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Wood lure body find , I havent seen this - ever

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Ok for those that know me I am a wooden lure body junkie , if i see them i buy them , any old new doesnt matter . I have 1,000's in my shop , boxes full from the 20's on through a few small lure companies i have bought there remaining bodies from . Anyway I have never seen some like this before . I added some pics to show them . They are all identical , these were not hand made . I started drilling the back of them for hardware and after drilling a few i noticed how soft the wood was after drilling about 3/4 inches , after looking at the back of the plugs i noticed that perfectly centered in all of the plugs it looked as if they had been drilled out and a different wood replaced . so i had to cut one in half . all of these have been drilled out and then a wooden plug put back in the hole leaving a hollow chamber . and these plugs are perfectly centered in the back , some body loved these guys . i am sure it was machine made but they are old so someone liked this hollow body for a reason . Maybe i am just excited over nothing but thought i would show these to you . there is a glob of glue on the inside on the end of the plug . and a good sized hollow section . cant tell what kind of wood it is but they are light . the front is almost at a point so i am guess maybe it was a diver because it would be too hard to get a screw eye in the small tip of the lure . and like i said the plug holes are all perfectly centered , I mean dead on , maybe this is how they were turned after the hole was drilled ? who knows ? anyone ?

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You mentioned the wood being light FF...could this be a peg float? You know what I am talking about right? The hole these types of floats may or may not go all the way through, the line was held in place by "pegging" it in the float...just an idea.

Jed

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Jed,

I'm with you...the size,and construction...I think they maybe floats too..Nathan

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I have some blanks identical to the ones you have pictured. I purchased a pile of tackle supplies from a estate sale which included several of the above bodies and lucky 13 type blanks. The bulk of supplies were Herter's brand, However, I have a 1967 Herters cataloge and there is no mention of either style of lure. They might be Herters of earlier vintage.

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floats maybe , but they have glue on the peg and inside at the end of the peg . the pegs arent tapered as i belive floats would be . But hey maybe the guy running the tapered peg machine messed up and drilled them non tapered so they had to make them lure bodies , I have made a "few" error induced design changes due to a lil boo boo :)

KcDano - you collect the lure bodies also ? I have a bunch of Herters bodies as well , they did put out alot of diffent bodies . I have a bag of plastic ones that are shaped like lil fish that are numbered 1-99

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I got a bunch of the same bodies off Ebay, I am sure that is where you got them too. I am making so neat little baits out of them. I drill a hole from the back to make a wire through bait.

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Funny Farm, I don't really collect old bodies, but manage to end up with a few now and again. I look for trashed vintage wood lures to refinish and fish with.

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yeah I have a pile of oldies that need redone . I guess I dont really "collect" them , I just have to many and havent painted them yet . But then on the other hand i can never use the last few of a body style that i have bought a bunch of , so I guess i should just come out and admit that i do collect them . :) I have a professional plating machine also which I can replate the hardware . .those bodies above are making some real cools little lures so far .

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Funny Farm! Just from toying around with the same type of creation > could it be for the same reasons >>> Hollowed out to get the lure to be extra buoyant since hardwood likes to sink below the center and this will allow the builder to choose heavyer wood . The Fill >> I've made my own fittings with glue and saw dust. Might be a fill made from other wood dust.This would fit perfect without sizeing up or special cut. Just a thought!.

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Funny Farm, Since your affinity for old wood bodies is apparent. I decide to round-up the bodies I have. You might take a look at the pic to see if it is something you need!

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