The UNID Files #8: The Case of the Banded Minnow
Gary Deppe has sent in an awesome wooden minnow with glass eyes for the UNID files. Now, to say this bait has eye appeal is like saying Marissa Miller is good looking. Let's face it, this is one of the most aesthetic lures I've seen in ages. Plus, it is mechanically fascinating. Here is Gary's description:
Found this one in Florida, together with the "Trumpet Fish" bait that you kicked off your UNID files with. Very well made. Early glass eyes with white irises. Copper prop at front. Hand-carved and hand-painted red collar. Unique combination hook hanger and belly weight hardware. Feathered treble hook at tail is anchored inside body of bait and has minimal movement. I have no idea on this one but it's a cool one. Any help would be much appreciated.
My suspicion is that this is not a production bait but the work of a real craftsman along the lines of Earl Parker Gresh, another Floridian noted for his incredible work. Anyone with any hints to its origins, please email Gary at gdeppe AT quickclic DOT net.
-- Dr. Todd