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As a novice collector for a "Trophy Room" I just finished, I was looking for any info possible on this old lure I've come across. Manufacturer, year, color pattern, name, etc. Thanks so much for your time. My best guess is an old mirrolure or rapala from the 1960's.

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Good evening John, Mark here.

While I love trying to identify old lures and have twenty or thirty that are 75 plus years old, I am far from an expert on their identification.

That said, I know I have seen a bait very similar to this one before. At first glance, I immediately saw your pic (before I even read your question) and as you have speculated, guessed a possible Mirrolure. It is DEFINITELY NOT a Rapala...that is one line of lures I know very well.

If it were a Mirrolure,(which the shape and eyelet placement resembles), I have seen no other models since the company's inception that had: 1- Sunken eyes...all Mirrolures I have seen have elevated eyes, even the original L&S shiners made of walnut. 2- The club, spade or button tail. So unless it was a prototype, limited run or a modified lure, I don't think she is a Mirrolure but then again...

It does look like it is molded plastic with an insert...is that correct? Are the hook eyelets and the tie eyelet screwed in or molded in? Is there a seam on the belly to indicate it coming from a two sided mold? I see what looks like a seam in the midsection that would allow assembly from end to end (this is so on Mirrolures). I also seem to note zinc plating on the hooks that would probably indicate it was intended for saltwater fishing...also the target market for the L&S Lure company.

Since I'm stumped, I would like to give you a contact that may be able to help:

Brian@toughlures.com  Fire him a quick email with the pic attached and give him a shot at it. In the meanwhile, I'm going to search for a vintage Mirrolure catalog or two and see what I come up with as well as some other references not at my disposal (I'm workin right now).

Please feel free to drop me an email as well at mark@thebassinblog.com... we'll figure this thing out...I don't like gettin' stumped!

Thanks for the question- Mark

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I have been actively fishing for forty-five years! For nearly 15 of those years I was able to fish nearly 200 days per year. Those wonderful days have left me with a plethora of knowledge to share. I have fished from the Marianas of the Pacific to the quiet tidewaters of Virginia and North Carolina, Antigua the gulf coast of Texas and many places in between. My home waters are those of the west. I am passionate about bass fishing, tournament as well as recreational. In addition, I am well versed in fishing for most other species...(Okay, although interesting, I'm not an expert on British or European style competitive carp fishing...chumming with a slingshot anyone?). I am intimately acquainted with the San Diego County Lakes, Diamond Valley reservoir in Riverside County California and numerous other exciting fishing waters from Texas (Travis County) to the Pacific Coast and south to Cabo San Lucas. I have many years of experience in blue-water as well as inshore angling of all types in Southern California with both artificial and live baits; high country fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of my beloved Golden State with nothing but a backpack and a fly-rod. There are still a lifetime of adventures to undertake, together with my lovely wife, Christine. I am an expert rod smith and have vast experience with both the construction and repair all types of rods including split bamboo (new or vintage) and hickory as well as graphite, boron composites and all types of fiberglass. I spent 20 years in the retail business of which 6 were spent owning and operating a successful tackle shop, specializing in custom rod making, rod and reel repairs and a full scale tackle selection. Uncommon topics I love to discuss: Fisheries Management; Tackle Shop/ retail management; Ethics and responsibilities of anglers; Repair and maintenance of rods/reels; "How to"...any topic in fishing.

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I took a few years off,(5 to be exact) from answering questions for AllExperts.com but I'm back now! My experience? Forty-Five years of bio-observation, fishing numerous types of waters with virtually every type of tackle: Casting, Fly, Spinning, Offshore/blue-water, Coastal, Surf, Tournaments: ( Bass, Local Saltwater), Alpine lakes/streams, ditches, canals, sloughs, marshes, creeks and swamps; if there is water, I usually throw a cast or two. Tackle Shop ownership and management, Expert Custom Rod Construction and repair (Big-game, Long-range stand-up, Live bait, jig sticks, Casting, Spinning and fly- including split-cane). I have personally constructed over 700 custom rods of all types...nearly half of the rods the shop turned out. I also have performed hundreds of reel repairs of all types- antique to modern. I do not typically offer valuation of tackle. This is very difficult without inspecting the tackle first hand and leaving valuation far to subjective. I will be happy to offer other experts for placing a value on your tackle.

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