spin King 400A nib @ 24.95

301A nib @ 75.00
common 308 nib @ 187.00
396 ewb @ 78.24

Ocean City:
350 yellow exc - @ 53.50
   "    Maroon exc- @ 28.50

2052 first version ewb @ 62.00
2062    "      "            "      @45.55
2068 e+w/zipper case @ only 43.00

South Bend:
Norsman 110 cf ewb @ 53.00
808 by shakespeare exc @ 42.47

Blasi Blue Flash exc @ 161.87

33LTD 50th anniv. #0204 cf w/display case like new @ 725.00

more rare early English coming next month !

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Friday Funhouse

The Video of the Week

If you haven't see this 50 minute video, book some time and watch the history of ABU Garcia.

12 Things I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This Julius vom Hofe has a really dark patina.

LOVE this solid yellow Heddon 150.

Wow. This Heddon Crazy Crawler is tough!

Digging this Orvis fly reel.

Nice McMonies creels don’t come up very often.

A Pfeiffer Glass Minnow Tube in the box is an incredible find.

A Heddon Tadpolly in Goldfish is incredible stuff.

Man do I ever like this Moonlight Pikaroon!

Saltwater Masterlures are pretty great.

I like any lure with a Pflueger factory tag.

An early Kingfisher minnow in the box is a great find.

Shakespeare minnows in wood slide top boxes are cool finds.

As always, have a great weekend, and be good to each other — and yourself.

— Dr. Todd

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday Review: Cream City Fishing Tackle Web Site

I have been researching minnow bucket history for several years, so I was delighted to discover the new Cream City Fishing Tackle site put up by NFLCC member Kevin Coombe. For those who don’t know, Geuder & Paeschke Mftg. Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was one of the biggest bucket makers in America. Having accessed numerous old catalogs, Kevin has put up an incredible web site with tons of great information for fishing historians and bucket collectors alike! It’s really incredible.

Check it out when you get the chance by Clicking Here.

— Dr. Todd

Monday, March 23, 2015

16 Year Old Boats 580 Pound Swordfish Boated off Tasmania

We don’t always get news from waters made famous by Zane Grey, but the wires brought news of a huge swordfish (580 pounds) caught off Tasmania. And it was caught by a sixteen year old! Not a bad catch for a teenager … considering it may be a record for those waters.

— Dr. Todd

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Friday Funhouse

The Video of the Week

Here's great footage from the 1960s of the legendary Charlie Brewer pitching slider baits.

12 Things I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

Well, this Heddon box is pretty spectacular!

Goldfish Shore Minnow Punkinseeds in the box are awesome.

Bill’s Action Plug is a strange lure.

I am a sucker for a Milam No. 3.

A Phillipson Powr Pakt bamboo rod is an undervalued gem.

Single Hook Pikaroons are all the rage.

A Gus Habich reel made by Talbot is a sweet find.

A Clinton Wilt is a rare lure.

Outing lures are odd looking but very collectable lures.

Schoenfeld-Gutter is a great trade company (just wrote up their history in the last Reel News).

I like this Kingfisher Plug Bait!

A Meek #2 Tournament caster is a nice find with the triple handle.

As always, have a great weekend, and be good to each other and yourself.

— Dr. Todd