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#1 Nautilusly

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 07:54 PM

I came across this squid jig on ebay today:



The seller claims this is an Australian-made squid jig and its dated back to 1940s, made of wood and cloth with a broken lead. :o
Somehow i have my doubt in this - it looks pretty much like the average jigs on the market today, especially the hooks and pattern. I've seen some vintage fishing lures and they usually look really shabby. 70 years is a long time, and i doubt this is what a squid jig look like 70 years ago, if they were even invented back then! The hook looks like these mass-produced squid hooks. Fishing industry is small in Australia and there aint many tackle manufacturers - why would they mass-produce these special squid hooks? Does anyone know who invented squid jigs/squid hooks, and where was it first mass produced (i would have picked the japanese :unsure: )
To me, it looks like the seller is trying to sell a cheap broken squid jig for a few bucks :zorro:
Any thoughts? :P

Here is the link:
http://cgi.ebay.com....-...:1|240:1318
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#2 egi zed

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:41 PM

Lookis top me like someone went diving and picked up a couple of lost jigs.
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:45 PM

i agree it looks like an old crappy jig that has no value at all. i doubt it is from the 40s also. i wonder whether the guy is just trying to be funny. It could be worth writing to him and asking him some specifics. I can write to him as well and he might get all excited and think he is going to sell for big money :unsure: lol
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:48 PM

i just wrote to the guy to ask more about it :unsure:
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 04:02 AM

I call shenanigans.
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 10:14 AM

i just wrote to the guy to ask more about it :zorro:


LOL nice work glen! see what he says and ask him for a buy it now price too :unsure:


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Posted 15 April 2009 - 10:20 AM

a very strong reply with very weak explanation :unsure:

Q: Hi there, I was just wondering how you know this is a 1940s squid jig? It looks like any other 10 year old jig. Any idea what company made it? Cheers :zorro: 15-Apr-09
A: Becaude it came from a deceased estate which contained lures that were used just after ww two. Also modern day squid jigs are not made from from the materialss used in this jig and they DO NOT look like this jig when you handle them. I was born in 1945 and my grandfather had lures just like this since stolen and lastly I know my history of Aussie fishing lures AND WOULD NOT CLAIM THEY WERE 1940S, 1950S LURES IF THEY WERE MODERN!!!!See my feedback

Any old salts out there, was the squid jigs looking like this back in the 1940s? And anyone know the history of squid jigs?
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 10:31 AM

hes got another squid jigs for auction and this looks more vintage to me

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this jig has all the modern day jig features, the prawn imitation, lead weight, strong pink tiger pattern, specialized squid hooks and even a protruding point as the eyes! again, was the squid jigs back in the 1940s as defined as this?
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 12:57 PM

LOL! What a sheister this bloke is. Not a chance in hell that either of those jigs are from the 1940s, or made is Australia - remember that is nearly 70 years ago! "I know my history of Aussie fishing lures" PFFFFFFFT :unsure:

Check out another lure he has for sale - a USA made 1950s Lake fishing trout lure:

http://cgi.ebay.com....bayphotohosting

For starters Rebel didn't start making this type of lure until the late 1960s. Although I doubt it is that old. It is likely a sun-bleached lure he's pulled off a snag somewhere.

For comparison this one is circa 1984.....look familiar?
http://cgi.ebay.com/...24S...:1|294:50

"BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED IN PRE-PLASTIC OR VERY EARLY PLASTIC-LIKE MATERIAL" LOLOLOLOL :zorro:
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 06:14 PM

Yeah I was shocked by the very rude reply. I hope it doesn't sell! :unsure:
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 09:49 PM

hes got another squid jigs for auction and this looks more vintage to me

dda0_1.JPG

this jig has all the modern day jig features, the prawn imitation, lead weight, strong pink tiger pattern, specialized squid hooks and even a protruding point as the eyes! again, was the squid jigs back in the 1940s as defined as this?


Being handmade doesn't make it "vintage".

That seller is a joke.
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Posted 22 April 2009 - 12:37 PM

I came across this squid jig on ebay today:



The seller claims this is an Australian-made squid jig and its dated back to 1940s, made of wood and cloth with a broken lead. :(
Somehow i have my doubt in this - it looks pretty much like the average jigs on the market today, especially the hooks and pattern. I've seen some vintage fishing lures and they usually look really shabby. 70 years is a long time, and i doubt this is what a squid jig look like 70 years ago, if they were even invented back then! The hook looks like these mass-produced squid hooks. Fishing industry is small in Australia and there aint many tackle manufacturers - why would they mass-produce these special squid hooks? Does anyone know who invented squid jigs/squid hooks, and where was it first mass produced (i would have picked the japanese :( )
To me, it looks like the seller is trying to sell a cheap broken squid jig for a few bucks :(
Any thoughts? :P

Here is the link:
http://cgi.ebay.com....-...:1|240:1318


This looks like a knockoff of the Yamashita egi sutte, the smallest yamashita squid jig I've seen & own. And if it catches anything like the real deal, lookout, it is a slayer, especially on finicky/smaller squid. And if the price stays that low, I say go for it. You'll never know.
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Posted 22 April 2009 - 08:07 PM

Sorry..that is not from 40's.

The old jigs were plastic but even then that was only in the 60's and 70's.

There was no squid fishery for anglers in those days.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 11:08 PM

both of these "vintage" jigs sold...
guess for next time i should keep an eye out for vintages in my tackle box, instead of tossing them :(
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 11:49 AM

Hahahahaha I can't believe that bloke was even serious :) that is the most stupid attempt to sell something i have ever seen on ebay. He clearly isn't a fisherman or he wouldn't have made such a stupid statement "they don't make them like that anymore" I don't think he lives near a kmart or target or has been in a tackle shop.

Does anyone know what he got for it? I tried to look and the bidding had closed. I have about 20 "vintage" and "1940s" jigs i have found whilst diving :( Some had algae growing on them so they may have been older :) hahahahaha.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 01:03 PM

Hahahahaha I can't believe that bloke was even serious :) that is the most stupid attempt to sell something i have ever seen on ebay. He clearly isn't a fisherman or he wouldn't have made such a stupid statement "they don't make them like that anymore" I don't think he lives near a kmart or target or has been in a tackle shop.

Does anyone know what he got for it? I tried to look and the bidding had closed. I have about 20 "vintage" and "1940s" jigs i have found whilst diving :) Some had algae growing on them so they may have been older :) hahahahaha.



he got $5 for each, so you ve got a nice $100 worth of vintage lures there :(
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 01:06 PM

And to think i thought they were useless :(
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