January 03, 2013
Vintage Tackle Contest: Canadian Baits Spoon
By Joe Cermele
Vintage spoons are a dime a dozen in the contest inbox, but until Jeff Belding sent in the photo below, I had never seen a perfectly round spoon. Jeff didn't say where or how he acquired this prize, but Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and "Fishing For History" blog can certainly tell us the story of the lure long before it came into Jeff's possession.
Dr. Todd says:
"The Canadian Bait Co. was a Minnesota firm founded in the immediate post-World War II era in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This distinctive round lure was one of the first "mass market" style plugs, as breathless advertising hyped the fact it was "banned in several states." It was made in a variety of styles and finishes, and sold on pretty counter top display cards. Their collectible value was at one point moderate until in the early 1990s a Minnesota dealer discovered tens of thousand of them in a warehouse. I was at the show where he first brought them in, and he must have had 50,000 with him and he was selling them by the pound. Today, they sell from $5-$10, and are certainly a distinctive and interesting lure. To see a dealer card and individual package with paperwork, click here."
Terrific find, Jeff. I'm sure, if you were so inclined, you could still easily find a lake trout or bluefish that would snap up that spoon. Thanks for sending and keep an eye on your mailbox, because there's a set of Berkley Aluminum Pliers headed your way.
If you've already sent me photos of your vintage tackle, keep checking every Thursday to see if I chose it for an appraisal by Dr. Todd. If you haven't and want to enter the contest, email photos of your old tackle to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your name, mailing address, and story of how you acquired the gear. If I use it in a Thursday post, you get a pair of Berkley Aluminum Pliers (above) worth $50.