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Ok, so between me being on the road and Doc Larson being on the road, the vintage tackle contest has taken a bit of a hiatus. Fear not, loyal followers, we’re back in the swing as of right now. And “swing” is a good term, because we’re coming back swinging with not only a lure so rare Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog, never saw one, but also because this crawfish is worth mucho dinero. It belongs to Josh Heisinger, who says he “bought it off an old fellow” in Nebraska. Well Josh, I bet you didn’t pay nearly what it’s worth. Drum roll, please….


Dr. Todd says:

“Most every angler knows Wright & McGill for their legendary Eagle Claw fish hooks. Who doesn’t have several packages or boxes of Eagle Claws in their tackle box? But most people don’t know that Wright & McGill also manufactured and sold a full line of fishing tackle back in the 1930s, including a line of fishing lures. You have a Weedless Crawfish Bass Lure, a rather fascinating bait that, to be honest, I had never seen before. So I called Larry Sundall, a noted tackle dealer with the largest collection of Wright & McGill lures ever made. “I’ve only ever seen five or six of these lures in my decades of collecting,” he told me. It’s among the rarest W&M lures, and they all are very hard to find so that is really saying something. When I asked Sundall what it was worth, he said unequivocally that he would not take less than $650 for his. I personally believe it would likely go north of that figure at auction. It’s a true gem.”


Cha-ching! Killer investment, Josh. And thanks, because if I ever bump into one of these at a yard sale, I know to snap it up. 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.