And now for a dash of salt in our ongoing vintage tackle contest. The photo below was sent in by David Streko, who didn’t mention how he acquired this Calamity Trolling Bait, but is hoping the good doctor can tell him more about it. I can tell you just by looking that this spoon would crush fish today. I have several similar lures that whip everything from tuna to bonito to bluefish on my boat. This style of lure is a great all-around saltwater killer.


Of course, I can’t weigh in on the appraisal, so I’ll pass the mic over to Dr. Todd Larson of the The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog. Dr. Todd says:

“This lure wins the award for the most imaginative name for a fishing lure company in modern history. As the packaging notes, you have a “Calamity Trolling Bait” metal spoon lure designed primary for saltwater fishing. It was invented by a Baltimore native named Robert S. Wiesenfeld and issued Patent #1,575,139 on March 2, 1926. This period saw a number of similar type of “Spoon Hooks,” as they were commonly called, including the Evans Spoon and the rival L.B. Huntingdon “Drone” Spoon, also made in Baltimore. Note the company name was “Temptation and Calamity Trolling Fishing Bait Co.” and that the address was the Citizens National Bank Building of Baltimore, Maryland. I think this bait in its original tube with paperwork would sell for $30-$40. To view the original patent for this interesting bait, click here.”

David, even though that lure would slay, I’d say it’s just too cool and too old to fish. Shelve that thing and enjoy the Rapala Classic Collector Fillet Knife 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, 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 Rapala Classic Collector Fillet Knife (below, $70).