While my brief, un-scientific study today showed that antiques compete with modern lures just fine, there is a point to be made here. I wanted to get these lures, all pre-dating 1960, in the water but wanted to do so where I thought they stood a chance. So I called on a lake that has a lot of small fish in its waters, hoping that if the fish were active at all they would fair well.
Thus, the 52-fish morning (two hours on the water), with none of the fish being more than 2 pounds. A great morning, mind you, but I also set these lures up to succeed. Much like you can do on your own fishing trips by taking a look at recent lake habitation projects, those waters surveying the highest densities of fish, and those that you have historically caught more fish when you’re looking for high numbers.
Or, once again, knock on a stranger’s door and ask if you can fish their lake.
A fun experiment, it was, but I’d like to continue carrying these lures in the boat to see if they can become more than a novelty. I want them as an option. And so far they handle themselves just fine. Which is probably why so many of our contemporary lures just happen to look and run so similar.