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Today’s vintage tackle contest entry comes from Patrick Rohlfsen, who didn’t specify where he got this lure, but says he has a whole “box of them.” Patrick, as your about to find out per Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog, if you truly have a whole box of these old-school metals in this condition, you’re about to be a very happy man.


Dr. Todd says:

“You’ve got a really cool lure on your hands! It’s a Raymac Revolving Minnow from the late 1940s, made (as the card states) by Raymac of Minneapolis, Inc. This lure has caused some confusion in the past; it’s sometimes called the “Poor Man’s Chautauqua Minnow” as it bears a resemblance to the extremely rare and desirable ($2000+) Chautauqua. An earlier guide book declared this to be a Wisconsin lure, but as we know it hails from the Land of 10,000 Lakes. A couple of additional things. First, I’m from Minnesota and collected nearly my whole life and have only seen one of these lures on a card before. Second, I have never seen the dealer box for it. It’s just superb. On the card I would value the individual lures at $75-$100 each, and you can add another $100 for the dealer box (_not shown in photo). A superb find. To see another lure from Raymac, click here.”


Killer find, Patrick! You’re the biggest money winner we’ve had in a while! 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, 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.