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By Joe Cermele

This week’s entry into the vintage tackle contest comes from Tom Schuettke, who says his father-in-law found this trolling planer at garage sale. It’s in such mint condition, at first I wasn’t even sure it was vintage. Turns out per Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog, this planer is in such great shape it would actually be more coveted for fishing than as a collector’s piece.


Dr. Todd says:

_”Art Wire & Stamping Co. of Newark, New Jersey, was one of the largest manufacturers of terminal tackle in America, best known for their Kelux and Luxon brand of swivels, first sold in 1950 and often found on connectors used on other maker’s fishing lures ranging from Bomber to Whopper Stopper. Art Wire also sold a line of lures under the Luxon name. Your Luxon Magill Trolling Planer is a big piece of fishing tackle from the 1950s used primarily for light saltwater and Great Lakes trolling. It was made in a number of sizes and sold for a number of years, and was quite popular where I grew up in Duluth, Minnesota among the Lake Superior trollers. They have more value as a piece of usable tackle than as a collectible, and so should be worth $30-$50 in nice condition like yours. “


Awesome find, Tom. If you decide you don’t want it, I can always use extra planers for king macks and bluefin! 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 fstackle@gmail.com, 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.