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Roughly in 1906, a Michigan taxidermist by the name of Lou Eppinger started toying with a fishing-lure invention of his own. Baitcasting reels had just hit the market and Eppinger, being an inventive angler, wanted a fishing spoon with enough weight so he could cast with those new-fangled reels. At that time, the only fishing spoons on the market were thin, feather-light lures built for trolling not casting. Not to be denied, Eppinger kept messing with his own spoon design, pounding a piece of brass or copper to make it thinner in the center but heavier on the sides. Such a shape, Eppinger discovered, gave the metal spoon a fish-attracting wobble in the water. By 1912, Eppinger decided his invention was finished. He began to sell a few in a tackle shop in Detroit and rest is, as they say, history! [MAB 281]

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3 Lou Eppinger Daredevles & Crawler Harness Lure

Estimate $15 - $24Jan 26, 2020
Starting Price $6
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