The Twirling Twirp in the photo below was entered into our vintage tackle contest by Jake Schlanderer, who apparently is just beginning to dive into the world of vintage tackle collecting. When his grandpa found out about the new hobby, he passed down the Twirp. But when you need just a little more info than on a bait than grandpa could provide, you take it to Dr. Todd Larson of the The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog.


Dr. Todd says:

“You’ve got a really cool Michigan made fishing lure known as the Twirling Twirp. This wooden bait was manufactured and sold by Watt Tackle Co. of Detroit, Michigan in the late 1940s. Designed to spin in the water, it has four hooks–three single hooks attached to the body between each blade and a trailing treble–and was made in two sizes (2.75″ and 3″) and in at least three colors. These lures do not come up very often at all, especially in the box like you have, so I believe your combination would be worth $50-$75. It’s a great miscellaneous Michigan lure.”

Considering that I noticed from your email you’re a Michigan native, Jake, I’d hang onto this one for the sake of preserving state history. Killer find! Thanks for sending, and enjoy the Berkley Digital Tournament Scale that’s 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 Berkley Digital Tournament Scale (left, $40).